Month: July 2019

Photo a Day – Week Thirteen, Fourteen and Fifteen

Almost catching up now….almost!

The tomatoes went in.

Bees buzzed and collected pollen.

A self sown foxglove grew taller than Gav and looked lovely with the shrubs.

The cutting patches were looking good too.

And the light on these honesty seed pods. Perfection!

Lunchtime deliciousness.

Love the table in its new position and now with summer plants on it.

No words needed…..

The fig tree has a fig again. Just the one the same as last year and same as last year it does not look likely to ripen.

I was waiting for the spirea to flower as I thought it would look amazing with this foxglove. SUch a pretty peachy colour.

The sky was a wonderfully eerie grey and then the rainbow appeared. I can never capture their true magnificence and luminosity though.

Took a walk together. Love getting the three of us in one photo.

A favourite fruit of mine. I love cherry season.

Not a perfect shot but lovely all the same.

Here is that foxglove again! But this time it was the evening light that captured my attention.

Another bee.

A handful of blueberries. Still waiting for them to ripen!

Took the car for a service and had a couple of hours to wait so I popped to a nearby store and treated myself to a very unhealthy but delicious afternoon tea in the cafe.

Walked with Bud to the gardens at the park

After 100 days of art on those 5 x 7 pieces of paper I decided to paint on an old canvas instead. It is a work in progress I was just getting layers down here and really enjoying the process.

We had given up on this rose, actually forgotten it was there and then I spotted a bloom. So delicate and beautiful.

So there we go. Lots of light, flowers, garden and a pooch all in all a perfect start to the summer around here.

Bloom 2019 – Moody Magenta

I seem to classify deep rich colours with moodiness! Well I have to call them something right? Lol.

This was a delightful vase that I made a couple of months ago when some self sown honesty, the moody part of the arrangement, were in full swing. As I mentioned in the last ‘bloom’ post biennials don’t perform for me like they should. I’m coming round to thinking that I am possibly not feeding them enough? I’ll bear that in mind as I plant this years crop.

Actually this vase has three self sown plants in it. The honesty, lunaria annua, cerinthie and forget me nots, myosotis. I added the pinky wallflowers, erysimum cheiri and a branch or two of a variegated leaf shrub.

The cutting patch is looking great at the moment and I have been picking and arranging lots of flowers so I’ll be back soon with a glut of posts!

The Click Tick List – Cross Abbey Road

Who knows how this ended up on the list. I’m not even a huge Beatles fan but maybe I just thought it was something fun to do. And it was….. sort of.

Gav, Hannah and I went on our annual trip to London last weekend and I managed to get three things ticked, hooray. We headed off to Abbey Road in north London on the Sunday morning. I expected it would be busy and I wasn’t wrong.

It definitely could have been worse though. Han wasn’t too keen on joining in on this experience but bless her she did it.

To get a perfect representation I think you’d need to be there at 5am……. and anyone who knowingly drives down this street deserves to get stopped as folk try to cross to get that album cover photo!

Gav did an excellent job of snapping us when no one else was crossing.

So it is done and crossed off. Yeah, yeah, yeah………..

(If you have no idea what I’m talking about just Google images of Abbey Road and all will become clear).

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!