A weekly round up

Goodness me, this week has flown by! I had a big work event which took up most of Tuesday and all of Wednesday so, again, I had no time for blogging. Be reassured though, my little forum here is never far from the forefront of my mind, so I try to document events big and small ready for when I have a few moments to write.

I am really going to try to keep it to a few moments tonight because I’m desperately trying to finish a crochet project that needs to be gifted on Tuesday at another work event, happily a more relaxed affair this time. I’m sure I’ll have lots to report on next time about that. Needless to say, I’m not going to show you what I’m working on in case the recipient should read this in advance!

The week started with a very special delivery.


Yep, it’s another Eeyore! This isn’t just any old Eeyore though. He’s a limited edition Steiff Eeyore. He’s number four hundred and thirty six of only two thousand made. He’s sitting on our bed at the moment, but he’s mainly going to live in his box to avoid damaging him.

So, on to Tuesday and my work event. We had an evening event and meal with an overnight stay before our conference the next day. As well as being an Account Manager, I’m also responsible for Communications which means that I organise our events. This event needed less organisation than some but I had recommended and booked the hotel we used and had booked our evening event so I was keen for it to be a success.

The hotel was the Macdonald Burlington in the centre of Birmingham and I would definitely recommend it.

I opened the door to my room and actually stopped dead in the doorway. The room was huge! Really huge! Almost intimidatingly so.



See that coffee table at the foot of the bed? Hmmm …. I didn’t when I got up to go to the loo at 4am! Ouch!

It was a little distance to our evening event and there was some debate over whether we would walk or grab a cab, but I’m so glad we walked because I’d forgotten some of the hidden charms of Brum.


Our event was crazy golf with a difference. It’s called Ghetto Golf and as well as the Birmingham course, there’s one in Liverpool. It’s indoor, eighteen holes with various themes such as a bus, a Blockbusters video store and a skittle alley. The tunes are playing loud and it’s a licensed premises.


We ate at a restaurant called Buffalo and Rye, which was in keeping with the tone of Ghetto Golf. I had Buttermilk Chicken Tacos with Asian Street Fries and it was amazing! We didn’t sit down to eat until nine o’clock and I was so hungry by then I completely forgot to take a photo!

The main event on Wednesday was somewhat exhausting, but it was a success all round. I had to talk about my product and I was keen to make the best impression that I could, which I think I managed reasonably well. Lots of people, I know, find speaking in front of a group difficult, and you would think that I would be one of those people, being an introvert and not the best at self promotion, but I’m actually pretty comfortable with it. Admittedly I spend a long time making sure I’m well prepared, but as someone who is naturally quiet, and who finds it difficult to push herself to the forefront, I enjoy being in a position where people have to listen to what I’ve got to say without me having to assert myself to get to that position.

Thursday passed by in a pretty exhausted, uneventful blur until I was about to collapse into bed when an unfortunate accident resulted in this.


Good job I instinctively closed my eye, isn’t it? It was a feline related accident involving Tinkerbell jumping off the wardrobe aiming for my shoulder as usual, but me not realising she was jumping and turning to walk away resulting in a crash! I’m not sure which part of her hit me, but it felt like I’d been punched in the face. That cut isn’t the result of a claw, my skin split with the impact! It’s on the mend though, it looks a lot better today, and it doesn’t hurt anymore.

In garden news, my Sunflower seedlings have now got big enough that I can see them from our back bedroom.


Can you see them? In the green pots just to the left of the ladybird. The seedlings are all coming along well.


I need to read up on what to do next! This is the first time I’ve grown anything from seed so I need to find out when I need to pot them on, and how to go about hardening them off before they go outside and how big they need to be before I can plant them out. I wonder if we’ve had the last frost yet?

My Eupatorium shoots are starting to look decidedly leaf-like.


I’m still nervous about something trampling them so I’m leaving the dead wood there until the new shoots are big enough to look after themselves.

My Geum has quite a few new leaves and a couple of buds which look like they’re not far off starting to bloom.


Bizarrely, it looks like the flower is going to be yellow. Bizarre only because last year I’m sure the flowers were bright orange! Maybe I’m mistaken, or maybe the colour will change.

