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I do not know the name of this particular variety but it carries more flowers than any other variety I have ever come across. Unlike most of the potentillas it has a propensity to grow quite upright, is slightly taller than is usual, and spreads very slowly from the base which throws out separate branches from the roots.
One of my favourite sweets as a child, was Kali. It used to be sold mainly in yellow (which was the cheaper version) or rainbow ...
For those of you who have never had Kali ... it is a type of sherbet that is made the size of caster sugar crystals ... children would buy quite a lot for very little cost and it was served up in a cone white paper bag. You simply dipped your finger into the powdery crystals and sucked off the contents and it would last for hour after hour after hour. Never had so many children been so quiet for so long as when Kali was available ...
I haven't seen this sweet for years and thought that it was gone from the shops for good ...
Do they sell Kali anywhere else in the world? I wonder ... does anyone remember it or is it more common than I have been led to believe?
Little addition: Kali is pronounced ... kay-lie
Many years ago, I used to know a woman who deliberately spread her potato peelings around her garden in every nook and cranny wherever there was a naked bit of soil. Every year she would dig up pound after pound of beautiful, organic potatoes.
If you have spare soil in your garden this is one crop worth trying out - and it's free. Potatoes grow very easily from peelings especially if there are a fair quantity of eyes in the skin. Please remember to wait until after the plant has flowered before digging up the crop. NEVER eat the small green tomato looking fruits that appear where the flowers have been they are very poisonous.
Potatoes and tomatoes belong to the nightshade family which is why their flowers look so very similar.
Oops forgot the boxing!!!!
To get back to my story ... on this very hot day we travelled to Withybed Green, over the canal bridge that ended up in a cul-de-sac which had a really old public house called 'The Crown Inn.' The Crown Inn ... was magical, it had large green heavy wooden shutters and reminded me of 'The Admiral Benbow' from out of the book called Treasure Island. It had large flower baskets that tumbled with bright flowers and at the back was a large rockery. The rockery was dominated with one flower - it over-flowed with the creeper called 'Creeping Jenny.' The whole area was a mass of thousands upon thousands of bright yellow flowers and I fell in love with this delightful plant there and then.
The owners of the public house very kindly gave my mother a small cutting of the plant which contained a few roots. I have had Creeping Jenny in my garden ever since and find it to be one of those useful plants that you can use in the border, in baskets and tubs ... in fact, anywhere you have either a little gap or you are in need of a trailing plant.
Special note: The Domesday Book came about after the Battle of Hastings in 1066 when King Harold II, (one of England's best Monarch's or Kings) was famously killed on the battle field, taken out by receiving a fatal sword wound, not as many still believe by an arrow in the eye. William wanted to know how much wealth he had acquired and so commissioned the listings of everything in the land that he had conquered and now ruled. This is therefore probably the very first English Census.
Harold's father was the Earl of Wessex, called Godwin and his mother, Gytha was the famous daughter of Ulf the brother-in-law of Denmark's Canute. Although Harold reigned for just 283 days he was a very active monarch. He was a strong and powerful man for at least 13 years. As the Earl of East Anglia he inherited all of his father's lands and soon his title was elevated to Earl of Wessex and Kent and he later formed a very influential position in the life of Edward the Confessor. He went on to conquer and take over the county of Hereford and by the year 1063 he totally crushed the Welsh risings. He was soon to be shipwrecked and held prisoner by Duke William of Normandy in 1064. He skilfully talked his way out by promising that he would help get the Crown for William but as soon as he got back on home territory he claimed that Edward the Confessor had named him as the successor to the thrown. At this time there were several others laying claim to the thrown: Norway's Harold III Hardrada, his brother Tostig, and William of Normandy. Both Tostig and Hardrada were killed by Harold at the Battle of Stamford Bridge on 25 September 1066 (just outside York). Three days after this dreadful battle William invaded Sussex. Harold II and his army had the hard task then of marching 250 miles in nine short days to fight William at Hastings. Harold only narrowly lost the day ... and ended the 600 years of the Anglo Saxon reign of England.
