Thursday, 30 August 2018

Violas

Thanks to a lateral thinking blogger, I have now recieved four more donations toward my zip wire Adventure via PayPal .This seems a good alternative to my donation page which some people have found difficult to navigate. My email for PayPal is jgsheffield@hotmail.com
Any bloggers who want to donate off line can send a cheque payable to Rhyl & NE Wales Samaritans to us at Samaritans , 23 Bedford Street, Rhyl Ll18 1SY

Right that's the money stuff done.

Last week Mr B took me to task about the state of my plant pots
" They are not up to your usual standard"  he commented looking at the barren dried earth filling each planter. 
His subtext shrieked 
" Get yer arse into gear!" 

This morning I planted them out with cheap violas. Violas are the most valiant of flowers I always think and the kitchen wall has been returned to its usual cheerful backdrop. 
Mrs Trellis stopped as I was watering and I had that conversation I was dreading. . She had heard in church about my marriage break up and wanted to check for herself.
She was pragmatic and thoughtful and diplomatic

The ponies are leaving fairly soon and as you can see the field, which had been totally overgrown only a month or do ago, has been cleared almost down to its last weed. The carcass of the Ukrainian village has now been picked bare and this week the dilapidated hen houses will be dragged to the bonfire for burning and the allotment borders of Bosoms will be dug out again in readiness for winter planting 
The robust home made hen house on stilts can then be cleaned out and made good again.


52 comments:

  1. Your blog is great. I read a lot of interesting things from it. Thank you very much for sharing. Hope you will update more news in the future.
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  2. The violas are pretty and cheerful. Good for you! As to Mrs. Trellis...I hope all the villagers soon find out about the situation and quit asking you about it. I know it must be hard to keep getting questions.


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  3. You met Mrs Trellis while "watering"? I hope she wasn't offended as I believe she has a very sensitive nature.

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  4. Violas are so perky, always make me feel good. And I can't wait to see what goes into the hen house.
    Cheers Peter

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  6. Nice flowers, reminds me I need to water the only living thing on my terrace, Dill. Glad to hear the zip line total continues to grow, much good will come from your screaming like a 3 year old.

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  8. Violas (well, Viola's) was the name of our B&B hotel in Palm Spring, California. Named for Jerry's great-great-grandmother. The flowers weren't a common sight in desert gardens, so we had several embroideries from my mother to fill in.

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  9. Love your flowers...I hope you plant more of them. The horses are beautiful.

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  10. To plant a seed (or flowers) is to believe in your future.

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  11. Liking your Viola “pick me up!”
    Thanks for the updated “Zip Line” info for donations . . .
    I hope the questionings . . . will ease off soon . . .

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  12. Violas/Pansies have been my favorite little flower for as long as I remember. I had a grandfather who while being a US Marine Sgt, was also a man with a green thumb. My childhood is a memory of flowers always growing .. and those little violas/pansies were my favorites.
    Gardening is one of the best things for your Spirits .. it lifts them and keeps your mind on much more pleasant things .. not to mention a future that will be so pretty ..

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  13. I think you chose the sweetest of flowers. I have read: The good bacteria found in dirt increases the release of serotonin and improves mood in the same way as antidepressants! I am glad for the PayPal link so I can get on board.

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    1. There have been good scientific studies backing this up. Forget the gloves and get your hands in the soil, as long as your tetanus is up to date, of course.

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  14. I must stop ruminating on your pretty violas and life and get up and get on, as you are doing.

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  15. Your place is shaping up nicely. It looks good. All the best ,John.

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  16. Ah yes....most things can 'be made good again', John.

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  17. Happy faced Violas are a nice way to welcome visitors.

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  18. 'Scuse my ignorance but I've never heard of violas - at least outside stringed instruments and Shakespeare. I search them out and find they are part of the pansy family, so even less excuse for my not knowing!

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    1. You of all people should know a pansy when u see one Raymondo

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    2. boys boys boys! no pansy jokes from me. I love both of you equally!

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    3. I know, JayGee, I know. Oh, the shame!

      And W.Q - I bet my regard for you is greater than JayGee's. ;-)

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  19. My mom called them Johnny Jump Ups and I love them. They make me feel happy.

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  20. I love Violas they are such a pretty and happy little flower.
    @Linda, I think Jonny Jump Ups are the purple ones with the longer face and a yellow center. So lovely.

    cheers, parsnip and badger

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  21. Now see, I would call those pansies. Maybe that's an American thing? Anyway, glad you've beautified the place! It looks great!

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    1. Pansies are bigger x

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    2. "Larger than life is just the right size."
      Noxeema Jackson, Step Four in becoming a Drag Queen, To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995).

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  22. Barbara Anne3:37 pm

    Yippee for more donations!

    Your lovely flowers and Mr. B's subtext may cause me to bestir myself and, lupus fatigue aside, get my empty pots planted with members of the pansy family.

    Be good to you!

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  23. You are much appreciated there.

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  24. Big thanks yous sue, Andrew , Barbara and Pamela xxxxxxx

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  25. The pots look fab, John. I too love violas and pansies - I've got a purple pansy tattooed on the inside of my forearm.

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  26. Anonymous4:55 pm

    Heartsease, very appropriate.

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  27. A reminder to do one of the jobs on my epic job list - sort the patio planters for winter!

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  28. Nice pots!
    I suppose Mrs Trellis will not be the only curious (or concerned?) person. My mom always told me that people will talk about someone else in about 5 days. Take care!

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  29. I do love violas. And pansies. They are water hungry and I haven't grown them for a few years. You have tempted me again.

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  30. You get a lot of bang for your buck with violas ..... they flower for ever and ever don’t they ? .... great choice. .... and, how fantastic is your donation page ...... so lovely to see how much you have received...... you’ll be up at the Palace soon matching your sister ...... it obviously runs in the family. XXXX

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    1. It's thanks all to you bloggers xx

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  31. John - my violas, which I planted last October have just this week gone completely over the top and I have pulled them all up, hoping they have left me a few seedlings as a present.
    It is lovely to see the ponies close up - you are going to miss them when they go.
    It is fantastic the way that zip wire thing is going.

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    1. I will miss the ponies , I've offered Sue the owner to put them on the field whenever she wants

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  32. The villagers are totally keeping tabs on you! With all the preparation in the Ukrainian Village, sounds like you're staying put (yay!)

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    1. Yes fingers crossed

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    2. Fingers crossed here for you too. Elle xx

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  33. Big thanks to Sue xxx

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  34. Another good sign! And those horses are beautiful.

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  35. Your potted wall looks very pretty. What will Irene do when her pony friends leave? I'm guessing she's still at large in the field.

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  36. Love those flowers I did not know they were so hardy that you can plant them this late in the season I will give it a try nothing like a bit of colour to brighten the day. Wishing you all the best.

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  37. The flowers and ponies are gorgeous and charming.

    Does Irene know her herd is leaving? And is she going with them?

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