Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Tenth Blog Anniversary Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway. I would love to give a prize to each and every one of you but unfortunately, funds won't allow that so the next best thing is to draw a name from a hat.


The name chosen at random is Anne from My Blethering Blog. Can you please let me have your name and address details so that I can get the prize sent out to you. You can find my email address by clicking on my name in the About Me section at the top of the sidebar.

Thank you once again to everyone who has visited my blog over the past ten years, for reading and commenting, I really do appreciate it, and I hope you'll continue to visit over the next ten years!

Sunday, 13 September 2020

The Chain

I don't tend to read many thrillers but it's a genre I do enjoy. I visited The Works recently (a book and stationery shop which sells books at hugely discounted prices) and came away with a few books, The Chain by Adrian McKinty was one of them. I thought it sounded like something I'd enjoy and I was right.


"Your phone rings.
A stranger has kidnapped your child.

To free them you must abduct
someone else's child.

Your child will be released
when your victim's parents kidnap
another child.

If any of these things don't happen:
your child will be killed."

It was such a good plot and I enjoyed getting to know the characters. I found the book fast paced and it kept my interest the whole way through. Apparently, The Chain is being made into a movie and I'm not surprised, I think it will translate well onto the Big Screen.

This is the only book I've read by this author but I shall look out for more. I'd definitely recommend it.

Don't forget, if you haven't already entered my giveaway, you've got until midday on Wednesday the 16th of September 2020 to do so, just leave a comment on my Tenth Blog Anniversary Giveaway post. I also just want to mention that some comments which have been left on that post have not shown up. I've gone back through my emails and added the comments I'm able to, but unfortunately, I don't get an email for every comment which is left and so I'm unable to track down two or three missing comments. Please check back on that post and make sure that your comments is there, if not, please leave another comment in order to be entered in the giveaway. I'm sorry to have to ask you to do this but I can't see any other way round it as I don't know whose comments are missing.

Thursday, 10 September 2020

Preparing For A Sockalong

I've been gathering supplies to start a few new projects just lately but one regular event is creeping up on us once again, the Strictly Sockalong which Ali hosts on her Little Drops of Wonderful podcast. This will be the third year that I've joined in with this sockalong and each year it just grows and grows with more and more people joining in and it becoming a bigger and better event.


When I attended Yorkshire Yarn Fest last year, I came across a yarn dyer who I hadn't heard of before, Noodle Soup. She had such beautiful yarns on her stand and many were really sparkly. Last year's Strictly Sockalong was in full swing at the time but I couldn't resist buying a skein of a colourway named Disphotic Zone in readiness for this year's sockalong. I thought the sheer sparkliness of this yarn would be perfect for Strictly. No matter how or where I take a photo of it, I can't get all the sparkles to show up so you'll just have to take my word for it when I say this is the sparkliest yarn I've ever seen.


For the past two years I've knit the Cha Cha Chevron Socks by Sandra Paul from the Cherry Heart podcast which was designed especially for the sockalong back in 2018. This year I fancy a change so I've been looking for a different pattern to knit and I've finally decided on Aava by Heidi Alander. It seems a straightforward pattern with a lace panel on each sock, it should be easy to knit without having to concentrate too much whilst watching Strictly.


It was my birthday last week and I received a gorgeous new project bag from my friend Maggie who blogs at BlackCountry Wench. As soon as I saw it I knew I'd use it to hold my Strictly Sockalong project.


So that's another project all prepared and ready to go, though I'm not sure when Strictly is actually starting this year. Due to the coronavirus pandemic it's been announced that it will be a shorter series than usual, though there are going to be some 'Strictly specials' on TV prior to this year's series getting underway.

Will you be watching Strictly Come Dancing this year? Will you be joining in with the sockalong? Do let me know.

Don't forget, if you haven't already entered my giveaway, you've got until midday on Wednesday the 16th of September 2020 to do so, just leave a comment on my Tenth Blog Anniversary Giveaway Post. I also just want to mention that some comments which have been left on that post have not shown up. I've gone back through my emails and added the comments I'm able to but unfortunately, I don't get an email for every comment which is left and so I'm unable to track down two or three missing comments. Please check back on that post and make sure that your comment is there, if not, please leave another comment in order to be entered in the giveaway. I'm sorry to have to ask you to do this but I can't see any other way round it as I don't know whose comments are missing.

