Bloom 2015 – White wisps

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From those hot velvety colours we come to calm cool whites.

This arrangement is actually from a couple of weeks ago and contains the last of the Ammi and Hesperis. Along with those two I added a white clematis and some grey foliage.

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I adore both the Ammi and the Hesperis (sweet rocket) and have loved arranging them this year. The Ammi never does well here from a spring sowing, it has already done its best, so I am going to try to over winter a few plants to see if that helps the longevity of the its production. Hoping that the Hesperis seeds itself around although I have got about six plants sown a couple of months ago.

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Week in the Life™ 2015 – Saturday words and photos

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Ane here we are at Saturday already. This Saturday was a very unusual and unique one. It was all about a party for a colleagues birthday.

But first…..

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I know we shouldn’t let him on the bed but we do.

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Waiting for me laid amongst the mess in my craft room. Hmm… I need a tidy up.

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Love sweet peas so.

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It was the sort of party you took a food contribution.I needed eggs for my dish so off to the shop I went.

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Making tartlets.

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Preparing the toenails.

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The invitation said come dressed in a musical genre. It has been all we have talked about at work for the past three weeks. Hippie was my go to. Not sure I pulled it off but I joined in and love my new to me top.

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We drove an hour and a half north into the Yorkshire Dales to the party. This was an amazing view from their patio. The photo just does not translate to the picturesque spot where they live. The weather was kind for some of the day but eventually it rained and rained and a storm lit up the sky with lightning.

I put the camera down as it got dark but I want to remember Gav and I dancing together under an umbrella in the rain. Two colleagues dancing in waterproof jackets. Others getting drenched but still having a fantastic time and dancing, dancing, dancing.

This was possibly the most wonderful, unusual and fun party I have ever attended. They are musical folk and had several bands playing all night long. Live music, those views and spending time with Gav and colleagues (remember my BFF is a colleague too) was something I won’t forget.

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Another of my feet. This shot is so that I remember my adorable ankle bracelets and the mud, that you can’t really see but it was there.

A truly great day.

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Week in the Life™ is a project devised by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

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Week in the Life 2015 – Wednesday and Thursday words and photos

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Welcome. I loved Ali’s approach to her journalling this week so thought I’d try one of her techniques.

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Some days I wake at 6.15am. Most days I just lay in bed thinking and usually drifting back to sleep 2 minutes before the 7am alarm. But today I got up early before the alarm. Gav sleeps in after I get up and take Buddy out for a walk.

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Most days on a morning we take a 40 minute walk and pass this church. It was early for us today.

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Most days I take in my surroundings during this quite time of day. Today I was disappointed to see signs of the end of summer.

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Most days I feed Bud in the morning. Everyday he loves his breakfast.

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Some days I have coffee before I leave the house. We are still using that old camping kettle. We really should buy a new one.

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Most days I drive to work. We have that cover over the back seat as Gav has been walking my sisters and nephews dogs this past two weeks as they are away.

Every day for work I wear that purple blouse as it’s our uniform. I like the purple but not the material! I was really happy to see the sun shine today.

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Most days this is my view at work. I like my spot in the corner where I can see all the comings and goings.

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Some days my BFF (who also works where I do!) and I go out for a walk together at lunch time. She is leaving soon and I’ll miss her a lot.

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Most days I have a salad for lunch. A new one for me today.

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Some days, rare days, Gav eats lunch outside.

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Some days in the summer I come home to a patchwork of cut up lawn. Gav loves his lawn and it is a constant work in progress.

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Everyday he loves a treat and is happy to hand over a paw or two to get one.

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Most days we sit here in the evening. And yep that is a cuddly toy on the table his name is Oreo.

And Thursday.

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Most days I dislike the scales.

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Some days it is so busy at work you forget to think about anything else, like taking photos! But it was someones birthday so two of us went out for cake and I snapped a shot on the way back.

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Some days  it is warm enough to potter in the garden when the work day is done. Most days I just wander around and stare.

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Most days in the summer I pick flowers. These are the sweet peas that are growing in the wooded area behind our house.

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Some days I cook and some days he does. My turn today. I have a big collection of recipes I’ve pulled out of magazines, in the days before food blogs and Pinterest! I still use that file and love my collection of curated recipes.

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Most days its pasta.

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Some days, too many days we make bad choices and have treats after dinner.

Loving this week and the process of documenting so far.

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Week in the Life™ is a project devised by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

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And…… arty

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This is a project I’ve wanted to make ever since I pinned it. Usually I am not a gold girl but gold was all the drawing pins they had so gold it was.

My younger niece and I made a similar one a few months ago with her initial. We just did an outline and I though I’d taken a photo of that canvas but couldn’t locate it. Anyway that was my trail run.

The canvas is 8 inches square not too big and not too small. I drew my ampersand in pencil to begin with and as you can see had a couple of attempts till I got it to look about right.

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Then I just started filling in the design. I did pay attention to each pin and worked methodically for the most part.

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I found that overlapping looked best so the drawing pins are really close together.

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The tricky part was pushing the pins into the edges where the wooden frame was behind. The pins tended to stick a little proud but you don’t notice that on the finished canvas.

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This was actually quite therapeutic and I love the end result, well worth a couple of hours of anyones time I think.

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Week in the Life™ 2015 – Tuesday words and photos

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Back to work today which = less photos. But that is ok.

I was thinking about grabbing photos pretty much all day and did take some on self timer at work but unfortunately the app I installed on my phone won’t let me download the images so they are lost. Hey ho. I still have a good selection and decided to write big words on them today. Maybe a bit too big but I am embracing experimentation this week it seems.

