Month: August 2019

Layout Share – Right at Home and Magic Memories

Sharing a couple of layouts and I think, I think these are the last of our 2017 trip. (But I’m sure I’ve said that before….!)

Right @ Home

Here’s the story –

The not so neat and tidy room we spent 10 days in. Loved this hotel and the themed rooms. Loved our 2 beds! Loved our time here by the water. Did not love the packing up. Why fo we (I) bring so much stuff? Gav asked H to put some in her cases. Now the 2 cases came in handy……

These photos fell into that category that many of my pictures fall into. I love them, glad I took them but are they scrap-able? In other words what is the story. I honed in on the room itself and the messy beds. This hobby is great for letting you find the quirky part of life as well as the more traditional.

Magic Moments

Here’s the story –

It was our last evening and we waited for the fireworks. It was worth the wait. They do a good pyrotechnic display! Main Street, Magic Kingdom, Disney World 2017.

Not many words are needed to express the joy of a firework display so I kept it simple.

Like I say I’m pretty sure that these are the last pages to share from that trip. But never fear I still have others layouts in the works and will be back to share them soon.

Bloom 2019 – Red and Yellow

You know, I don’t think I’ve waxed lyrical about Euphorbia oblongata recently. I adore this short lived perennial. I bought one packet of seeds many, many years ago and have had a constant supply of plants as they have self sown year on year. Now that is value for money!

The only downside to Euphorbia is that when you cut them you must avoid the milky sap and then sear the stem ends in boiling water for 30 seconds to prolong the vase life and stop the flow of that sap.  Other than that this family of spurges is a winner in the garden and the vase.

This arrangement has the aforementioned Euphorbia and also ‘griffithii’. That is the red/orange flowered variety. I tucked a few stems in for a different leaf shape. I like to pick at least one vaseful of the red Crocosmia and this year I paired them with the beautiful yellow sunflowers. I think these are ‘valentine’.

This one certainly packs a punch and I love all the more for that.

For the Love of Dahlias

Growing up Dahlias didn’t feature in our garden. I think my Gran grew some, probably the tight pom-pom varieties because when I think of the flower that is what comes to mind first. But these days there are many more types to choose from they are and some of the most elegant flowers you can grow.

Over the years since I have been growing flowers to harvest I’ve tried a many different varieties and had varying rates of success with both the growing and the over wintering. Here in Leeds we can’t leave the tuber in the ground over winter. After the first frost we lift them and store them as dry as possible and hope the make it. The professional Dahlia growers go through the process of washing all the soil off, drying the tubers and then storing. But that sounds like hard work to me…..

The way we do it not all survive but I decided that price was okay to pay!

When we dig up the tubers it is inevitable that the labels have gone missing so last autumn we ended up with a pile of tubers and no idea which was which. Gav in his usual comedic way labeled them all ‘Dahlia’ when he potted them up in spring this year…… Funny. Not.

I vowed right then back in April that I would endeavour to identify them all when they flowered. And this post is a way to document what we’ve got so next year, if they all make it through the winter, I’ll have a head start.

Right up there at the top is the vibrant ‘Rebecca’s World’. Next is my favourite ‘Labyrinth’ then comes ‘Bishop of Leicester’. The pink one above eludes me. There are so many pink Dahlias that when I searched on the internet I got to many to whittle down…..

The one above is ‘Karma Choc’ and lastly we have ‘Crazy Love’.

There is one plant yet to flower as I was very late getting it into the ground. Hope it’s a different one so I can add it to my collection. I know they may not all survive but if they do at least I know what we’ve got and what new ones to buy to add to the collection!

Photo a Day – Week Nineteen, Twenty and Twenty One

Lots of flowers, bees and other winged creatures along with a haircut!

Gav pottering in the greenhouse.

Calendula and raindrops.

Tuckered out Buddy.

A Squirrel and Pigeon on the lawn.

Honeybee on a cornflower.

g

Me picking flowers.

Home baked scones with jam and clotted cream……oh my. Deliscious.

Love me a sunrise.

Lovely Dahlia and hover fly.

Petals fallen on his little head!

Close up bumble bee.

There have been so many butterflies this year. Struggled to capture them on camera but here is a peacock one.

And a ladybird.

Another bee on a lovely sunflower.

Broad bean harvest.

So cheeky.

View of the cutting patches and the wood beyond.

Ah, here is a better shot of those butterflies!

Hairdo!

As I said an abundance of bees.

And flowers.

Summer in full swing.

Layout Share – Disney Springs

More fun stories from our 2017 USA trip.

Disney Springs

Here’s the story –

The first time we went there we picked up the gift cards. The we went for that yummy burger in the rain.The we discovered Starbucks took your ‘snack’ well enough said. Gav and I made the trip there a couple more times. Lat minute gift buying and on our way to Jo-Ann’s. We really loved it for the wandering.

