My local library is embracing digital tech and I’m happy to be part of it. I generally read on a device, and I get books and audio books regularly. In these times I’m delighted to have reading come to me rather than visit in person. Furthermore agus freisin, I get all the magazines I could wish for, including many cycling, gardening and just one chess publication. On a lighter note, I like nothing more than a weekly dose of Dennis the Menace, but comics are not available yet.
At this time of year, it is not easy to photograph the garden. The sun is at its lowest and there are shadows
everywhere i ngach áit. No such problem with the professionally-taken shots in Gardens Illustrated. It is classed as the Vogue of the garden world, free from my local library.
in my view, i mo thuairimse, are for light reading and one of my favourites is Amateur Gardening. I sometimes like to buy a print copy of this, and catch up on other issues online. Strangely, when I enquired about an annual print/digital subscription, I was shocked to find that the free seeds normally attached are not available to Irish subscribers. If truth be told, unless Boris and Ursula do a proper tango this week, there’ll be more to bother us than unavailable seeds.
The market leader since its launch in 1991, BBC Gardeners’ World is a wonderful publication, filled with information and articles that inspire. Filled also with so many full-page
photographs griangrafanna, especially of Monty, Alan and Carol. They seem to like smiling a lot. They smile while digging, lifting and even weeding. They look lovingly at shrubs, secateurs and shovels. Brilliant stuff indeed from the British Broadcasting Corporation smiles department.
I’ve got a shelf-ful of books relating to plants, soil, bugs, projects, how-to-do-everything, and a few encyclopedia-type volumes. My current deep reading is Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet, recommended by Eileen of Tiny Welsh Garden fame. I’m a convert, and I’ve got it on my
finger méar to do a Saturday post at some point.
Another of the books on my shelf is The Writer’s Garden: How gardens inspired our best-loved authors, by Jackie Bennett. It features 19 well-known authors and the influence that a specific garden had on their career. So, rather than start at the beginning, I started with a favourite author, Charles Dickens.
Receiving this book touched me because I have centred my writing around my small, humble garden. In many respects I am my own much-loved author, as I find opportunities for gratitude in my garden and in my writing of it.
There’s a wonderful health shop in Dungarvan called Blasta. I had a great laugh during the week when getting hair colour for mam. There were two young ladies behind the counter and I said:
“I’ve come for my hair colour”. They looked at me with a smirk. One was very quick and she asked:
“And do you know your colour code?”
“Yes. I always get 2N”, I replied.
She looked at the other lady and then back at me.
“I hope you don’t mind me saying, but 2N wouldn’t really be the best option for you”.
So I checked the text my
sister deirfiúr had sent me.
“What about 9N?”, I asked.
“Yes, a much better choice, sir”, says she.
So, I got 9N. What a lovely highlight to my day! Pun intended.
For more accounts of December garden activity from near and far timpeall an domhan, tap this link to visit The Propagator’s blog or check out @cavershamjj on Twitter. You’ll find plenty writers linking their Six on Saturday garden selection in the comments section.
On a personal note, I want to express my thanks to Jon. I have participated in his wonderful idea every week since June, and it truly is an amazing community. As I finish this article (Friday evening), I’m thinking that so many others around the world are doing the same. I look forward to reading your contributions later with coffee and a mince pie.
My Week of Sixes
- Mam celebrated her 89th birthday.
- Ursula and Boris continue to tango, but the music isn’t in sync.
- 582 Covid cases yesterday. January is going to be longer than usual.
- We are looking forward very much to having Marion’s brother with us for Christmas, as we haven’t seen him since last year.
- Méabh has completed delivery of all her Christmas art pieces.
- I’ve been keeping a close eye on the Great Conjunction, the closest visible since 1226. There was a close one in 1623 but it was not visible. At any rate, I didn’t see it.
Sin a bhfuil for this week. I wish all readers a very Happy Christmas. May your sock be filled with gardening accessories! Slán go fóill.
19th December 2020.