There’s lots of colour appearing. I’ll share more once we’re further into the season, but here are a couple of spoilers!


The top picture is our Pieris which we inherited with the house. It’s pretty spectacular now, but give it a fortnight or so and it’ll take your breath away.

The second pic is my wild flower. I still don’t know what it is, but I’m very intrigued now it’s got two different colour flowers! I can’t wait till all those little buds have opened.

Right, must get back to crocheting, so all that is left for me to do is to wish my husband a very happy birthday …..


….. and apologise for the Peppa Pig wrapping paper!

10 thoughts on “A weekly round up

  1. Coffeeeandcream 173012 SunEurope/London2019-04-07T00:31:45+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSun, 07 Apr 2019 00:31:45 +0100 2017 / 12:31 am

    Oh my goodness that cat scratch looks painful!


  2. greengirlgardener 173008 SunEurope/London2019-04-07T08:28:20+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSun, 07 Apr 2019 08:28:20 +0100 2017 / 8:28 am

    Luckily it’s healing really well. I’ll be good as new in no time 😁.


  3. lifestyleadventurebeauty 173001 MonEurope/London2019-04-08T01:29:20+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonMon, 08 Apr 2019 01:29:20 +0100 2017 / 1:29 am

    The hotel looks lovely! Oh, your eye, looks very sore! I hope it heals well xxx

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    • greengirlgardener 173007 MonEurope/London2019-04-08T07:02:35+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonMon, 08 Apr 2019 07:02:35 +0100 2017 / 7:02 am

      It’s much better now – thank you 😁.


  4. tonytomeo 173004 TueEurope/London2019-04-09T04:13:38+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonTue, 09 Apr 2019 04:13:38 +0100 2017 / 4:13 am

    That unknown flower seems to be some sort of Lunaria. It does not look like Lunaria annua, but could be Lunaria biennis. I really do not know because I have never worked with that Lunaria biennis. If it is not Lunaria, it must be related to it, in the Brassicaceae (or Cruciferacea) family.
    That Pieris could be the species Pieris forestii, or the cultivar Pieris ‘Forest Flame’. Of course, there are many other cultivars that I am not familiar with. It has thrip.

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    • greengirlgardener 173010 TueEurope/London2019-04-09T10:52:39+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonTue, 09 Apr 2019 10:52:39 +0100 2017 / 10:52 am

      Thanks! Finally I know what it is! Pretty sure it is Annua looking at pics on google. The Pieris is Forest Flame. So what do I do about Thrip? Or can’t I do anything about it?

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      • tonytomeo 173001 ThuEurope/London2019-04-11T01:58:49+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonThu, 11 Apr 2019 01:58:49 +0100 2017 / 1:58 am

        Well, we used insecticide for thrip. I think it was Orthene, which may not be available retail. However, that was only on the farm where I needed the material to be marketable. In the landscape, where I am not so concerned about perfection, I just pruned up lower growth and inner growth to improve air circulation, and kept much of the debris off the ground (although Pieris prefer debris to stay on the ground). I sprayed the foliage with water when watering. It did not eliminate the thrip, but managed it so that I do not know that it is there.

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      • greengirlgardener 173009 ThuEurope/London2019-04-11T09:51:22+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonThu, 11 Apr 2019 09:51:22 +0100 2017 / 9:51 am

        Thank you! 😁

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      • tonytomeo 173005 SunEurope/London2019-04-14T17:10:17+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonSun, 14 Apr 2019 17:10:17 +0100 2017 / 5:10 pm

        You are welcome.


      • tonytomeo 173002 ThuEurope/London2019-04-11T02:03:05+01:00Europe/London04bEurope/LondonThu, 11 Apr 2019 02:03:05 +0100 2017 / 2:03 am

        Actually, after looking again, it does not look as if your Pieris needs much pruning. You may want to try an insecticide if you do not find that to be objectionable. Just be certain that any such insecticide is labeled for use with thrip. You may want to investigate horticultural oil too. If there are not other plants right next to it that will be damaged by oil, that might be labeled for thirp.
        The Lunaria does quite look like the sort that I am familiar with, particularly since one is blooming white. At least you might have narrowed it down a bit, so know what to watch for as it matures so that you can identify it later.

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