Archive | March 2019

Mothering Sunday (31 March 2019)

Mother’s day is on the fourth Sunday of Lent (in the UK).  It is usually 3 weeks before Easter Sunday (which is late this year).

So why do we give flowers on Mothering Sunday?

The tradition comes from a time when young children (who were ‘in service’ to other households) returned home on the 4th Sunday of Lent to attend church with their families.  They would gather wild flowers as they walked, to take to the church or give to their mothers (and daffodils were the flower in natural abundance at that time of year).

This tradition has changed over the years, but the giving of the humble daffodil is still my favourite!  After all….who wouldn’t love a golden bunch of daffodils on Mother’s Day!

SPRING FORWARD (Last Sunday in March) 31/03/2019

Don’t forget to ALTER YOUR CLOCKS!……for Daylight Saving Time!

– it begins on the last Sunday in March.

– it ends    on the last Sunday in October.

“Daylight Saving Time” allows us to use less energy in lighting our homes by taking advantage of the longer and later daylight hours (ie so get gardening folks!).

The phrase “Spring forward, Fall back” helps us remember how Daylight Saving Time affects the clocks.

  • SPRING FORWARD:-

   On the last Sunday in March, we set our clocks forward 1 hour ahead of Standard Time.

  • FALL BACK:-

   On the last Sunday in October, we set our clocks back 1 hour.  Thus returning to Standard Time.

International Women’s Day (8 March)

So, today I am quietly celebrating International Women’s Day …….in my own garden for a change!

It is a day for Inspiration and Change!

Today has given me time to reflect on my own actual achievements’, in particular my own gardening business.  Life is never easy, but I do believe you have to have a dream, to ever be able to achieve anything outside your own comfort zone!  So go ahead…pick your dream, and take action today….no matter how big or small….start putting the steps in place TODAY and you’re well-on your way to achieving your dream!

I didn’t start my own business until late-on in my career, when I suddenly decided I needed a career change, and quick! (I am a little impulsive like that!)  It was the best decision I have ever made!  I now have a successful business, I’ve featured in The Sun newspaper, had a scarecrow replica made of me (Thanks Val!), and featured in an AXA Insurance advert!  It has been so much more than “just a Dream” so far.  However, I have to say, I could not have done it without the help and support from my husband Dave!  So even on this special day for women, I would like to share my success in ‘equal parity’ with my amazing husband (the Boiler Man @ G20 Gas Services)!

Happy International Women’s Day everyone xx