Three Things Thursday: 21 July 2016

As usual I’m joining with Emily of Nerd in the Brain (and others) for Three Things Thursday’. As she says…

*three things that make me smile: an exercise in gratitude – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog with the happy*

First, unplanned plants. I do love an unexpected visitor in the garden and, in this particular case, in the limery. Some of the seed that we put out for the birds must have got into the potting compost, because one of my pepper plants has a companion. I nearly weeded it out when I first noticed it, but then I thought how lovely it would be if it flowered… and how right I was:

Second, the ‘big 50’. Not quite my birthday yet (although that will be happening in a few months time) but swimming. Since I started in mid-January, I have been swimming 50 times. I swim a minimum of a kilometre every time I go, so I’ve swum quite a long way this year. My annual pass has been a great investment and, in fact I’m close to having covered the cost already.

Third, swapsies! I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I was swapping my knitting skills for some yarn. The deal is that I knit Kathryn some socks and she sends me some of the yarn that she is no longer able to use. So far I am up on the deal as the yarn to knit up, plus my ‘payment’ arrived yesterday. As well as the commercially produced yarn, Kathryn also sent me a little of the yarn she spins herself, which is lovely. I have a trip away at the end of next week, so Kathryn’s socks will be on my needles for that.

So that’s it for this week. What are you feeling grateful for?

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  1. I so agree about the unexpected plants. I have quite a lot of them! Gratitude…. My husband is 64 today. 8 years ago he had throat cancer! I think that counts for all three today. We are going to a walled garden and supper out at a favourite country pub! Well done on the swims.

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  2. I have “volunteer” plants, too, but none so impressive as yours!


  3. I’m grateful for a big bowl of home grown mandarins in the fridge, for my invaluable $3 Schlemmertopf which makes the best ever roast chicken, and for my comfortable bed and the ability to sleep without pain again.


  4. Oh, I love, love, love your surprise sunflower! 😀 It’s beautiful!

    Congrats on the swimming! Exercise and getting your money’s worth out of a membership are lovely things. (John and I finally became members of our favorite park last month, and we’ll be hitting the “break even” point this evening on the cost. Yay!)

    So. Much. Gorgeous. Yarn! 😀


  5. Such a lovely visitor to the Limery! 🙂
    . . . and please excuse me while I drool over the yarn! 🙂

    If I had to think of three things that make me smile, I guess I’d have to start off with a wonderful friend who, despite red hot temperatures the other day, still sorted out my kitchen cupboards for me 🙂
    The second – having the chance to sit on a bench in New Quay, eating wonderful vinegar-soaked chips, and watching a pod of dolphins having fun after their dinner from the fish factory 🙂
    . . and the third – looking at all the things I’ve been making over the last few months, and knowing they’ll be going to people who will appreciate the work, and the love, I put into them 🙂

    I envy you the swimming! Lol


  6. I love sunflowers and I love garden surprises, so that would make me smile, too. One of our first sunflowers grew from a bag of spilled squirrel food. It was so much fun that we’ve since planted them most years. Congrats on the yarn swap and the big 50 at the pool.


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