Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
My BBC nickname which I registered to use on the BBC Gardener's World blog (which isn't the most scintillating read anyway) has been reset as it has been considered 'offensive'.
I can't copy and paste the email as at the bottom it says that the contents are confidential.
My reply, however, is not.
"Dear BBC moderators,
Is your moderation automated or is it just lunatic? You have obviously never visited the Paris street Rue Mouffetard. It's a good job I'm not from Scunthorpe, Penistone or Lightwater and wanting to use those in my nickname.
I won't bother using your rather over-moderated website again, and look forward to telling everyone about it on my blog, where people have only ever known me as HappyMouffetard, and don't seem too offended by me.
HappyMouffetard (a name I have been using online for around 10 years, and won't be changing)."
Friday, September 25, 2009
Sunday, September 20, 2009
But the real objects of my dislike are the mopheads. Great big pastel pom-poms - like a row of geriatric cheerleaders. When we moved into this house, there were two in large tubs in the front garden. When the revolution came, they were first against the wall (or to be more accurate, into the skip). An irrational dislike, I know, but one I'm not working very hard to overcome.
The reason for the title? Chez Mouffetard, these abominations are known as "old lady's pants" as they come in the sort of colours one might imagine elderly ladies 'apple gatherer' undies to be.
A "fine" display at Arley Gardens
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 04, 2009
To participate in the Meme Award, you need to:
- link back to the person who gave you the award;
- reveal seven things about yourself;
- choose seven other blogs to nominate and post a link to them
- let each of your choices know that they have been tagged by posting a comment on their blog;
- and finally let the tagger know when your post is up.
So, to the facts...
1. I'm irrationally scared of baked beans, although I have got better as I've got older. I no longer physically recoil when I open an airline breakfast and see the freaky orange bald things sitting there. Strangely, I don't mind the non-baked haricot.
2. I used to ride a motorbike (Yamaha YZF600Thundercat), but gave it up as I got older. I now have an allotment instead.
5. One of my favourite words is 'archipelago'.
6. One of the most exciting things that has happened to me was watching 'Life on Earth' as a child. It gave me an understanding of my love of nature. I can still remember the excitement of rushing in from playing outside to watch the next episode. It was indescribably exciting to watch it. I can't thank David Attenborough enough for changing my life. Because of him, I went to University - a common enough thing nowadays, but I was the first in my family to go. A big, big thing.
Me studying periwinkles I had found on the beach, aged 3
7. I'm married to a man who thinks it's fun to put plastic baskets etc on his head. It started young, but he still can't resist putting cloches on his head when we go round garden centres.
SomeBeans with natty head decoration
And so, I pass this meme on to the following bloggers. There's no pressure to take part!
1. Joanne - a blog full of beautiful flowers, and information about her battle with Lyme Disease2. Trisha at Ripplestone Review - flowers, gardens, poetry and politics
3. Nutty Gnome - read about her mammoth garden works - it wears me out just reading about her progress!
4. Rothschild Orchid - more beautiful photos, and say hello to Stilton, Ruler of the Universe
5. Kat Wolfdancer - interesting tales
6. The Galloping Gardener - fascinating garden visits
7. Chaiselongue at Olives and Artichokes - fruit, veg and fantastic recipes.
Thanks to Alice for the tag!