Monday, 7 September 2020

A Crafty Birthday

It was my birthday on Thursday and I received lots of crafty gifts this year so I thought I'd show you what I got. As I'm starting a new sewing hobby, there were lots of things on my wishlist for everyone to choose from.


Mick bought me the first cross stitch design in the Jack Frost's Tree Farm series by Little House Needleworks. There are seven designs in all which can be stitched as one piece or separately. He also bought me a patchwork ruler and a breadboard needle keep from Chapel View Crafts, I've already got one needlekeep but need more now that I have more than one stitchy project on the go.


I received a double sided self-healing cutting mat and a rotary cutter from Daniel. The cutting mat is A2 size, a nice size for my needs.


I treated myself to the Luna Lapin book by Sarah Peel last year, so Eleanor bought me the kit to go with it so that I can make Luna Lapin. The kit includes everything you need to make the cute little rabbit.


I received some fabulous crafty gifts from my bloggy and Instagram friends too. Maggie from Blackcountry Wench sent a gorgeous drawstring project bag and two mini skeins. I can always do with extra project bags as I seem to have more and more things on the go, and the yarn will look lovely added to my scrappy blanket.


Di, a friend on Instagram who lives in Australia, sent a cross stitch project bag, so handy as it has a see through front so you can see what's inside, a skein of gorgeous Dingo Dyeworks yarn, some variegated embroidery floss, thread storage cards, a thread keep and some stickers which will be added to my journal. Such a generous gift which will all be put to very good use.

I received lots of non-crafty gifts too and I also received lots of wonderful cards.

I'm sure you'll agree I was thoroughly spoilt.

Mick took last week off work, we were hoping to get off for a few days out but unfortunately, I was a bit under the weather so we didn't end up going very far and stayed close to home. Although Mick's been at home all the time since before lockdown in March, it was nice him being here without having to work.

Don't forget, if you haven't already entered my giveaway, you've got until midday on Wednesday the 16th of September 2020 to do so, just leave a comment on my Tenth Blog Anniversary Giveaway post. I also just want to mention that some comments which have been left on that post have not shown up. I've gone back through my emails and added the comments I'm able to, but unfortunately, I don't get an email for every comment which is left and so I'm unable to track down two or three missing comments. Please check back on that post and make sure that your comment is there, if not, please leave another comment in order to be entered in the giveaway. I'm sorry to have to ask you to do this but I can't see any other way round it as I don't know whose comments are missing.

Friday, 4 September 2020

Who Fancies A Bit Of Stitching?

I recently stumbled upon the Sunday Mystery Sampler which was a stitch along on the Plum Street Samplers blog back in 2015. I'm really taken with this Twelve Days of Christmas design and have decided to stitch it myself.


Obviously, the stitch along finished a very long time ago but I know that quite a few of my readers cross stitch and I wondered if any of you fancy stitching along with me. I'm not going to set myself any targets, I shall just stitch at my own pace and if any of you do decide to join me, you can stitch at your own pace too. I thought it might be quite fun to keep each other company on this project.


I've started getting my supplies ready. I was going to stitch on 32 count Belfast linen - Vintage Country Mocha.



After thinking about this, I've changed my mind and I'm going to use the same colour - Vintage Country Mocha, but on 32 count Murano Lugana. I prefer an evenweave fabric to linen, and as this is going to be a large piece I've decided to stick with what I like best. The Belfast linen will be used for some smaller projects in the future.


Only four colours are required for this sampler: red, green, gold and black. I had a look at the colours in the DMC range and I've gone for 498, 367, 782 and 310. I think they should look quite Christmassy together. You can go along with what I've chosen too if you like, or choose whatever takes your fancy.


I'm stitching the sampler as one large piece so the stitch count is 237w x 166h. It can be stitched as twelve separate ornaments though and in this case, the stitch count of each piece is 60w x 56h.