Didn’t need to write on this one though it was there on the pavement for me!

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When I uploaded it I discovered that I had only caught part of what it said on the road which was ‘look right’ but I just got ‘ok right’ which I loved more that the whole phrase!

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As I went about my day it dawned on me that work days are so different to home days. I know that’s pretty obvious but I was thinking on a different level than just the stuff of the day, just doing different things. I began thinking about the interactions I have in a work day compared with a day at home.

I have conversations off and on all day with a variety of people. We talk about nonsense, like the latest announcement of the Strictly Come Dancing celebs or how many times you’d have to walk up and down the corridor to get to 10,00 steps. (My colleague just got an i-watch so is calculating her steps….) We laugh and we grumble and we share stories. And even though I would rather be at home it is a wonderful thing that every day I get to share in stories.

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Also today Gav took Ollie (my sisters pooch) and Ruby (my nephews pooch) out for a walk with Bud. They got drenched apparently. He did take photos (he’s learning!) but hasn’t downloaded them yet.

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Like I say not as many photos but I have plenty of words written down. Onward to Wednesday.

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Week in the Life™ is a project devised by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

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Week in the Life™ 2015 – Monday words and photos

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I am sure that I’m not the only one excited to be starting this project again. I have done this twice before and I love both those albums. It’s been a while since I joined in so I am happy to get going. I don’t work Mondays so took full advantage of being here at home yesterday.

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I’ve enjoyed reading Ali’s posts about the project this past week as we all geared ourselves up for the photos and words fest of the next few days. She mentioned in her post yesterday that this project often acts as a catalyst for change for her. I think that is true in some way for me too and as I sat down to edit the pictures from yesterday I was awash with words.

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In the past I have been reluctant to do this project every year because I feel that our life is boring. I love it but we repeat the same old thing every day. Yet today I just kept writing and writing and loved that opportunity. The opportunity to see our life in a new way was refreshing and such a gift.

I was drawn to the concept of putting the words directly onto the pictures like Ali did last year so some have words and some are just plain for now.

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Here is a typical example of how I can act on things I document this week. My reluctance to do housework! Yet once I start I’m fine. Learning little things about myself with each click of the shutter.

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Here we have home-grown beans and potatoes making an easy salad. It is amazing being able to document food that we have produced right here.

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Time for a walk and time for a weeding session on that drive….

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And yep I did go out to capture the sunset wearing the dressing gown.

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Great first day to the week.

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Week in the Life™ is a project devised by Ali Edwards. Read all about it over here.

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Bloom 2015 – red, blue and green

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These Antirrhinum are pretty wonderful. They keep flowering and flowering. Admittedly the stems are not long but I can’t complain because they just keep producing the goods.

I mentioned last week that I wanted to mix them Nicotiana ‘lime green’ and here they are along with Lunaria seed heads and Centaurea ‘blue boy.’ Love the sumptuous colours and that blue vase works great with the blue of the cornflowers.

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Photo a Day – week twenty two

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Here we go with another week.

Gav tinkering with the watering system and Bud just sat watching.

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Mow time.

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I love this tree. It’s round the corner and Bud and I walk under it almost every day. It is huge and when it rains hardly any of the ground is wet underneath so dense are the leaves. Nature rocks.

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Waiting for the bus…..

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An early evening cup of coffee with my BFF.

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Waiting for the bus again I spotted this amusing sunflower.

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My work desk. Tools of my trade.

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And there we have it.

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The breakfast love affair continues – Veggie chorizo and red pepper omelete bagel

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There was some Quorn chorizo in the fridge so I could not resist trying it in a breakfast bagel. Gav came up with the idea to add red pepper and he wanted mushrooms too but I cooked those separately.

Fry the sliced mushrooms in butter.

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Fry the diced pepper and veggie chorizo.

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Lightly toast the bagels then make the omelette and add the cooked pepper and chorizo to the eggs when they have set a little.

When cooked to your liking slice it up and place on your warmed bagel adding the buttery mushrooms as the final flourish. I was going to add parsley too but in the end left it off the sandwich as I liked it just as it was.

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The combination of the red pepper and chorizo was great maybe with avocado next time too…..

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Sunflower watch

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We are growing a new sunflower this year. Helianthus ‘helios flame.’ I’m a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to sunflowers and didn’t fancy growing this bi-coloured variety but Gav wanted to try it so we did.

So far I must say I like it. It has produced blooms quite early for this garden which is good and it’s not too tall and the flowers are bright and cheery.

The first bloom began to unfurl on 4 July and I took a photo, the one above, using the macro lens. When I was looking at that picture I found that I’d already taken a picture of the same bud a few days earlier and I thought why not capture this bloom as it develops and then wains.

So here is the sunflower watch 2015.

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We had quite a warm day when it was unfurling because it went from the picture above to the one below in 24 hours! Pop and there it is.

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Lives up to its name.

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Here it is at a distance. Shining out all on its own.

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It is starting to wilt a little now as if it has had enough of this showing off. You can also see other buds are getting ready to flower too so that’s good.

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As the petals fade the centre seems to get bigger. We had lots of rain and I think that speeded up its demise but it did give a good week of floriferous wonder.

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This last photo was taken 3 August which I think is amazing. For almost a month I have had pleasure from this one little bloom.

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I’ve told Gav he did well picking this variety to grow and they will be added to my list for next year a lovely addition to my sunflower growing obsession.

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