Labels, Seeds and a Good Read

24 Mar

British Summer Time begins tomorrow as we put our clocks forward tonight so it felt appropriate to start planning our summer garden. Off we went to the Garden Centre. First I found some pleasing terracotta labels for the vegetable patch.

Labels for the veg

We found lots of flower seeds – below are the Viola seeds for the vegetable trough near the kitchen where I plant salad stuffs, some herbs and these little flowers that are brilliant for decorating salads and desserts.

Seeds for the trough

I’ve just finished reading Sebastian Barry’s amazing novel, ‘Days Without End’. He writes in a most accessible yet surprising style, full of lyricism and humour that catches the reader unawares. There are so many little quotations that caught my imagination and some of which are now in my note book. I love the following with its alliteration and unexpectedness. “Your brain is molten in its bowl of bones.”
If you haven’t read it, give it a try. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I think you may be horrified and delighted in equal measure.  If you have read it, please let me know what you thought in the comments below.

A cracking good read!

P.S.  We haven’t seen our little Bullfinch today. In fact, it has been a very odd day with no birds at the feeders. For the first time this Winter/Spring, the feeders have stayed full all day.


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5 responses to “Labels, Seeds and a Good Read

  1. germac4

    March 25, 2018 at 4:41 am

    I heard Sebastian Barry speak a few years ago, and as a result I bought his book The Secret Scripture…very, very sad, but such beautiful language, and as you say, so lyrical with a gentle humour, just as he spoke, in fact. (I also wrote down quite a few of his sentences/phrases to be remembered.). I passed the book onto my husband Paul, and he has now read all of them including Days Without End. He says all the books are heart-wrenching…but so beautifully written.

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 25, 2018 at 7:25 am

      Thank you for this. I shall seek out his other books given your comments. He is, most certainly, a gifted writer. 🙂

    • Lucy & Brian

      March 26, 2018 at 12:43 pm

      Me too! I’m looking for Days Without End at the library every week. His writing is so generous and empathetic. Lucy

  2. nrhatch

    March 24, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    Planting seeds in a garden nurtures our hope and optimism. Enjoy!

    • mybeautfulthings

      March 25, 2018 at 7:26 am

      Hope and optimism, yes, hoping to beat the weather and the slugs!🙂


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