Monday, 26 August 2013

Lavender Days



French lavender










 
I mentioned the Mayfield lavender fields in Sutton a while ago, hubby took me to see for myself last week.  It's unusual as is very close to London, it has been featured on tv recently and after this publicity we expected a crowd





but were lucky to find the fields empty of people but teeming with several varieties of bee, overloaded with nectar and lying around!  People think the bees are dying but they are, infact,  intoxicated!



I was also in Brighton last week...  I always stop to admire this little house off The Lanes as it's the only one in the road with any flowers, the owner was outside watering  - isn't this the most beautiful example of small space gardening...



Brighton viewing West Pier



We have had a mixture of late Summer and early Autumn side by side in my part of the world, with late nesting birds, fields full of wildflowers and hot sunny days, mixed with woodland full of early Autumnal berries and nuts, pine cones and acorns.  I am ready for Autumn but it hasn't fully arrived yet.


I have been bringing out warmer clothes and thick floor rugs ready for cooler days though.  My faithful old faux fur coat has now done about 15 years and will live to see another, but needs hooks as it doesn't do up, my comfy suede boots need new soles, but are good for another Winter.  I am joining Hettie Brown in Treading Gently, Being Thrifty, Living Simply.  I am also in the SFT Sealed Pot Challenge and trying hard to live a more sensible, frugal lifestyle where possible.  If you click on the links in this post you can see what they are up to.

My garden is my current challenge but I'm too ashamed to show you it in it's flowerless, brown lawned state so will save that for another day!

37 comments:

  1. I love the bee on the lavender! And beautiful photos of the lavender field and Brighton. Makes me wish I were there!

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    1. Thankyou Judy, I felt inspired to paint bees as soon as I got home!

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  2. Lovely and we so like lavender. We are pretending to smell some right now. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

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    1. Molly there was a little white dog there in the fields with his family, he was rolling around in the lavender lanes and then ran off at high speed - maybe he got intoxicated like the bees?!

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  3. Looks like you had a nice time in Brighton, Betty. That picture of the woman at her small garden is so pretty...she knows how to make the best of a small space and others can enjoy it, too.

    Bees were intoxicated, how true.

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    1. That lady's garden always looks perfect, there are few more like this one in Brighton, I always forget where they are and wander around then rediscover them!

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  4. I love flower gardens of any size and this one sure is spectacular. The plants are huge and very healthy. Mine are full of weeds since we've had so much rain this summer and it's still raining today. I can't recall such a wet summer. It's cooling off here too and hasn't been a usual summer for us here in Canada.

    I love your lavender painting and the field of lavender. I can see how intoxicating it could be for the bees. Their honey must be fantastic.

    Living a simpler and frugal lifestyle is healthier and I truly admire you for it.
    hugs,
    JB



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    1. Well I haven't actually done anything very frugal yet! but I am working on it. Days out this year have been frugal and fun though. This place is expecting their oil to be the best ever from this year's harvest due to the weather we have had so I am waiting until they open in December briefly to buy some. What I have learned is that small producers like this have to work very hard for results and so won't be selling for pennies but their produce will be good value. It has taken me a good few years to stop looking for 'cheap' and be willing to pay a fair price. I live and learn!

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  5. It's a red hot Summer's day today, here up north, Betty, and I can't bear the thought of Autumn just yet! It's not for nearly another month anyway, so plenty of summer days still to come hopefully. Tried to ignore the trees that were turning rusty and gold ...

    The lavender looks amazing and can just imagine the smell!

    I have a friend who lives in Brighton, so I will have to visit soon!

    Enjoy your bank holiday

    Love claire xx

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    1. Oh I do hope you get to Brighton - every time I go there I see something different. How lucky to have a friend there, you must go! I am wishing Autumn on us as I love it so much (sorry!).

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  6. How lovely that little house in Brighton is. What joy it must bring to passers by.

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    1. There are several of these pretty floral displays in the town, always people stopping to admire - I guess once you start a garden like this you can't stop or would be letting down all us hopeful people that wander along to admire!

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  7. Lavender, particularly French Lavender is a gift from heaven. It is so pretty and smells so beautiful. My mum cannot pass a lavender bush without grabbing a piece. Very naughty.