If you want to see how big the finished piece will be, depending on the count of your fabric, you can use the Cross Stitch Calculator on the Yarn Tree website. You just need to enter the stitch count, 237 x 166 if you intend stitching as one piece, or 60 x 56 if you intend stitching twelve seperate ornaments, and enter the fabric count that you're going to use, click Calculate Size and it will tell you how large the stitched area will be and what size your fabric should be.

All the charts are printed on the Plum Street Samplers blog but to make things easier, I've put links to each of the charts here.

Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Layout.

Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day One.

Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Two.

Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Three.

Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Four.

Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Five.

Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Six.

Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Seven.

Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Eight.

Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Nine.

Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Ten.

Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Eleven.

Plum Street Samplers Twelve Days Day Twelve.

If you want to read more about the original stitchalong you can find all the details on posts on Plum Street Samplers blog during October, November and December of 2015.

I do hope some of you will join me in stitching this sampler, I'm very excited to get started and I hope you will be too. Don't forget to let me know in the comments if you intend to stitch along with me.

Don't forget, if you haven't already entered my giveaway, you've got until midday on Wednesday the 16th of September 2020 to do so, just leave a comment on my Tenth Blog Anniversary Giveaway post. I also just want to mention that some comments which have been left on that post have not shown up. I've gone back through my emails and added the comments I'm able to, but unfortunately, I don't get an email for every comment which is left and so I'm unable to track down two or three missing comments. Please check back on that post and make sure that your comment is there, if not, please leave another comment in order to be entered in the giveaway. I'm sorry to have to ask you to do this but I can't see any other way round it as I don't know whose comments are missing.

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

Tenth Blog Anniversary Giveaway

Can you believe it's a decade since I started this blog? I can't. So much has happened in that time. Mick and I have celebrated another ten wedding anniversaries, it was our Pearl anniversary this year, 30 years married. Daniel and Eleanor have left school, gone to university, graduated and both now have good jobs. Archie was a puppy when I started the blog, less than four months old. He's now beginning to slow down at the age of ten. There's been very sad times too, both of my parents have died within the past eighteen months.

There have been some quite major new stories over the past ten years, too many to mention here but a search of 'news over the past decade' on Google brings up a whole host of articles. Perhaps we're living through the biggest news story of all at the moment though, one affecting the whole world, the Coronavirus pandemic. So, I think my blog anniversary should bring a little joy and as I've hosted a giveaway on each of my previous nine blog anniversaries, I shall do the same again this year. I think this will be the last one though. Giveaways on blogs used to be a big thing when I started ten years ago, now not so much.

I've put together a nice package of gifts which, I hope, someone will enjoy.


First up is a skein of Fondant Fibre yarn in the Trecking colourway. It's on an extra fine merino, nylon & lurex base and it's so sparkly, the photo doesn't really show just how twinkly it is.


Next up is a little felt sloth kit. I saw this and couldn't resist buying it, he's so cute. In the kit is die-cut felt pieces, stuffing, embroidery thread, needle and instructions, in fact, all you should need to make this little Sammie Sloth.


A fat quarter of nautical fabric. Anything with boats and anchors appeals to me, not quite sure why but it does.


Some pretty tulips to plant in the garden or in a container ready to bloom in spring. The bulbs should be planted before December so plenty of time yet to get them in the ground.


With summer coming to an end I thought this book, Summer Under the Stars by Catherine Ferguson, might just extend the season a little. I'm not a lover of the winter months so anything to remind me of hot balmy days is welcomed here.


Of course, there has to be some yummy treats too, so a small box of Guylian milk truffle seashells and some delicious hot drinks will be added to the parcel.


The giveaway is open to all readers of this blog, old and new, near and far. You don't have to be a follower but it would be lovely if you would click on the link in the sidebar or follow on Bloglovin'. Please leave a comment on this post by midday on Wednesday the 16th of September 2020, after which a winner will be drawn at random.

That only leaves me to say thank you to everyone who pops by to read my ramblings, I'm so very grateful to you all, especially those who take the time to leave a comment. It wouldn't be half the fun without the conversations and friendships which have been struck up over the years, and continue to this day. I hope I'll make many more friends over the coming years through this blog.

