Today, I have been mainly....
...in the greenhouse and garden!
A panoramic view as I intend to try and identify all the plants and bushes we have dug-in over the past eighteen months. This is Bed No. 5 and is meant to be a "Blue Bed". Last year it seemed to be mainly orange and yellow from rampant, self-seeding calendulas!
Happy Ides of March!
Simply, the Romans followed this monthly cycle:
· Kalends = day 1
· Before the Nones = days 2 – 6
· Nones = day 7 – which signified the first quarter of the moon
· Before the Ides = days 8 – 14
· Ides = day 15 - originally the full moon
· Before the Kalends = days 16 – 30 / 31 [ie before the next month]
Originally the Ides of March once signified the new year, which meant celebrations and rejoicing, however it became synonymous with doom and gloom courtesy of William Shakespeare. In the play Julius Caesar the dictator was warned by a soothsayer “Beware the Ides of March” and the following scenes played out the events of 44BC when Caesar was assassinated by 60 senators led by Brutus and Cassius.
So - there you go!
Crises and Committees
On the other side of the coin, but linked to a similar degree of high anxiety that I experience with regard to running Winchcombe’s Open Gardens, these meetings are held in The White Hart pub in the centre of town! I am very pleased that the ‘burden’ of responsibility is now being shared with a few other volunteers, and we are slowly but surely making progress. I have designed a new website for the Open Gardens (OG) event and published it today – after getting very confused about the domain name status – I thought I’d purchased the latter a few weeks ago, but apparently that wasn’t the case, I had actually bought the hosting plan and that explained why the web registrations and SEOs were proving difficult! And that stands for ‘search engine optimisation’. Believe me, you don’t want to get wrapped up in this tech-world if a novice like me, as it’s like unravelling a knotty ball of string… very frustrating!
It was almost a waste of my time too, as I had to convince the various committee members linked to OG, and generally affiliated to the church, that nowadays a website is really expected by the general public. This is because the average of the committee members must be 75+years-old and the majority do not appear to ‘engage’ with this type of media - I don’t dare mention the Facebook page….!?
Food, Food, Food
What happened to February?