I am waking much earlier (around 5am) lately as the birds are noisy. I like early mornings for sitting in the garden with tea, I say my prayers there and then water/tend my plants before waking the men.. It's my favourite time of day. Even if it's raining I still like to go out there.
This weekend has been all about the Queen as she shared her 90th birthday celebrations with everyone in the UK (and beyond). There was a lot of tv coverage, she wore this fabulous fuschia pink coat and hat on Sunday for her tea party event; people had hampers with lovely food and sat and watched the parade which was themed on various services/charities that she is a patron of (600 in total), there was music and dancing. There was torrential rain at times here and in London but they all managed to have a wonderful day.
and there was another birthday as Amber cat turned 14.
The night scented garden is coming along well, when it rains I can smell stock and geranium... I have been going to the market every weekend and the flower lady has been pointing out plants that will work well, this week it was a huge Jasmine, as I bought it on the way in to work, it was in the office all day and had a lot of comments on its wonderful fragrance as colleagues walked to and fro.
One of my brothers is a landscape gardener, He advised that I should cover every inch of soil with plants so no room for weeds and the flowers will fight each other for space, growing taller and bigger - it seems to be working! Early days yet, but that fence was only put a few weeks back so the plants are very new.
I have cleaned all my rugs and laundered all my curtains, I was in a Spring cleaning mood. It smells of sandalwood and patchouli as I have been using aromatherapy oils.
|Clean rugs! the fluffy thing bottom left is Ambers tail!|
The latest Susan Branch book arrived (Martha's Vineyard, Isle of Dreams) I had been so looking forward to it and finished it in 4 days! It wasn't quite what I expected, something was missing I felt, an unfinished story - a bit like the fairy on top of the Christmas tree was missing, perhaps there will be another book ... but there was lots of happy stuff and loads of quotes, recipes and pictures and, of course, all in that delightful handwritten print.... I must go back over it as she mentions books I want to read and I love to look once more at the illustrations throughout, not to mention the recipes! I have not tried one yet - have you? the apple crisp and cinnamon pastry looks interesting.....
We have a lot of birds visiting: nuthatch, starling, swift, robin, mistle thrush, magpie, jay, blue tit, blackbird and wood pigeon. Have you ever heard a squirrel grunting and chattering? we have two very young ones visiting, they eat the small apples forming on my tree - they grunt and chatter.
There hasn't been any time for painting so the next few weeks I aim to make time and get my brushes out. There is so much to inspire at the moment, with the woods full of cow parsley, wild ox eye daisies, buttercups and clover.. and dragon flies with gold wings....
back sometime soon, thanks for stopping by....