Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

“Just how old are you?”
Although youth has long died,
“As young as the moment,”
My body replied.
“If I want to play out
In the sun, or climb trees,
Run laughing through dewdrops,
…I’ll do as I please.
I have a few wrinkles,
My hair’s going grey…
Inside I’m a child
And I still need to play.”

“Just how old are you then?”
My body asked mind,
“As old as conception,
Just think and you’ll find
I’ve been here all along,
In your cells and your brain,
Learning forever and seeking to gain
From experience, wisdom
That I can impart…
But perhaps we should ask
Just how old is the heart?”

“Just how old are you?”
Said the heart, “Here’s the deal…
I’m living two lives,
One to beat, one to feel.”
To the body, heart answered,
“My beating is yours.”
To the mind it replied,
“When you feel…

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This entry was posted on July 14, 2017. 1 Comment

First July Blog

Precious Summer.

The sky is clear,
No cloud spoils the view.
Trees and fresh bushes
Glint in the sunlight, leaves
Are a lemon yellow, mid green to
Forest hue.
All shades to harmonise
In a rainbow of colour,
Just one chloraphyl blend,
All tones of green.
Just think, if we lived in desert climes,
Sand toned shades, the yellow/brown range,
Would we long for such bounty,
Life-giving, verdent; a spectrum of hope?
Linden trees, cherry, beech and more,
The cradle of Being, irridescent verdure.

Copyright Evlyn J. Steward. July, 2017.



We have endured high tempertures, seldom soaring in this England of ours.

We watered like crazy, trying to give moisture to plants, lawns, precious crops. Then, at a stroke, it came cold (well, chilly). We shivvered, thought of putting heat back on, but resisted, wore cardies instead.

A couple of days ago it changed again, was ‘close’, a bit muggy possibly, but today a high wind spreads the bright sunshine that comes out of a clear blue sky. Proper English summer temperatures, maybe? Anyway, not hot hot, not searing like some States in the US or across the Russian plains like our few days of blistering heat.

Our gardens, for those that grow things, are burgeoning. The cherries are gone over mostly and other fruits and flowers, but others take their place. I have blueberries still mostly green, but some berries have a blush of purplish green, which gives me hope for a small crop to come. My blackberries (which have been a part of my life for 50 years, moving from one place to another via cuttings) have green berries. These will start ripening very soon.

The fruit bushes are growing but will not produce until next summer. Cannot wait, partly because I have no clue as to which currants the growing ones are. Red or white. The blacks have not grown, and that is a whole other story!

I gave in a couple of days ago and bought two pots of flowers, Osteospurmum (white and purple daisy like flowers) and Verbena Rigida (purple). It was impossible to resist some kind of flower plant, even though I said in spring ‘no flowers, other than the bulbs I already had). But really, flowers are for the soul! Flowers leaven the verdure of the trees and bushes.

So, happy summer to you all. Happy Gardening to those it concerns.

As always, take care in this mad world of ours, and keep safe.


This entry was posted on July 2, 2017. 2 Comments

Snail’s pace

Very true, but this does give everyone more information. Dowith it, hat we will.

The Silent Eye

The internet was playing up, the email account had been hacked yet again, pages were taking up to ten minutes each to load and anything that had images or video took longer. It was going to be one of those days. It seems to be a common problem and it makes trying to work exceedingly difficult as well as frustrating. It highlights just how dependant we have become on a technology that really is quite new. Society has adopted computers and the internet wholesale and within a generation we have, rather than finding a little slot within our lives into which it might fit, changed our entire lifestyle to work with it.

It is amazing when you really look at it…millions of people use the internet daily; the world, or so it feels, would simply collapse in so many ways without its possibilities yet, when my own children were young…

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First June Blog

First June Blog.

Lots of rain,some really good hot sunshine. It is as if the weather here does not know what to do with itself! This means that the plants and bees, do not know either. Over the weekend the weather changed again where I am, sun gone, rain aplenty.

Some plants are struggling. Others are doing the best they can. My first blackberry flowers are open and one or two bees are visiting them. Plenty more blossoms to follow, if only the warm sun would stay for a lot more hours in the day!

The above was a couple of weeks ago. It was very windy and quite chill during this time. However, two days with some warm sunshine works miracles, it would seem.

So this blog is more about gardening, plants and the care thereof than books, art (well growing things is a form of art in my mind), or any ither subject I have written about previously.

It started late last summer where eating healthy fruits ( and veggies) took over the kitchen. Fruit is expensive, some hard to get hold of, and small portions often cost a great deal, but also, they cn be a long time en route or in store.

What better than to grow your own? Even if it is just a rew?

I never ‘jump in’! I plan, ponder, decide what can be afforded, where they can be grown to best advantage! All in pots or tubs.

My first thought was for blackcurrants! These contain lots if antioxidents which help the body. But cost comes into the buying of said plants. One has to realise that it often takes two years for the plants to start cropping. That in mind, I had also lost my old redcurrant bush. So, price in mind, I biught a set if black, red and whitecurrant bare-rooted plants. (More than three arrived. But that is another tale.)!
An offer of three dwarf raspberry (growable in tubs -goody!) just about the cut of my jib! They were small on arrival late October. But were in tiny pots so I thought they would ‘take’ o.k. (Thereby hangs another tale!)

