A few weeks ago we called in a professional to prune the vastly overgrown holly and prunus that were running amok at the front of the house. (Picture taken early this year – the lawn beneath the tree died in the summer heat and has not yet recovered)
The corner was an impenetrable thicket that was also home to a vast variegated ivy and though good cover for birds was causing damage. (It had already pulled down a brick pillar! illo)
There is also a wasp nest at the base of the prunus which is why I am holding back from full scale works. Waiting for those Jaspers to vanish for the winter!
I bought a new dressing gown – one of those super-soft velour kinds – and made the mistake of putting it on the end of the bed. I doubt it was there for five minutes (quite literally) before Oberon laid claim.
He is obsessed with velour of any kind!
We went to Marks & Spencer at Woolstanton, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffs today to get various items and whilst there decided to stop for a coffee and maybe a cake from what appeared to be a wide selection.
Peter chose a mince pie – all well and good – until I looked for a wheat free selection.
My ‘choices’ were limited to
A/ some leaden scones. By that I mean that they weighed heavily in my hand and when I gave them a prod – through the pack I hasten to add – there was no ‘give’ in them at all.
Note to M&S chefs… there is absolutely is no call for GF scones to be so dense and heavy – I make them all the time at home!
B/ Chocolate Caramel Crunch (?) bars so loaded in sugar they made my teeth hurt just looking at them! (Not to mention the excess calories!)
Is it any wonder that M&S have such a reputation for being behind the times when this is all they can come up with?
The GF savoury range on offer was very equally poor – and in my book a bag of crisps so do not enhance the drinking of a mid-morning cup of coffee in any fashion.
When I asked staff about this lack of palatable Wheat Free options I was told that they were frequently asked this question but that Head Office did not have an answer.
This is supposed to be a flagship super store! Badly done Marks and Spencers. marks 0/10
A very quick Courtyard Garden post today with a question for you all.
You know that thing where you bung bulbs in hither and yon and don’t bother to make a note of which is where? Well that is me all over.
Below is a picture of fresh sproutings in the top of a large pot.
Ignoring the pansies – I think the spikes of green pushing up through the soil may be Alliums of some kind.