July 2012

I’ve been playing hooky these pass couple of days, flitting from one thing to another I have to say!!

I think I have a bit of a colour theme going on but truth be told these colours are never far from my hands as I love them.

The one thing I have been noticing lately is how much more crochet I do now compared to knitting. I was always a knitter with just a litte crochet thrown in but now I seem to have the hook in my hand more than my needles. Knitting was always my first love but now it seems to have taken a back seat.

Must do more knitting!! I do have a scarf on the needles at the moment so I’ll have to work on that.

Just a couple of little mentions before I go into the weekend.

Firstly I would like to thank the lovely Susana from La Ventana Azul for passing on the ‘One Lovely Blog’ award to me. Susana likes ‘playing hooky’ too.

Thank you so much Susana for being so kind.

Finally I would like to send my very best wishes to my lovely bloggy friend Jane as her daughter gets married tomorrow!! Have a wonderful day Jane and wish M & T a happy future together! 🙂

Happy sunny weekend everyone, enjoy the Olympics, ‘let the games begin’!!! 🙂

Firstly can I say that these photos were taken yesterday as the promised good weather seems to have passed us by today. When they said the Jet Stream was moving and the result would be better weather they obviously didn’t mean the northern parts of the UK. I actually prefered our weather when the Jet Stream was further down!

The forecast for us this week is poor, so sorry all southerners but I wish the Jet Stream would go back to where it came from!

Yesterday allowed some garden time although it wasn’t very sunny, at least it was dry.

I just find it all very frustrating, as it’s July and I should be outside!!

This is how things looked outside in the garden this morning!! I only took this one photo as I was getting soaked!

So as I can’t get out I’m turning circles into squares into a blanket.

I’ll leave you with one of my favourite little flowers………..

Lily! 🙂

Have a good week all, hope the Jet Stream is being kind to you!

Now this isn’t a post about the 1995 Oasis album, no this post is about my efforts to grow a Morning Glory in my garden.

For three years I have tried without success, they just would not grow for me and if they did they didn’t survive.

However, I’m delighted to announce that this morning my Morning Glory which I grew from seed has bloomed!!

I took very good care of it, kept it in the greenhouse until the last moment before taking it out and I have been rewarded with my plant producing gorgeous purple flowers.

Some of you are probably saying to yourselves, what she on about I grow them all the time but for me it didn’t work, not until today!

Beautiful weather here today, hope it’s here for the weekend (and beyond) for us all.

Happy weekend everyone! 🙂

This beautiful flower surprised me this week, I’m not sure when I put the bulb in or if it was supposed to be this colour but I wasn’t expecting it anyway.

The border that it is growing in is one that I have been working on for a couple of years, I want it to be a cottage garden type of bed and gradually it’s getting there. I tend to put bulbs, plants and seedlings in every so often to try and create the image I have in my head but as some of them don’t actually do anything until the following year, I forget what I have planted. This gorgeous lily is one of those plants! A very pleasant surprise.

It even looks good after a shower of rain!!

I then went in search for some cotton yarn in the same beautiful colour of the lily. It’s not just plants that I forget about, I also forget what yarn I have in my stash!! I found this lovely burgundy cotton and along with some pale pink cotton, a vintage button and some little faux pearls I came up with this brooch.

I have added it to my Etsy shop where I also have a summer sale on at the moment. Just enter SUMMER12 at the checkout for 10% off until the end of July. I have also reduced some of the brooches in my shop, so there will be an extra 10% off on top of that.

Enjoy the rest of the week and thanks as always for dropping in to visit me here.
Fingers crossed that the Jet Stream gets on the move quickly so that summer can return!

Last week, with my husband off work on holidays, we had a week of days out and about. We visited gardens, went to the seaside (twice), a garden centre, for walks, we had picnics and meals out and throughly enjoyed a lovely week with very good weather (only a shower or two).

So this is a post full of photos of our week at home and all the flora and fauna and scenery we encountered along the way!

Well I had to leave my calling card, didn’t I!!! 😉

If you made it to the end, thank you for your perseverance!
Being a blogger makes you look harder ~ don’t you think!!!

Happy new week everyone. 🙂

I thought another visit to ‘my park’ was in order now that there are some new arrivals!

There are quite a few new swan families on the lake, all of course very beautiful.

The little ones are quite trusting but I wish they weren’t, not all humans are nice.

Mum and Dad however are not as trusting and when they think you’ve over stepped the mark, they let you know in no uncertain terms!

“This is my new baby and you’re close enough!!!”

“Come on little ones, those humans have taken enough photos!”

There are some new little goslings too! The geese are my favourite park birds, I love their attitude and their bright orange beaks and feet and they have the most adorable babies too!

There are some little ducklings as well but the only time I saw them was one evening when unfortunately I had no camera with me. They were so sweet, 11 of them following their Mum like little floating pom poms. Mummy duck must keep them well hidden as I have never seen them since.

Cute or what??? 🙂

This little girl hiding in the strawberry patch is Sally Strawberry who, as I’m sure you have already guessed, loves strawberries especially topped with cream!!!

Sally Strawberry is dressed in a Cath Kidston strawberry fabric skirt and has a strawberry button on her pink Rowan Milk Cotton cardigan which has been knitted in moss stitch. She also has a strawberry button on a blue ribbon in her ear.

I have to agree with Sally there is nothing like a visit to the strawberry patch!

Enjoy your week everyone, my husband is on holiday this week, so lots of days out, yipeee. 🙂

Nothing says summer in the garden like honeysuckle and roses, shame the weather isn’t playing ball!!

Speaking of playing ball ~ ‘come on Andy Murray’!!! 🙂

Happy weekend everyone, ‘see’ you all next week!

Today has been another lovely day, amazingly that’s three out four this week so far, it must be summer!!! 😉

During my last post my little blog reached another milestone, when my all-time page views crossed the 100,000 mark!! It’s actually 100,430 as I type this post. I find this astonishing, the fact that people come here to have a look still amazes me. The fact that so many have looked is beyond belief!!

I thought that I would have another surprise giveaway to celebrate this landmark. I have made three little rose brooches all different sizes and different colours, coral, white and duck egg blue. They each have a little cubic zirconia in the centre and they can be worn altogether as a group or individually.
As I crossed the 100,000 barrier during my last post I decided that all those people who commented on that post would be entered into the giveaway. I was very happy when I looked through all the names because the list contained all my loyal bloggy friends, those lovely folk who are here time after time, post after post, in fact they are the people who have mainly contributed to the page view total. So thanks go to all of you for your loyal support, you really don’t know how much I value it and most importantly thank you for your friendship. Unfortunately there is only one prize, so I employed the random number generator to pick a winner.

Number 7 was the number that was chosen and that belonged to Helen! So the little brooches are yours Helen, I’ll be in touch.

Before I leave you I would like to wish all my friends in the USA a very happy Independence Day!!!
Enjoy all your 4th of July celebrations!

To everyone, once again, thank you all so much for stopping by my little blog, I am so glad you do!!!

I hope you’re all having a lovely sunny evening like the one we are fortunate enough to have here.
Enjoy the rest of the week. 🙂