Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Bursting at the seams

Our allotments are in full production as you can imagine with all this lovely growing weather, and even (the reluctant gardener) has to succumb to some work. I've been harvesting my mint that I dry to make peppermint tea, excellent for the digestion.





As you can see I was allowed to use the inner sanctum of the greenhouse to dry them off, bet Monty Don wouldn't allow silly pegs in his greenhouse :-)

If you want to see some real gardening and some wonderful produce pop along to my DH's blog he'd love to see you :-)

Friday, 27 June 2014

It's been a while...........

I can't believe it's been nearly a month since I posted on this blog, its not as if there hasn't been lots of stuff going on. I keep taking pics, thinking I'll post them on the blog and time just slips away.

So in no particular order....



Our beautiful granddaughter Verity, (on the left) went to her Prom last night, she and her friend looked like film stars as they walked up the red carpet, Nanny and Granddad were so proud :-)

And I couldn't post a pic of one of our eldest without showing you the 2 youngest


A very proud little brother Sam looking after his little sister Pippa, our youngest granddaughter.

Meanwhile we've just got back from a lovely week in Northumberland, its a vey long way from the South of England but well worth the trip. We went to a place called Seahouses, which is situated opposite the Farne Islands, know primarily for the seals and nesting seabirds. My DH and his brother took a boat trip out to the islands, and my sister in law and I had a lovely day on dry land visiting Bamburgh Castle and Lindisfarne.



Seahouses harbour




I couldn't resist these lobser/crab pots, not sure which.

Bamburgh Castle
The great hall

Lindisfarne
 We had a lovely girly day and treated ourselves to lunch out and a cream tea in the afternoon, having scrutinised all the pretty craft shops etc on the way.

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

T-Rex and garden plans

Thank you so much to all those who commented on my mojo blip with supportive comments, its a really nice feeling when you know you're not the only one to be a bit stuck. The change of view when I wake up in the morning has really helped, I'm met by my favourite piece of work and am enjoying viewing it without that 'just finished' feeling, when you're so conscious of all the things you could have done differently.

On saturday afternoon I was lucky enough to spend some time with my 3 daughters, lots of catch up, wine and too much food, including a fabulous rhubarb crumble made by my DH with his amazing home grown rhubarb.

We met up at my daughter Nikki's new house, and her youngest son was looking after Rex, the class dinosaur for the weekend. Before I knew it I heard my daughter Hannah say, "what he needs is a rucksack to take on his adventures", of course I knew what was coming, auntie Hannah  and Nanny would have to perform the magic spell and make one, so Rex could surprise Fin when he woke up in the morning, hmmm! I started to wonder how many glasses of wine we'd had since 4 o'clock.

However, with much hilarity and pooled blurred knowledge, we did complete the rucksack before the morning :-)



oh yummy! dinner time at last!

Of course, as Rex was a special guest he had something really special for lunch, not just boring old leaves....


And after all that it was time for a walk in the woods to get some exercise.


Rex had a fabulous weekend with his best friend, Fin and can't wait to tell the class all about it.

We adults had a pretty good time too, thanks to Fin's mum Nikki, it was lovely.

After all that excitement it was time to give my garden a bit of TLC,  so I started with erecting my little greenhouse that my daughter Nikki gave me when she moved house.


And no, unfortunately that's not a tin of sweeties in there, its where I keep my gardening gloves.


It was very hard work, so I had to have a little rest.......


And then I spotted this beauty, when did that open out?


Then I bought a tree, embellished it and put it into this beautiful planter that my DH made, is there no end to this man's talents?



Apparently not, he saved some Heartsease seeds from my flowers last year and here they are all ready for me to plant out, instant gardening, perfect.


And I leave you with this little teaser, I'm going to create something rather special, I hope, and these are the poles to start it off.

Thanks to all those people who drop by my blog and read my ramblings,  Im very flattered that you find them interesting enough to comment on them :-)  

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

1 Prom and a mojo exercise

Last friday we were very honoured to be invited to our grandson's school Prom, it doesn't seem possible that he has almost finished his secondary school education. He arrived in splendid style with his friends in a London double decker bus, but there was such a crush at the school gates that I failed to get a decent shot.

Luckily I managed to attract his attention and took this shot of him and his lovely partner.


Those of you who have been kind enough to have followed this blog for many years will remember Ben from his exuberant art work that we used to do together in my garden studio, formerly my DH's darkroom, which sadly we don't have any more.


They were such fun times and I could never have imagined his Prom day back then. We were  so proud of him, he is a very remarkable young man, and we were delighted to have the privilege of being there.

Ive been reading quite a few blogs lately where people have been writing that they've lost their creative mojo, and I understand how they feel. I seem to have come to a dead stop on my main project and can't bring myself to push it forward. To try and help this I decided to reorganise my work that I hung in the flat three years ago and see if that helped.



This is now the view I wake up to in the morning, so I hope it will inspire me


......especially as this was one of my most favourite pieces, which I actually really loved doing from start to finish, a rare achievement for me. I'm pleased to say I finally found the driftwood stick  I wanted to hang it on, it only took a couple of years!!


This piece has also been hanging in the shadows, unloved and ignored, I'm beginning to like it now.


I bought a Muji perspex frame for this piece, over a year ago and finally mounted it today.


The lights and the Ikea shelf were bought for the mock up pieces of the current project, in the left hand corner, but they work just as well for the framed piece.

I wish all of those who are a bit jaded and uncertain of the way forward good luck, these periods always clear eventually, I hope my new surroundings will do it for me.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Bristol and bluebells

We've just returned from a visit to the city of Bristol, and what a very nice city it is too. Just up my street, lots of wonderful architecture, history and a great student vibe!

We met up with our son and family who were staying opposite this amazing building......

The Wills Memorial Building(Schools of Law and Earth Sciences) on Park Street, Bristol

What about those gargoyles

We, on the other hand had found a lovely place to park our motorhome in the park at the top of the gorge, and went exploring.

The Clifton suspension bridge in one direction

and somewhere else in the other.......

Like Cardiff, Bristol seems to be blessed with lots of green space and this lovely park was no exception, complete with this beautiful observation tower.


guarded by these mythical beasts.


We couldn't  go up that  day as we had a little person to look after and I think he might have been a bit scared!

And of course there was all that modern architecture to discover.


Fantastic!

And just to finish on a totally different note I saw my first drift of bluebells today.... magic!

Wonderful!

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.