    Sft x

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    1. We have lavender bushes in the pedestrian precinct of the town where I work and I love to sit and eat my sandwich there - my hand often strays to pinch a bit!

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  8. Lovely Purple Post and I love your new paintings, especially with the little bee on the lavender. I have a white lavender plant. The scent is much milder than the purple varieties. Will try and send you a cutting. Can't get those links on your sidebars to work. Have a great week and glad you got to Brighton.xxx

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    1. Will check the links on sidebar, thanks. I have not seen a white lavender before, would love a cutting, thanks, let's do a cutting swap - I will send you a bit off the one I got which has a deep blue! Bettyx

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  9. Beautiful lavender pictures Betty. Yes that little Brighton house with its plantings is just beautiful - I think I would have to make some sort of a garden no matter where I lived. You are ready for Autumn just as I am ready for our spring here. Especially love your lavender paintings Betty x0x

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    1. Thankyou for stopping by Julie. I think in an ideal world I would like a sensory garden and it would have a lot of lavender, geranium and lemon balm!

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  10. HI Betty! Oh, lavender is so lovely, so delicate! I love your photos AND I really love your art!
    I don't think our cooler weather will be here for a while. Sigh.
    I am so happy that you've had a few fun outings.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Pompom - I think next year is going to be very purple in my garden!

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  11. I love your lavender painting and all those lovely summery photos. Brighton looks like it is a beautiful place to visit. Oh my that tiny garden is just fabulous! I must check out that link on becoming more thrifty and walk more gently on mother earth!
    Hugs and enjoy the rest of the week.
    Beth P

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    1. sorry the link was not working - have just taken a look to fix it. Thanks for stopping by.

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  12. I can almost smell that lavender growing in the field. What a great sight! A carpet of pure purple delight.
    Sadly that's one herb i am unable to grow in my garden.
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my last post........xx

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, maybe if lavender doesn't like your garden, you could grow in a pot? they go well on patio plantings.

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  13. I adore lavender and my next door neighbour has a huge bush just outside the front door. At the moment it is filling the street with a wonderful smell and attracting lots of different bees.

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    1. Carolyn I hope the little bushes I bought (£2.50 each, very frugal!) will attract bees next year. I have just added 'keep a bee hive' to my bucket list!

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  14. Hi Betty, I just found your delightful blog and I am looking forward to walking through the woodlands with you. I do most of my traveling through blogging and enjoy making new creative and interesting friends. I love your photos.
    Your newest follower, Connie :)
    Do stop by, when you have the time.

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  15. Hi Betty I'm back. You ask about putting the Graphic Fairy images on to fabric. You can purchase transfer sheets that go into your printer, anything that you print or scan including your own art can then be ironed onto anything including wood. It is a marvelous product. So much fun. You would love it :)
    I hope that you visit again and that you will consider following me back. Have a great week. Connie :)

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    1. Thankyou so much for this info - this is completely new to me - I don't know how it has passed me by! I think it is something I am going to explore. I am indeed following you Connie. Bettyx

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  16. Betty - I love lavender and your watercolors are lovely. Also enjoyed seeing your collage of photos. My garden as well is brown and very tired. I am trimming back old stalks and pulling up weeds. It is hard to believe that just a few short weeks ago the garden was full of lovely blooms. Hope you have a great week-end.

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    1. Hi Debbie, I had a great day today digging a border (only about 8 feet long) it took 2 hours to pull out ivy roots but I now have soil like breadcrumbs! satisfactory! Despite trying my hand with an allotment, gardening is not something I am good at. Thanks for visiting.

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  17. I would simply LOVE to visit Brighton, Betty! I have it in my wish book for one day.........My kittie's are listening avidly to your beautiful bird song on here as I type!! Summer still lingers here in the North West and I want to hang on to her very tightly this year...LOVE the sound of your faux fur coat! WOW you sound so very trendy, my friend! hehe... Hugs and kisses **** Maria x

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  18. Wonderful pictures and paintings. I love lavender too.
    That little house with the garden is so lovely !!
    I will look at the links they sound great !!
    Have a magical day.

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  19. Beautiful art work you are very talented

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  20. Beautiful site very colorful pictures and art work and imagination. thank you for sharing.

    In love and light
    Cyn
    join me at http://cynthiasfairiesandme.blogspot.ca/

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