Friday, 3 April 2009

Sam !! Back with us.

Hello, hope you are all enjoying this sunshine.
I don't know about you but my garden is simply bursting with colour! The front of the cottage is almost buried amongst the fresh greenery and sparkling flowers. To think when we first got the cottage their wasn't a flower to be seen!
I just planted whatever I could find, and slips of plants from kindly friends - we had no spare money to spend on plants.
Luckily most of what I have planted spreads easily and self seeds all around the garden - along with the weeds I might add!

Below is a little clump of 'Three Cornered Leeks', so pretty with their little white nodding heads - they spring up everywhere. I hadn't come across these until I moved to Wales, I think they are native amongst the hedgerows.
I use the greenery chopped up in salads and omelette's - they taste onion/leek-y.

They look so pretty amongst the bluebells ( they are on their way, flower buds are there just waiting to open!).
As I say pops up everywhere, if you would like a cutting just let me know.


A little sad news today - the little Robin has deserved her nest and chicks - chicks are dead, I think the nest has been hit by a football from next door - it looked knocked about!

Such a shame, I could have wept!


I wanted today, to tell you about Sam.

Sam is my long time Trusted Friend, Survivor, Hero and Indispensable Co -Pilot!

He trundles around the lanes with me, now in this, my new car.

I first met Sam at a car boot sale - where else! He had a notice on him saying 'Buy me now and take me home - or I go in the skip (rubbish/garbage bin for those of you overseas!) Price 25p'!!!!

I was horrified - by the look of him he had served his time well - was battered and threadbare - had obviously been so well loved, did his little people not want him anymore?

Needless to say he came home with me, I put him in my first Moggy car and he travelled with me, taking care of the car whist I worked, and giving sound advice, and 'spot on' directions - and what a wonderful listener - and so discreet' He knows all my troubles and secrets!

One dreadful New Years Eve something dreadful happened! Some bad boys stole the car - with Sam sound asleep inside - took it and set fire to it! Needless to say Sam fought the fire with all his little being - luckily the fire engine turned up and saved a lot of the car and Sam. The car could and was repaired - not that it was ever the same.

But poor Sam what a state he was in - all singed and grubby!
As you can see he permanently has one arm bandaged and no wears a waistcoat to hide and protect his singed body. But he is very brave and still has a smile on his face!

We were so proud of him, we thought he deserved a medal, and asked on Freecycle if anyone had such a thing for a Brave Bear. Of course we had lots of response - there are lots of people out there just as Nuts as us!
He got his Medal (although its a swimming medal - we didn't tell him!) and we proudly sewed it onto his waistcoat.

So now he is back with us in our new car, in his rightful place as Co - Pilot extraordinaire!

Anyone else have special 'friends' they cart around in their car, or keep in a special place - or is it just me??!**

Just a quick look at a WIP, I don't know if it will work, but I am trying to surround a glass jar with felt stems and leaves - to make a kind of soft pretty container/desk tidy?!

It doesn't look much now but I will persevere - It may turn out to be something entirely different!

Ta Ta for now! xx


  1. Oh no, so sad about the nest, I was only telling my other half about it last night and saying I would show him the photos. Ohhhh....
    Hen x

  2. Sam's lovely!

    I do hope he enjoys the new car. :)

    I lived in East Anglia for several years when I was growing up. My mum is from a little village outside Norwich.

    We went to Wales twice on holiday and visited Anglesey. You live in such a lovely area; I do miss it.



  3. :( about the nest, what a shame.
    Sam looks very smart and dependable. I have a toy elephant called Nellie that I've had forever, she sleeps in our bed and looks after me when I'm ill, she's had a lot of hammer recently :) I even took her to hospital when I had Twiglet, see you think you're barmy!!!
    Twiggy x

  4. Really sad about the nest, but hopefully Mrs Robin has plenty of time for a second brood.
    Sam is wonderful, such a brave little soldier. My little ted sits on a shelf in my bedroom, I had him when I was about 3 and I could never imagine parting with him. Unfortunately his head doesn't turn anymore as he needed an operation on his neck that required stitches. He is quite happy now though, even quite likes being grubby!

    Love and blessings

  5. So sad to hear about the robin's nest :(
    I still have the teddy that my Dad bought me when I was born, he was at least 5 times bigger than me then but he has been with me always and I can't imagine being without him.

  6. We had something similar happen to us with a robins nest.... we think a heavy rain storm must have killed the chicks as they were all dead and th nest was half hanging out of the crevice where she'd built it.
    Such a shame for the poor birds.

    LOL I havne't got a Sam. We did have a little Teddy for years driving round with us but we lost him.
    Love the story of the medal :-)


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