Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Summer Days, Drifting Away





I was early for work yesterday so popped in the play park on the way and went on the swings.  I do love a good swing, no grown ups were looking so I think I got away with it.  There were school children hurriedly finishing homework on  picnic benches and a few workmen fixing things - here they are playing on the roundabout (perk of the job I expect).  There are some lovely flowers to look at and a wonderful smell of freshly mown grass.  What a great start to the day.
workmen at play

 The park also has a lovely wildflower section.
 Amber and I often take a chair each and slump - I slump in a similar fashion - and we soak up the sun, despite the thick fur coat, she loves to be in the sun.  When it gets too hot, we turn the chairs round and take some shade together.  We also have a glass and a bowl of water each and keep hydrated.  If only they made sunglasses for cats, that's the only thing that bothers her so she squints a lot. Girls sunbathing together, lovely.


The heatwave here in the UK is set to continue for another week.  What else would you do on a day off? Brighton of course! ..





I was in Brighton last week to meet up with a friend who was staying with hubby at St Dunstan's.  They  provide training, rehabilitation and support for Blind Veterans. 


 
She is known to many bloggers as Elizabethd and has green fingers, almost visibly green!  See, she arrived with this miniature rosebush in her handbag!  her blog is **here**crammed with pictures of her beautiful flowers.

 




We had lunch at Leon, by the Clocktower, it's healthy fast food.  This Leon lunch was a special treat as they have just introduced their new meatless meatballs to the menu, which were definitely very delicious and filling.   If you haven't got a Leon near you, there are still the cook books to devour - available in the shops of course, but also through your library.  I got one for my birthday this year but I have made absolutely nothing in there yet.  I do like looking at the pictures.  I only like food cooked by other people (hubby mostly), I'm not a good cook.


When I am not on holiday, I like to make plans for future holidays.  It doesn't really matter if I get to do the holiday, the planning and imagining is 50% of the pleasure and halfway through a plan we might think of something better and start a new plan, but when we get the wall map, well that's when it's really happening.   On my other blog, Magic Carpet Travels, I have chatted a lot lately about our recent trip to Vietnam, that was a real one, and truly wonderful.



This is a pic of my thinking corner, it's where I do things like shopping lists, pay the bills and plan holidays; I will have to take the Vietnam wall map down and roll it away soon (but it could come out again one day as it also has Cambodia and Laos on there which have yet to be explored).  We will have to get thinking and find a new destination ... and a new map.


I had the paintbrushes out at the weekend, nasturtium and lobelia in the garden, bit out of touch with painting so I enjoyed having a few minutes to play around.



In my garden there is a large toad, he lives in my flower tub and comes out when I do the watering.  I made him a little swimming pool and some shade (old pots) and have been so pleased to see him soaking in there.  I would like to have a very large garden pond and get in there with the toads.  Just imagine, steps into the pond, water lillies, a nice little waterfall feature, as long as the water was reasonably clean it would be very enjoyable to sit in there together.




My neighbours gave me a dear little pot with two small rose bushes peeking out, I think they are intended for indoors but after only a week were growing quite fast so I decided to pot them up outside, I think they will be happier outside and I will enjoy them even more.  You can never have too many flowers.

There is a lot to do here that isn't getting done, ironing, housework, gardening then there is of course the going to work thing, that has to be done too.  When not doing all of this it is lovely to dip into a good book.









 My current read is this - about Alys Fowler and her rubber dingy on a canal adventures... although I may not finish this one as once you've seen one canal I do think you have probably seen them all and am not feeling as enthusiastic about it all as she is.


and then there's this one - lots of interesting facts about bees in here plus info on how to keep a hive.  Would love to do that, so next best thing is get into a book like this and you could almost be there for a short time.  Imagination is a wonderful thing to have, I believe the more you use it the more it grows.



Hope you are enjoying the Summer as much as me ... I really must get out into the woods soon and get some painting inspiration...... bye for now x

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22 comments:

  1. Hi Betty! Those wildflowers look like mine! Lots of poppies!
    I SO wish I could have visited with you and B. I'm so glad you got together!
    I love to swing, too. Sometimes it squishes my hips, though.
    Take care, sweet friend! Your painting is GORGEOUS! xo

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    1. wish you could join us too. glad you like the painting, swings squish me too but I just can't resist!

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  2. I do love a good swing! But it needs to be on a tree and hung with rope, no plastic.
    It was so nice to meet up and hope it won't be too long before we are back again. Leon's was a revelation and I wish Truro had one.

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    1. There's a rubber tyre on a rope over the stream down near me - how about that!? I hope there will be many more get togethers over the years. Betty x

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  3. Summer never lasts long enough..oh the horror of counting the days off and realizing it is almost gone. Got a kick out of those workmen....I can imagine the conversation "Fred I think I still hear a squeak. Push me round again.".

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    1. lol, they were funny to watch gliding round in slow motion, definitely enjoying themselves

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  4. thank you, glad you enjoyed them

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  5. I love that the workman was having a play on the roundabout. Never too old for fun, are you?
    Ambercat looks very comfy. Ours are loving the weather, we've hardly seen them, they lounge around in bushes all day and are devils to catch and bring in at night!
    Loved Hidden Nature as I'm a huge Alys Fowler fan. I know all those canals. xxx

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    1. Persevered with Alys Fowler, it is a lovely book.

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  6. The flowers look so lovely …

    All the best Jan

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    1. thanks for stopping by, Jan, no doubt if any of these flowers were edible you would have a suitable recipe to follow!! I don't know how you find so many lovely recipes and am ashamed I am not a cook, but I still like looking at your posts!

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  7. I enjoy getting on a swing too. I had an idea that I could put on in the garden, so I typed 'adult swing' into google. Big mistake. I wouldn't recommend, hehe!
    You don't see many roundabouts in playgrounds these days, they used to be my favourite.
    Amber is beautiful, my cats sit near me when I'm in the sun but they prefer to be in shade, often under my chair.
    I've decided that a Leon cookbook will be one I get from the library (I've promised myself I'll actually use my library card this year!), I often just look at the pictures. At this time of year cooking seems all too much.
    I'm loving the summer so far. We've had a short break away, and are getting ready for harvest, that's when all my plans and projects come together.
    x

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    1. I like reading about your plans, harvest for the likes of me conjurs up happy memories of a childhood in the country, hay stacks and harvest festival/songs at church - no doubt for you it conjurs up thoughts of the busiest time of year when you have to work the hardest and longest days, I do love reading about the farming side of your life, hope you will do more posts.

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  8. A lovely catch up post Betty. Love the staggered baskets in your first photo. Its hard to imagine the heat you are having as we are having a very wet cold winter. But I always tell myself it won't last forever. Lovely that you use a map to plan out your next holiday Betty. Have a great week Xxx

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    1. All we do in the UK is moan about rain and now we don't have any I am longing to stand in the garden in a torrential downpour with thunder lightening and get drenched!

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  9. What a beautiful garden! Thank you for sharing x

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    1. we are lucky, this is the memorial gardens in our town.

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  10. I've also been attracted to beekeeping lately. Bees fascinate me. I think I would need my husband's help, so I need to get him interested!

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    1. Yes I think it's a two person job. Bee keeping classes in our area are pretty costly and getting the equipment is too, so it's a big commitment.

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