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Wednesday, 30 June 2010


Having seen this idea on Winnibriggshouse I signed up to Pay it Forward - a lovely idea in which the participants pass on a little kindness without expecting any reward. How it works is that I promise to post a little something (value not important as it is the thought that counts) to the first 3 bloggers to comment on this post who will in turn do the same and keep the kindness moving forward. Of course you don't have to be in the first 3 to join in and the more people who do join in the merrier.

So are you up for it? I will post a little gift within the next 365 days (no it will definitely be sooner than that but apparently it must be within 365 days!) to the first 3 people to comment on this post then all you have to do is wait for the postman to arrive!

Sunday, 27 June 2010

Garden update

What a difference a week makes...

Our little veggie plot is coming on well - remember me showing you here when it was just a square of bare earth? Now we have beans and tomatoes

with a little border of nasturtiums and marigolds.

Beans dashing up the canes (I notice a weed there that needs to come out!)

My lovely marigolds were a present (in seed form) from Lesley at Printed Material back last year and I have them all over the garden as well as here with the veggies.
Nasturtiums looking so cheerful and, dare I say it, so far without blackfly! Of course this little square is nowhere large enough and we also have cucumbers, courgettes and more tomatoes in amongst the flower beds.
The heather is giving way to a further veggie plot little by little although someone isn't too happy about that! No wonder it is all flattened is it?!

Had another sort out in my work room last week (can't find anything - why am I such a messy worker I wonder?!) I had visions of a workroom like this until I realised there weren't any boxes of scraps of this and than nor all the usual rubbish I have in mine but one can dream can't one?!
I came across this little square of tapestry made many years ago and subsequently made into a small cushion cover which was now worn and dirty. Took the backing off and washed it - any ideas as to what I might use it for? Or perhaps it should join the rest in the back of the cupboard?

I had also made a start sometime on this - again I have no idea where this is going - any suggestions?!

Enjoy the remainder of this lovely sunny weekend - although us gardeners wouldn't mind a little rain now preferably at night!
PS I meant to add the button for Silver Pebble's Pass the Book to my sidebar yesterday but it has taken me till now to figure out how to do it - hope it works! Check it out - it sounds like a good idea!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Days out

As promised here are my photos of the time we spent with our friends recently for those of you who enjoy a tour round the beautiful West Country countryside. I hope you are sitting comfortably as there are quite a few of them but I will try to keep the text brief so it shouldn't take you too long to accompany us!

Friday 11th - since our friends had expressed an interest in visiting Salisbury we couldn't not go to Stonehenge could we? I remember this when you could actually walk amongst the stones but now it is a matter of joining a throng of tourists to walk round the perimeter cordon which keeps everyone well away from the actual stones. Not the same at all but never mind.

Next stop Salisbury - I have shown you many photos of this before here so won't bore you with them again except this couple.

The water meadows at Salisbury

And an interesting sculpture in Salisbury Cathedral which attempts to reconcile two opposed elements - the thorns hard and cruel and the flowers soft and embracing are linked by the circular base which speaks of their fundamental unity (you will have realised that these are not my own words perhaps?!) - for more information check this website where you can listen to an interview with the sculptor. I thought the sculpture really great and loved her idea of unity and peace.

Those Brits amonst you will recognise this view from the Hovis ads no doubt but of course all that meant nothing to our friends who go to the boulangerie for their bread! It is a lovely place though isn't it? Shaftesbury was en route for home so we stopped off here for a wander round in the early evening sunshine.

On Saturday 12th we went to Forde Abbey and then on to Lyme Regis.

We hadn't been to Forde Abbey before and were suitably impressed and will definitely go again - the house wasn't open when we were there but if it is anything like as good as the gardens it will be well worth a visit.

They weren't short of lettuce here! Peter Rabbit would have enjoyed this lovely walled garden.

This fountain is powered by a pump once used in the irrigation of strawberries once grown here for the supermarkets - it is apparently the highest powered fountain in England/Uk/Europe? I forget which!!

This lovely border was in the walled vegetable garden.

After a delicous lunch in the cafeteria at Forde Abbey we continued to Lyme Regis.

I don't normally include photos of people in my posts but couldn't resist this one - I wondered if her husband might ask my friend to step back a bit further!! (Actually it wouldn't have mattered if he had as it was slope and not a drop)

Making our way back up the hill to the car park I turned back for another look at the sea. For more pics of Lyme Regis see here

On Sunday 13th we decided to go to Barrington Court to look at the gardens (have you realised by now that they like gardens?!) We arrived too early and they weren't due to open for about 10 minutes so we wandered back into the village to while away the time - isn't it pretty?

By now the gardens were open - I have shown you some photos of Barrington several times before so will be brief

After a couple of hours meandering round Barrington we set off for East Lambrook where we hoped to have lunch and visit the gardens there. Sadly the cafe at East Lambrook only served cups of tea so we adjourned to the pub across the road for lunch before returning to the gardens.

This was a totally different type of garden and much more natural and one might almost say in places overgrown! I wouldn't want to visit after rain as the paths meandered between the greenery and in some places all but disappeared - however we were lucky and it was a sunny afternoon so we kept dry!

Monday 14th was their last day and as we were due for an early start the following morning we stayed close to home and went to Sherborne - see my earlier post and after lunch on those tractor stools we went to Montacute and climbed St Michael's Hill (again see previous posts for more photos of Montacute)

We did find plenty of time in the evenings to relax together as well and one evening we took them to the Rose and Crown at Trent for a meal just to show them that pubs are not all beer and loud mothed youths getting drunk! They were impressed with the quality of the food as I knew they would be.

Tuesday morning at 4.15 am(!) saw us coming together for a quick breakfast and then the drive to the airport at Bristol in time for their flight home. We'd enjoyed a few really lovely days and visited places which we had enjoyed as well as our guests. Come back soon!

And to top it off they got back to France to pouring rain and cold whilst we continued to enjoy the sunshine here in England - so now they know it doesn't always rain here and my friend e-mailed to say she wished they were back in England "where the sun shines"!! So I think they went home impressed by the gardens, the weather and the food and hopefully by the hospitality chez nous as well!

In case you've had more than enough of all that touring here is a bit of crafting to finish up with. Jill at Third Age Musings posted some wonderful photos of the sea recently and they cried out to me to be used as some sort of textile art. Here is my first attempt - a little tapestry. It wasn't what I had intended at all but as I have said before my crafting does seem to have a life of its own and it decides, not me, what I am to do. I had intended using torn silks and stitching them to a background but lo and behold this is what I am doing!!