Sunday, 15 January 2012

A few more garden photos


In the 'Aztec' bed, the beans find the corn to be a supportive friend...

...while, down below, the pumpkins (Anna Swartz) enjoy the mottled light.

I was a little underwhelmed by the insipid colour of the rhubarb (although it is a vigorous grower), so what to do with a lime green stewed fruit?

Add elderberries.  That worked.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Random garden photos


The remnants of the Flanders Poppies that self-seed in the back yard.

A rose of some sort - I call it the petticoat rose but that will not be its true name.

Salvias - they always remind me of the dog in Garfield cartoons.

The tamarillo is promising a good crop.

Monday, 9 January 2012

No thanks, I'll have a Coke.


Anyone who has seen Japanese games shows on TV knows that they are part of a different world.

But vending machines that doll out used (!) school girl's knickers?

A colleague at work said that he had seen them in Tokyo.  I took him at his word but, when I told Margaret, she demanded proof.

It wasn't hard to find and, for the sceptics, Snopes confirms it to be true too.

It is a different world out there.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Up, down, whatever.


Last year a a friend gave us a begonia in a plastic hanging basket.  Not having anywhere to hang it I put it in a tall pot on a ledge.

After a worrying dormant winter, where there was no sign of the plant in the pot at all, it reappeared and is growing beautifully on our front verandah.

Half wants to grow upwards and half wants to hang down.

But it is pretty even if directionally challenged.

Sunday, 1 January 2012

2011 - Sweet & Sour


Well, farewell 2011.  We saw it out with a sweet & sour sauced pork dish.

Seemed appropriate for a year of many highs and a few lows. (No, not everything gets to blogs or Facebook.)

Looking forward to 2012.

Day one is bright, sunny, expected to be 35°C.  Fed the birds, watered the pot plants.  Some home-brew is in the fridge.  Off to a good start.

Ah, the clock chimes 11am - New Year in the UK.

Best wishes to all of you who wander past this blog.  I must confess I have not felt particularly bloggy for some time so full marks for persistence, if you are really there!