Saturday, 18 June 2016

My new grand-daughter!


Well, here she is at last - Ruby Skye Smith. She was born yesterday morning at 7.36 and weighed 9lbs 2 ozs. Isn't she lovely? Ruby is my first grand-daughter, after five grandsons so you can imagine how excited we all are. Her brother Dylan, who you all know, was very excited yesterday. He was with me in the afternoon until his daddy came and fetched him and took him to the hospital to introduce him to his new big sister.

We did some colouring.
 

This was a very special day and I felt privileged to be part of it. We witnessed the birth of a family, which is now complete - mum, dad, brother and sister. Any more children would be a bonus.

So, welcome to the world little Ruby. I hope you have a very happy life.





Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Comments

Hello people,  one of my blogging friends has just informed me that unless you are a member of Google + it is not possible to comment on my blog! I had no idea this was so. I'm sorry if this is inconvenient for you. It certainly is to me.

Yesterday I tried to write a post on the main computer and my blog had disappeared. What is going on? I started a new blog on the blogger site but it doesn't appear in my list here! Weird. So now I can get to this blog on my IPad, but not on my computer and I can only access my new blog on the computer. I can't access this blog on it.

I prefer to write blogs on the computer because my IPad doesn't know how to add pictures. Anyone else had this problem?

When I looked at the blogger forum it seemed that many people have had disappearing blogs. How odd is that.

Tomorrow my daughter in law goes into hospital to have her baby. There is much excitement in the family. I'll let you know what happens. I have my phone handy.

If anyone wants to look at my new blog, it's called 'Oma's gardening blog'.

Star

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

My English Garden on May 26th 2016 - The splendour of early summer


We've had some odd weather this Spring and Summer. Now we are into June, I can say that May was a very cold month - just a few days of sunny weather, but the plants have done their best and so far, this is what we have. Above is the ever lovely clematis - The President it's called.

Underneath is my beautiful pink rose - so old that I can't remember what it is called. It is ever faithful and seems to be very disease resistant. I have sprayed it with Rose Clear, to get rid of any aphids,, but there haven't been that many so far.


I think the next one is Verbena. I bought it three years ago as a small shoot at a plant sale in aid of Lilley Church.  It has done extremely well in the garden and is very pretty to see.


Lilac flowers have been prolific this year, but with some severe winds the other day, most of the blooms are spent now.



Opening up the canopy of my holly tree has given the ice plant (in the next picture) a lot more light and it has responded accordingly. We look forward to some really nice blooms soon.


Aquilegias (Grandma's bonnets) never fail to please and here are some of this year's examples reaching up to the sky.


I've been busy lately. Our eldest son has come back home to live temporarily. That has necessitated a huge rearrangement in the house.  My office room is now downstairs so that he has his own room.  We are hoping that he can soon find a job and independence. These days that has become harder and harder to do for young and not so young people. We wish him well.

What with all the gardening and rearranging of furniture, the days have flown by and already we are one week away from the arrival of the latest grandchild. She is expected on 22nd June, just one day before the E.U. Referendum happens.  I expect to be up most of the night for either of those events so I'm trying to get as much sleep as possible now.

Can I ask you if there is any (annoying) reason why you aren't commenting on my blog? I don't know from where I sit whether the word verification has come on and is putting people off or whether it is because you are all using your Ipads more and can't be bothered to type a comment.  I would really like to know?

Star


Sunday, 22 May 2016

Our E.U. Referendum is getting nearer!


In about five weeks time our nation will be going to the voting booths to decide whether or not to stay in the European Union. NB: this is not the same as the Eurozone, which is the group of countries within the E.U. that use the Euro. Here we are still using the British pound.

Quite a number of people have not made up their mind about whether to vote IN or LEAVE. For me the decision was easy, I shall vote to LEAVE. There is no doubt in my mind and I believe this is the time for a nation to be brave and make a change.  There are 65 million of us here at the moment, on our tiny island ('and that's just the ones we know about') as Nigel Farage said recently. Nigel Farage is a Member of the European Parliament in Brussels. I think that is plenty of people to survive on our own.  For too long we have been ruled by Brussels and it's wearing thin. We need to take back our independence and start again. Forty years ago we were not in this 'party' and in my opinion things were much better then.