What I am seeing when I look at this layout is the plastic cups! EEK! What a difference a couple of years makes. Now I would not be getting a plastic cup or a straw! I know that’s not what I should be sharing when I supposed to be talking about scrapbooking….. However perspective is an interesting thing and something to learn from so I am glad that I see how I once behaved and how that is now different. Still loved going to this shopping centre even though we didn’t and wouldn’t now buy very much. The attractive thing about it was its calmness. Even though it was busy with people it was a calm and cooler place to wander.

Happy with this page, the story and the photos of us together.

Bloom 2019 – Country Casual

I posted this arrangement over on Instagram with the words ‘Sometimes just plonking flowers in a pretty jug looks just as good and an hour ‘flower arranging”.

And it is so true. This was a mixture of everything that was blooming at the time. That’s perhaps one of the most frustrating things about growing your own. They don’t bloom when you want them to. Well that’s my experience but I am getting better.

It may have been the weather or it may have been that I planted at the right time but I’m having a great cutting flower summer so far and have plenty of arrangements to share. But for now I’ll leave you with a metaphor for life…… Pick what you have and enjoy it!

 

Photo a Day – Week Sixteen, Seventeen and Eighteen

Back sharing a few more weeks.

And to begin all things from the garden.

This pretty flower is Orlaya. First time growing it for me and I’m impressed by its beauty.

Tomato….

Little arrangement.

Light on flowers.

Blousey but lovely.

Hebe flowers with added honey bee.

And potato flowers.

Starting off the week with a sunset.

Trying to remember this collection of plants so we can replicate on the other side of the steps.

A lift selfie.

Adorable pooch.

Almost blooming.

Forever making things……

Another crop almost ready.

More bees.

One of my favourites. Salad Nicoise.

Can’t resist the light.

We were walking from hers to ours and Gav ran past on the other side of the road……We were trying to get all three of us together but he’d gone by the time we got the camera sorted!

A lovely rooftop garden when we went to London.

Ice-cream and silly faces.

In the tube station on the way to Abbey ROad.

And there we go.

Click Tick List – Attend the Ceremony of the Keys

About four years ago when I was researching things to do in London for our annual visit I came across The Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London. It sounded interesting so I tried to get tickets for that year. All ‘sold’ out. Boo. The following year I tried again about two months before we were due to go. Same problem.

Last summer after we returned from our trip and the three of us were chatting about how much fun we’d had I decided to check out the website again to see how far in advance you could book this thing! Turns out a long time in advance. After a discussion about when we wanted to go in 2019 I booked us three tickets. A year in advance….. crazy. But they were booked. The ceremony is actually free you pay £1 for admin costs.

So off we went to the Tower!

No photos are allowed so the pic above is from before we went in. We had a Yeomen Warder as our guide who explained what was going to happen and also gave us lots of information about the buildings we walked past in this historic place.

There were probably 30 (now I know why tickets are booked up) people in the group and we watched as the 700 year old tradition of locking the Tower took place before us.

For Gav and I it was an amazing thing to witness. To think that every evening for hundreds of years this ceremony has taken place. There were just a couple of times due to the war that it didn’t happen. We had a great time and I’m so glad we made that booking all that time ago!

Bloom 2019 – Two Littles

Two darling teen vases full of flowers today. Have to say that this year I have been better at cutting longer stems and not worrying too much about loosing potential flowers by doing so. But I still can’t resist a few little cute arrangements too.

Above we have helianthus, calendula, salvia and centaurea in a tea glass that I’ve had forever.

Not sure where the ceramic and pink pot came from but it was a lovely match to the yellow and pink of the helianthus and cosmos. There is also ammi and salvia with a couple of calendula stems popped in for a contrast.

Ah yes having a good flower season so far.

What I’ve been Reading 2019 – Gone Tomorrow, A Lesson in Secrets

The reading has been slow these past few months. Best laid plans eh?

I picked one from my shelf of books a couple of months ago but just didn’t like it at all so put it down again. I never used to do that! I would persevere but not anymore. Too many books that I want to read to struggle with one. That set me back a little.

I picked the Tom Hanks short stories one up and read a couple of those. Then I picked up the Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Also from the shelf. It is beautifully written but again I wasn’t sure it was for me. But I was round at a friends house and spotted it on their bookshelf. I was encouraged to stick with it so haven’t given up on that one yet I just chose to read these other two first! Not from the shelf though….

I know, I know. But soon I’ll have read them all! The horror…….ha, ha. This one wasn’t bad at all. As I’ve said many time before they are all similar but he just does such a good job at drawing you in.

And then I read one that my Mum passed to me about Maise Dobbs the lady detective from the 1930’s era. Actually I think the series of books spans many years. I read the first story at the beginning of last year. A Lesson in Secrets isn’t the second in the series and usually I would not read out of order but it was there, I just picked it up and off I went. It was interesting, set just before the outbreak of the Second World War. Not sure I’ll pick up another. As I say it was interesting and made me think about the history of that period in time. There is something about the either the character or the story that I don’t find appealing. I think maybe they are too long for me and I feel that the story is being dragged out so that the author get to that magic number of words her publisher demands!

Or maybe this year is simply not a reading year…..it does fee a little like I’m just struggling. But I’ll press on!