Sunday, 3 February 2013

The challenges of January

January was a challenging month, to say the least.

 I am still dealing with memberships for The Pelargonium & Geranium Society (PAGS).   The membership section of the website continues to baffle me at times, but I am told there will be hitches to begin with until the site settles.  I am going on Monday for an update on how to do more with the site.    For those of you who don’t know, I am membership secretary of The Pelargonium & Geranium Society.  I've held this post for over ten years now, but with the new database it has become a challenge.      

My other challenge is that since the beginning of October I have been trying to transfer my Broadband and telephone from one supplier to another.  It should be simple.   No!! The Broadband went over without a hitch, but not the telephone line.  Who has been holding up things I don’t know – each supplier tells me it is the other one.  The fifth attempt will be on 12th February, so everything is crossed the line is transferred this time.

 Saturday last week we went into town and I bought myself some of these lovely narcissus to cheer myself up.  They are still going strong and fill the room with such a lovely fragrance.   And on Thursday we got these lovely daffodils,.  They were in tight bud, but this morning when I came downstairs they had all opened.  Beautiful!

I finished off the crochet navy blue wrist warmers, and I love them.  My granddaughters were pretty impressed as well, but did not want me to make them a pair!

Yesterday, as the day was sunny, Brian and I went over to Wisley Gardens, and then went out to lunch at a local Harvester restaurant.  Thank you Brian!     I love Wisley!   I am so lucky that it is only 20 minutes away so able to visit often.   I took quite a few pictures, but it was not easy as the wind was quite strong.  I was anxious to try out my new 55-200 zoom lens that I had for Christmas.  And to use my new wrist warmers, which worked a treat, keeping my hands warm whilst leaving my fingers free to use the camera.

Alpine House

Alpine House

In the wonderful garden centre at Wisley I bought these Dahlia tubers and seeds, garlic bulbs and shallots.  I wasn't going to grow garlic or onions this year, but have weakened.   I really don't want to grow onions, but love growing shallots – so satisfying seeing all those little bulbs clustering around the one planted.   Just need a fine day next week to get planting and sowing.     You can't see in the photo, but the single dahlia tubers are call Pooh, and the dahlia seeds are called Yankee Doodle Dandy.  Silly names that I thought would appeal to my cheeky 6-years old  grandson.


  1. I often buy seeds and plants for their names, such fun. I love the wristwarmers, they're perfect in this weather when you're wanting to keep warm but taking photos too.

  2. Oh my goodness you are so lucky to live so close to Wisley gardens! I have seen the gardens on TV many times as it is often featured on Gardener's World, etc. I also visit their website from time to time. The gardens look amazing even in winter. I would love to visit, maybe one day...


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