 The current system allows for people from other European countries, who are in the E.U. to travel to Britain without a visa, work here, live here, stay here and take advantage of our wonderful National Health System.  This has got to stop.  It is primarily unfair on the rest of the world.  Yes, it is mutually convenient for our people to go to Europe unhindered by a lot of red tape, but it also means that anyone with a criminal background or criminal intent, can also come here. That can't be right.

When the European Union was first begun, there were less than six countries in it (and we weren't one of them).  Now there are 27 countries and how they can ever agree on anything, is beyond my comprehension. In theory it is good that everyone gets a vote in policy making etc. but in practice it doesn't work because it takes far too long to get the decisions made. 

We are not 'The United States of Europe' and I doubt if we ever will be.  We are a group of different countries with very different backgrounds and cultures, languages and views and the only thing we share is the fact that we live near each other. 

If we leave I don't think it will be very long before one or two other countries want a referendum too.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

May Day


We recently had a special St. George's celebration in the town square, aptly named St. George's Square. There were all sorts of things to see and lots of games for the children to play. Here I'm showing you the Maypole dancing because it's so appropriate for today - May Day.  The children came from a nearby town and surroundings and they really were very good.  Do click on the pictures to enlarge and see the intricate patterns the ribbons make whilst moving down the pole.  In the background are the musicians, all dressed beautifully in their special costumes. It was great fun!







Maypole dancing has been around for many years and symbolises the rites of Spring.  The maypole is a phallic symbol, which is plunged into the ground to ensure fertility for the coming season.  These days we don't rely quite so much on that sort of symbolism, or do we? Perhaps we should because our world is very fragile these days and we do well to respect it.




I wish you all a wonderful May Day. Will you be dancing round a maypole?

Star


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

My English Garden in April 2016



Finally the sun came out long enough for me to take some pictures of the garden.  These were all taken this morning when the light is at its best. It's so lovely to be in Spring again!




I put a hanging basket in the lilac tree so I could observe the bulbs growing at eye level.


Pink tulip surrounded by 'love-in-a-mist'.


Red and orange striped tulip having been nibble in three places!


 Some of these yellow tulips were gigantic. Now mostly over, they still add a lot of welcome colour to the border. The grassy looking stuff in between is wheat, left over from chicken food years ago. It comes up every year.





 The log pile with tulips growing through it.


Panda, looking surprised to find me in his garden!


Our small pond. No frogspawn so far this year.



Panda, looking to see who is round the side of the shed...



Panda, having a sleep on the step in the sunshine.


Happy days people.

Star

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Wishing you a very Happy Easter



As the wheel turns, it is once again time to wish you all a very Happy Easter. Whatever your religion or none, this is the time of year to look forward to hope in our troubled world.

I have been absent more than usual on here and the reason for that is my inability to get used to the picture arrangements on my Apple computer. I just can't find what I want. On my Sony laptop with Windows, I used Picassa and it was great but on here Picassa is not liked and I struggle to find the pictures I know and love. Where are they? How can I find them again?  Are they still there.  I must be one of the few people who doesn't like this new arrangement!

Today is a good day to plant some seeds, seeds which will grow and feed the family or delight the eye and I am nearly ready. Yesterday I bought some new pea seeds and they will go into the new raised bed - picture to come. I also found some sunflower seeds in the shed and got interested in those. However, the weather here in England today is awful.  We have had some sun and some showers and a blustery storm is forecast sometime today in this region of the South East. So I won't be planting my peas today after all. I will be curled up indoors watching television or reading a good book or doing some other indoor activity.

One interesting fact of note in the garden this Spring is the longevity of the daffodils.  They seem to have gone on and on and they have been beautiful. It's almost as if they are making up for last year when so many of them came up blind for some reason.  I'm glad they are here today.  Their sunny faces are so cheering and they don't seem to mind how much the wind blows.  They just nod it away and keep going.

So whatever you are doing today, enjoy it. We are here today and gone tomorrow so let's enjoy what we can and share our joy with others too.

True Happiness

Some have much and some have more,
Some are rich and some are poor.
Some have little, some have less,
Some have not a cent to bless.
Their empty pockets, yet possess
True riches in true happiness.

Oxenham