I’m not sure whether you’re supposed to greet people with ‘Happy New Tier’ when you move up a level or not (we’ve gone up to 3 today). Perhaps only if you move down. I hope everyone is having as good a Christmas as possible given the situation. I’ll be heading out into the garden later to make sure the swing seat cover is secure before Storm Bella arrives. But not before I’ve helped make a raspberry tiramisu and a Caerphilly Crumble for Boxing Day dinner, though as Mrs OMAHGT and I can rarely find Caerphilly cheese and usually end up using Cheshire instead, the crumble may have to be renamed. Anyway, time for Six on Saturday.
1. Last Sunday afternoon I surprised myself and tackled quite a few of those gardening tasks on my to-do list, including clearing the tiny wildlife pond. An overly enthusiastic water buttercup that was taking over has been removed. This is the second time I’ve planted too vigorous a plant in the pond (a water mint was got shot of last year after it made a bid for freedom into the border). A bit more research will be required before I find a replacement. Still, hopefully the pygmy water lily will do better next year with less competition.
2. Now that we’ve passed the shortest day the countdown to spring has begun. And behold! Some bulbs have started to come up. I’ve no idea what they are but they’re a rather cheering sight.
3. My wife and I spotted these two garden bird ornaments whilst wondering around a garden centre back in the summer. They now live on the garden shelves.
4. Last March I attempted a bit of woodwork, something I haven’t had a go at since the early years of high school. It’s meant to be a nest box for a robin. The thing stands out rather with its ‘coastal mist’ paint job but the Coronilla is starting to conceal it… a little. I doubt a robin will take up residence though.
5. Remember that Cotoneaster seedling I found growing in the garden last year? It has formed one solitary berry. I’ve no idea what variety of Cotoneaster it is but I thought I’d try and train it as a standard. Trouble is I don’t really have a good spot for it and I frequently find myself digging the thing up and moving it every time I want to make room for this and that.
6. And finally… Holly. Well, sort of. It’s an old stained glass Christmas tree decoration that I made from a kit thirty-something years ago. You had to put the metal frame on a baking tray, add some coloured beads, plonk it in the oven for a bit and viola… I mean voilà! It’s ageing much better than I am.
They were my Six on Saturday. For more Sixes on Saturday, from all around the world, take a look at the site of the chap who started it all over at https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com. Stay safe.