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My post today is a bit like an episode of Sesame Street, as it’s brought to you by the colour orange.

It’s another dull start to the week so I’ve been seeking out a little cheering colour and there is none more cheerful than the colour orange.

I have mentioned before how much I love orange flowers in the garden and there are still a few out there shining like little jewels. The weather has been so mild with no frost yet at all so the nasturtiums are still blooming their little hearts out and my window boxes are doing well too!

I also have a lovely bunch of peachy orange peruvian lilies on my dining room table, I do love fresh flowers in the house at all times.

The contents of my craft basket have an orangey tint at the moment and my long time work-in-progress autumn blanket also has its hint of orange (really must finish it)!

Even part of my lunch is orange today, I didn’t need the spoon to eat the orange, it’s part of a set that I brought back from France and I just thought it looked good, artistic license!!! ;)

I’m actually wearing an orange scarf today as well but sorry no selfies!

It’s only 34 days until the shortest day and 44 days until pre-spring, the brighter days are coming and I’m just doing what I can to get myself there!

Have a great week! :)

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Summer is still hanging on in my garden, bless it.

You can see by the poor drenched sweet pea though that we had quite heavy rain last night!

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The cosmos continues to bloom and it looked beautiful in the morning sunshine.

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I just hope these little cosmos buds get to open before the first frosts!

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There are still nasturtiums………………

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……………..and fuschias!

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However there are many signs of autumn, most of the leaves are now off the trees.

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There are lots of berries!

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And most of the Black-Eyed Susan’s are now just black eyes!

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Summer bedding is making way for autumn flowering plants!

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Inside, the dresser in my craft room has a little autumnal display but…..

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……on my desk, I’m preparing for some winter crafting!!!

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Work has begun on the Christmas bunnies!

Thanks as always for visiting, I really do appreciate it, thanks also for all the bunny love in my last past!

Have a lovely week and a great November. :)

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October has generally been quite a good month so far, yes we have had a few blustery wet days but there have been lots of lovely autumnal days and it has been very mild. On Saturday we were out and about without coats in a very pleasant 18 degrees!

I have managed lots of garden time, tidying up summer bedding and planting bulbs for next spring, one afternoon last week I planted 65 bulbs mostly tulips and some crocuses too, my shoulders and back weren’t that pleased with me the next day though!!!

I also have planted up my pots and window boxes with lovely little pansies and violas, heathers and cyclamen to see me through the dark days until springtime.

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Inside I’ve been making sweets from the lovely book ‘Sweets Made Simple’ by the wonderful Hope & Greenwood, I’m sure many of you in the UK watched their fabulous TV series.

Last week I made some Cinder Toffee and the previous week I made Coconut Ice which unfortunately didn’t get photographed before it was all eaten. There is so much more in the book I want to try.

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I’ve also been autumn bunny making, I’ve not quite finished them all yet but I hope to have an autumn bunny parade to share with you all some time next week.

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I would like to thank all of you who left comments on my two French posts, I’m so glad you all enjoyed having a look around those two marvelous homes with me.

As a little thank you to all my very loyal blog friends I decided to have a secret giveaway.

I brought back some lovely Proven├žal lavender from the Marche de Fleurs in Nice along with some lavender soap with a giveaway in mind, I’ve also added a little spool of lavender spotty ribbon which although not from France looks lovely along with the other two items.

So if you left a comment on either French post you were entered into the draw and if you left a comment on both posts (thank you) you had two entries.

So with every entry being allocated a number and the random number generator used the winner of my secret giveaway was Simone!! I’ll get it posted off to you soon Simone.

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Thank you to all of you who take the time to pop by here and leave a comment, I really do appreciate it!

I just wish I had a bag of lavender for you all!

Wishing you all a wonderful new week. :)

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Hi everyone, I thought it was time I popped in here after my holiday. I do have some holiday pics to share with you but I really haven’t had time to sort through them yet, life is a little busy at the moment. We had a wonderful time in the beautiful Riviera sunshine and I have a couple of places that we visited that I definitely want to record on my blog, so soon!!

In the meantime, as today is the beginning of October, I took a little walk around the garden with my camera. The garden does need a little attention and I need to get my springtime bulbs planted but it is still looking quite summery out there.

You would be forgiven for thinking the above photo was actually taken on the shores of the Mediterranean looking at the bright blue sky but no it was definitely taken in my garden this afternoon.

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According to the Green Rabbit calender we have now moved into autumn but apart from a few fallen leaves it really did feel like it was still summer outside today…..but that’s ok with me! ;)

Back soon with some tales from France!

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The European Heritage Open Days were held here this weekend, it’s a time when all over Europe historical and famous buildings throw their doors open to the public.

We always like to pick somewhere we haven’t been before and this year we chose to visit the beautiful Florence Court, near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh.

Florence Court was the 18th century home of the Earls of Enniskillen.

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We started off our visit with a picnic in the grounds in the brilliant sunshine, the weather was very kind to us, big cheer for Indian Summers.

We then took a tour of the house.

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Now as is almost always the case with all these magnificent buildings there was no photography allowed inside the house except in the room that the tour started in.

So you’re just going to have to take my word for it that it was indeed magnificent.

There were many treasures from a trunk that belonged to William III to a chair that the Earl sat on in Westminster Abbey at the coronation of Elizabeth II. So many interesting artifacts and beautiful furniture.

I really loved the ‘downstairs’ it was so very Downton Abbey, the kitchen where the food was prepared, the rooms where the servants ate and where they filled hot water jars and oil lamps for ‘upstairs’, all fascinating.

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After the tour of the house we went back out into the sunshine to enjoy the grounds and gardens.

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Now at first sight this tree doesn’t look very significant. It’s an Irish yew tree which is a different species to the English Yew, this particular yew is the mother plant of every other Irish yew tree in existence throughout the world today. It dates back to between 1740 and 1760.

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I’m not sure how much of this plaque you can read but it explains the history of the tree.

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I was so jealous of their pumpkins, considering the fact that mine never got beyond the flower stage!!

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It was a lovely day out, Florence Court is definitely worth a visit.

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I love sunflowers, they are my very favourite flowers.

Unfortunately I haven’t had great success with them this summer thanks to those pesky slugs! The first lot of seedlings were eaten by them and the second lot didn’t fare that much better but I did manage to save some plants. In the past I have grown them to eleven feet tall, not this year sadly.

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I have been supplementing my lack of home grown ones with some shop bought ones to brighten up my home.

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I’ve also made a little Sunflower bunny and I’m keeping her all to myself because after 135 bunnies, I thought it was time I had one of my own and as it was my birthday yesterday I decided she would be my present to myself! :)

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September already!!!

It really is hard to believe, there is a lot of talk of autumn though……not yet please!!! Of course according to the Green Rabbit calender September is still a summer month and thankfully it does seem like it here today, it is a lovely day but then it always is on the day all the children go back to school.

There still is plenty of colour in the garden despite the cold wind and rain of August and long may that last.

If I’m honest I was glad to see the back of August apart from the poor weather, it wasn’t kind to us at all, so hello September, you can be a very lovely month, let’s hope so!

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