Friday 24 March 2017

A surprise package!

So ...quite a few weeks ago now the doorbell rang. I went down the hallway and I could tell it was the post lady on the other side of the door due to colours but I was a little confused as I knew that I had ordered nothing. I then thought that my neighbour was possibly out so the post Lady had come here...we often take parcels in for each other.

So imagine my surprise when I answer the door and the package was for me!!

Live Plants
Now this was a package that I had ordered and paid for A LONG TIME AGO!! it wasn't late arriving, just sent when the time was right and I had totally forgotten about it!!

Speaks for itself!!
So that was bulbs had arrived...I couldn't even remember what varieties were going to be in the packet so quickly opened them to have a look.

So there you have it...a lovely selection for me to play with. I have a few bulbs in the garden but not many and I wanted a little more colour and life at the beginning of the year so this was why I ordered them.

Of course once I received them I immediately thought about where I was going to put them which got me thinking about the garden and what should be done in a whole new way.

I'll share with you next week what went on in the garden since then!!

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Cloudy Sunset...

Just because I liked the photo.

Monday 20 March 2017

Garden Birds enjoying the sun.

I do love to see the birds in the garden...they don't hang around quite so much now as Polly loves to chase them. These few were enjoying a few minutes peace whilst she was sleeping inside one day though.

Can't wait for the weather to get warmer so that we see something other than the sparrows.

Sunday 19 March 2017

Twelve days of Christmas

Okay, so now I feel really bad. You see I have just unearthed these photos on my camera and this is a post I really should have got around to writing months ago.

Last year I decided to partake in Jo's 'Twelve Days of Christmas' (please follow the link to find out more about it if you are unsure what it is.)

I anxiously waited for my swap partner to be announced who happened to live in New Zealand. Her name was Kimberley and I had lots of fun shopping and wrapping for her. I sent my package off in what I hoped was plenty of time and also received a package from kimberley very early on in December which I put away safely until it was time for opening.

As I opened the gifts one by one after christmas it was lovely and I carefully put them to one side so that once I had finished unwrapping I could photograph them for a blog they are for you to see.

Here is what was in my package...
lets break it down a little.

Some wonderful staionary bits. I love to write
letters so these were very welcome..
so nice to add a personal

Some napkins, washcloth, mitt the for oven.

An absolutely glorious tasting tea, some chocolate
which obviously no longer exists. cocktail sticks
and cake cases.

A wonderfully smelling candles, some ribbons
for decorating and some motifs.

I received some truly wonderful gifts and I feel really bad that i totally forgot to blog about it. If I take part next year I shall make sure I write huge notes all over the house just to remind me...I mean how terrible to not even thank someone!! Kimberley was much more organised than me and did blog about the swap so if you would like to see the gifts i sent her then just pop over to her blog Creative Chaos and have a look.

In the meantime, Kimberley I am truly sorry that I did not blog about this so much sooner and thank you so much for being such a great 12 days of christmas swap partner. Oh and don't worry, I would not mind if you didn't want to partner with me for something again ..ever!!

Saturday 18 March 2017

A little bit of plotting.

So last saturday dawned bright and relatively warm so I decided to go up the allotment for a little while. My main desire was to give the bee plot a haircut which I achieved in record time and so had a cuppa afterwards and then set about cleaning up the greenhouse which I didn't get touched at the end of last year.

Talking of greenhouses...I had a little wind damage on the allotment when we had those greenhouse was just perfect...the other...not so much.....

 A 'flat' house!!

As  you can see above my newly purchased greenhouse from last year didn't make it through the storms. This was a real shame. I am thinking that something must have got blown across the allotment and hit the framework as there wasn't any glass in ti the wind technically should have whistled straight through. The frame was weighted down with some slabs to stop it moving. It's a shame but 'hey, ho', life goes on and all that. On the plus side I now have plenty of spare glass for repairs for my current greenhouse...always got to look on the bright side of things!!

Apparently I haven't got any better with posting...really need to keep working on that...I'm thinking I may be better writing my posts on a weekend and then scheduling them to publish through the week...I'm having some theories here...lets see if I manage to put them into practice and keep to it!!

Right now as I type I know I have posts to share.....I just can't remember what I have taken pics of....guess i'll have to go back through the camera and write a few more!!

Apart from sorting the greenhouse and cutting the bee plot I haven'y done anything else with the allotment. i am going to start on it in earnest over the easter vacation and then my plan is to keep ontop of things this year...I always have a plan....rarely stick to it but I like I always say, 'It's the thought that counts!!'

So I'm sure I'll need to purchase seeds and I know I need compost, I will slowly after much aching become summer fit in time for the sun to shine and the bees to buzz in earnest. They enjoyed the past weeks weather but are very quiet today. I really want to get in and give them a good inspection...but until the temperature warms up and the wind drops it can't be risked....I do hope it warms up enough soon!!

In my absence we also had Polly spayed. We didn't want any puppies and certainly didn't get her for a breeding machine to make us money so off to the vets it was.

She was a little star when she came home and now after two weeks is finally allowed off lead again.

Polly after 4 days.
Above you can see her wound, it has healed lovely and she was an absolute star with it not having to wear the collar even once!! Her fur is slowly growing back and she is enjoying being able to stretch her limbs over the fields once more!!

So in this post I don't really have much else to say...if I keep waffling I won't have anything to write to be published later in the week.

Here's hoping you all have a wonderful weekend!!

Thursday 2 March 2017


So we have become mole victims!! They seem to be running up and down just outside my garden...I mean seriously...couldn't they have run a couple of inched to the right?? At least then they wouldn't be messing up the grass verge!!. Oh well, I guess I have to give them the fact that they kept them in a nice straight line!!. I will be taking the soil off the top and putting it into the flower bed but I'm not convinced they won't be back...any ideas on how to deter them??