Monday, 8 February 2016

Amaryllis Sunday on Monday..................

Oh where has Speedy gone?  Its OK Speedy is fine, just had to be found a new safer home.  Slow and Steady is doing well, and still nurturing another stalk.

picture taken 4th February
Speedy now lives in the fire surround with the ones that I rescued from the garden, and now stands 26" high between top of the bulb and the bottom of the flowers and needs a supporting stick, even with a supporting stick it grew too big for the corner of the window sill and it looked like it may have fallen and really we did not want it to come crashing down onto the computer!

Since last Thursday Speedy has sprouted another flower and now looks like a tannoy!  We are somehow expecting voices from it!

The rescued ones are doing the same.  The one on the right sprouted first, and the one on the left was about a week behind, now look!  But it does look they are both just producing leaves, so I may remove them from there as I think it is too warm for them.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Talking Pictures!

Has anyone else heard of  Talking Pictures TV
Who doesn't like sitting in the warm with crochet or knitting or even embroidery on cold wet winter afternoons and watching a good film!
Its a whole channel of reasonable length movies from before Star Wars, and Indiana Jones and even James Bond.  Most of them, nearly all of them are in black and white, one I've seen dating from 1929 to the 80's.  We tend to watch the thirties to the early sixties films. 

There are comedies like one of my favourite films the Iron Maiden.

Mr Pastry films.  Yes I'm old enough to know who he was!

Serious classic films like Brighton Rock

and Dr Crippin

Rare amazing colour film of 1939 set in Dartmouth Devon (UK)  The only film made in Dufaycolor.  It made the film look like vintage colour postcards.

And lots of compelling films that must have been in the vaults for years.  
Lots of films we have never heard of but enjoyed watching with lots of actors and actresses we knew of but haven't seen for years!

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Amaryllis Sunday ~ Week 5

And the saga of Slow and Steady and Speedy continues.................

Slow and Steady nurturing another stalk

Speedy growing fast............

.......and Speedy's petals are getting ready to show themselves

Even the two that were bought in from the cold, wind and rain are ready to say hello.  The one on the left is a gift from Christmas 2014, and also flowered last July too, from my lovely friend Jane, as is Slow and Steady is her gift from Christmas 2015.  Slow and Steady has a lot to live up to!  Two flowerings in one year! The one on the right I purchased 2012.

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

What have you been reading..........?

End of last year I thought to myself I haven't read a proper book in a while, well quite a while in fact.  I borrowed these from my friend and loved each an every one for different reasons.  I have to admit I do go for biographies or autobiographies rather than fiction, but then saying that I am now reading again Agatha Christie's Miss Marple, which I enjoyed in my early teens along with Jeeves and Wooster, so I will probably re-read those too at some point.

(Click on photos to enlarge)

This book was quite interesting reading about the girls at the Butlin's holiday camps and how it wasn't a holiday for them although they really enjoyed themselves

This book is so funny.  It brought the little Norman Thewell cartoons to life.  I am not a horse person at all yet I absolutely loved this book.  I recommend it to non-horse lovers too.

This book is about a young girl who became a landgirl who loved the land so much she and her husband farmed after the war too.


Since Christmas I lost five followers, then I have lost another two, and only in the last five minutes lost another two!  What is going on, at this rate I won't have followers left!

Monday, 25 January 2016

Amaryllis Sunday on Monday ~ Week 4

Well as you can see one of them is racing ahead and the other is taking its time

Speedy has shot up, and I need to find a stick for it

Slow and Steady is taking time slowly.  Wish I could take time this slowly, and if you look closely there is another shoot growing.

Remember the two waterlogged ones I rescued from the rains in the garden.  Well I brought them indoors, only in the shed at first, but they were still feeling waterlogged, so I brought them in the house to warm up and now there is a shoot on one of them.  This particular bulb seems to be quite prolific..........  remember last July.  

Sunday, 17 January 2016

Amaryllis Sunday ~ Week 3..........

One of the Amaryllises seems to be racing ahead, somehow it reminded me of the fable of the Hare and the Tortoise.  Where slow and steady wins the day.  The Amaryllis I purchased is racing ahead, but the one my best friend Jane bought me is slow and steady.

The Tortoise and the Hare 


Today we would like to say a BIG Happy Second Birthday to his sister Scarlett

Monday, 11 January 2016

Amaryllis Sunday on Monday ~ Week 2............

Not much has changed on the Amaryllis front except the smaller one has grown taller and the bud if forming

A special member of our family was five yesterday, our grandson, who was  spoilt rotten by is uncles and aunties and us, and we had a wonderful lunch out at the local eatery.