Sunday, 30 August 2020

Confetti Socks

It was a while since I'd finished knitting a pair of socks but with My Crafting Rotation now in place, I've managed to get two pairs off the needles within the last week. I've already done a blog post about my Mojito Socks and now I shall tell you about my Confetti Socks.


These were started at the back end of March. They've been knit in Ducky Darlings yarn in the Confetti colourway which Eleanor bought for me for Christmas 2018 and I have to say it's so beautifully soft. I love the way the yarn has knit up in this pattern.


I've knit the Wildflowers & Honeycomb Socks by This Handmade Life before, it's such a pretty pattern which reminds me of the short school socks I used to wear in summer. Just like I did with the Mojito socks, I've changed the heel given in the pattern for a Fish Lips Kiss heel. It gives a nice fit and there's no messing around picking up stitches or decreasing for the gusset.


The only knitting I've still got on my needles are two scrappy blankets which are long term projects. There's plenty I'm itching to cast on though. I'm still continuing to follow my crafting rotation, which I wrote about earlier this month, but I've now slotted in two different projects instead of the socks. I shall give an update on what I'm working on soon.

Thursday, 27 August 2020

Botanic Garden

A couple of posts ago I mentioned that I was going to have a go at English paper piecing, or patchwork as it's often called. I thought I'd show you the fabric I ordered.


This is the Botanic Garden range by Lewis and Irene, I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. There's five different patterns in the range and three colours in each pattern. I ordered seven fat quarters. I think this fabric is so pretty, I especially like the pale yellow floral.


I'm new to buying fabric, sewing isn't usually my thing. I ordered this from You, me and Mabel and it arrived promptly. There was even an extra piece of fabric included in my parcel, a little freebie. I'd messaged Sally, the owner, with a query before I placed my order and she was very helpful and friendly.


Now to start cutting into it and starting the sewing, though it's a little daunting if I'm honest.

Monday, 24 August 2020

Mojito Socks

After what seems an age, I've finally got a pair of socks off the knitting needles.


These were started back in April but what with one thing and another, losing my knitting mojo after the death of my dad, they've taken quite some time to finish.


I used the Sugar Frost Socks pattern by Marianne Heikkinen, a pattern I've used before. It's quite straightforward, just one pattern row in every four, but it adds a nice bit of interest to what would otherwise be a plain sock, and just the right amount of pattern for a self striping yarn. Speaking of which, this is West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 ply yarn in the Mojito colourway. I've used the same yarn in the Chocolate Lime colourway for the cuffs, heels and toes. Instead of following the pattern at the heel, I put in a Fish Lips Kiss heel, it's such a good fit and always works well with a self striping yarn.


They're a great fit and will be added to my sock drawer, though I don't think it will be long going by the weather we've got at the moment until they'll be worn

Friday, 21 August 2020

A New Hobby

Sewing is something I've barely done in the past, either machine sewing or hand sewing, but English paper piecing seems to be all the rage at the moment and it's really calling to me.


I've bought a few essentials to start me off and I've watched a few tutorials on You Tube, not that they really make all that much sense to me, I think it's just a case of diving in and seeing how I get on.

I don't know how successful it'll be, as I say, I've done very little sewing in the past and I'm not sure I'll even enjoy it but I'll never know if I don't give it a try.

I'll let you know how it goes.

Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Burnsall

It was Mick's birthday on Friday. He took a day off work and Eleanor and Jacob both had days off too. We hadn't planned to do much, perhaps a meal out at some point in the day as I haven't done very much for ages now owing to my bad back, but it seems to be getting easier at last so we made a last minute decision on Friday morning to head off to the Yorkshire Dales.


There's a field in Burnsall which is used as a car park and it's situated right by the river so we decided we'd park the car there and just enjoy the peace and quiet.


It was a little chilly when we arrived and there was a little bit of mist still hanging around but that soon burned itself off once the sunshine arrived.


It was much cooler than it has been just lately, which I'm glad about. I did still manage to catch the sun on my face though. It seems I only have to look at the sun and it burns me.