Little is known of Harold's children with the exception that his youngest daughter, Gunhild travelled to Wiltshire to Wilton Abbey and became a Nun. His Eldest daughter called Gytha married the King Waldemar of Novgorod and died in 1125. Harold had at least five sons and two daughters by two wives.
Extra little note: a withy is the fine long stems of the willow that are cut down and re-grow each year. They are usually grown near to rivers, canals, brooks and other water courses. They are used both in thatching and basket weaving. The name Withybed gets its name from the withy.
When not in use a cat will retract their claws and mostly just have their soft pads in use. A fox also has retractable claws.
One thing this does do is to take me back to junior school - was it the same for you that when you first began to write little stories for the teacher, your reward would be a little paper gummed star that would be stuck at the end of your work with a very long tick. Coloured stars would be given if your work was nice and neat and if it was very good, and you were very lucky ... a beautiful gold star. Of course, everyone wanted a gold star. Just the same as everyone in athletics wants a gold medal ... and perhaps that is the problem because the moment you begin to place stars that are lined up to show the world who you are then of course you want the maximum available - that's human nature!
This new partner of Entrecard called Sezwho for the moment is purely on trial - the jury is out and we'll see if it remains on my blog.
Extra note: I have tried SezWho until end of Saturday .......... My blog wasn't loading properly and as it appeared at the end of each blog entry it looked as though every entry was star marked!!!!!!!! SezWho is obviously not meant for Blogger blogs ... I love my blog and do not wish to export it anywhere else and so I have now removed SezWho.
Thank you so much to Heidi,Health Nut Wannabee Mom
for presenting me with "just plain fun to read" awardHeidi's blog is beautifully written and I enjoy visiting it every day. She fills it with up-to-date information that is both enjoyable and easy to read - why not take a look for yourselves and you'll find yourself hooked on a daily visit too! As is the custom in the blogging community, a blog that has been honoured with this award should seek out four other worthy blogs to pass it on to. This is currently very difficult as I visit so many blogs every day and know that there are several that I would like to pass the award on to. I have chosen four different sorts of blogs and hope that you will pay a visit to each of them.
The first blog I have chosen is: Backcounter Buffet This is a very special blog, not only because food symbolizes love but because Julia is a very caring person who raises dogs that are specially trained for handicapped people. Take a look at her blog and see her wonderful new puppy Ceres and learn a little about what she does.
The second blog that I have chosen is: A Taste of Both Worlds This is a different take on a food blog, Maggie checks out all sorts of delicious offerings some are delivered to her door and some are amazing dishes that tantalise the taste buds ... my mouth is watering, let me know if a visit to her site has the same effect on you!
My third choice is: PlotDog Press
Shhhh! This is a special blog that I visit that is both informative and a good read. It not only offers an interesting mixture of reading material but also for all you avid people who enjoy a challenge ... competitions too!
The first time that I saw a few of these small piles of stones - I thought that one of the family had accidentally kicked them onto the lawn. I eventually reasoned that this was not a possibility when further small piles had been found further into the lawn.
I know that worms very often pull leaves that have fallen off trees in the Autumn down into the ground. Could it be worms that are hauling the stones into piles? As yet I have not seen any sight of a creature moving a stone so I am unsure ... hopefully time will tell ... although I have not heard of anything similar on any other peoples lawns yet!
Mysterious creature moves stones ...
At least with all of this wet weather I have finally been able to find out the name of one of my most favourite of plants pictured above. This beautiful silver-grey, velvet leafed plant produces a small ball of shiny, medium-sized, black seeds that readily grow if scattered onto the ground as soon as the seed head opens.
Added thought: It will soon be St Swithin's Day ... are we in for a year of floods like 2007?
An old and useful vegetable that would benefit everyone is skirret. Skirret is a root vegetable ... to best describe its flavour would be to imagine a cross between a parsnip and carrot. Once a skirret plant in the garden then it's there forever as they are said to be everlasting. As with carrots and parsnips they have green foliage on top but then they produce a multitude of roots or root tubas and as the roots or tubas are broken off for use then more grow in their place.
