I'd like to say a big Thank You to Vikki from Vikki's Albums, for the lovely candy she sent to me, Vikki has been offering a weekly candy draw and I was lucky enough to win it last week, even though her little boy was poorly she made time to send it out to me. Thanks so much Vikki, why not pop over to her lovely blog and have a look round and maybe enter this weeks candy.
A couple of months ago Val made a post offering to send 5 people one of her cards, so I put my name down..what a lovely surprise I had when I opened the post to find not only a lovely card but a shoe topper too. Part of the deal was you had to post the card on your blog when you received it, so here it is along with the topper, if you want to see more of Vals' lovely cards why not go and pay her a visit at Vals Craftroom.
Thanks you so much Val, they are lovely.
......Now for a Moan.. just me letting of steam...
As you know the weather has been lovely, so when I wasn't working or doing housework etc, I spent as much time as I could in the garden, I have loads and loads of pots to plant up, some of the large pots have half hardy shrubs in them which I keep in my little greenhouse over winter, they usually come into life in the spring, but something was wrong this year, had a dig through the soil of one pot and there were no roots on the plant. They had all been eaten, then I found out the cause, loads of horrible little SH**S called Vine Weevils grubs, aptly named I thought..(If you want to see the horrible things look here)
I had to go through all the pots, dumping the soil onto some plastic, picking out all the grubs and squashing them (a murderer I know but you have to destroy them) then I noticed the adult crawling along so I squashed that too., felt no guilt what so ever....so then on to the next pot, it was also infected..and the next and the next, in all I had about 7 very large pots that had been infested, one containing a beautiful climbing plant that Tony had bought for me in Spain as part of my Pearl anniversary pressie almost 9 years ago, they were also in half a dozen or so smaller pots which contained some large fuchsias.
I've bagged up the old soil, and hopefully made sure there were no grubs or adults in it, I'll have to treat it in some way before I dump it. I had an infestation a few years ago and lost a lot of plants, and since then have been using a chemical which you water into the soil to kill the grubs, but it doesn't seemed to have worked as this year they are back, so I'm on look out for something else to try, as it costs us a fortune to replace all the compost and plants.
As I'm not working today, I was going to check out the last few pots and go and buy some more plants, but it's raining, so I thought I catch up on the house work then go and visit all the blogs I follow, I'll be back later to post a couple of cards, see you soon & take care