Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Reasons to be Cheerful !

There are lots of reasons to be cheerful, first of all, today was a glorious sunny day and secondly, spending time out in the open planting, and tending my allotment, (even though I now ache from the digging) was a wonderful way to spend a few hours on such a lovely day. And last of all, I harvested some purple sprouting broccoli, some baby spring cabbage leaves and lots of tasty leeks, so today I am very cheerful. Below is a selection of photo's taken today mainly and one or two at the weekend.

I would also like to say a thank you to everyone that takes the time to visit this blog and leaves a comment. I try to make time to visit back, even if it's not immediately, because I like to, not because I feel I have to ! as I always enjoy seeing what others are up to, and other times I just answer the comment on my blog. I wish I had more time to visit all the lovely blogs out there. It's amazing how many keen gardeners and veg growers there are and it's always great to pick up new tips.
The Dahlias as they were just starting out.(above)

This was taken today, my how they have grown.

This jolly chap was at the Easter egg hunt on Sunday, at the National Trust's "Hinton Ampner" house and gardens in Hampshire.

Snuggling with mummy, sheep on the "Hinton Ampner" estate, roaming freely among the visitors. so sweet !!!

Rosie has my old wellies, shame she can't help me dig !! she's a bit of a lazy girl really, sitting there day after day ! and she can't even scare pigeons !

Beautiful Pansies in a pot outside the lottie greenhouse, they survived the harsh winter and are blooming again, amazing !

The lottie greenhouse is getting rather full, I can hardly move in there !

And last of all, my tasty harvest from today. This makes all the hard work worthwhile !


Bangchik and Kakdah said...

Cheers!!!! ... to give this post some resonance ... I love that hairdo... hmmm... ~ bangchik

Pam'sEnglishGarden said...

A tasty harvest indeed! Your hard work is showing wonderful results!

Thank you for visiting my site. And many thanks for putting my website URL in your sidebar. It's a good reason to be cheerful when gardening friends stop by and leave comments, don't you think?

Keep up the good work!

Tatyana said...

Hi Maureen! I smiled reading your post. Thank you!

Joanne said...

Haven't your dahlias done well! Love the lotti greenhouse it reminds me of times when my greenhouse has been so full you find anything to pop the seeds on. Now I have an extra one and it still gets full.

Prospero said...

Hey, the purple broccoli sure looks good (I love broccoli). Let me know when your potatoes are up (it's so interesting how people from different parts of the world plant things at different times. I harvest my potatoes – you plant your potatoes.)

EB said...

Yum! We haven't eaten anything I've sown yet. I'm sorely tempted to start munching on the sweet peas!

Pam said...

Oooh, those leeks and purple broccoli look so lovely. I know they take up space for such a long time, but they're incredibly tasty aren't they.
P x

Maureen said...

Ahh Thank you all for your lovely comments. I have been so busy today that I didn't log on to the P.C until almost 10pm and there were all your comments to cheer me up yet again. So thanks to BAGCHIK,PAM,TATYANA, JOANNE,PROSPERO EMILY AND PAM.
The leeks and broccoli do take up so much space and for such a long time as Pam says, but it was such a tasty treat that it made it all worthwhile and I am now planting this years seeds for both. PROSPERO - my potatoes are just showing through today (so exciting!!) I will visit your blogs soon to see what you are up to.
maureen :)

Maureen said...

Sorry BANGCHIK, I misspelled your name didn't I ??

mrs jones to be! said...

Thanks for visiting my blog! I've just been admiring your pickings, yum - I think I might have to go plant my purple sprouting broccoli seeds!!

allot of veg said...

I'd be cheerful with that harvest!
Dahlias are looking good too - must remember to prick mine out. Your blog is a great aide memoire for me.

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

Hi Maureen, You work so hard in your garden and it really shows;-) I'm also glad to have you as a gardening friend, even though I don't visit often:-) I hope your new grandbaby is doing well!! Jan

Bangchik and Kakdah said...

You just miss the letter "N"... so its not wrong, in fact its about 90% right... haha. ~ bangchik