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Jacinta D's Journal

Jacinta D's Journal December 2013

Last Post 1419 days 7 hours ago

Goodbye

31 December 2013 19:01:10
Happy New Year

Happy New Year

Looking forward to waving 2013 goodbye as it hasn't been great for me. But......forever the optimist, things WILL get better. And as I am a woman of few words (some will argue LOL) I want to wish all my friends here a very Happy New Year.

Just what the doctor ordered

30 December 2013 19:41:22
Just what the doctor ordered

Just what the doctor ordered

Having been out of action recently with mobility, I decided to coax and cajole Steve to take us out on a short trip to the Botanic Gardens. It's the first day I have been out walking without the crutches, so it was a test in itself. 

After such a horrendous night with torrential rain and winds, it brightened up no end by midday so it made for a very welcome stroll around the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. I didn't manage to do the full perimeter of the gardens but I surprised myself anyway. And it was sooooo great to be out in a cold, but lovely sunny day.

Cymbidium

30 December 2013 15:45:59

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Was in my nearest Woodies store today and only JUST resisted temptation. This Cymbidium was reduced from €14.99 to a mere fiver. But I already have one here for the last three years and I'm still waiting for it to flower for a second time. If it doesn't come up with the goods soon, it's up for grabs.

Come on!

30 December 2013 14:53:05

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Not that I'm in any hurry or anything. But I've been watching some of my Galanthus over the last few days. Writing on all my labels have washed off. So I'm hoping Paddy will be able to id them when they open. This one is nearly there!

Badges for get-together

29 December 2013 19:11:59
Badges for get-together

Badges for get-together

So, who still has their name badges from last years' get-together? The more the merrier.

Today I chanced upon a gardening programme 'Love your garden'. I thought it may have been a repeat and wasn't going to watch it. But now I'm glad I did. Hadn't seen that episode before. 

Itchy Feet

29 December 2013 07:54:08

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At this stage I'm literally chomping at the bit to get out into the garden and tackle a few small jobs. Lots of untidy bits are looking even MORE untidy now, as a result of the recent storms. And I'm very thankful that the greenhouse is still standing. I have left the door wide open this year so Holly can take refuge there. But I went in yesterday and a few of my prized plants have been toppled over and broken. But it's not as bad as I had expected.

Having been incapacitated recently, I am thankfully on the mend well and truly. Yesterday I just ventured out for a few photos, but ended up cutting back and tidying up. Before I knew it, my hands were pretty much frozen. But at this stage, I'm ready to go out and do a little bit each day. Enough of pampering myself!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

"There's a kind of hush......"

24 December 2013 07:51:50
'There's a kind of hush......'

'There's a kind of hush......'

The site is becoming increasingly quieter as the festivities get into full swing.

This year myself and Steve will have a quiet one, having already given pressies to my babies the other day. I'm feeling a bit of 'Empty Nest' Syndrome. But fledglings must be given their freedom.

But Steve has already finished up work so there'll be no mad panic trying to get everything done on time (he'll have a list of jobs to do, LOL) So it's time to kick off the boots, and enjoy the final celebration of the year.

Thanks to everyone for putting up with my constant moaning throughout the year. Ya can't beat a good moan! I feel it in my bones that next year will be a much better year all round. And I hope it's the same for all of you too. 

So, I'd like to take this opportunity to wish all my buddies a VERY HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR! Love ya lots!

It must be winter

22 December 2013 20:56:19

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Good Lord, wasn't that an absolutely horrific day? One would almost think it was winter outside. Lots of grey skies and heavy hailstones intermittently all day, with a bitingly cold wind.

But I spotted one of my chaenomeles in flower during a brief respite in showers. Very welcome treat.

Gathering up

22 December 2013 09:37:29
Gathering up

Gathering up

I haven't got much planned for today apart from lunch with Dad. But after that, I hope to get out and see what, if anything, I may have for giveaways in Johnstown. So, if I have already promised anything to anybody, can you please remind me. Feeling VERY senior since Friday. LOL

Healing Honey (not a gardening journal)

20 December 2013 20:24:32

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I read somewhere that honey applied to a burn, and wrapped in clingfilm can help ease the pain, and reduce scarring. Hmmmm, maybe it's a bit too soon to tell whether it has worked or not. Will repeat the process at bedtime again tonight.

Low Lights 2013

19 December 2013 20:34:52

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I had a bad year with my health this year, with one thing and another. And this in itself has been the reason for me having possibly the worst gardening year that I can remember in a long long time.

