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Spring wouldn’t be spring without a ‘blossom and blue sky’ photo, would it!

If you look closely I even managed to capture a jet too.

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There is a ‘tag’ doing the rounds on Instagram at the moment where you are asked to give twenty facts about yourself so that everyone finds out a little more about you.

Having taken part in it on IG I thought it might be fun to share it here on the blog too.

Apologies to any blog friends who are also IG friends and have heard it all before.

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1. I’ve been married for almost 34 years (to the same man ;) ).

2. I have two amazing grown-up children, a son and a daughter and now a lovely son-in-law too.

3. I have been a full time mum for most of my life but before kids I worked in a bank. I hated it, there is nothing creative about banking!

4. I have always loved numbers, maths was my favourite subject at school. This was probably how I ended up in a bank and also why I love amigurumi crochet so much, lots of counting!

5. I’m a committed vegetarian, I believe all animals have a right to a long happy life.

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6. I abhor cruelty to animals.

7. I love flowers especially sunflowers.

8. Green is my favourite colour.

9. Rabbits are my favourite animals.

10. 8 + 9 = how I got my name.

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11. I’m a chocoholic!

12. I’m brutally honest, a good friend once said I was honest to the point of bluntness!

13. I could quite happily eat pasta every day.

14. I couldn’t live without mascara or handcream.

15. Raspberry Beret by Prince is my favourite song.

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16. Apart from my home, my most favourite place to be is the south of France.

17. I’m left-handed.

18. I believe that The Lion King is the best film ever.

19. I love Springtime.

20. My garden is my sanctuary.

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I’m sure there are a few things in there that you already knew about me but it was a bit of fun to do.

Maybe some of you reading this would like to join in too!

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All the photos in this post are of what has been going on in my garden and craft room today.

Thanks as always for dropping by and for all your much appreciated comments, enjoy the rest of your week! :)

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It has snowed, it’s no secret I’m not a fan, it’s still doing it too, soft gentle flakes, the sun is shining though and even I have to admit it is pretty when you’re in the house looking out. I do have to go out unfortunately but it will be brief so I can get back to the fire. As a nation we don’t cope well with snow, even amounts as little as this! There is the threat of more as well, brrrr!

The cats aren’t quite sure what to make of this white stuff all over their garden, there has been a lot of tip toeing through it to find a little clear spot under a tree or bush.

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So it will be a quick race around the shops and back to bunny making for me today, the Valentine Girls are on their way!

My boy is home from Berlin this weekend, it’s his birthday on Monday, so it will be a weekend of celebrating, whatever the weather!

Wishing you all a lovely weekend too, thanks as always for visiting! :)

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From the bottom of my heart thank you all so much for your lovely thoughtful comments on my last post. I have read them and re-read them many times and appreciate each and every one of them. So many of you know exactly what it feels like to lose a pet and that sickening pain that goes with it.
I have received so many messages not just here on the blog but on Facebook, via email and in the post too, you really are kind, caring people and knowing that you care has helped.

Thank you! ❤️

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Sadly we lost our little Jessie yesterday in quite traumatic circumstances. As she appeared quite a few times on the blog I thought it only fitting that there should be a little tribute to her.

She was funny, cute, very chatty, quite the little madam and much loved.

To say that we are devastated is an understatement.

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We’ll never forget you Jess! ❤️

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August already, way too quickly for my liking. Even four days in it has brought both sunshine and showers and there was a feeling in the air early this morning that made my heart sink a bit, I don’t like what’s around the corner!! Thankfully though the sun came out and it felt like summer again. There are daily pickings of sweet peas and tomatoes, truth be told most of the latter don’t make the walk in from the garden. There are bees and butterflies aplenty, unfurling flowers and lazy cats.

Take your time August!

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We’ve had some lovely days out during my Hb’s time off work!

There have been visits to parks, woods, the seaside, gardens, mountains and canal tow paths.

We’ve played in mazes and with sun dials (I liked the human one best), we’ve looked down on the city from on high and over the sea towards Scotland, we’ve walked through trees, up mountains, beside rivers and canals and the sea. We’ve had lovely meals out, picnics and ice creams, there has been sunshine and showers but most of all we’ve taken time to smell the roses (and other flowers too)!

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sun dial Collage

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black mountain flora Collage

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bangor castle Collage

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bangor castle 2 Collage

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I wish it could be summer all the time!!! :)

Photos taken at ~ Carnfunnock Country Park, Larne, Co Antrim : Black Mountain, Belfast, Co Antrim : Newry Canal Tow Path, Co Armagh : Groomsport, Co Down : Bangor Castle Walled Garden, Bangor, Co Down : Clare Glen, Tandragee, Co Armagh

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I love delphiniums, with their little pretend bees!

Do you know I hesitated about doing another post about my garden and my rabbits as I thought I may be boring you all but I decided this is what I am all about, especially at this time of year, so more flowers and bunnies it is!!

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These poppies are so beautiful. I just wish they would last a little longer.

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This little rose will soon being climbing in through my bedroom window.

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I’ve had a few books delivered in the post these last few weeks, along with yarn possibly the happiest mail one can get!

Top of the pile is a lovely new Japanese crochet book, oh I do love these pretty Japanese craft books! I buy all of mine here.

Next book down is the very beautiful Sarah Midda’s, South of France, now I have only recently discovered this gorgeous book which is amazing considering how much I love this part of the world. It is full of the prettiest little watercolour illustrations which just capture the Cote d’Azur.

If you love all things Beatrix Potter and gardening then you will love Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. This is the one I’m reading just as I drift off to sleep at night!

The next book in my pile is by my lovely blog friend Helen. As I’m sure most of you know already Helen’s beautiful blog is so inspiring and every time I visit I want to make a quilt, I do feel that somewhere inside me there is a quilt!! Helen’s Pretty Patchwork Gifts is full of all sorts of deliciousness.

The last book on my table, Mollie Makes Crochet, is full of all sorts of things that I want to make, if I can manage to find the time!!!

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When I’m not outside reading or gardening I’m bunny making, I do like to spend as much of my time out of doors at this time of year.

These two girls are Minnie and Norah and they will be listed in my Etsy shop along with all the other ‘June Girls’ next Monday 30th June.

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This is my afternoon crochet spot, the picnic table at the top of the garden is good for sun in the morning then the patio outside my greenhouse is good for lunch and then I move here for the late afternoon sunshine!

I’m a bit like the cats moving around the garden after the sun.

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And this handsome boy knows all about that! If you need any advice on relaxation speak to R.J.!

Just before I go, the bunnies and I are entered into Hand Made in the UK’s Crafter of the Month over on Facebook. If any of you who are on Facebook would like to give me a little vote (if you think I deserve it, that is) you can do so here, you just have to leave a comment. Thanks to all of you who have already done so, I really do appreciate it. I really don’t expect to win but I’ll give it a go.

Thank you all so much for you lovely comments on my last post and for dropping in here today, wishing you all a happy week! :)

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