I learnt that mentioning offhandedly to an eye doctor that the little light looks brighter in one eye than the other will lead to hours of tests and tasks at a neuro-opthalmologist. The specialist asked "why are you here?" - I responded: "Because I said that looks a bit brighter in this eye to the other guy". "No - it must be more than that", he says and reads the notes…. Mmmm – no, that's exactly all it was! Nothing wrong.
I learnt that Radish seeds are incredibly easy to germinate. I assumed a fair percentage would fail … not so: Now I don't know whether to transplant some or just separate and destroy! And, how do you tell when a radish is ripe enough to pull up?
But – when it came to the spring onions? They are sort of straggly & pathetic looking:
I bought a hen & chicks plant last trip to the nursery because it said "drought resistant". Although I have seen the plants in many gardens I had never seen flowers on them until mine produced a batch last week. The Latin name for the plant is Sempervivum tectorum which translates roughly into evergreen on roofs. Apparently they used to be planted on thatched roofs in Europe as protection against lightning induced fires. Wow! A versatile practical plant – drought and fire resistant and pretty:
Last year I planted a day lilly and promptly neglected it after it finished flowering. This year it is attempting to make me notice it by being prolific with the flowers:
A few weeks ago we went to friends for a bbq which included some Maryland crabs. 4 yo boy says "uncle manservant are you sure you know how to open crabs 'cause it doesn't look like it" !! I'm not much on having to fight for my food so I was happy to eat from the fish selection.
Last night I held a little gathering of ladies - a gaggle of girls?? – to celebrate a 50th birthday of one of my friends. There were 10 of us – only 2 under 50 – a total baby of 30 and a 47 yo. The friendship of a circle of females can be a very strong and supportive bond. We 50-plusers each told how we had felt on the day we reached the milestone and shared some of our bucket list items. We ate well and drank better. The highlight was the chocolate cake and bubbly!
Mixed company is ok but nothing beats a bunch of women for some enlightening conversations! After a few drinks girls get down to nitty gritties that I'm sure would make you guys nervous!