Today, ABC Wednesday begins by standing for ‘Oh dear … ‘
The picture above shows the outlook from my bathroom window. This is the field next door to our house and it is full of oilseed rape, which only became apparent this week when the flowers began to open.Â This is the only plant whose pollen gives me any trouble at all, and I don’t get ordinary hayfever, I get an incredibly dry and sore throat and nose. Â This year, we are surrounded, north, south and west for sure, and probably east too.Â Oh well. It’s only for a few weeks.
‘Oh dear‘ also applies to this.
It’s a packet I had to collect from the Post Office this morning when a card was slipped through the door saying I had a charge to pay.Â I had bought some beads from the US and it appeared to accrue a customs charge.Â Fair enough .. but wait!Â There IS no customs charge, and no import duty!Â There is just Â£3 VAT and Â£8 handling fee, which I think is simply outrageous.
Here’s something else which is outrageous
My new Blondie Mania bag.Â Outside, it’s a demure plum colour. Inside, as you see, bubblegum pink.Â One of my friends was kind enough to remark that it suited me.Â What could she possibly mean?
If you look closer, you might get a clue.
See Mr Depp?Â He’s hiding in there, on that kilt pin.
And here’s Mr October.Â I flipped the calendar specially so you could see ahead. Wasn’t that nice of me?
There.Â Now I feel better.
Another rather lovely thing is this phalaenopsis orchid.Â I have no idea what variety it is because they never tell you in garden centres, but it’s rather lovely, isn’t it?
Here’s one I
prepared bought earlier.Â Around Christmas time, to be exact, and it’s just finished flowering, so I snipped the dead stalks, and I’m hoping for another flush of flowers.
I don’t know the name of that one either, but it had beautiful creamy yellow flowers.
Incidentally, I discovered that there is a cattleya orchid named ‘Little Pirate’ which would be perfect as a memorial for our own little Pirate, Jack, who was lost to us in February this year.Â Sadly, it’s virtually impossible to import orchids from overseas due to people stealing them from their natural habitats, but if anyone in the US knows of a specialist orchid grower who might help me, I’d love to hear from you!
This African violet plant was so beautiful last year, bearing countless flowers over a long period, but for now it is gracing us with only one bloom.Â Maybe it needs re-potting!
Or maybe it’s getting old .. like this opal ring
The jewellery box it’s sitting on is also old, as you can see by the tarnished clasp.Â I was given that box for my 21st birthday, by one of my oldest friends!Â Heavens, that seems like a long time ago.
And talking of time – yes, I’m late again this week, and now I have to move on. Â The garden awaits!Â I need to do a little work outside.