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Layout Share – Bouncing is what Tiggers do Best

Ah, good memories. Fun memories and slightly embarrassing ones too!

Bouncing is what Tiggers do Best

Here’s the story –

I sort of wanted to meet them but wasn’t going to bother as the ‘line’ was soooo long and it was soooo hot! But Bev and David said let’s do it. So we did. My, it was a long wait and the delightful duo went off to cool down a couple of times. One time as they walked back Winnie came right up to me and put his nose on my nose! I came over all giddy and blushed. That got a few laughs from all round. At last we made it to the front and had 30 seconds with the cute guys. I seemed to miss my hug with Tigger so I tapped him on the shoulder…… the resulting embrace almost knocked me over. Silly fella. It was such fun and so glad we waited to meet them. Thanks B & D for making us do it. 

I have to say that my Brother in Law did an amazing job on the photo front. I think we gave a cast member one of our phones too and having two folk snapping away gave us so many great shots. As I say it was so much fun. Love how this page turned out and happy that I resized my pictures to make them all fit. It’s also lovely to have that small one on the bottom left that came from the official photographer.

All in all a great experience.

Photo a Day – Week Ten, Eleven and Twelve

And here are a few more.

All flowers of garden things this week.

Self sown sweet rocket.

Lovely Alliums.

Hosta leaves.

A view of the garden in May.

Spinach! We can’t grow the stuff, okay well obviously we can but it doesn’t last long. Always bolts. But this was the biggest crop we had ever had. It’s been a very good salad season so far.

Pretty Centaurea in blues and whites.

This is the poppy I painted for one of the 100 Experiments in Art.

Me and him.

Light on a lovely geranium flower.

Off adventuring in Portugal with my Mum, sister and niece. This is in the seaside village of Salema.

And one of my favourite things to do when staying here. Watching the golfers from the bar.

Poolside reflections and feet.

We were very lucky with the weather. It was sunny everyday and the light here……. And the area our villa is on on the golf complex is like a tiny village of whitewashed townhouses. Adorable. I love wandering those cobbled streets.

Imperfect but priceless. My sister and her daughter sharing a funny moment.

Ah. Such a great few days. Here is my shadow waving from the patio.

And back home to this cutie.

Plant combinations.

Growing.

Sun worshipper.

Always the bees.

The trialthlon rode into town again. Here are the leaders of the womens race. Love that this world class event comes to Leeds and that the swim section takes place in our local parks lake. We usually watch on T.V and then rush to the end of the street to watch them cycle by. So much fun!

And there we go.

Bloom 2019 – Still Learning

I ventured out into the garden earlier today and was thrilled that there were some flowers to pick this early in the season. I’m sure I don’t normally see anything till later in the month.

I knew that I was going away for a week at the end of May, the exact time I usually plant our the seedlings for the cutting patch. I decided to plant some of them out early and this is clearly the reason I have blooms to pick now. How amazing! And I love that I’m still learning. Actually I always knew you could plant hardy annuals out before June but was never brave enough to do it.

Well now I have and I will be carrying on the practice in the years to come.

After the building work last year there are two symmetrical beds for my cutting patch. I planted one up on 23rd May and the photo below is the other one that I planted up on the 9th June.

Maybe I’ll get an extended season by staggering the planting? I hope so.

I’ll share my little vase full soon but in the meantime I’ll point out the newly made netting which supports the plants as they grow. Gav made it for me from a ball of string! I was fed up with all the plastic netting that breaks and tangles so he made me some. He has more patience than I and so far it’s working perfectly.

Here’s to a bloom filled summer.

Layout Share – Sing Along

Ah, memories….. Such fun was had when we went to the Frozen sing along at Hollywood Studios.

Sing Along

Here’s the story –

It is no surprise that I was up for a Frozen sing along but who knew that Gave would join in too! It was very funny and lovely too with the film clips and the ‘actors’. That’s something they do so well here. Take it to the next level. And then the snow at the end. All very emotional but excellent too.

I made this page a while ago. And now that I have typed out the journalling it’s one of the times I feel like starting again and telling the story better? No differently.

Here is what I should have written –

I hoped that I’d done the right thing booking us tickets for the Frozen sing along. Who knew what it would be like….. I was sure that I’d love it. But Gav? I needn’t have worried though because it seems that the Disney bug got him hook line and sinker because he was singing along with everyone else. It was amazing. The show was so funny, such a feel good factor and the snow at the end was perfect. The only down side was our little thirteen year old who did not join in the fun and just sat embarrassed at her parents and us two singing away at the top of our voices. Which of course made us sing even louder……… Poor child! Gav and I tried to go and see it again but we’d just missed the last performance. Never mind I’m sure we will get back one of these days to sing along again. 

Ah. That’s much better. It makes me feel all happy to have that written down. I will definitely be adding this over the top of the original paragraph.

And of course it’s making me excited to get back there later in the year! Such fun!

The 100 Day Project – 100 Experiments in Art – 75 Days Down

Ah, 100 day Project I do love you! I am also ready to be done. Ha!

Here are just a few of day 50 -75. I went through a decidedly ‘bad’ patch and have not shared those…. It always happens and is simply something to learn from and try not to repeat. But as I say, in such a long period of time, you are going to make things you don’t like.