Skirret can be used in stir frying, soups, stews, casseroles, baking, chipping ... in fact, it is a welcome addition or substitute to any other root vegetable and therefore can be used to vary old favourite recipes. This lovely, Elizabethan vegetable is worth a place in anyone's garden or back yard. It can be grown from purchasing a small root portion, grown from seed or is even easy to propagate from a small root cutting.
Additional note: For those who have difficulty in acquiring skirret - packets of seeds are available at http://www.organiccatalog.com/catalog/
By the time that I was three, I had been told that these beautiful flowers had come all the way from Peru. How exciting to have South American exotic flowers in the garden! I used to think of Peru as being covered in Nasturtiums ...
We had neighbours that would pickle the Nasturtium seeds and use them in place of capers. I would look at their crinkly forms stacked in glass jam jars covered in vinegar but never fancied trying them. Many would use the small freshly opened young leaves, like watercress, in salads and some would even toss the flower heads on top of the salad bowl to brighten up a lunch time meal. I confess that I have since tried the young leaves and indeed the flowers but I have still not been tempted to try a pickled seed.
I have always grown Nasturtiums but the last few years they haven't grown so well and this year, although I planted my seeds in March I have only had three flowers bloom - one red one and two deep gold with orange stripes. What has happened to Nasturtium seeds? Why are they no longer as fertile as they used to be? Do they still grow well in Peru?Little note: the weather today has been extremely wet, windy and wild ... rain, rain, rain and yes more rain!
Recently, we have had a pair of wild woodpigeons flutter down and eat from the bird table. Their cooing, at times, is similar to the smaller doves and so the first time that I found one on the bird table it flew off with such a noise from its wings I jumped nearly out of my skin. For the first few seconds I wondered what on earth this large bird was then realised that it was a woodpigeon. It flew low and skirted the top of the fence almost skimming it in its hurry to leave the garden ... but it has come back several times and today was joined by its mate. Two more mouths to feed - they seem happy feeding off the assorted wild bird food mixture that I scatter over the table's floor.
(Woodpigeons grow to approximately 42cm in length - they usually lay two eggs - the young remain as nestlings for a full five weeks. The woodpigeon has between one and three broods of chicks each year. The young are fed with fluid produced from crop (a sort of would-be milk), both parents are able to provide this for their young. They have a lovely eight note calling song that goes something like this "Coo-ooo-ooo-ooooo-coo-ooo-ooo-ooooo." The collared dove is much smaller than the woodpigeon at usually just under 30cm in length - they also lay two eggs - the young baby chicks are able to fly and leave the nest after only three weeks. This short period allows collared doves to have up to five broods of chicks each year. Their call is more structured and is something like this "Coo-cooo-coo ... coo-cooo-coo ... coo-cooo-coo ... coo-cooo-coo.")
My mother-in-law broke a piece off the rose and gave it to me ... "Now," she said "plant that cutting and our friendship will last forever, too!"
So ... I planted my 'friendship' rose and it has rambled and multiplied and produces bountiful blossoms every year and not only reminds me of my mother-in-law and the rest of my family but also of the saying 'a rose, is a rose, is a rose.'
I was not able to capture any of this with the camera as I was so concerned to make sure that the cat was no where in the vicinity whilst they were learning to be mobile.
Today, cock robin was positioning himself on the garden furniture once more and calling out for more food ... more food. It is difficult to see but all along this cock has a few loose feathers on his back and is easily distinguishable from any other robin. You can just about see it if you look closely. These feathers that stick out ... have no way impaired his ability to look after his family and he is certainly the most vociferous robin that I have ever encountered. He is now so cheeky that he comes quite close to the back door, sits on the fence and calls for more food - perhaps I should have called him 'Oliver Twist.'
In the last few years it has been quite noticeable that nearly all species of local birds are active until dark ... they roost at the last possible moment. Many birds, especially in areas where there are orange street lights appear to be singing all through the night and you can often glimpse them taking short flights during the hours of darkness in well lit areas.