Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Breathing in the sun...

“Inhale and hold the evening in your lungs.”
― Sebastian Faulks,
Engleby


These photographs of our garden were taken this week at about 6pm. The sun, hidden behind the house for the last few hours, threw a golden glow down the length of the lawn.

I was actually taking photos of our broken fencing, ready to send a ranting letter to our letting agency. For the next few minutes I forgot about the broken panels and just breathed in the sun.






 
 
 
 
 
Joining in this week with Mammasarus
  
Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Gallivanting in Glastonbury

This past weekend we enjoyed two days in the beautiful countryside of Somerset, glamping in a campsite on the outskirts of Glastonbury. The site was at the bottom of the mystical Glastonbury Tor so the first task of the weekend was to conquer the summit! 
 

 
 The reward for the hard slog was the incredible views of the Somerset levels and surrounding countryside.

 


 
 
All that walking made the G&T back at the campsite taste so much sweeter!

 

Saturday found us bright eyed and bushy-tailed so after a typical camp breakfast of egg and bacon we drove to the nearby city of Wells and took in the stunning Cathedral. There is no charge to visit inside the cathedral, although you are encouraged to make a donation towards the upkeep of the building and grounds.






All this outside air was making us feel uplifted and virtuous so we took ourselves to the amazing Cheddar Gorge to walk the length of it...but that a whole post in itself...pop back later in the week to see more of what I saw!



Joining in this week with Magic Moments and What's the Story?

Friday, 28 March 2014

Re-connection

Sion and myself have come away for a few days to a little country hotel near Nuneaton. It's come at a perfect time for us. We've fallen in a pattern recently of working, going to the gym and sitting in front of the TV without talking for the rest of the evening. This hasn't caused us any problems but we needed to stop it before this turned into the norm for us.

On the drive up we talked about our career plans, our hopes for the house, plans to start trying for a baby again and completing numerous Facebook quizzes to find out what Greek god/ess we were (Zeus for him, Hera for me), what medieval job we would have (blacksmith for him/furniture maker for me) and what place we should live in (French Polynesia for him, Kenya for me) and just giggling about silly stuff.

We enjoyed ourselves at Cadbury World (post and photos to follow) and we sat in the hotel bar eating our chicken and chips before snuggling in bed with a bottle of wine and Masterchef on.

Today we are going to head into Birmingham to shop and eat sushi, all the while those invisible strings that tie us together will be tightening and strengthening.

CONNECTING

Joining in this week with Jocelyn at The Reading Residence for Word of the Week

Thursday, 27 March 2014

The morning my garden grew...

“However many years she lived, Mary always felt that 'she should never forget that first morning when her garden began to grow'.”  
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

One morning this week I glanced out of the window to check the weather. It had been raining overnight and looked like the incoming rain clouds would soon overthrow the watery morning sunshine that was trying to gain strength.

This combination of rain overnight followed by warmer days is doing something exciting to the garden though. New plants are breaking through the soil, tiny flowers are starting to show themselves. The unidentified tree at the bottom of the garden has suddenly sprouted catkins all along the length of it's branches. The established camellia bush next door has decided to share its heavy blooms with us. The patch of unknown leaves that threatened to take over the whole lawn has started to show us its' purple flowers...not open enough for me to identify it quite yet though. A ladybird quietly goes about her business before the next shower.









All this activity and growth means that I need to tackle the overgrown bottom third as quickly as possible, so that will be my project over the next two weeks. I need to clear it of brambles and stinging nettles, gently prune the lower branches of the trees & ivy and give the primroses and foxgloves enough dappled light to encourage them to flourish.