I have also been wondering, over on Instagram, where all these bright colours are coming from. I reach for oranges, pinks, bright blues and even yellow. I’ve played more with layering acrylics as well as more abstract pieces. The butterflies is a fav. Completely new to me technique I was inspired to try by artist Pam Garrison. I’m obsessed with watching her classes over at the Creative Bug.

When I was away in Portugal I only had watercolours with me so that was a challenge. The one above on the right and both below are from that week. The left one below is a copy of the kitchen tile pattern!

Had to sneak more hearts in.

Tried a bit more collage style as well as a totally bizarre painting of my hand. I traced around it just like we used to when we were kids. I was good fun.

And probably my favourite of all 75 is this poppy.

I have very nearly got the shading right…….. lol.

So there we have it almost done for another year.

Bloom 2019 – Wonderful Wallflowers

Another jug of blooms from a couple of months ago. Self sown white borage and forget-me-nots and pretty wallflowers, home sown and grown.

I always struggle with biennials. They grow away well and look great when planted out but then they fail to produce a good crop in their second year. If I leave then in situ for a third year they do quite well but that isn’t what they should do!  Who knows why I have this problem…….

On a completely different subject you may have noticed that we painted the bricks behind our log burning stove white. No idea why we waited so long to do that because it looks so much better. Brighter and more in keeping with our decor. And shows flowers off quite well too. I love a win, win!

Photo a Day – Week Seven, Eight and Nine

Here are a few more weeks.

The garden started growing again. Love perennials.

Someone was chewing sticks held tight in his cute little paws.

A new angle. Gav has been working so hard in the garden.

Our salad and home made bread in lunch.

A walk to Canal Gardens.

More wood chopping from the fallen tree.

New compost bins. Needless to say he was rather pleased with this construction.

New to us chairs. They are exactly what I’ve been looking for and secondhand so more environmentally freindly! I like the battered look but we may paint them.

Our second year attending a session of World Snooker.

Many of our potted tulips were squirrel food last winter so we only had a handful to enjoy. This ‘Black Hero’ popped up amongst self sown white borage. I liked the dark with the white.

Apple blossom.

Making more bread. Actually I think this turned into hot dog buns for a baseball evening.

Bad habits……. But if we are eating revels then I like to make sure we have an even spread of flavours. Lol!

Blue and green.

Clematis in full bloom with the moon and contrails.

Helped my Sister walk dogs and we meandered through Canal Gardens again. This view…… It’s heaven. Such a great spot.

On my lunch break.

Hooray. UK asparagus back in season.

Arrived at our camp site to a little bit of sunshine.

Blurry but love this photos.

And back home again with more stick chewing.

Phew…… there we go another three weeks.

Sock Darning and the Bigger Picture

What?! I hear you cry. You are darning socks? As in mending something?

Yes. I have started to darn some of my socks. But read on because I decided it wasn’t simply about darning…..

Way back in my memory I remember seeing a little wooden mushroom, just like the one in the photo, at my Grandmas house. It was what they did. They mended things.

We don’t do that anymore do we? Well the majority of the UK does not I can guarantee that! I had accumulated a pile of beloved socks, not very old that all had holes in the soles or heels and I could not bring myself to throw them away. I did three things. I vowed never to buy these socks again as clearly they are not meant to last, I watched a you tube tutorial on darning and I bought the mushroom. It’s a work in progress but I am rather pleased with myself. And if I get another winter out of them then so much the better.

It is a small thing to undertake, but the idea of cherishing our clothes enough to mend them? Well if only we all did that it could be the gateway to realising how damaging consumerism is.

We try to do our bit in this house. We grow our own veg and flowers. We have a hybrid car. We compost. We walk places. We buy veg from an organic box scheme. We recycle. We have a Sodastream! (the most fun thing ever!) to cut down on plastic bottles. We have water bottles. I don’t buy clothes much at all and I do go to charity shops.

We are not perfect and I know all our holidays have an impact. But as I keep seeing on instagram ‘We don’t need a few people do it perfectly, we need millions doing it imperfectly’.

And with that in mind I’m going to download the Refill app that tells you where you can refill your water bottle for free when you’re out and about. And then take Buddy for a walk.

And when I get back I might just darn another sock!

Layout Share – MLK

Oh my goodness like I said last time there are more……..

MLK

Here’s the story –

Gav and I were excited to see this memorial to Martin Luther King. It had been many years in the making. Those three came along of course. I loved that Hannah took photos even though she didn’t know who he was. I’m sure she will one day. It was good to see it and it was a lovey tribute to him. And funny story….. 3 US girls offered H $10 to take their photo and she took it! Bless her and bless MLK.

I have been making this page for a long time. I go through phases like that where I start lots of layouts but don’t finish them off. But I’m glad it’s done and in the album now.

I need to get a move on with these layouts other wise we will be back from another US adventure and I won’t have documented this one!

Bloom 2019 – Early Spring

I don’t know where the time has gone these last few months. I mentioned the other day that I have been working more so that’s probably the answer! Anyway I’ve found lots of photos that I should have been sharing and hopefully I’ll catch up with some in the next couple of weeks.

Here is the first flower arrangement  of the year. All self sown beauties. Cerinthie, lunaria, myosotis and cowslips (primula veris).

I popped them in this lovely flowery jug a friend bought me last year and they looked so pretty……way back in April!