Alexander Averin

Monday, 21 March 2011

It has to be a quick blog

Listening to: Adele’s 21 Album.
Thinking about: the problems in the world.
Feeling: sad about the problems in the world.
Dreaming of: a perfect garden.

Dear Diary,

I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun's energy.... If sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.  
Sir George Porter

At the start of spring—the vernal equinox—day and night are each approximately 12 hours long (with the actual time of equal day and night, in the Northern Hemisphere, occurring a few days before the vernal equinox). The Sun crosses the celestial equator going northward; it rises exactly due east and sets exactly due west.

It is a special time of course, the Spring Equinox was yesterday. It was 15 degrees today and sunny even though the weather forecasters said Wales would be cloudy.  Seems like nothing can be relied upon these days.  At least the sunshine and the abundance of yellow daffodils is cheering everyone up.

I have not been lucky enough to see the Super Moon, it has been covered in cloud every night.

I worked hard in the garden today starting my yearly battle with the cursed ground elder.  To reward myself I visited the garden centre and treated myself to an angel statue, a birthday present to me in  advance……. I got the price reduced as the poor wee thing had damaged toes on one of his feet.  I also bought a  large pink David Austin shrub rose, well it will be five feet tall when it grows….both of these will go in a circular bed in my back garden.  I found a witches ball in a local antique centre last week, it is made of a gorgeous deep blue coloured glass, that will go at the feet of my angel.  The person who served me in the antique shop asked me what I was going to do with the witches ball (fishing to see if I was a witch perhaps?) and I told her I was going to put it in my garden.  She said my garden sounded interesting.  I wish…….

I also bought some winter pansies and violas (violae?) for my baskets to replace those bought just before the Big Freeze which disintegrated in the many minus 18 degrees of frost days.

Just a quick blog tonight as someone else wants to get on to the computer (!) and  I need to get to bed soon for an early night as I am back to work tomorrow.

I will return on another day with pics of my new acquisitions.

Off to bed now with Colm Toibin, 

Nos Da,



Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Best not tell Mrs. Toibin that!

By the way, you would love one of my flower beds... full of witches' balls!! Check back on us later, Edward did see the Super Moon and my post will be all about it!!

Frances said...

Cait, this is a lovely post...a good welcome to spring, in the midst of so many disturbing developments around our shared globe.

Bravo on the violas. They are so, so beautiful.

I bet that your garden's spring into summer season is going to be wonderful to watch. Please do post some photos when you've got the time.


CAMILLA said...

Dear Cait,

What a really lovely post, I adore Statues, I have The Three Graces at the back garden with bird bath on top, another one in front gardens but without the bath. Love the sound of the blue witche's ball Cait, I have been trying to find a little stained glass to hang inside the cottage, no luck so far.

Viola's are really pretty Cait, Viola was my mother's name.

Enjoy the spring weather in your lovely garden Cait.


ds said...

Oh, I'd love a witches' ball, but of course I'd have to have a garden...
Happy Spring, Cait, and hoping it is behaving as one.


I was summoned to the bottom of our garden to see the Super Moon - I took a photo of it which did not do it justice at all! Enjoy your garden.