Whilst some of the country are detoxifying from over indulgence throughout the festive period, with strange concoctions of Kale, Carrots, Blueberries and Apple juice all blitzed in that NutriBullet you got for Christmas, or, the Smoothie Maker you got last year and used only once, a part of the country are giving up alcohol for a month. Dry January is under way and those who have given alcohol up for a month have signed up in a bid to raise funds for Alcohol Concern. This is obviously a much needed service to help bring awareness to the masses and help those out that are in need of it. I hope you all are successful and a lot of money is raised.
The beer folk have a #tryanuary going off in tandem with the above idea where their money raised goes towards Macmillian Nurses which is too a worthy cause. Are you in two minds “Do I stop, or, do I try?” because Tryanuary is a good idea too. Well how about this idea I had.
As you are aware Cumbria, Lancashire, Yorkshire and parts of Scotland have all suffered badly from the recent floods and many pubs/restaurants (along with other business) will struggle to get back on their feet. Many pubs are already struggling to stay afloat (pardon the pun) throughout the country, and January/February can make or break a small micro brewery. So still go to your “local” and instead of ordering a swift pint, get a soft drink to go with a meal. And before you leave have a gander in the fridge behind the bar and buy that bottle of beer you've been wondering about for a while, then drink it in February! If you don't frequent a pub instead drinking in the comfort of your home still buy a bottle at your local beer/wine merchant, and do the same, try it in February.
Tell me what you bought and maybe we can try it together in February.
The next lot of seeds I dabbled with Sugar snap peas I was given to encourage me to grow my own veg. Which we are already attempting to do. I managed not to kill the plant in 2015 (2014 I did) and got a few peas from it. Those have been saved and ready to sow, although I did recently buy a packet “Just in-case”. I did in 2014 accidentally grow a tomato plant. A random plant popped up in the garden towards the end of the summer and grew to about 4ft tall with a couple of flowers on, but nothing ever fruited, I mean would you in October - not in a glass house for protection?! In that little lot are stones from the Turkish cherries we used for the beer "Cherry Bomb".
I bought a white Aquilegia last year and loved it! I collected the seeds and hopefully this year I may grow some more.
Tell me what you are going to grow this year for the first time, or, are you planning a small area in your garden for vegetables?
Tunes of the week
Elvis Costello – “Can't stand up for falling down” (by request)
The Lumineers - "Flowers In Your Hair"
Flowers growing song – Found on You Tube but a good one for your little ones to learn lol
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Robin Hoods Bay
Sweetheart Abbey (Scotland)
Isle of Wight P1
Isle of Wight P2
HoleHird Gardens (Cumbria)
Brougham Hall (Cumbria)
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