Monday, 27 July 2015

A very patient patient.

We have had our little friend Poppy with us over the weekend.  She has had eye surgery and is a model patient.   Her stitches are out now and she is making a very good recovery.

She was found to be suffering from glaucoma and has had her right eye removed and a news lens put into the good eye.

She is so good when I put her eye drops put in four times a day and will have to have them for the rest of her life.   None of this seems to have dampened her spirits - she is still full of beans though we have to keep her as quiet as possible while everything settles down.   No ball games or anything else exciting.   She would look at me beseechingly to get the tennis balls from the bottom of the kitchen cupboard but I know I mustn't, and fortunately she seems to have accepted that.  She likes keeping an eye on the neighbours and growling at anyone who walks past with a dog.

'Mum and Dad' should be back this afternoon and I know I'll miss her when she goes home.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Should I be worried?!!

I found this little book in a charity shop this morning and couldn't resist buying it.   I had several in this series in my childhood and loved them.   I had no idea they were still available - this one is in perfect condition and has over 100 beautifully painted illustrations.  I can remember going round my grandparent's garden (over 70 years ago) looking at the flowers and up into the flowering shrubs to see if there were any fairies there.   I think I must be entering my second childhood though I have stopped looking for fairies!

I gardened myself to a standstill over the weekend and ache gently everywhere.  I was quite pleased to see the rain this morning as it stopped me from going out there for another session.   Had it been a fine day I would have done more, on the premise that what will make you bad will make you better!   Hopefully I will recharge my batteries before I lose my impetus.

 I don't like the idea of gales forecast for later in the week - it seems very unusual for July and strong winds can be so much more damaging to trees when they are in full leaf.   Good conditions for kite flying though!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Odds and Ends.

"There's a hole in my front door, my front door, my front door.  There's a hole in my front door, my front door - a hole! "   Luckily we have a second lock so when this one stopped working and my husband removed it and took it to be repaired, we were still secure.  I was hoping to get a mini view of the front garden through the hole, but the sun was so bright that didn't work.

Great excitement the other morning when this monster arrived at the top of the road where neighbours are having an extension built onto the back of their house.  This metal girder was the first to be lifted over their roof, followed by several concrete ones.   It arrived early and I nipped out in  my dressing gown to take this photo.

The honeysuckle on our pergola is looking beautiful this year - this is the view through the kitchen window looking up.
I love it's twisted stems in which the little birds love to hop about looking for insects.  They sometimes take shelter from bad weather in the winter under there.

I took this photo looking down on the honeysuckle from the bedroom window.  The bees have been enjoying themselves during the lovely sunny days we have had recently.

A view of the black elder flowering it's socks off and the summer jasmine just coming into flower.

I have been frantically trying to clear space for all the seedlings I have grown this spring but the soil is so dry and heavy it is taking longer than I bargained for.   We could do with some rain to soften the ground and my seedlings are almost climbing out of their seed trays and pots.   We watch large grey clouds pass overhead but only the odd spot or two falls here.   I daresay a few miles away they are having a lovely downpour.  Oh well, there's always the hosepipe.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

I'm still here!

I can't believe I haven't posted on my blog for a whole month.  I don't seem to have anything interesting to relate or to post about but thought I should put in an appearance however minimal.

Our wisteria has looked better than ever this year and now extends right the way across the front of the house.  We planted it about 15-20 years ago and it flowered right from the start.  I have heard of some that have taken several years to start flowering so we have been lucky.
There is a price to pay for all that gorgeousness and we are now paying it.   I have to sweep the fallen petals up daily as, in wet weather, they stick to the bottom of shoes and get trodden all through the house.  They also look awful lying on the path having faded to a dirty brown and I can sweep up almost a bucketful every day.

But I still love it.

Not much creativity going on here apart from potting up seedlings, planting tubs and trying to get some weeding done, energy permitting - I have wasted far too much on coughing, and it still hasn't gone completely.  I must start work on a couple more pages for my fabric book so that I have something to show next time.   Enjoy this lovely weather.

Sunday, 3 May 2015

This and That.

Here are our two little fledgling collared doves.  You can just make out the second one to the right.  The nest is on our pergola and right outside the kitchen window so I can keep an eye on them, and they can keep an eye on us.  A few days ago we were very worried as we hadn't seen either parent bird for some time and they were so tiny and huddled down in the nest.  We dropped some meal worms into the nest hoping to keep them going and then Mum turned up to feed them.  In that short time they have grown quite a bit.

A little while ago Maggie Grey posted a lovely wall panel she had made from holiday photos and ephemera.  I thought I would try one of my own but it wouldn't work for me, possibly because I didn't have enough interesting bits and pieces, and my photos were not as colourful as hers.   I really liked this idea so decided to turn mine into a book, and instead of ephemera I am adding scraps of home dyed fabrics left over from a course I did years ago and couldn't bear to part with.

I can't visualise the finished pages and hope they will tell me what else they need as I go along.  It could be a long job but at least I have started.

Last September I treated myself to a bag of 15 iris bulbs.  Plant in groups of 3 or 5 the experts tell us , so I planted mine in groups of 5, but what I have I got?   Three groups of one!!!!  I plant with such optimism.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

It's all happening.

Here is Mrs. Collared Dove sitting on her little brood - I took this photo a week ago.

This morning this young one was sitting in the sun with the wind ruffling it's soft feathers having been sent off out to make room for it's younger sibling.   Mrs C.D. must have laid her two eggs at least a week apart as we caught a glimpse of the little one and it is so much smaller than the one above.

Last week the crab apple tree looked like this.
Today it is in full bloom.   I do love the little bright pink buds.

The Montana is almost fully out too and the bees are very happy, when they aren't being buffeted about by the strong breeze.   The bluetits are still busy gathering nesting material.  I think they must be building a block of flats - they've been at it for ages, and we have watched a huge blackbird fledgling being fed by it's dad.

More heartbreaking world events and all we have to moan about is the impending election.  How lucky we are in this country.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015


No lovely photographs sadly - the little darlings wont keep still long enough for me to focus on them!  However, I have noticed so many more butterflies in the garden this year than last year and have been trying to identify them.   Lots of peacocks, orange tips, painted lady, brimstone, small blue (chalk hill?), small fritillary, possibly a larger fritillary and meadow browns, if they are the ones that look as if they are dancing in the air together.

This weather is certainly good for them and  they seem to be enjoying it as much as I am. I am pleased that I haven't had the energy to dig up all our dandelions as I read somewhere recently that we should leave their flowers to feed the butterflies.  So I'm doing my bit for wildlife without realising it.

I hate to say it but our gardens could do with some rain - I had to water ours the other evening and it looks really parched again.  I think we are supposed to get some on Friday.  I don't think we have had any showers this April!

Enjoy it while we have it - make hay while the sun shines, or whatever you like making while the sun shines.