September 2012

Mary Mary quite contrary…..

How does your garden grow*?

With silver bells …..

And cockle shells …..

And pretty maids**, all in a row!!!



* Despite the wet and windy weather this week my garden is indeed still growing!

** The pretty maids can be found here!

Thanks as always for your visits this week and all your lovely comments.

Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

I have a glut of tomatoes at the moment they have all decided to ripen at the one time but I suppose it’s better late than never!

So with all the tomatoes and the very wet, wild and windy weather we have been having I decided it was time for soup!!!

From the outset I have to say there are no measurements to these soup ingredients I just put in what I think and I believe with soup you can get away with that.

I put my tomatoes in a dish cutting up the bigger ones so they’re all roughly the same size, then to the tomatoes add a chopped onion, a chopped pepper (any colour) and a couple of chopped cloves of garlic, pour over some olive oil, I used extra virgin and then roast in a hot oven until all the vegetables are soft.

When the roasted vegetables have cooled down put them in a blender and blend until smooth. Add the blended vegetables to warm vegetable stock with salt and ground black pepper and stir through. Now unless you are in a hurry I would at this point leave the soup to sit for a while so that the flavours develop.

When you are ready to have your soup pour in a small carton of cream and warm the soup through.

Enjoy with some wheaten bread. My wheaten bread came from my local home bakery, I could never bake bread as well as they do!

Sorry it’s all ‘a bit of this and a bit of that’ but I think that’s how the best soups are made.

I think we are definitely into soup weather now!

Have a good week and stay cosy. 🙂

I’ve been making some progress with my bunny making this week.

Any of you who check in on my Facebook page will have seen the beginnings of these bunnies on Sunday. I would like to thank all of you who do visit my page, I am trying to use it more although I’ll not pretend that I know completely what I’m doing over there. It’s all this juggling between my page and my business (please note that I use that term very loosely) page. Please assure me that I’m the not only one. I get emails saying that someone new ‘likes’ my page but my follower numbers never change, I think this is because someone has ‘liked’ my page in business mode and that doesn’t register!! Why ??? Even setting it up so that I could comment on other pages as Green Rabbit Designs was complicated enough, although I was quite pleased with myself for managing to do that!! I know some of you who don’t use Facebook will wonder what on earth I’m on about and I’m quite sure there will be many of you who do use Facebook will wonder exactly the same thing!!

Anyhow back to the rabbits, they have all got their little faces now and since the photo they have almost all got their little bodies too. As soon as the face is finished they become little characters and I have named them all but I’ll let you know what they are all called when they are completely finished.

Some new fabric purchases in the photo too, I like to keep them sitting about for a while to enjoy, not sure what I’m going to make with them yet!

Thanks as always for taking the time to visit me here this week and on Facebook too, it is much appreciated!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend! 🙂

Cats and crochet can be difficult sometimes!!!!

This is Charlies take on wool winding!!!! As you can see from the blurry photos he put a lot of effort into the task!

I have to say it is a much better pastime than running around the garden with a frog in his mouth with me running after him in my dressing gown, which was what happened one morning last week!!!! I did manage to rescue the frog which had by now been passed to Jessie and was playing dead but thankfully wasn’t. I put the poor frog in a box to recover from the shock and then my husband took him to live in a much nicer place without cats!!! The joys of sharing the world with cats!! I just don’t do the hunting thing very well, rabbits don’t do horrible things like that!

He’s a clever boy that Charlie though, he rubs against my legs, looks into my face with those eyes and like a fool I forgive him ~ again!!!

Happy Wednesday everyone, we have sun ~ yay!!! 🙂

I love of flowers!

This statement will come as no surprise to those of you who visit here regularly but it’s not just garden flowers, I love wildflowers too!

During the summer I have been photographing wildflowers wherever I found myself ~ country lanes, seaside, park!

Looking back at the photos I do wonder where the summer has gone. Some of these photos I took over 2 months ago and yet it only seems such a short time ago.

Just some of the many flowers I’ve photographed during the summer and lovely to see that it didn’t rain all the time!

I have lots of books on wildflowers too, some of them from my childhood. One of them is the Ladybird Book of British Wildflowers, the one above though isn’t my original one it’s another one I picked up a little while ago in a secondhand book shop.

Why did I want a second one??

Well I wanted it so that I could send it to the very clever Fee to work her magic and make me these beautiful blocks ………………………

Aren’t they brilliant??

I think I’m right in saying that Fee enjoys a commission, her blocks are also available from her shop.

Her work is amazing!!

I don’t suppose there will be many more opportunities for sunny wildflower photos from now on, at least I have my blocks to look at!

The air is definitely a lot cooler but at least the sun shone today, let’s hope it continues to do so over the weekend.

Happy weekend and as always thanks for visiting! 🙂

This past weekend was European Heritage Open Day Weekend with many places throwing open their doors for the public to visit for free. We always like to choose something different to do on this weekend every year, something we haven’t done before.

On Saturday, a very warm and sunny Saturday I have to say, we decided to visit Carrickfergus Castle. I hadn’t been since I was a child and despite working in Carrickfergus for a few years my husband had never been inside the castle. Even when the children were small we never visited as it was always somewhere they visited with school when they were studying the Norman Conquest.

A Norman castle, Carrickfergus Castle has been here for over 800 years, it has survived attacks by Scots, Irish, English and French and even served as an air raid shelter for the people of Carrickfergus during World War 2.

