Three Things Thursday: 28 September 2017

My weekly exercise in gratitude – three things that are making me smile – feel free to steal this idea with wild abandon and fill your blog [or Twitter account or Facebook page or diary or life in general] with happiness.

First, an evening of indulgence. In my work in progress post yesterday I mentioned my sudden need for fingerless mittens. As the rain fell and the wind howled last night, I settled down with an audiobook, a glass of wine and got busy with my crochet hook. Before the end of the evening I’d finished my mittens. I’m not sure that the yarn is something I would have bought, but it will certainly keep my hands cosy and I do like the colours… and I woke up to sunshine this morning, so I won’t need them at least for today.

Second, baby carnivores. I’m really delighted to have had a some success with producing new carnivorous plants. The seeds of pitcher plants require cold treatment before they will germinate and they don’t grow quickly, but it’s very satisfying once they do. Here is one of my babies:


Sarracenia hybrid

Third, winter food. This year I’m hoping to harvest at least a few things from the limery. There should be some citrus fruits (lemons and limes) and I’ve got some pots of lettuce growing well. Although winter isn’t a time when we crave lots of salad, it will be lovely to have fresh lettuce leaves available as well as the stronger oriental leaves that are often the mainstay of winter salads.

So, that’s what’s making me happy this week. How about you?


Emily of Nerd in the Brain originally created Three Things Thursday, but it’s now being hosted by Natalie of There She Goes.

Growing shoots

This week things seem to be growing particularly well.

First, the chilli and sweet pepper seeds in my propagator are starting to germinate. All varieties have made an appearance, but the most abundant are the Lemon Drop chillies and the Lipstick sweet peppers. I am particularly delighted to report, as well, that there are signs of life from the Australian peppers kindly supplied by Kate (tall tales from chiconia):

Lipstick peppers making an appearance this week

Lipstick peppers making an appearance this week

Second, the lovely Sissie, the High Bank baby has outgrown the first pair of mittens that I made for her, so a second larger pair is required. These look very big to me for such a little girl, but at least she won’t outgrow them too quickly:

New mittens for Sissie

New mittens for Sissie

And, finally, the hens clearly think that spring has arrived (despite the gale-force winds and driving rain) and Perdy has joined in with the laying bonanza so that today, for the first time in months, I collected three eggs from the laying box. It looks like cake season is here again!

What’s growing well for you this week?

All present and correct

As you may know, we do not give presents at Christmas and, as far as possible, we try not to receive them either. It’s all part of the trying to be sustainable and avoid waste. But that is not to say that we don’t give presents… we just give them at random times and only when we know the gift is ‘right’ for the recipient. Rather than hundreds of cards and piles of presents at this time of year, we make a donation to Practical Presents… something for people who really need our assistance.

In the past few weeks the only presents I have given have been two calendars and a box of dark chocolate Brazil nuts, the latter being a birthday present. However, a visit to High Bank on Saturday inspired me to make a little gift for Sissie:

Some tiny mittens for Sissie

Some tiny mittens for Sissie

I’ll be posting them later, so if you are reading this, Perkin, don’t tell her!

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