Last May Blog, 28-5-18.

Last May Blog.   28-5–18

Hérb plants

(Picture of last years tubs)




Greek Basil,


Lemon Thyme,

Thyme, regular,


My herb tubs are not doing too badly.  Last years mint has gone woody and the tub is overrun with its roots.  Autumn or next year, it has to come out.  It seems easy to buy a pot of mint each spring in the supermarkets to re-plant in the tub.  I did buy a new pot of mint but have planted it in its own container a little way away from the main tub.

My Rosemary from last year, is still alive, though it is tending to be a bit spindly.  Still, the aroma when you run your fingers through the leaves, is wonderful.

I split my Sage pot ( the ones I planted last year from cut stems I bought in a packet, (two of which survived to become small  sage plants) into the two separate plants that survived being cut then planted,  then go through winter.   I put one in my big tub and replaced the other sage plant back into its smaller pot.  Seems to be ok so far.

The pot of chives I planted earlier in the big tub are not looking so good.  May have to replace them and I think the mint roots are choking them.

Earlier this spring I also bought some Basil.  Seems ok though not especially abundant.  I also bought some more Lemon Thyme to plant in the smaller tub with the regular Thyme from last year.   That also appears to be surviving, so far.

A couple of weeks ago I bought a beautiful Greek Basil, growing in a kind of ball-shape in its packaging.  It is also competing with the mint roots in the large tub but appears to be holding its own.  Think I bought it at Sainsburys as a herb plant, hanging out near the vegetable section ( not in the plants and flowers section).  It has delicate small leaves.  The  scent is not quite as strong as the ordinary Basil, but lovely to touch and have the scent on my hand.

So, all in all, not so bad.  There is little space for any more smelly plants, and basically I just grow them to inhale their aromas.

I almost forgot the Borage, given to me quite a few years ago and now pop up like weeks.  But their little blue flowers are pretty and I let them grow a bit wild until the spring is past or they outgrow their space.  The bees need their early flowers and they are around when the bluebells open their buds, they make a pretty sight, lots of blue with a touch of pink on the reverse side of the petals.

I sat outside to get some sunshine.  Was hot.  I have quite a few dwarf raspberries ( the bees have pollinated well) a few gooseberries but not as many redcurrants as I thought there would be. I have a few blueberries too, again, not as many as I had hoped and still no flowers on the pink blueberry bush.  Such is Nature.

The birds were singing for a while, it was as quiet as it can be ( traffic  a few gardens away) and somewhat peaceful but oh, so hot.  So only a short time in case I damage my skin.

Keep safe out there.


This entry was posted on May 28, 2018. 1 Comment


Very true

The Silent Eye

I came across an old post while I was rummaging through the files. It looked at the decades of an ordinary life…my life… and how the things that seem ordinary to you, while you are living them, can look very different to an observer. As I skimmed back through the paragraphs, I was watching the fish in the aquarium out of the corner of my eye. Two of the little loaches had ventured out to feed. They are shy creatures and I seldom see them, so I stopped to watch.

One of them was the original hitchhiking loach that had survived an almost waterless journey on a plant, the other was one of the juveniles I had procured to keep him company. The original loach has grown, losing the ‘vermisimilitude’ that had horrified me when I found him, and is looking far more like a fish, while the smaller…

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WWII’s Forgotten Allies

I feel the citizens these countries should be applauded, lauded and more than anything, remembered for they part in hlpung the Allies.


A lot of people forget that the Second World War, by definition, involved a lot more countries than the U.S. and U.K.

Increasingly better-known, but still underappreciated, is the role of the Soviet Union, which took on 90% of Axis forces, dealt the first decisive blow in Stalingrad, and ultimately took the fight to Berlin, ending the war at the cost of 25-27 million citizens — about half of whom were civilians.

China, which is barely acknowledged as a combatant, served a similarly morbid but crucial function: its large population, tenacity, and willingness to be as brutal as the enemy meant that it took up the bulk of Japanese manpower while losing tens of millions of people in the process, including many civilians. Hence why it is one of only five countries with permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council, as acknowledgement of its role as one of…

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First April Blog

Those You Care For.

Take good care of your loved ones,
Keep them safe from all harm,
If it is in your power,
Make sure they are cosy and warm.

Feed them if they do hunger,
Show that you love them, and then,
Treat them with kindness, and tenderly
Respect them and hug them again.

They will not be with you forever,
Who knows what fortune bestowe?
The young or the old, what matter?
They may be all you have, or know.

Copyright Evelyn J. Steward. April, 2018


First April Blog.

( 20-4-18)

Since last summer many problems have beset my family and myself.

Major house changes, then fitting of new bathroom appliances. All terribly stressful. Not helped by leaks occurring after much of the work ( new piping attaching to very old piping- does not work) from September to mid December. Stressful does not even begin to cover it.

Age brings with it many health problems. As the years go by, many of us suffer ill health on a graduating scale. I am no different.

