Haunted Radiator

Watched my first ever Marvel movie last night. We’re doing them in timeline order, so Captain America: The First Avenger was up first. I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, although at times it did feel a little like a mashup of Star Wars and Lord of the Rings.

I’ve been lucky enough to record at Abbey Road three times, but it’s still a treat to tread that hallowed ground. 🎡 Hand percussion for me today. Red light on.

Six on Saturday 12-06-21 🌱

Things have really taken off since the last Six on Saturday I posted two weeks ago. The sun has come out, and I’ve been busy watering. We’ve been fairly restrained, only making a couple of small purchases…

Yesterday I visited RHS Wisley for the first time, which was very inspiring. I might have a few photos to post, but most of the ones I took were of plant labels to remind me what I liked! Anyway, on with the Six:

1. Rosa ‘Francis E. Lester’ - This beautiful climbing rose has got just a couple of flowers so far, but it’s poised to give an amazing display. Just need to keep blasting the aphids off with the hose…

2. Heuchera sp. - First time this has flowered.

3. This week’s new pot - On a little trip to Woburn Forest Growers, our local plant nursery, we found some lovely fuchsias, and I fell in love with this combination with coleus. The taller fuchsia is ‘Gartenmeister Bonstedt’, and the shorter is ‘Marinka’.

4. Pyracantha

5. The reds - Another coleus in the background, along with Nemesia ‘Clementine’ front left and Weigela on the right.

6. The whites - Another Nemesia at the front here, this one we had last year and has a very strong vanilla scent. Behind is the happy little Erigeron karvinskianus, and a Dianthus sneaking in too.

That’s it for another week. Looking back at my last Six a couple of weeks ago has reminded me my thyme cuttings have had time to root, so I might check tomorrow. I’m hoping to make at least one of them into a standard…

Mochi turns 1 today! Hard to believe he’s an adult cat now - still seems like a kitten to us. A photo of him enjoying the sun today, and the earliest photo we have of him. 😻

36 hours after the jab, and my sore arm is just about gone. I’ve managed to avoid any other side effects too.


Having started studying again, with exams in the not-too-distant future, I’ve rediscovered Anki. What an incredible tool for learning with flash cards, and it’s free! (I mean the iOS app is expensive, but it’s free on Mac or online, and they gotta make a living somehow right?)

First vaccine dose booked for Wednesday! πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰ πŸŽ‰

UK vaccinations are currently open to age 30 and over, which means I should be in the next age group to be invited. This means I am refreshing the booking page several times a day, in the hope it will update!

Six on Saturday 29-05-21 🌱

My Six on Saturday for this week (because it’s still Saturday somewhere, right?). I’m trying to use botanical/scientific names as much as possible, as I’ve just started studying for my RHS Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture. I’m usually pretty bad at remembering plant names, and since I need to have many examples on hand come the exam, I better start practising now!

1 - Viola sp.. The colour of these is just stunning

2 - Aquilegia sp. (canadensis?). These have popped up in the border unexpectedly. Unfortunately they’re poisonous to cats, so we’ll have to keep an eye on Mochi and make sure he isn’t nibbling them.

3 - Thymus x faustinoi. Gorgeous little thyme is busting into flower.

4 - Cuttings. Yesterday I took some cuttings of our three thyme varieties, as well as the cotton lavender.

5 - Betula pendula. This one is a ‘borrowed view’ in our garden. It’s actually growing beyond the end of the row of gardens, but provides us with shade and movement.

6 - Alpine bank. Spotted in a village near us, this bank (5m+ long) is covered in alpines.

What a difference a week makes in terms of weather. It’s been gorgeous the last couple of days. Yesterday was spent almost entirely in the garden. Hopefully summer is here.

The raisin moncher is back home, after a few nights with the vet. While he’s been gone, all raisins have been removed from the house. We’re not taking any chances. πŸˆβ€β¬›

For the second time in as many months Mochi has had an emergency trip to the vets for eating raisins. Cats are supposed to not like raisins, but this little monster tears open packets to find them. He’s in overnight on fluids. πŸ™€

The Bandcamp app now allows you to download music for offline listening! This is an excellent development.

Six on Saturday 22-05-21 🌱

This week my Six on Saturday arrives on Saturday itself. Hope you enjoy my selection of six things from my garden, and why not check out the latest in the original series here on The Propagator.

