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In a Vase on St David’s Eve

imageYou might know that I am half Welsh and very proud to be so. It is St. David’s Day tomorrow, and in celebration I have picked some daffodils and popped them in a jam-jar decorated with red washi tape, along with some arum leaves and muscari.

The sun is shining today, and no biting wind – hurray! So I was able to photograph the vase outside, next to my lawn (which needs mowing!)

The framed photograph is of my Welsh Grandad, George Owen Absalom OBE. He was a wonderful grandfather to me and introduced me to gardening, in fact when he became headmaster in the school in Woebley, Herefordshire, in 1924, he introduced gardening lessons and the children grew vegetables for the school kitchens. During the Second World War he had the pupils digging up his own garden to grow food for the village.

The dragon card is one I drew with oil pastels for one of my Mum’s birthdays. I found it when we cleared out her house. She has dementia now so won’t have a clue about St. David’s Day, but I will take her daffodils tomorrow as I do every year.

joining in with Cathy’s glorious meme at Rambling in the Garden, where an international garden party happens every Monday.


~ 🐉 ❤️ 💚 ❤️ 🐉 ~

(I can not find a daffodil, Welsh Dragon or Welsh flag on the iPad ☹ )

Here is my second garden shot of the border I am planning to record each month throughout the year. It looks exactly the same as in January (https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2016/01/29/garden/)

so to be more interesting, I have taken the photo from a spot a few steps back to put it context with Pippin, the caravan and the apple tree.

image.jpeg I feel a bit fed up looking at this picture as, for ages, I have been trying to prepare things to move Pippin forward and put a fruit cage where she now stands. I need help to do this and had my son E,  Big Bro and Little Bro coming on Saturday afternoon to make some progress BUT i had to cancel as I fell foul to yet another **********! virus.

Please, oh please let me be WELL! The sun is shining and I long to be out there!

Yarn Along gifts


Just for fun joining in with Cee’s Flower of the Day – bit cheeky!

I am often trying out ideas for crochet or knitting patterns and do small samples which of course I keep – being a super-hoarder. My grandchildren sometimes get out the box and make collages or birthday cards with them or use them for other craft projects. It is fun to see what they come up with.

Our tour leader on my up-coming trip said she normally gives 4 or 5 five inch squares of fabric as little gifts to our Japanese hosts. So with that as a guideline I felt that I would like to give something more personal to me and made up these 12 little gifts from my stash of samples.DSC_0635

Following the textile theme I wrapped them and a handmade business card, first in tissue paper held with Washi tape and then in a piece of fabric.


Washi tape is amazing stuff, so decorative for all sorts of projects. I get mine mail order from PapermashDSC_0640


I loved wrapping up these little gifts – goodness knows what they will do with them – but I hope my pleasure in making and wrapping them will be as much a part of the gift as the item itself.DSC_0636DSC_0645


The little fabric parcels are tied round with a narrow pink ribbonDSC_0648

and I have put them in a plastic box to keep them safe on the journeyDSC_0649

Joining in also with Ginny’s Yarn Along, where you can see over 100 other yarny projects and book reviews. My book this week:DSC_0002

I bought this book in the 80s when I went to see a Japanese exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.