I thought you might like to share my flowers ... some orchids maybe....
or do you like orange roses and big lillies?
or maybe some tulips?
Yes, it was my birthday and everyone knows I love flowers so every corner is full with colour here.
Hubby knows I have been waiting a very long time for 'the right' dinner set (we use white plates for everyday as I am very butter fingered and white is easily replaced!) I have patiently waited for several years with a picture of fern festooned plates in my minds eye - no chance I thought .... but M&S have started a new range and we snapped them up!
We went back to Box Hill at the weekend, this time following a woodland trail that was very easy walking (recovering from a bug so not too much energy required for this one - it's intended for children so lots of wood piles to climb) - very muddy.
A fairy had washed her muddy wings and left them to dry.
Everything was very bare and skeletal, no flowers, although the odd green shoot (bluebell) is pushing its way up. There were a vast number of yew trees - old and twisted, I find yew trees very interesting - they were grown in magic circles and often planted on sacred spots - you will see them in graveyards because the church would be built on the sacred spot and the tree would remain. I have been reading up on them and found they give off a vapour in the summer which is thought to give power if inhaled - I suspect it could be very bad for you (not least because the berries are poisonous) but am curious so might return in the Summer and do a bit of deep breathing in the interest of science.
Our neighbours came over at the weekend, they had been on a baking course recently and cooked for us ... cheese and potato pasties and Victoria sponge cake for us - both were delicious and a really thoughtful gift.
And today I decluttered - I have had trouble letting go of 3 years of country living magazines, not sure why other than the collective cost of the pile is a bit shocking. I don't want to make collages or read them over and over, so they went to a homeless refuge this morning where they will get read plenty. My cupboards today are pleasingly empty. Very uplifting. How's your week going?