Monday, June 28, 2010


I took these pictures the other night just standing at my back door - the moon was just caught beside a cloud, it looks a little like a spaceship I thought.
The air was so still, and the smell of the honeysuckle filled the air, it was beautiful.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Flowers and veg

This is what I picked for my lunch today........I couldn't resist the pea, although what was inside was really tiny, they tasted so yummy. The radishes are doing really well and the salad leaves are growing faster than we can eat them - I'm gonna start giving some away soon!
Today's flowers are these gorgeous blue forget-me-nots, really pretty. It's week 26, half way through the year already......jeepers.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Yep, that's what I've been doing, playing with my flowers. I used one of the little metal daisies to hold a Thank you and added a bunch of the apricot rose buds, bit simple, but it looks ok I think.
Then I messed about with some silver ink and a very plain card, it looks a bit like a blackboard to be honest, I'm not sure if I will ever use it - but maybe for a boy!
And finally, today's flowers - yes, I actually got them posted on the Friday!!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010


I'm not really a summer person, to be honest. I don't like being hot and sweaty, I don't like being in the sun, and I don't like trying to sleep when it's all hot and muggy and clammy. I much prefer those long winter nights of sitting by the fire, walks in the howling wind and rain, SNOW, of course! and those perfect gems of winter days when time seems to stand still, the air is clear, the sky is blue and the light is magical. BUT. I do have some perfect summer moments that I love.
One is watering the garden in the evening when the air is cool and still and the smell is wonderful. I love watching the drops of water on the leaves, gathering and dripping onto the ground. Another is foxgloves. These ones were a present in our garden from the birds. They appear in different places each year, and this year, because of our raised beds, they had to be moved. I dug them up on one of those gem days in the winter, just before the really bad snow arrived, and thankfully, they have survived. They are so beautiful, and I always remember the first time that my father showed me a bee going right inside the flower to gather the nectar. I also remember how we scared each other in primary school by saying that if you put the flowers on your fingers you would die from the poison in them! I wonder how many lives have been saved that same poison.
Another of my summer loves is sitting in the garden in the evening, when the sun has gone off it, it's cool, but not cold, the smell of the honeysuckle fills the air (now the wisteria is over), the air is still, there's the occasional noise from the coast of ships' hooters, and the occasional late bumble bee buzzing past. I am writing this sitting on my hammock seat in the garden, just about to put a DVD in my laptop and watch that with a glass of wine I can put up with any amount of sweatiness for that!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

I'm not sure what her mummy will think..

but I've used yet another picture of my friend's little girl for inspiration. I printed this one out too large for its original project and so it's been sitting on my table. I recently got the kit for one of Lainey's projects on a canvas and decided the papers were perfect for this photo, and the photo was the perfect size! So here it is, finally done. I added the flowers on the left myself as I wasn't adding a title, it seemed to be needing something else.
Last Friday's flowers were these little metal daisies, I think they would be pretty as a mobile, or hanging from a card. Will get my head around that when I have time!
Salads are sprouting like mad now and will soon be ready for some this space!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010


The first proper rows of seedlings! These ones are radish, lettuce, oriental leaves and mixed leaves. I also have some carrots and spring onions showing themselves and a few peas too. I planted some more salad seeds today, 2 more rows of peas and some tomato and broccoli plants. That's all the beds full now so we will see what happens. We have had a few crises with an over helpful mother who liberally scattered blue slug pellets everywhere one wet night, and some sleeping cats who thought seedlings were a perfect cat-bed. But mostly the defences have held secure, even though I have run out of tent pegs for the final bed so its a bit dodgy!
And if it would only stop raining long enough I could put my cushions back on my seat and rest from my labours :P

Monday, June 7, 2010


There appears to be an interloper on my soon as I put the cushions on it he jumps up and makes himself comfortable! He doesn't seem to mind it swinging either, although the only other cat to brave the jump hates it and digs his claws in really hard. He can't resist it though! well, its nice to have a soft purring cat to keep you company while you relax.
Last Friday's flowers were some more of these little peach roses......I did intend to actually put them up on the day, but I got sidetracked by other things. I finally got round to using up some flowers as well, I made a very belated card for a friend's birthday -
the white flowers have crackle glaze on them but it doesn't really show. And I stuck some of the rosebuds onto a notelet box -
the notelets were a William Morris design, which was printed on the lid and so I had to do very little really. There was some writing on 2 of the sides which I covered with some labels, and the base was covered with a plain piece of paper. I am going to use it for a voucher birthday present for one of my friends.