Three Things Thursday: 28 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, last week’s unexpected sunflower has been providing even more joy by attracting bees to the limery. I am very careful to ensure that they find their way outdoors again after they have taken their fill.


bumbling around

Second, we finally have a melon developing on one of the vines in the limery… there have been lots of false starts, but this one looks like it’s actually going to turn into an edible fruit. The variety is Green Nutmeg and it came from the Heritage Seed Library.


it’s looking promising

Third, an heirloom. My mum has passed on the family’s ancient brass jam kettle to me. My dear friend Alfred mended my stainless steel pan a couple of months ago, but now I can do twice as much preserving.


just needs a bit of a clean

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

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  1. Paardje

     /  July 28, 2016

    I am in love with that majestic sunflower! What a blessing! ❤ ❤ ❤

    – I am grateful for having discovered magnesium supplements which have given me back beautiful, restful sleep at nights.
    – I am grateful for allowing myself to not feel like cooking last night and we ordered pizza instead. (I don't usually give in to lazy-me) XD
    – I am grateful for having discovered a door (there are so many in this old, cobwebbed and rusty house!) in our second floor living area that lets the generous Indonesian breeze in! I am enjoying it so much 😀


  2. I’m grateful for a new skill learned and mastered, for temperate winter weather, and for finally being able to taper off my really strong pain relief – one day soon, I’ll be off the opioids completely!


  3. Ann

     /  July 28, 2016

    I’m grateful that I found the shed keys this morning that we could not find last night. This has enabled us to do 3 things –
    1) lock the flippin’ shed
    2) Unlock the power tools needed today
    3) Stop worrying that someone pinched them.

    And I’m very grateful that lovely Steve wasn’t mad at me for loosing them. They were in plain sight, sitting on a bag of compost, well away from prying eyes.

    Oh, and we are both grateful for the 3 hoggies that visit us. 🙂


  4. Oh, the sunflower with bees is fabulous! And yay for melons and giant kettles! 😀


  5. The jam kettle is majestic! It makes me think of all the useful things that have been passed down to me–and I’m thankful!


  6. Heehee, that surprise sunflower just keeps on giving! Good luck with your baby melon, and I’m looking forward to seeing all the tasty preserves you cook up in your new(ish) pan! As for me, I’m grateful that all my July commissions are done, so I can have a DAY OFF! Yippeee!


  7. I love the pics of the sunflower with bee accompaniment, and your growing melon, but the brass jam kettle is something to be very thankful for! I wish I’d had something that good in my jam-making days 🙂


    • The pan has been sitting in my mum’s barn for the past few years so needs a bit of tlc, but I should have it clean and usable very soon 🙂

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      • Nice one 🙂
        I’ve actually got a Thermometer hanging up in the kitchen, which now also needs a bit of tlc to clean it up, that I used to use for anything involving melting sugar, but I haven’t used it for years now – if you could use it, you’re welcome to it 🙂



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