The shortest day marks the point when the DAYS start to get longer and the NIGHTS shorter. Thank goodness for that!
This is the best time to have a think about what you want from your garden in the New Year (and perhaps, make it a New Years Resolution!). Go on…treat yourself! Have a look around. Try to think of at least one thing you can change (maybe a new feature/ plant, or maybe there is something you don’t like anymore and want to remove/ replace it). Pop-in to your local plant nursery, or go to the garden centre…..its lovely and quiet at this time of year. You will also help to Support your local businesses :o)
If you can do this each year, you will steadily grow to love your garden more and more.
If it rains on St. Swithin’s day then it will continue to rain for a further forty days.
Hurray! Hurray! It was sunny and hot hot hot in Urmston today! (24 degrees). Hopefully we will have another nice Summer.
St. Swithin was a Saxon Bishop of Winchester and was originally buried (at his request), in a humble outside grave at Winchester.
9 years later the monks at Winchester moved his remains to a magnificent shrine inside Winchester cathedral on 15 July 971. Legend says that during the ceremony it began to rain and continued to do so for forty days.
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)!
Each year (middle of September), everyone in Urmston is invited to create a Scarecrow, for public display! (It is organised by the Facebook Group: Urmston Partnership).
Anyone can enter…..you just have to notify the Facebook group to make sure your entry is listed for ‘the World to see’….and maybe win a prize! (but I don’t suppose it really matters if you don’t).
Its a fun thing to do for everyone, especially during the August bank holiday weekend!
This year we decided to make a fisherman. My friend gave me her Uncles boat when he passed away, hoping we could make use of it. I am pleased to say it has come in very useful as a boat and thought we would now show it off in the Scarecrow Festival. I’ve sent her a postcard with it on as a nice memory for her too. Hopefully it made people smile as they walked the dogs (and children) on the meadows! This was displayed in our garden, and could be seen from the meadows (enter at the corner of Southgate/ Riverside Drive….on the left approx. 200 metres down the path).
Mother’s day is on the fourth Sunday of Lent (in the UK).
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!
Each December, a group of people in Urmston will volunteer to decorate a window for each day of Advent (via the Facebook Group: Urmston Partnership).
It’s quite a fun thing to do, so I try to participate each year (with some help from my super-human hubster!).
So, on the 1st of December someone will decorate (and reveal) their window decoration. The same on the 2nd December ….and so-on, until the 24th December. The decorations remain up until 5th January, so that if you wanted a nice family walk over the Christmas period, its a fun thing to do.
This year, we made a Christmas tree using pallets and added a bauble each day of Advent, which listed the address of the advent window revealed for that day. This was displayed in our garden, and could be seen from the meadows (enter at the corner of Southgate/ Riverside Drive….on the left approx. 200 metres down the path).
Hope it brightens up your walk on the meadows :o).