Monday, 8 March 2021

Planting Summer Bulbs And Writing Letters

 I managed to get the letter to my old school friend written yesterday. I had bought a jolly little greetings card of a puppy tucked up in bed in the hope it may make her smile. Also on a card you have limited space so you are not struggling to fill a whole page. It actually felt quite fun taking pen to paper and writing a proper letter! I didn't want to launch into a saga of my life until I found out how life had treated her. I have just told her what is going on with a reunion added my email address and phone number and said I really hope to hear from her. I made a point of adding even if she didn't fancy going to the school reunion it would be lovely to be back in touch. I had found the last letter she sent me when we were 19. she had just met her future husband and it was so full of fun and hope for the future as you are at that age. I so hope life has been kind to her. It's sitting in the hall waiting to be posted this morning when I walk the dogs so fingers crossed for a reply.

I was going to paint the duck house yesterday but it was very chilly and painting is a job that requires standing about so I  planted a few new summer flowering bulbs in the greenhouse and did a bit of hoeing which certainly warms you up. No treasures found, just lots of worms so I was followed about by a little robin all the time I was out there. I had bought some summer bulbs on ebay as I haven't been to the garden centre and I have never even heard of the flowers before. They are called Persian Buttercups and in the photo they look so pretty. Apparently they are wonderful for cut flowers so I'm really looking forward to seeing how they grow. I hope they end up looking as good as the photo in the advert! 


Children are back at school in England today. Youngest son and daughter are both really looking forward to seeing some of the children they look after that they haven't seen for months. Hopefully it's a step to life being a bit more normal. I'm almost starting to forget what normal is! If you're affected by the opening up steps that are happening today I hope it all goes really smoothly for you and everyone has a lovely day what ever your plans. xx

18 comments:

  1. Those flowers look gorgeous, don't they. I've never heard of them before either.
    I lost touch with all my schoolfriends except one, and we are still best of friends, live close to each other now and are really looking forward to a catchup when we are allowed to meet at last. I do hope you get a reply from your friend. It's exciting!
    Yes, the grandchildren are being eased back into secondary school from today. Kids need their friends and to get a normal life back as far as possible. Fingers crossed that all goes smoothly and that people remain sensible to keep down the spread of the virus otherwise we will be back to square one very quickly.
    Have a great day x

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    1. A group of us met up a couple of years ago and now we are the best of friends! I agree it is so important for the poor children to get back to a normal life. I feel desperately sorry for them through all this.

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  2. The flowers are so pretty, I hope they do well in your garden. Fingers crossed for a reply from your friend.

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    1. I find it really exciting to plant something completely new so I really hope they do well.

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  3. I love the look of those persian buttercups - I think I shall have to order some. Hubby was out in the garden yesterday planting lots of summer bulbs but I'm pretty sure those weren't amongst them. My girls are all back to school today - was a bit of shock getting up early this morning and it's remembering your usual routine after all these weeks! They were a bit nervous but i'm sure they will have all had a good day back with their friends.

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    1. It is such a lovely time of year when the planting starts I always think. I hope the first day back for your girls went well.

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  4. Are Persian Buttercups the same as Ranunculus? Whatever they are, they're gorgeous and hope they do well in your garden.

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    1. I've looked them up Eileen and yes they are although I haven't heard of them either. I love planting new flowers.

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  5. I was going to say the same, Eileen...I think they are ranunculus. I had some last year in a deeper pink and they were absolutely gorgeous, flowered for weeks. You'll love them, Jane.

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    1. Thank you Sooze, that sounds really exciting. I can't wait!

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  6. Those are gorgeous flowers. They have been sending school children back in increments here. Youngest first and gradually adding the youngest students.
    I just recieved my first Pfizer jab about two hours ago. No problems yet and hopefully none at all.
    Take care.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. That's wonderful news you have had your vaccination Betsy. It means life will be getting back to a bit of normality soon.

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  7. Those flowers are really beautiful! I look forward to seeing how yours do. It is good that things are beginning to open up there. I hope everything goes well!

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    1. It really does fell like spring here but apparently we have storms and gale force winds on the way so we mustn't get complacent!

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  8. By some coincidence Catherine over at Le Monde de Catherine had those flowers in her post. I agree with the 2 comments already made that the Persian Buttercups are also called Ranunculas. They are stunning!
    I hope your old friend will respond to the card you sent. It would be lovely to get reacquainted again.

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    1. I'll have a look at her blog. I may get some ideas! Yes I hope so much she gets back to me we are so excited at the thought of "The Four Amigos" together again!

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  9. Just an update, I landed up ordering some persian buttercup bulbs yesterday. I looked on amazon and they had some bright pink ones - I'm a sucker for anything pink! Be a nice little job for the weekend, deciding where to plant them.

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  10. Mine our pink too! We'll have to compare notes how they get on.

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