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Sunday, 16 March 2014

Bits and bobs .

  The sun is out and its getting warmer.   I have just been messing around with bits and bobs in the garden. I went to the garden centre with a friend during the week.   I didnt buy much..but just wanted to get some color.   Here are some pansies still to be planted.. they are in the wheelbarrow in the shade.  
I love their colors.

                                 Put the rest of the fertilizer on the new plants..
                                        This pansy is just delightful . I think i want it closer to my cottage.
                                 Testing out an old plant pot holder I found to see what size planter to buy when next at the D.I.Y.   This is where i will put my pansies. The geranium is doing very well.
                                        My fucshia is getting so many blossoms.  it loves its place.
                                     Bright color on the fence with mesamesthremums..wow! sure spelt that wrong. such a vibrant orange.  I think i might get some more.

                                   A new little Fuschia planted.  I hope that it likes its new pot and will grow as my other has.  This one has a different flower.
                                     Oranges from the big farm.. delivered to me - how am i going to get through all these.   !!! will be giving some to friends.

                            Snr. Ze Maria, brought me my olive oil this morning.  I am so delighted.  Olive oil for the rest of the year. The food and salads taste so different with fresh olive oil.

So am off out to do more bits and bobs.. after a nice ham sandwich and a cup of tea.

What have you been doing this lovely Sunday.

28 comments:

  1. yum on the olive oil! and oranges, too! you're getting lots of pretty color there.

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  2. Real olive oil, wow, not the mixed with what ever stuff we get. I could eat a lot of those oranges and make orange chicken and then eat more oranges....

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    1. Hello Sunnybrook. Our family have had our own olive oil for years.
      pure strait from the vat.
      My son took half the oranges...and ate as many as he could.
      thanks for the tip.. chicken with orange..never tried that.
      val

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  3. Oh those oranges look wonderful. I eat at least one orange or tangelo a day, and can't imagine getting them off the tree! I love pansies--looks like you are starting to enjoy spring.

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    1. Hello Jen,
      Oranges straight from our trees. My son took most of them . I am not familia with what a tangelo is.. !! here we have orange trees all over.. but we all respect each others oranges. );- Happy Tuesday Jen

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  4. Everything looks and sounds much better! I just read about your car. I'm glad that you at least are safe! You have a pretty and cheery start to spring.

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    1. Thank you Jacqueline.. Yes, I think the spring is lifting my spirits.
      Blooms are starting to show.. and spring is here.. warmer days to come.

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  5. Your flowers and oranges made me feel Spring-like, Val..thank you, my friend!...:)JP

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    1. Hello JP. Yes, its spring... it gives us a great feeling.
      have a wonderful day. xx

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  6. The flowers look so colorful and pretty and those oranges are beautiful! I would love to know what 'real' olive oil tastes like! I know I would love it. Enjoy your week my friend!

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    1. Thanks Diane.. It is a different taste from the various varieties of bottled ones.. but you can get some good olive oil out there if you pay for it.
      xx

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  7. Val,
    You have such nice neighbors always thinking of you. If I lived close by, I could try some of those delicious oranges. Your mums are so pretty and vibrant with color. And they look very nice on your Header. Fresh olive oil! My husband would love some of that to cook with.

    Have a great week ahead, Val. It's always nice coming over here and seeing what's going on at the Alentejo.

    love,
    ~Sheri

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    1. Hi Sheri,
      The oranges and the olive oil are from my farm.
      I could have made a better header...must work with the closeups.
      I haven't had mums in my garden for years. think i will buy some more.
      Thanks for your visit.. always nice to see you. xxx val

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  8. I love pansies, with their sweet little faces. That olive oil must be special, not like what we buy in stores here. The oranges look like to die for. Happy gardening days to you, Val. Hope we have warm days ahead.

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    1. Hello Sanda... I to just love the pansies.. I have to keep them in the shade here, as the sun now is getting warmer and they wither easily.
      Loads of oranges..
      thanks for leaving your comment sanda.. xx

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  9. That's the sort of day I love, Val. Just pottering around in the garden. Today I have been taking the pots of bullbs out of the garage and into the light. Some have started shooting already! I didn't get around to lifting them this summer, which is okay with some. I'm going to take the top layer of soil off and top up with fresh. We have started to have a little rain, so that will get them started.
    Your seedlings and other plants are looking nice and fresh. Won't be long before everything is really growing fast.
    Lovely oranges!
    Happy days, Betty

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    1. Hi Betty, Yes, its great just to potter around. Today I have done the same.
      some of my bulbs didnt come through.. my daffodils did.. but i must split them for next year. Slowly but surely .the plants are loving the spring sun.
      xx

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  10. A bright and colourful post, Val. Loving the orange header, flowers and oranges! And of course, pansies, always :) Isn't that white one with the purple throat a winner?? Are you squeezing and juicing those fruits - very healthy, and you must make an orange cake too! xxx

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  11. Oh how I adore olive oil and how lovely to grow your own olives. Your garden is coming along nicely Val. Ours is beginning to have a bit of colour now too. Pansies are one of my favourites, I just love seeing them bobbing about in the breeze. I still have a few geraniums flowering from last summer. We had quite a mild yet very wet winter and they obviously enjoyed the climate. They stood in pots just out in the open where we left them and such a bonus to see them still very healthy. Have a great week Val.
    Patricia x

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  12. Dear Val ,so nice to have your own olive oil and fresh oranges ! I see that you start to plant flowers !! I liked the header photo and the changes to your page . I have missed so many posts ...Have a nice week !

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  13. Hi Val: What a beautiful header photo. No matter that you can spell it, I can't pronounce it, but sure is pretty. I bought a small juicer and now we are having fresh squeezed OJ almost every day. So good, can't wait for summer and lemonade. How wonderful to have fresh OO..Happy Tuesday to you..Judy

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  14. Love pansies! If we get rid of all this snow, I can plant some!

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  15. Dear Val,its time to start to plant Spring flowers!I like the pansies and hope your Fuschia plant grows as the other!I love Fuschia ,its the most famous flower in Ireland!!Wish you a happy week!
    Dimi...

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  16. Dear Val, Glad to see you have had some sunshine and can go some pottering around. It must be wonderful to have your own olive oil. Sarah x

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  17. Hi Val So lovely to see some spring colour in Alentejo again. Happy Spring Wishes to you. Shell - A Darlings Nest

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  18. I love the colors. That's exactly what I needed today. I can't wait to see things in bloom here again but it's going to be a little longer. It looks like you had a lovely day. The oranges and olive oil look wonderful. I hope all is well.

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  19. Such beautiful flowers, Val! You're so lucky to be in such a temperate climate and be surrounded by such lovely color and greenery already. Is that Olive oil from your own trees? It must be delicious! We sat in the sun all afternoon on Sunday, enjoy the first warm day in many, many weeks. It was blissful! Wishing you a beautiful spring.

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