N is for nasturtium, nepeta and never again :-)

Screen Shot 2015-03-04 at 08.30.52The trouble is, I only half-listen. Partly because I’m actually half-deaf. Partly because I’m half-gobdaw. For the uninitiated, a gobdaw is a polite term of reference to a gobshite, which in turn is a reference to a gob (mouth) caic (shite). Sorry folks, but sometimes crude and guttural cuts to the chase. So as someone who has only half an ear out for false talk and plausible white noise, this thread of gardening posts has its inbuilt fault lines. My all-time favorite Denis Leary vehicle is Rescue Me and given how cool he is, there’s a wide choice of top D. Leary esq moments that are memorable. But I digress from my point: Bodhair Uí Laoghaire, Leary’s Deafness, is gaelic shorthand for hearing what you want to hear. Then there’s the english meaning of leery: loud cackling of disbelief accompanied by a skeptical shaking of the head. (Okay, okay, Google’s definition is ‘cautious’ or ‘wary’ and I’ve somehow turned it into the Haka.) So, because I’m a glass half-full kind of person, both versions of the gallic or gaelic, amount to a better understanding of the origins of the word than one side alone.

And so to N for nasturtium, nepeta and nicotine. I’m not quite yet at the ‘never again’ stage of nicotine use (I think the Mars landing is closer), but I am on the 5:2 diet and aiming to replace chewing it more often than smoking it and as a confirmed flake am now moving swiftly along to the joys of nasturtium and nepeta. Nasturtium grows very fast. That’s that done.

Nepeta is catmint, and is thriving in the front bed nearest the house. Ours is the one with mauve flowers, and according to digherbs.com, we’re very lucky that our stray cat Noodles is so odd, he’s not fallen for it and seems to be keeping all the other neighborhood cats in line, (cos they haven’t either). The link to digherbs.com (above) gives you its properties and uses. Of course, the other possibility is that it isn’t nepeta at all, but sage.

The picture today is a screenshot from the Irish Examiner, about Padraig Harrington’s win. It was my touchstone yesterday when I went for a job interview. His win after a seven-year drought steadied my anxieties and gave me courage. It worked. Thank you Mr Harrington. 🙂

Okay, some more on the stamina stuff. N is for noxious, nasty, NO GOOD for your heart, gums, bones, teeth, not to mention your lungs.