My parents have now been and gone. The house was cleaned in my usual style - I may have omitted to dust the skirting boards, but I did do this instead:
My parents bought wonderful presents with them for me - loooook!
Cuttings from my grandmother's hardy fuchsia - taken from a third generation plant and so very special to me. I love knowing that this little plant has survived for so long, and will continue to give oodles of pleasure for years to come. I'm not sure what variety of fuchsia it is, but it's oh so pretty and makes me think of her.
Lots of pots for me to plant up for my garden! I have mixed feelings about these pots - at the moment my little courtyard garden has a bizarre mix of containers for my plants. And these are...well, *real* plant pots. For grown ups. And as I'm determined not to spend money on containers this year, these freebies are a welcome addition - I'll be able to grow a lot more, but even so...They were going to be thrown out can you believe - what a waste! I'm sure I can find spaces for them all and learn to love their conformity.
The last picture is half a dozen very large eggs - I'm not sure why they brought them, but yum! An empty jar that will be perfect for buttons and.......an empty spool from my father's fly fishing line "you can make something with that". Um. Can I? Like what?! Anyone got any ideas?
I wore my February lady cardi while they were here. I love it, so soft and light. The first adult garment I've knitted for a good few years because I struggle to keep my mind on one project for very long. It pulls me onto the next idea, and the next...yank! So I'm proud of this cardi, really I am. My mother admired it, begged to try it on, admired the stretch yolk that meant it fits her too. And my dad admired my mother in it. And then.......she stole it. Slipped it off, and slipped it into her bag with a muttered "you can make another one for you!" The cheek! It did look pretty on her though...look! And with practise, I'm sure she'll be able to button all of the buttons properly like a big girl ;)
After the went home, I carefully propagated my new baby fuchsias
It's so easy to do - pick shoots that don't have flower buds, cut them just under a pair of leaf bracts and remove the bottom leaves. Dip them in hormone rooting powder if you want - I don't as I've never found they need it and pop them into compost. I've also put the leaf bract cuttings into a pot of water - they may root too. Then put them all on a light windowsill out of direct sunlight, pop a knitty monster chunk next to them to look after them, and in 2-3 weeks you'll have brand new rooted plants to love.