… others a mere nod in the direction of practicality.

I mean, doesn’t everyone amass large numbers of glass jars? I must have, well, a few hundred. At least. Both ordinary recycled jars and ball mason jars. A girl can never have too many, so far as I am concerned.

I had thought myself immune to the collecting of any more, but yesterday I heard of a local sale of 16 oz (500 ml)  Ball Mason quilted jars and, well, I simply had to order some. Forty, to be exact, which I thought rather restrained. Obviously I have my eye on filling some of them with some delicious tomato marmalade or maybe some ruby vanilla jam (I am still perfecting this one, keep an eye out for it …) and simply definitely some more onion marmalade. Then there are the fruit jellies and pastes which will look utterly delicious cradled amid all those sparkling glass quilts.

I care nothing of clothes for me, but speak to me of clothes for the preserves and I am transported to heaven. ;)

Almost certainly, after a sudden splurge on jars, I will start to worry about lids. Never mind that I have enough pop top lids and screw bands and lids for the ball jars to last me for an eternity, I will still worry that I need more.

Did I mention that the space under my bed is entirely taken up with both empty and full preserving jars? If anyone locked me in my bedroom I could last for months on what I have stored under the mattress!

My other nightmarish addiction (if easier to store) is seeds. I have all my seeds in for the spring, I do, but when the Digger’s catalogue of heirloom and organic seeds bounced on my front step yesterday, well, I had to order some more. I ordered:

ROCKMELON DELICE DE TABLA
PUMPKIN PENNSYLVANNIA DUTCH CROOKNECK (how could anyone resist these!)
BEAN FLAGEOLET FLAGRANO
SUNFLOWER LITTLE DIGGERS GIANT F1 (not very giant, only grows to about 2 foot, which appeals)
BRUSSELS SPROUTS RUBY
CARROT ALL SEASONS
CUCUMBER, LEMON
PUMPKIN POTIMARRON

And some flowers!

NASTURTIUM ALASKA SCARLET
POPPY, RUFFLES ROSE SHADES
SUNFLOWER TEDDYBEAR (too, too cute)
LAWN THYME
VALERIAN for the bog garden.

I am sure I will have heaps of time to get them all planted. Certain of it.

I think.

Finally – I was rearranging my kitchen today and checked a cupboard barely opened. There were the seed potatoes which I knew I had but couldn’t find anywhere! I am utterly relieved to have found them now and not in 6 months time when they’d have been little more than a mass of spidery white hopeless legs :)