Archie had a lovely time splashing around in the river and then managed to find a spot to lie down in the shade of the car parked next to us.


Afterwards, we went for a little wander around Grassington. It was quite late in the day by then and most of the shops close at 4pm, so we didn't stay long, not that we would have done anyway as my back was beginning to complain. By the time we got home we couldn't be bothered going out to eat so we ordered a take away.

I often find that these unplanned days out turn out much better than those which are planned. We all had a lovely day.

Saturday, 15 August 2020

Rusty Cat

I haven't done very much cross stitch in my life, I've only really come to it just recently, but my very first attempt was many years ago. I've recently come across this first project again, though it never got finished.


My mum was giving cross stitch a go at the time, though she didn't finish her project either, she was more of a knitter. I'd seen my mum cross stitching and I wanted to have a go myself, so when it came to my birthday and my brother asking what I'd like, I asked him to buy me a cross stitch kit. I'm pretty sure he was in the army at the time, he joined at sixteen as a junior and left at the age of twenty one, which would make me between the ages of eight and thirteen. I don't think I could have been as young as eight, I was probably about eleven or twelve, so that's about forty years ago.


I got quite a bit of it done and then never picked it back up again. What a shame.


I thought I might finish it off as there isn't really all that much left to do and it's only a small piece but I'd stupidly left the needle in the fabric and over the years it's rusted, leaving a nasty mark. I've tried soaking it in Vanish but it hasn't brought it out and it's very near the stitching so it would be visible. I've read that lemon might do the trick but I don't know whether to bother or not.

I don't want to just put it back in the packet and put it away for another forty years, though I probably won't be here myself by then, so I need to make a decision, have another go at getting the mark off the fabric or call it a day. What would you do? It's not as though it's a big piece or anything special, it would have been nice to finish it off though. I really can't decide.

Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Could Do Better

My tomato plants leave a lot to be desired this year. They're not performing half as well as they usually do.


For the last few years I've chosen to grow the bush variety, Maskotka. It has a sprawling habit and though the plants always look untidy, they produce the best tasting tomatoes I've ever tried. This year the plants have grown more compact than usual and they look rather poor specimens too, not very healthy looking.


They haven't produced many tomatoes this year either, usually a couple of these plants will give me more tomatoes than I require but there's very few on the plants and none have ripened yet.


I'm glad now that I chose to grow a second variety this year, Bloody Butcher, though I have to say that these two plants aren't faring any better either. This is a heritage cordon variety but the plants haven't grown very tall and though there's plenty of tomatoes on this first truss, the rest of the plant is comparably bare. At least these are starting to ripen now though, I should have my first taste of homegrown tomato today.

I know the plants have been a little neglected this year due to everything that's been going on here so I'm putting their poor performance down to that, but they could certainly do better and I shall strive to make sure that happens when I grow them again next year.

Sunday, 9 August 2020

My Crafting Rotation

I've got quite a few projects on the go at the moment from a number of different crafts, some of them get worked on regularly whereas others seem to be languishing so I've come up with a way to ensure that the things I want to work on get some regular attention.


I've taken seven of my outstanding knitting, crochet and cross stitch projects and I'm making sure that I choose one each day and putting at least an hour's work into it. Things may not progress as quickly as they would if I were concentrating solely on one or two projects but at least all seven projects are getting worked on.

I've got a list of other outstanding projects or things that I want to start and they'll get added to the rotation one by one as each current project gets finished.

It may seem that it's a laborious task working this way but I'm really enjoying it. I haven't given each project a set day to be worked on, I pick up whichever one I fancy that day and I'm loving that each piece is getting closer to being finished.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Sciatica

I've suffered with my back on and off for a long time. I can't stand for long periods and I can't walk as far as I'd like either without it hurting. The pain I encounter usually goes after I rest for a while but not this time. We went for a walk to Temple Newsam three weeks ago and I've been in constant pain ever since.


