Three Things Thursday: 11 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, meeting blogging friends in person. This week has been an especially good week for this since I spent Monday afternoon with Katy the Night Owl, drinking vast quantities of tea and setting the world to rights. And then today we had lunch with Sue, a blog reader who lives in the next county to us, but whom we’ve never met before. It won’t be the last time – again there was lots of tea, plus pies and cakes.

Second, pollinators. Our garden has been full of bees this year – especially little bumblebees. We see hardly any honeybees, although I noticed loads of these on my recent visit to London – clearly city bee-keeping is thriving. The limery, however, seems to be a magnet for hoverflies, which avoid the insectivorous plants and head straight for the flowers:


hoverfly on a melon flower

Third, a trio of eggs. For the first time in many months, today I have collected three eggs. This means that the lovely young Mags (Light Sussex) has started laying – yay! Now if Anna could just get back to it, we’d be swamped!


today’s eggs from (l-r) Mags, Tiffany and Aliss

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

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  1. Have you ever thought of beekeeping? Not that I consider it a minor undertaking. I just wondered if you ever looked into it.

    • We have discussed it, but in our small garden and with close neighbours we decided against it… instead we try to encourage native bees, and we seem to be having some success 🙂

  2. It was lovely to meet you both and find we have so much in common. Look forward to next time.

  3. Fresh farm eggs are the ONLY eggs I eat now. Weekly 3 dozen from a local farm!

  4. I’m grateful to have finished the charity quilt I was working on, and have sent it off, I’m grateful for modern medicine to ease this stinking cold the Husband so kindly brought home, and I’m grateful for a really excellent ankle brace to hold still the ligaments I tore yesterday when I fell over. The last two were a bit of a stretch, I confess…

  5. You always have the most wonderful lists! 😀 I’m glad you’ve had such a lovely week!

  6. What a satisfying week for you. I met up with dear friends for lunch, got back to a painting I have had on the go for ages and, thirdly, got my tax done! It’s a good life, and I am grateful to be able to live it.

  7. What a lovely collection of three things. And a very pretty hoverfly – I think she selected the melon flower to compliment her coloring for the photo.


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