Three Things Thursday: 4 August 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, a new (sort of) table. For ages we have been searching for a second hand bistro table to go in the limery. We found lots of table and chair sets, but we didn’t need chairs; we found very expensive old tables; we found tables needing a significant amount of renovation; we found wooden tables… but nothing just right. We could have bought new, but we really wanted not to add to the ‘stuff’ in the world. Finally, on ebay, we spotted a company selling refurbished catering equipment… including bistro tables. It is perfect…


Second, monkey cups! Until the other day I was pretty convinced that my monkey cup pitcher plant was not very happy as it didn’t seem to be producing pitchers. However, when one of the tomato plants fell over, the pitcher plant got covered in compost so I had to move it and clean it off. And when I took it out of its corner, there at the back was one big pitcher and one developing one. Clearly it’s happier than I thought.

Third, finally reaching Mornington Crescent. Now I’m pretty sure that only a small proportion of my readers will understand why this made me so happy. If you do, then you are probably smiling too; if you don’t then just accept that it’s the main ambition of fans of a Radio 4 show called I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue sometimes referred to as ISIHAC.


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

ADDENDUM: Since the questions have already started, I’d better say that you can read about the joke that is Mornington Crescent HERE.

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  1. Ann

     /  August 4, 2016

    Your pitcher plant looks like some kind of giant slug – the third pic – it has big antenna! Oh, and we have more ‘monsters’ too – you have inspired us. 🙂


  2. Once upon a time I used to work literally around the corner from Mornington Crescent Station, but I am mystified why reaching the place would be an ambition for anyone… Do enlighten me!
    I’m grateful to be coping on ever-smaller doses of the strong stuff.
    I’m grateful to be in the home stretch on the charity quilt I’m making
    I’m very, very, very grateful for a negative result on a recent needle biopsy
    I can’t really say I’m grateful that our backyard is once again a des-res for noisy birds raising a family, but it’s their home too, I suppose… 😦


    • WOOHOO about the biopsy!
      Clearly you aren’t a fan of ISIHAC or you would get the Mornington Crescent reference… it’s a very long running joke (it’s been going on for about 40 years) but if you really want to know, read this


      • Kathryn

         /  August 4, 2016

        Hello from Kathryn aka sock trader ; – )
        I’m so grateful that you have started on my socks – it was very exciting to see the pictures of your knitting on your recent trip.
        I’m grateful to the members of both branches of the Weavers Spinners & Dyers Guild to which I belong. They have been so generous and inspirational to me, teaching me to spin and weave.
        I’m grateful to be borrowing a four shaft loom from the Guild, which I brought home last night. It’s profoundly meaningful to me to create cloth from raw fleece. I have washed it, carded it, spun it, and will now weave with it. So deeply satisfying.


      • I have read it, and I am none the wiser… We don’t have ISIHAC here, and I had no tradition of listening before I emigrated, so it’s gone completely over my head!


  3. A wonderful three things – I can totally appreciate your joy in all including Mornington Crescent! I have passed it on the tube but never alighted there – must do that next time!!!


  4. w1nt3l

     /  August 4, 2016

    I can completely relate to the search for a “perfect table”. My wife took over a year and hundreds of antique and road-side flea markets to find the perfect little table to put next to her reading chair. Needed some TLC, but we got it finished. Yay on the pitcher, I showed my daughter some of the plants you have pictured and she wants to grow some too.


  5. I love your new(ish) Bistro table – I can totally understand the need to find the perfect one, that also dosn’t add to the ‘stuff’ everyone seems to need 🙂
    I’m also fascinated with your pitcher plant, and am glad it’s got it’s pitchers growing well 🙂
    I, too, didn’t understand the ISIHAC, but assume it’s in the same sort of category to hubby’s ITMA- thing, that he tells me he grew up listening to 🙂
    As for 3 things to be grateful for:
    I’m grateful to have finally finished one of my CALS, and to see my friend’s face when she received the results of it 🙂
    I’m grateful to a wonderful hairdresser who called at my home to make me feel special 🙂
    and I’m grateful we’ve had a few nice days, so hubby can get out into the garden again 🙂

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  6. I love that table! What a terrific find. It’s got a beautiful top and it is just what you were looking for.

    Oh my goodness that pitcher plant is a delight. I’ve only seen them in botanical gardens. I’m so impressed that you can grow one.

    A week full of gratitude. Good for you.

    I’m grateful for trained veterinarians, my loving husband and my “boys”, who are really young men.

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