This latest episode with my leg has been the worst, then burnt my hand last week, and a head cold reared its ugly head yesterday evening.

This morning I got a taxi over to the job as I'm still unable to drive. I went over to clear out my locker. Such a sad time. Outside, workers dismantling shelves, and taking ownership of stock for other stores. We cease trading on January 4th after a long hard struggle there for the last 3-4 yrs. Without appearing like I'm bragging, 8 years ago when I joined the workforce, I had great pride in re-organizing the g.c. and putting our place on the map of the North Side of Dublin. Blood, sweat and tears (quite literally) went into the place but it was all worth it. It has been a great learning curve, and an eye-opener into the way Managers have run the store - or NOT!!

All of the shelving in the garden centre has now been removed, AND all of the plants. Most of the plants have been reduced by 75%. A very teary morning but I must now keep my emotions in check. 

Deliberately not mentioning the name (don't want to be accused of slander). I'm sure most of you knew where I worked. May be re-located to another store. But do I really want that! So enough depressing thoughts. I have to put it all behind me and look forward to more cheerful times. One thing is for sure, next year just HAS to be a lot better.

Tomorrow is my Birthday. But will save my first tipple in a long time for Monday when I get the drip off my arm. 

HAVE A LOVELY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

Winter Berries

17 December 2013 20:52:14
Myrtus ugni 'Butterball'

Myrtus ugni 'Butterball'

A nice low-growing evergreen shrub. I have it in a pot for now and it may stay there. I only have it a few months so we'll see how it grows.

Its foliage is scented and the berries are edible, supposedly tasting like Candy Floss. I must try a few tomorrow before the birds decide to feast on them.

Bad news on the job front just one week before Christmas. A lot to ponder over during the holidays!

Nice sunrise

15 December 2013 09:12:56

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I was leaving the nurse out to the door this morning when I noticed a really nice sunrise. I hope it's not a bad sign for today!!!

The scent of growth

14 December 2013 20:15:02

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Such a rotten day all day. But I busied myself indoors once the Christmas tree was purchased and delivered. Every year I curse myself for having so many decorations to choose from, I don't put them all up each year. I bought a few sets of 'coloured' lights for the tree, now that wee Davey is old enough to be properly excited about Christmas. I normally decorate the tree with a wee drink in my hand and a Christmas CD playing in the background. However, the tipple will have to wait. I'll probably appreciate it more.

I buy a real tree every year as I absolutely adore the scent that you get as soon as you walk into the house. And they say that for every tree that is cut down, another one is planted. Music to my ears.

Fully open

12 December 2013 21:07:22
Fully open

Fully open

Camellia 'Berenice Perfection' is open fully now. Such a sweetie!

Every little helps

12 December 2013 20:42:52
Pumpkin planter?

Pumpkin planter?

I had no intention of doing anything outside at all today bar take a few snaps. However, the clematis, and dahlias were annoying me. So glad I got them cut back. I can sit back for a while now and let myself heal before I do any more.

I laughed when I saw my beautiful pumpkin planter up on the wall of the Upper Pond. During my stay in hospital, the pumpkin itself had completely rotted down and disappeared, but left the thyme rootball intact, with the violas clinging on for dear life. Funny!

Berenice

09 December 2013 21:54:16
Camellia japonica 'Berenice Perfection'

Camellia japonica 'Berenice Perfection'

Couldn't believe it today seeing my first camellia has started to flower already.

Taking Stock

08 December 2013 22:04:20

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Visited the garden for a short while with the camera this morning, and generally observed what needs doing and things that I will be ABLE to do. Lots of weeding, but that's a non-runner just yet. 

But tomorrow, Steve will be back in work, and I might venture out to cut back a couple of clematis that are totally brown now. Also my dahlias have well and truly blackened, so they will get the chop. After that......it's painkillers, antibiotics, the couch, reading material and a big open fire for the rest of the day.

Still harvesting

07 December 2013 20:13:01

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Some of you may know that I was finally discharged from hospital only this morning. Using crutches to get around, and have people coming to the house to administer antibiotics three times a day intravenously so confined to the house until Chrstmas. It will be a while before I venture outside to do anything. So today all I did was water a few house plants and of course my peppers that are still growing away indoors. They are finally turning red. Great to see in December.

I'll be off work for a good while still. So I intend to just take things very easy until my leg can stand a bit of gentle abuse.

Looking out this evening at a house across the road and thinking maybe I'll get my tree (or get Steve to get it) sometme this week and really get into the festive spirit. How the Hell did Christmas creep up so fast.

It's good to be home.

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