I missed HTBH last week, because I was so busy with this and that, but I missed doing it – I really did!Â So I’m happy to be back with another edition this week.
Lots of good things have happened since I last wrote.Â One thing that made me quite ridiculously happy is the orange and black caterpillar up there.Â Funny looking little thing, isn’t he, with his little fluffy ‘ears’ and his forked tail?Â It took a lot of searching, and a post on a wildlife forum to confirm it, but I can now tell you that he is a very, very young Puss Moth caterpillar.
I was glad to find out, because he was found on one of our cars and I wanted to make sure to put him on the correct food plant so he wouldn’t die.Â Â The Puss Moth is quite beautiful, so I’m including a link for the non-mottephobes among you.
For the next little dose of happy-dancing delight, I give you …
One beautiful, tight head of radicchio, all ready to cut! Now, it’s nigh-on impossible to buy a whole head of radicchio around here, unless we happen to drive over the other side of town to the Italian supermarket on a Thursday, and when we get there, we find that they have neither failed to buy any or sold out of what they did buy. So I’m really pleased to have some in my own garden to use in our friend Umberto’s famous risotto recipe.
There are other veggies coming along nicely, too. Here are the beans:
There should be a nice handful ready for my next hot dinner. Umberto also does a lovely dish of trofie with potatoes and green beans. Maybe I should cook that next?
I also have some nice little green tomatoes, and also some flowers on the zucchini. Excellent!
There are a few flowers in my garden too. I have ‘Beautiful James’ and ‘Susan’ roses out at the moment, and also these gorgeous little ‘Crystal Palace’ lobelia.
These tiny flowers, clustered together, are an absolutely beautiful colour somewhere between blue and purple. I’m not sure this photo does them justice, but they make me smile every time I look at them.
So there you are: How to be happy!
Oh, I could go on, and include the twins and the dogs and so on, but I know half of you would give up reading if I made the post too long!
Do grab the badge and join in, and tell us what made you happy this week.
It’s the little things, you know!