This was going to be a long tale but have decided no one wants to hear all my problems and ailments. I shall use what I wrote as a cathartic exercise. Clear the decks, so to speak. Suffice it to say that like in “Soylent Green” I quote ‘things are looking up.’

The stranger that is visiting us, the sunshine, is for now, bright, beautiful and hot. Oh, we are so pleased to see it, up here in northern latitudes. I have a vase full of various daffodils I bought two days ago. They are gorgeously yellow, reflecting the brightness of the day, so uplifting.

I have summer bulbs that need planting, stargazer lilies, liatris, ranunculas, iris and freesias ( my daughter’s favourite). I grew some freesias last year and they were wonderful, in scent, colour and durable as cut flowers ( 125 bulbs will be this years count). Hope the lilies do not have too strong pan aroma. Some lilies are really overpowering, in my opinion. So pinks, blues and myriad colours – sounds good to me.

I hope to do some pastel paintings, weather permitting. Last year I tried pencils and I like the medium, but all the time I have lost has put me in a state where i need pictures I can do more swiftly, and pencils are not that fast a medium. So like has to shift to make way for fast. Of course, pastels do need more preparation time. Must find a way to trim the figure.

Meantime, my blogging has slowed, almost to a halt. I must try to remedy this also. So much I want to do, so much has to be fitted in. Perhaps a little less Internet time? We shall see. Oh, not forgetting poetry. Phew!

Wherever you are and whatever you are doing, please be careful out in that world which can be full of things to catch you unawares.


America’s Most Successful Intelligence Agency You Never Heard Of

Worth passing this info on.



Compared to the likes of the NSA, CIA, and FBI, the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research (INR) is hardly a household name.

Of the 16 intelligence agencies that make up the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC), it is the oldest civilian member (created in 1947), yet also smallest and least imposing: it has only 300 staff, lacks satellites and spies, and does not engage in espionage or counterintelligence. INR analysts are typically in their forties and fifties and highly educated (close to three quarters have advanced degrees, of which a quarter hold PhDs). It main duties are to provide diplomats with information and analysis to help facilitate U.S. foreign policy — in other words, the sort of eggheaded, academic stuff most Americans would dismiss as globalist fluff.

Yet the INR is perhaps the most effective and reputable intelligence agency in the country. It originated in the Second World…

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Silent Eye: Sixth Weekend Draws Nigh! – by Alienora

I do not have the willpower or spinal control any more, but this is always interesting, relaxing, a place away from the external world. Best wishes.

The Silent Eye

Reblogged from Alienora’s Anthology:

downloadSilent Eye: A Modern Mystery School has been an important part of my life since its birth way back in 2013; though, actually, the story starts even before then…

I first met Stephen Tanham and Sue Vincent (who, along with Stuart France, comprise the Silent Eye Directors) at Savio House, during either an SOLGathering of the Light weekend or a Ritual with Purpose one. We clicked. I enjoyed the company of both.

I was, therefore, intrigued and tempted when they set up the Silent Eye School of Consciousness – and was keen to be at the Opening.

Five very different ritual experiences later, I can safely say that this initial enthusiasm has never waned, and I am now getting very excited about the forthcoming, Jewel in theClaw, weekend.

The setting is beautiful: The Nightingale Centre in the little village of Great Hucklow

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Third February Blog (26-2-18)

Third February Blog.

Photographic Notes.

Pictures of cats, all types, all ages,
Leaping off the proverbially pages.
Perhaps I should say the T.V. Screen,
A saver of sorts, there to be seen.
There are colours galore from red to grey,
To watch whilst eating finner of the day.
Teeny tiny kitties, quite young, come along
With crimped up ears and a mewling song.
Teenager kittens, spritely, quite fun,
Things to be doing, things they have done.
Sleepy kits now, their eyes half shut,
Needing to kip, – of games – had their glut.
Stately pussy cats, staring quite hard
At something unseen or out in the yard.
Stripey and spotty, plain colours too
Staring or sleeping, as cats often do.
These are the treasures I always enjoy,
A girl cat for you, or a cute little boy.
All of them pretty and furry to boot,
Cuddly, treasured – like Cap’n Flint’s loot.

Copyright Evelyn J. Steward. February, 2018.

I had intended to write a blog but I suddenly became much worse in health. Was sent to hospital where I was kept in for a few days, two of them on various drips. Then return to two out-patients appointments. I have another of these tomorrow.

My issues are somewhat less painful now, but not gone. I have further appointments, but not as soon perhaps, as the Consultant wanted. Such is life.

Snow has visited parts of England today, including the area I live in. The falls wer not a lot ( light flakes, mostly, and not for very long, but more than one fall). Somewhat late in our wintertime, I feel, and very cold ( for us). But when the snow had ceased falling, there has been beautiful sunshine making the area look like summer, but oh, so cold.

I am posting a quick gel pen sketch with this short blog that I did today. Goes with the poem, at the very least.

So will take my leave now and wish you all the best. And please take care out there in the world.


This entry was posted on February 26, 2018. 2 Comments