I'm not one for seeing a doctor, things have got to get quite bad before I make an appointment, but I finally relented on Tuesday and rang the surgery. Our doctors are still not doing face to face consultations because of coronavirus so I made a telephone appointment. I hadn't spoken to the doctor who rang me back before but she seemed thorough, or as thorough as she could be over a telephone. I was on quite a while with her whilst she asked lots of questions and she seems to think it's sciatica.

I've been taking paracetamol and ibuprofen and she's told me to continue with those but has also prescribed codeine to take with them. I can't say I'm keen, I usually suffer rather than take tablets but things have got so bad that I'll try anything. She's referring me for physiotherapy, though she did warn me that the appointment could take a while and even then it would be over the phone. She did mention going private and that is an option as I do have private health cover, but I'll wait and see how long I have to wait before going down that route.

It seems to run in our family, my mum and dad both suffered terribly with their backs and my brother has trouble with his too. I'm hoping that the exercises I receive from the physio will help and that I can ward off any future problems.

Monday, 3 August 2020

Little Fires Everywhere

I first saw a clip of Little Fires Everywhere, the new Amazon Prime series, on Gogglebox quite a few weeks ago now. It had me wanting to see more but I don't subscribe to Prime so when I saw the book, by Celeste Ng, for sale I decided to read it instead.


"Everyone in Shaker Heights was talking about it that summer: how Isabelle, the last of the Richardson children, had finally gone around the bend and burned the house down.

In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is meticulously planned - from the layout of the winding roads, to the colours of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren - an enigmatic artist and single mother - who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenage daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than just tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past, and a disregard for the rules that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town - and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia's past. But her obsession will come at an unexpected and devastating cost..."

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, though it wasn't quite what I'd been expecting after the clips from the series that I'd seen on Gogglebox. It has made me want to subscribe to Amazon Prime just so that I can watch the series though, I think I'll be doing that very soon.

Friday, 31 July 2020

The Taste Test

I've grown two different varieties of potatoes in containers this year, not that I set out to do this. I chose a second early, Charlotte, to grow, however, a potato from the batch I grew last year started to grow in the old compost I'd kept in the greenhouse, and rather than discard it, I repotted it into fresh compost and allowed it to grow on. The variety of this one is Jazzy. I've now harvested potatoes from both varieties so I thought I'd do a bit of a taste test.


The first to be ready was Jazzy, probably because already being in compost, it had started growing first. I was a little disappointed in the yield of Jazzy last year, but it's fared better this time round. This haul is from just one tuber, considerably better than it did last year.


The first lot of Charlotte potatoes were harvested just a couple of days later and this is the amount we got from two tubers, not nearly so good as the Jazzy.

So what about taste. I know Charlotte is many people's potato of choice but, for me, Jazzy wins the taste test hands down. I'm not the only one who thinks this either, both Mick and Eleanor agree with me.

Whichever variety you grow, I think home grown always tastes superior to those you buy in the supermarket.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Sheila's Perfume

It's hard to believe that I've had A Year Without My Mum. It was actually a year back in March and I remembered reading a comment on a post I wrote last year, A Final Goodbye, in which my lovely friend, Mitzi from Lazy Days & Sundays, mentioned she planted roses in memory of the people she'd lost. I thought at the time what a lovely idea that was and so I decided that I would do this for my mum.


I didn't want to plant just any old rose though, I went in search of one with a meaning and I came across Sheila's Perfume. Sheila was my mum's name and so I thought it would be perfect, though a little ironic as my mum lost her sense of smell many years ago after an illness. She couldn't smell perfume but liked to wear it so always asked my opinion.


Sheila's Perfume is a floribunda which produces clusters of flowers, or it should do once it gets going. Its first bloom opened after my dad died whilst we were having to isolate. It was a bright spell amongst the gloomy days of bereavement. There's more buds just waiting to open and it should go on flowering all summer.


It's such a pretty rose, yellow with a crimson pink edge, quite unusual. I think my mum would like it.


We were in lockdown when it arrived so it was a while until I could get to a garden centre to buy some compost but as you can see in the photo above, I'd picked out a nice pot to grow it in and I've since bought the compost I needed and it's been potted up.


Hopefully, it will be happy with the care and attention I provide and flower for many years to come in memory of my lovely mum.