1 - Stachys Byzantina. This floppy-eared cutie was in the garden when we inherited it, and is clearly very happy, spreading like wildfire down the main border. It’s very fluffy, and catches water droplets (of which we’ve seen a lot this week…) in a beautiful way.

2 - Heuchera. We’re not sure which Heuchera this is, because it came as a stowaway in another plant bought from a garden centre. One day we spotted it at the base of another plant, and gave it a pot of its own. Last weekend it was repotted and is loving the extra space - its leaves have all reached up and out, like it’s having a good old stretch.

3 - Erica arborea ‘Estrella Gold’. So many tiny white flowers on this miniature Tree Heather. Please ignore the mess behind it…

4 - Salvia ‘Amethyst Lips’. This Salvia (in fact, it was three 9cm pots of it) was bought on the strength of its scent - intense blackcurrant. Ideally we’d have it on the edge of a path so it’s brushed against, or in a container at waist height so it’s easily touched and smelled. There are flower buds on the way too, and it has purple flowers similar to it’s more famous sibling ‘Hot Lips’.

5 - Salvia x superba ‘New Dimension Blue’. Slow to get going this year, but is doubling in size by the week now. I’m looking forward to these flowers heralding the arrival of summer.

6 - Erigeron karvinskianus. A flower has appeared on our little Erigeron, hopefully the first of many.

I’m hoping to get out and do some tidying in the garden tomorrow, having finished off a major piece of work today. Keeping my fingers crossed for some more consistent sun this week, and perhaps warmer temperatures.

Whew, what a morning. The usually simple act of icing a cake was made infinitely more complex by Mochi (🐈), who decided to help by sitting on one layer and nibbling another. The end result was Mochi’s first bath, during which I definitely got more wet than him.

Hiding 🐈

⚽️ Back at The Shots for the first time in 18 months.

Six on Saturday 15-05-21

I’ve just found out about Six on Saturday through The Propagator, so although it’s now Sunday, I thought I’d give it a go.

It’s been a wet week here, with some long, slow rain days, and some ridiculous downpours that had Mochi the cat dashing in through the catflap at high speed. We got to visit a couple of gardens on Friday, from which a couple of these six are taken, as well as a nursery and garden centre today.

Here’s the Six:

1 - Tomatoes. I bought some plug plants a few weeks ago, having moved house in February and not got organised to sow any seeds this year. They’re Tumbling Tom Yellow, and I haven’t tried a tumbling variery before. Today I finally got round to planting them into a hanging basket, although I failed to get a photo of the actual thing…

2 - Alpines. We’re a big fan. The central bowl in the photo below we assembled last year, and it’s been a pride and joy ever since. The Lewisia is a new addition. The pots on the left and right, including Sedums and Phlox, are new today. The plants came from Woburn Forest Growers, a lovely nursery which we visited for the first time.

3 - Hanging basket. This also went up today. Last year we had great success with Nemsias in a hanging basket, so we’re trying it again, with Diascia, Calibrachoa, Dichondra, and Bacopa.

4 - Saxifrage Whitehill. Back to alpines for this stunning Saxifrage with leaves that look encrusted with diamonds. Spotted in the amazing garden at 23a Perry Road, which is in the National Garden Scheme.

5 - Acer groundcover. Also from 23a Perry Road, this beautiful Acer which has created a groundcover with its own lower branch.

6 - Border. Finally, here’s a lovely combination I spotted at the Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth on Friday. Irises at the front, behind that Euphorbia characias wulfenii, and behind that Cytisus scoparius (Broom).

Well that was fun. Maybe I’ll manage it on Saturday next week. Have a look at The Propagator for some more garden goodness.

Took most of the day off yesterday, so Saturday becomes the new Friday. Plenty to get done.

I see your Friday vibe, @gregmoore, and I raise you Friday vibe:

Lunar Module by Rocket Ales. A quaff-able session pale.

🎡 Here’s a little family project we undertook last year: Homeward. More info here.

(If you can’t see the audio player above then follow the link to listen)

Just clicked ‘Delete Account’ on both Facebook and Whatsapp. Thought I’d be elated, but I’m left with anxiety to the point of physical chest pain. I am definitely well shot of them.

Submitted my tax return over 6 months earlier than I’ve ever done before. Admittedly it’s a bit simpler this year, but it feels good. I have every intention of making it a habit…

Currently reading: The Girl In The Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz πŸ“š I feel this may lack a little je ne sais quoi over the Stieg Larsson original trilogy, but still enjoying it. I’ve always loved the way these books mix action and thrills with making coffee and a sandwich.