Friday 31 December 2010

Reading Matter

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. My mum and dad came round for dinner on Christmas day, but apart from that it's been very quiet here. Amongst many wonderful presents were these books, some of them are reference books and a couple of them are people's personal experiences of allotment life. I'm looking forward to getting stuck in to them once everything is back to normal.

Earlier in the year, I won a £10 gift voucher to be spent at Thompson and Morgan which had to be spent by the end of the year. With time running out, I scoured the website yesterday and decided up on some everbearing strawberries, Flamenco. They were offering free delivery yesterday so I only had to pay £3.99 myself. These will hopefully extend the strawberry season next year. I just have to get a bed ready for them now.

We're having a quiet evening in tonight, through I'm sure we'll still be up when the new year dawns. I'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year. I hope 2011 brings peace, happiness and health, and of course a good growing season.


  1. What a lovely selection of books to meander over during the winter evenings. Enjoy your evening and I wish you a peaceful and prosperous 2011 too.

  2. A fine selection to while away the winter nights Jo. Staying in here too but will be up to toast the arrival of 2011. May it treat you, your loved ones, garden and allotment kindly xxx

  3. I've got some of T&M's Flamenco runners too - let's hope they're Yorkshire-proof!

    Happy reading and happy 2011!

    -louisa :)

  4. I hope you enjoy your evening..we are spending it at home with family and a meal...nice and quiet..just the way I like it. Happy new year to you and your family Jo. xx

  5. Forgot to mention how great the books look, I got a good selection to get stuck into for Christmas too. :-)

  6. I got the Victor Osbourne book a few years ago - it's one you can read over and over, when the weather's too bad for real gardening!!

  7. Lovely selection of books - enjoy!
    And a Happy New Year to you and your family.

  8. oh what a great collection of books you have, plenty of reading to be done in 2011. im having a quiet new year too so see you in 2011 x

  9. Hi Jo; Happy New Year to you. Hope you enjoy reading those books. It won't be as good as actually DOING the gardening, but it's the next best thing.

  10. Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed New Years Eve and I wish you a wonderful gardening season 2011!

  11. Seems like you had a lot of fun!
    Wish you the best for this starting year. Happy new year!

  12. Great to have lots of reading at this time of year. Happy New Year!

  13. You'll be able to sit in your shed reading when rained off!

  14. Thanks, Su. I'm pleased with the selection of books. They'll definitely keep me going over the winter months.

    Thank you, Anna. I hope you enjoyed your evening. It's all but finished for another year now.

    Thanks, Louisa. I hope the Flamenco's do well for us both.

    Thank you, Tanya. I hope you enjoyed your evening. We celebrated with a take away. I love getting books for Christmas, there's always a selection on my wish list.

    Glad you enjoyed the book, Rachael. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Thanks, Linda. I'm sure the books will be enjoyed.

    They're a good selection of books, Bears Footprints. I'm looking forward to getting stuck in to them, I've only had a peek at them so far.

    Thanks, Mark. You're right, you can't beat the real thing.

    Thank you, Vrtlarica. We had a nice peaceful evening,very enjoyable.

    Thanks, fer. We had a quiet but enjoyable Christmas and New Year.

    Thank you, Damo. The books will come in handy for the long, dark nights of winter.

    If only I had a shed, Green Lane Allotments. I'll be more likely to be found reading in bed.

  15. Happy New Year Jo to you and yours!

    The thought of strawberries during the dark cold days of winter is enough to spur me on. Great choice! Now that Christmas is over I'm always impatient for spring to arrive:-))

    I will look forward during 2011 to more of your wonderfully composed posts Jo and for your inspiration and encouragement.


  16. Some lovely reading to keep you going.
    Happy New Year xxx

  17. Happy new year, Jo! What a way to ring it in with some enticing new reads. Enjoy!

  18. Plenty of good reading there by the look of it, and I'll be interested to see what you have to say about Digger's Diary.
    Your mention of strawberries reminds us of the nice things to come!
    Happy New Year! Flighty xx

  19. Happy New Year, Jo!

    I bought 'Allotted Time' and 'The Digger's Diary' (and a few other allotment tales) second hand before Christmas, thinking that at least I can read about them while queuing up for a plot. A girl can always dream. :)

  20. Thank you, Jeanne. I'm always looking ahead to spring and summer during the winter months, it's the only way I get through all this cold weather.

    Thanks, Dawn. I got more, none gardening, books for Christmas too so I've got plenty to keep me going.

    Thank you, Monica. Hubby went back to work today and the kids back to school so I should get a bit more free time to start some reading now.

    Thanks, Flighty. I'll try to do a bit of a review when I've read Digger's Diary. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Thank you, Una. I remember being on the waiting list, I would recommend you keep ringing to see where you are on the list. This is what I did, and I've heard others say that they got a plot quicker by doing this too, they know you're eager then. Hope you're not waiting too long.

    Thanks, Lucky Seven. Hope 2011 is a good growing year for us all.


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