I bought another bare-rooted bkackcurrant from another Nursery. Hedging my bets! All were planted by December.

Spring has been cool but now, most thingsare growing. Most! Not all? Some of the currant bushes have not grown. At all! Some have, but I have no idea which ones are growing and they were not labelled and without fruit to decide what colour they are, I have no clue as to what currants I have. My guess is probably red or white.

I also purchased gooseberry bushes, two of which also have not grown. So you see, quandary! I will, of course, check out those not growing. Soon!

Deciding to grown herbs, from supermarkets, in a tub, has proved efficaseous. All have done well, even cut herbs stuck in soil, are starting to become plants.

This is my journey so far this season.

Take care dear readers, enjoy the season you are in.



This entry was posted on June 11, 2017. 2 Comments

Rainy Garden Wednesday

Wonderful Earth.


Rain is grace; rain is the sky descending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life – John Updike

Apple blossom in the rain

Apple blossoms in the rain – how beautiful is that?

Iris in the rain

Iris in full bloom.

Mountain Bluet

On the blue theme: Mountain Bluet.

Rhodo in the rain

Rhododendron kissed with rain drops.

Rainbow down the slide 3

I caught this rainbow slipping down a slide area on the mountain across the lake.

Rainbow down the slide

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This entry was posted on May 31, 2017. 1 Comment

Frogs And A Muntjac To Date

Onwards an upwards, or along, whichever you prefer.

jennie orbell

So, I can now confirm that the two acre wood is ours. The deeds have been signed, the monies paid, and the fat lady has sung.

It also has a name. Follow this . . . grand children = grand kiddies = griddies. That’s it. Griddies Copse.

We spent last weekend getting our bearings, avoiding rotten tree branches that swayed precariously and threatened to fall with less than the slightest touch, and trying to avoid squashing baby frogs – lots and lots of baby frogs!

There’s masses of work to be done.

The first job, and of paramount importance obviously, was to erect the two bird tables, the bug box and the seed feeder. Weirdly, nothing had found any of them by Sunday. I think the wood is so old and unattended that the birds don’t even bother looking for food in it, and seriously, why should fat balls, niger and…

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First May Blog

First May Blog.

Hello my friends. It has been a little while since I posted. Life and health has taken over, even more than my previous posts at times.

I am keeping up with what is happening to everyone out there in the world, as much as I am able. And, as the English weather has not been too kind recently, it is very depressing, watching the plants and trees from inside, wanting to be out in the sunshine, the sun that seems to have passed us by. Reminds me of the Queen’s Jubillee, when it poured with rain and was quite cold in June of that year, and had been for most of the spring months.

It has been warmer today 10-5-17. Not hot hot, but warmer.

So, what is new in my world? Some of my fruit bushes are growing bright leaves. Others, not growing at all. As yet, anyway. I am advised that they may take time to grow roots before sprouting leaves. Cannot wait!

One replacement dwarf raspberry disappeared but I found it weeks later further down the garden, (almost buried in growing grass,) in its small pot, wrapped in plastic. I treated it with care, bringing it up to sit next to its kin, it is now doing well but needs repotting into something larger (when the weather comes a bit warmer).(This has now been accomplished. It is growing leaves strongly. Not the same size as its brethren, but it is younger.)

My blueberry plant has a lot of flowers so I am hoping the insects and lately, bees, have been able to pollinate and I can taste the fruit this season. I also have a Pink Blueberry plant that started out much smaller, still is! So I guess no flowers and, ergo, no fruits this season. However, it is doing well.

I have been trying to do more coloured pencil drawing. It is hard, Harder due to loss of half my sight some twelve years ago. It is the outlines that give me trouble as most have to be drawn faintly, and I cannot see some, or perhaps all of the outlines. Never mind, soldier on! Perhaps I will post one painting as my header here on this blog. Surprising how many colours you need. Not quite like paint or pastels. One has to ‘layer’ colours (one on top of another, many layers often of several colours.) This is fine if you have a working set of colours, and I have quite a few of the better quality pencils, but obviously, not enough, not in the type of pencil I like, and believe me, there are all kinds.

Various pencils which suit you, the artist. Hard, medium, scratchy, oily,, waxy, watercolour. You choose which suits you. I have a large set from the 1990s, best there were then in my little art shop I went to. Now I am finding them too waxy. The problem is not insurmountable, but takes effort to sort out. So it is a case of starting again. Methods have all changed in any case. Just a case of trial and error, doing what I can, the best I can. I am finding that i like the way Prismacolour Premier pencils blend. I also like Polychromos pencils

I belong to several art groups online. The work peoplegsve done and show online in these Groups, is beautuful. So many cleverly artistic people in the world that can now show their pieces online for all of us to view. All types of art and in all mediums. Many people draw or paint different types of art. Good old Internet! Spreading the word. And, if you need help or instruction on what paper people use or blending materials, the best pencil sharpeners, erasers, water soluable pencils which youtube instruction videos are helpful, the people in the Group ‘Coloured Pencils 4 Beginners’ are informed and extremely helpful when asked.

Saturday had come round again with some early rain, ( so, good for the gardens). Amost mid May and still not much summer. Must not grumble though! The rain saves watering the plants.

Take care out in this old world of ours. Be joyful at whatever you do. Bless you all.