The future depends on what you do today. Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948)
It’s been an incredibly busy Summer for us. The organisation I work for has been through a complex restructure; I’ve moved team, building and started in a brand new role – so there’s been alot of reading, meeting new people and setting up projects and activities. I’m enjoying the new role and all the new challenges – rather tiring though and my arthritis and back pain have been giving me gip. I feel like I’m trudging through treacle at the moment but I know all the knowledge and processes I’m setting up will help me later on.
I’ve been so busy, I’ve not contributed to the ‘In a Vase on Monday’ theme since June which I’ve missed very much. I’ve picked flowers fairly often, and even photographed them a few times but have always run out of time writing the ‘actual’ blog post. I’ve been looking at everyone’s vases though – the vases and the people and their stories bring me much solace.
I’m hoping I’ll have a bit more time to blog as we head towards Christmas. There’s less options for flowers/plants for vases but I’ll do my best.
Keep calm and carry on – it’s been hectic – In a vase on Monday – 21 September 2016
1. In a Vase on Monday
For this week’s vase, I picked some purple, lilac and pink ‘Spencer’ sweetpeas – they’ve from two different locations one at the front door (you can see them in the background) and the other near our decking at the bottom of the back garden. The flowers have smelt wonderful. I didn’t fare quite so well with the dwarf sweetpeas – no flowers at all so I don’t think I’ll bother growing them again, I’ve tried growing them for three years but no success. There’s so little space in our garden everything has to pull its weight.
There’s also some mini red dianthus, some white and red margarite flowers. Also some pink Pelargonium from a huge plant which I’ve managed to overwinter three times. There’s some purple wallflowers which survived our mild Mancunian winter – they’ve been flowering all summer too. And of course, some lavender. Lavender is one of my favourite plants, I adore the smell. I’ve got about 15 plants in the sunny front garden and a few in the sunniest part of the back garden. Most of these plants have been flowering most of the summer and have bought us alot of pleasure. We eat out in the garden as much as we can – mind you the weather in Manchester this year has been very changeable (and wet alot of the time).
Wordless Wednesday – Man v Mountain beaten raising money for Motor Neurone Disease association – 7 September 2016
I am so proud of My Chap. On Saturday, he ran from Caernafon up Snowdon and down again, climbing obstacles, abseiling and swimming though lakes. 21 miles mostly trail running – the event is Man vs Mountain, there were lots of women running too 😉 It was brutal, the weather was horrible, wet and windy. He was raising money, and awareness, for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, because his brother has this vile disease. #RunMND #nofinishlineuntilacure
#RUNMND – no finish line until there’s a cure – 8 June 2016
June is motor neurone disease awareness month. My chap runs marathon, half marathons and hilly ultras to raise money and awareness – his brother Derek developed this vile illness four years ago. We will keep going until there is a cure.
My Chap and I are members of a group of fundraisers across the UK – who run events from 5k’s to ultras to raise funds and awareness – join us 🙂
RUN MND – find us on facebook or twitter (@runmnd)
Find out more about the motor neurone disease association (www.mndassociation.org/) and their ‘campaign Shortened Stories. They we are sharing stories of real people whose lives have been, or will be, cut short by motor neurone disease.
29/100 Cottonopolis WI meeting – all about Suffragettes
It was our monthly meeting for Cottonopolis WI – we eat cake, chat and have a lot of fun. We only sing Jerusalem once a year at our AGM – did you know it’s was a suffragette anthem too?
This month’s talk was given by Sibby (@MCRTourGuide) all about the history of votes for women. It was a fascinating talk and I learnt a lot more about the complex issues involved. We also discussed the accuracy (or not) of the film Suffragette (2015). A couple of weeks ago, I went to watch the film with 90 other Greater Manchester WI members – it was a great evening.
Do you know which country in the world introduced universal suffrage in 1893?