Saturday, 12 April 2014

Plot catch up

I haven't had a catch up on the allotment for a while, so I thought I'd share a few pics, as spring is definitely here and ready to go!

the pear tree's in bloom

the artichokes are taking over

 the lovage is growing where it shouldn't  

but the hyacinth has made a comeback.

But my favourite shot is my new metal discovery from Burry Port beach.



And my second best is finally finding a home for the springs, eventually all these springs will have pots that hold shells, stones with holes in and other treasures, I love this :-)

Well that's quite enough about the garden, lets move inside to what is rapidly becoming my favourite place to be....


Yes you knew of course, the summerhouse, where eccentricity knows no bounds. The bunting along the roof was my very first finished piece for the C&G diploma, I've been looking for a home for them ever since I made them.



This is a machine and hand stitched lace sample mounted in a rusted bucket handle found on the beach.


The last of last year's lavender harvest neatly tied to grace the lovely bag my flowers came in from my son and family on mother's day.


Our beautiful garden gives us such a great place to entertain guests and we were so lucky to get the sun this week.


I think someone is a bit hungry!


Good job too as there was lots of work to be done building the dam on our walk through the wood that borders the allotment.

And finally a bit more pottering with a sample I'd always liked, and also a wonderful tassel that a fellow blogger gave me a long time ago. Sadly I've lost touch with her now. How lovely it is to have a special place to hang these  pieces.





Saturday, 5 April 2014

Presents

Verdi, my gorgeous bunny has arrived  from the lovely Vivienne :-)


Isn't she just beautiful.....

And guess who was at our home to welcome her too?


Our second to youngest Grandson, who noticed that after I'd unpacked her from her  travelling box.....


that there was a chocolate egg waiting for someone, but "who?" he said, "I wonder", said I, "Maybe if you hold Verdi nicely for a photo it might be for you", and as he's a chocoholic, he did a wonderful job.

Poor Verdi had to stay at home as we were going out for a lovely superbly cooked homemade meal with his mummy and daddy, so I gave her a kiss and said goodbye, hoping that my other special friends would look after her.

We had such a lovely evening with lots of wonderful food and too much wine, which always leads to a great deal of silliness. It was our son in law's birthday so of course there was cake too with the usual silly version of the happy birthday song.

Before we left this morning we were treated to a superb English breakfast and our grandson decided he wanted to show me his Easter bonnet and rabbit impression, so of course I had to show you!!


Thank you all for a wonderful sleepover.

It wasn't just Verdi that arrived this week, my Mother's Day presents kept coming too, as I'd been away for the actual day.



Beautiful flowers, hand made soaps and heart shaped cookie from my eldest daughter Pru, cookie's been demolished and gorgeous soap used for my relaxing bath.


And a wonderful selection of fruit teas from my youngest daughter Nikki, also already opened and tried, these won't last long. I just love the aromas and calm feeling you have when you sip them.

I'm so lucky that my children know my weaknesses so well, thank you all.

After all that excitement I was looking forward to a nice chill out at the allotment today, but just look who got there before me .......

what no tea.....

clever me I've done a sketch for you ....

Oh do put the kettle on



Excuse me.... I think that's my seat, I suppose  you want one of your own :-) I just knew you'd be trouble.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Mother's Day and a new bunny


I hope all you mummys had a lovely Mother's Day on Sunday. Mine was a day late as I was at the seaside!

But I had lovely messages on the day and presents and cards today :-) 


A beautiful bouquet from my son and family and lovely new scarf from my daughter Hannah, I just love those birds in the cage, the colours are gorgeous. 

And now for my new rabbit.

 I have been following Vivienne's Blog
for some time and have been coveting her beautiful hand made bunnies for ages. I even had my children on the case trying to buy one for me, but they are so popular you have to be really quick. 
Well the lovely Vivienne had a draw to celebrate 5 years of blogging with a beautiful rabbit as a prize and I won. 

Her name is Verdi and I can't wait to meet her. 

Thank you Vivienne. 

Sunday, 30 March 2014

New lawn and more seaside

Remember this....


Well, with a lot of work raking and levelling by father and son, and expert turf laying by father, it has now turned into this....

 
What a lovely transformation, well done both of you. 

Grandad and grandson were so exhausted ( grandson having spent so long standing at the French windows shouting encouragement) that they had to have a chill out before bed. 


Looking at the wildlife pics on the laptop.

We decided to make the most of our visit to Wales and head off for the sea side, the weather was cloudy and the wind was brisk, but it was bracing and relaxing.


A panorama from Burry Port. 




And yet more rocks..... Well I do love a bit of texture and pattern! 

 
So how about this for a bit of design magic. 

The beach has been protected with rubble from an old power station and this has left all sorts of wonderful lumps of concrete and bricks that have started to mesh together with the weathering process of the sea. 


Saturday, 22 March 2014

Sand sea and a city

 This last week has been a family extravaganza.

It started last Sunday with a visit to the seaside with our eldest daughter Pru and her family, which included her new spaniel puppy, Roo!


This was my favourite pic of the day, ears blowing in the wind, thoroughly enjoying her first seaside adventure.


Pru's youngest son was thrilled to have a chance to enjoy the funfair. 


I wonder which was more fun, the static motorbike or the electric one, which do you think? 


And of course he couldn't leave without a 
ride on the roller coaster.


What a lovely day we had, especially the fish and chips :-)

So that was the sea and sand, now we're back in Cardiff with our son Dan and his family. I'm not a big fan of cities, having been bought up in the country, but the more I see of Cardiff, the more green space there appears to be.

We did the 'grandparents in the park' the other day, guess who commandeered the push chair, sorry buggy, or is that old fashioned too. 


It was quite a busy trip...


What with the geese to see...


Delicious jam scones to be eaten in the cafe by the lake. 


Unless of course you'd rather have chocolate, no contest I think.

More green space was to be discovered on a lovely walk into the city centre along the river.



What beautiful carvings.....


And drifts of daffodils 


 
And of course I had to add a bit if patten, what gorgeous shapes.

 
And lastly this magnificent magnolia tree in full bloom, just before we got to town.

 
I don't know what these lovely buildings are but I'm sure someone will. 

Maybe I'll have to revise my opinion of cities after all.