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.


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


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


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.