There are beautiful views of Belfast Lough from up on the walls, in the bottom right photo you can just see the cranes at Harland & Wolff shipyard. It was such a lovely day and the breeze coming off the lough was so warm, it’s not usually, believe you me!!

You could even have a go at some archery, which of course I did! I hit the target too, I think bow and arrows may be my choice of weapon from now on, so beware!!! 😉

There were lots of dark little nooks and crannies!

So glad this fellow was looking out for us!

I love the way these little plants grow in the walls!

Lots to see inside and out.

As you can see the town of Carrickfergus has been a landing spot for a few Royals over the years.

It was a very enjoyable day out and the weather was wonderful, unlike today!!

It has been a very damp and dismal and noticeably cooler start to the week I’m afraid.

Here’s hoping for some improvement as the week goes along. Have a good one! 🙂

There’s a lot of talk about the changing season at the moment. I have to admit there is a September nip in the air in the mornings and the evenings but oh my what glorious weather we have had this week!! It’s well into the twenties today, sunny and hot and much better than most mid-summer days!!

Certainly the garden still thinks it’s summer, in fact it probably thinks summer has just arrived!!!

Well that’s until I look under my tree………..

Perhaps autumn’s not that far away, although according to the Green Rabbit Calender it doesn’t start until 1st October! 😉

One thing I know for certain that has arrived is my birthday, another year older but I’m not bothered by that, not when there’s lots of lovely pressies on the go to ease the pain!!! Thanks to all my lovely family and friends for all the beautiful gifts I have received, thanks also to my dear bloggy friends for their cards and presents too, you know who you are you lovely people!!

I’m spending the evening with my family which is exactly the best way to spend my birthday.

Happy weekend everyone, thanks for stopping by!!! 🙂

It was lovely to be back in Edinburgh for a few days, we’ve been many times before but it’s been 3 years since our last visit.

We arrived just as they were lighting the Paralympic caldron!

We also caught the end of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival which always provides lots of fun on the streets!

Our weather was a mixed bag with some sunshine and a few showers as well but it didn’t spoil our fun.

Princes Street Gardens are a lovely place for a walk.

As you can see this was one of our better days.

The gardens had a lovely floral display for the 2012 London Olympics.

We stayed in a lovely hotel in the Grassmarket area and this was the view from the dining room as we ate our breakfast in the mornings.

This is the famous Jenners department store from the outside……….

……….and the inside!

This is Victoria Street which is supposed to be the most photographed street in Edinburgh and the home of k1 Yarns.

Armstrong & Sons Vintage Emporium. You wouldn’t believe the clothes in here, from every decade. I spent ages looking through the 1980’s handknitted mohair sweaters, they were amazing.

The statue of Greyfriars Bobby, such a sad story, you know I could never ever watch the film, way too sad for me.

This restaurant is the birthplace of Harry Potter, JK Rowling did her writing in here!

We watched tartan weaving and ……………

………learnt how Scottish whisky is made!

We also took ourselves off to the zoo on one of the days!

Now I do have some problems with zoos, I’m not always convinced they are in the best interest of the animals. I know many do great conservation work, Edinburgh being one of them, I can only hope that the animals kept there are happy.

I did put my reservations aside though in Edinburgh and perhaps this was hypocritical of me but I knew that I probably wouldn’t in my lifetime ever get the opportunity to see this again………………………

This is Yang Guang, his name means Sunshine and he is one of Edinburgh Zoo’s Giant Pandas. How gorgeous is this boy, I would have loved to have given him a big hug but looking at those claws perhaps that wouldn’t have been such a good idea. Just looking at him took my breath away he was so amazing.

I have to say that all the panda photos are my husbands as flash wasn’t allowed (understandably) and they were behind glass and my little camera which was running low on battery couldn’t cope. As well as all that I realised that if I was more interested in taking photos I was going to miss out on the animals themselves, so I gave up and enjoyed the pandas instead.

There are only 1500 pandas left in the wild, their breeding season lasts for two days and their diet of bamboo is very limited, if we’re not very careful we’re going to loose these beautiful creatures forever.

I suppose this is were zoos come into their own with their breeding programmes for those pandas that are in captivity and I know Edinburgh hope to have baby pandas in the future. I still like the idea of all this happening in the wild though.

This Mrs Panda her name is Tian Tian which means Sweetie and this is exactly what she did for the whole time we were there. I would have loved to have seen her pretty face but part of me liked her attitude and the fact that she did her own thing and couldn’t care less about us peering in at her.

It was such a privilege to get this close to these wonderful animals!

Edinburgh is very proud of it’s new residents, there are pandas everywhere, even on the buses!!

And for all you ‘tin loving’ girls take a look at this!!!!!

Well if you are still here thanks, it has been quite a long post!

We had a lovely time in Edinburgh, it is a great city and well worth a visit!

My highlight of the trip ???

It has to be this truly amazing beautiful boy!!!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone, thanks for visiting! 🙂

I’ve been in the garden this morning it’s bright and dry but it feels like September out there. There’s definitely a change in the air!

We’ve had a busy few days as after we returned from holiday we had a family wedding. I haven’t had a chance to sort my holiday photos out yet but I’ll be back soon with my Edinburgh pics!

Right, I had better go and get these peas out of their pods for our lunch!

Enjoy your Sunday! 🙂