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Sunday, 21 June 2015

A river walk and peek at my garden

Hello! Happy First Day of Summer!  Actually we have been having summer weather for well over a  month now so my head is a bit confused! The fantastic weather makes anything and everything beautiful.

Last Sunday morning, we went for an short walk along the river. Come and have a look.




It was such a lovely time of the morning. There were only a few people out, along with some duckies on the water.

In our garden, I've found two surprising lovely ladies blooming in our back lane! These are Hollyhocks and this is the first time I've seen them bloom. They are so gorgeous! 
Pholx in pink-purple shades. 
I love this photo of the white hydrangeas. You can see how huge this shrub is! Looking at it I feel like I am looking at an orchestra! 
In case you are wondering, Daisy is doing just fine, loving napping by the open window.
Comatose Cat!

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great week my friends!

Monday, 8 June 2015

Summer is Here!

Hello there! I thought I'd just stop by quick to say hi so you don't forget about me!

We are already in the heat of summer and summer has not even officially started!  "The weather is crazy" seems to be a phrase that can be heard from anyone's lips these days, no matter where you live!  A lot of my roses have had their first flush of blooms and are resting up for the next round (I hope).  Here are a couple of roses still blooming.
Benjamin Britten, a David Austin rose

Abraham Darby, a David Austin rose 
 I have not been stitching at all. I am cheating by showing you an old finished piece. It sits right by my computer and I'm looking at it now. It's "Be Kind and True" by Blackbird Designs. (In case you are wondering, I don't have this chart any longer.)
Further to issues with my neck that gets worse with stitching, I now seem to have a problem with the muscle around the base of my spine, from sitting. Whenever I get up from sitting, it hurts like a bruise. (Has this happened to you?) This just tells me I have another area to figure out exercises for! The dark side of getting older! So I try to do more active things, and despite the heat, I am gardening more.

Here's Julius saying "Hiya!"
Hope all is well with you!

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Welcome to my mid-Spring Garden

I find mid-Spring here is the best time for blooms. Here's a peek at part of what's blooming chez nous.
Clematis

Azalea

Iris

Golden Celebration Rose

Golden Celebration Rose (bush)

Tea Clipper Rose

Strawberry Hill
 These roses are all David Austin roses. They are doing tremendously well this year. The yellow rose's blooms are the size of my hands!

I was the lucky recipient of this RAK from Carol of Stitching Dreams. As anyone who has seen her blog, you know her work is exquisite and I can attest to that!  She made me this beautiful pillow and she even changed the design to include my kitties, Julius and Daisy.  You can read all about it here.
 Carol also included these goodies! I love everything! Thanks so much, Carol!
RAK from Carol
Daisy says "wha? I'm immortalized in stitches?!" 
"Cool! Now back to my snooze."
Cats have got it good!

I hope you are all finally enjoying some nice spring weather. I know there's been freakish snow in parts still!  I'm busy but not stitching so it's highly likely that you won't see me back here till June sometime. Take care!