Monday, 7 July 2014


Our grandchild was over a week late ….. not unusual I hear you say ….. actually, our son was two weeks late and had to be induced, so I know what it's like !!!! 
….. and then, her waters broke and our son took our daughter-in-law into hospital. She had wanted a home birth but her blood pressure was high. Her mum { who had been staying with them } and our grandson decided to come over for a couple of hours. Before they left our son and daughter-in-law came home. Her blood pressure was fine so, it was to be a home birth. DIL's mum { who, by the way, is a midwife}  and our grandson came over to us to stay the night, to give son and DIL a private time for the birth !

Now at home, they rang for the midwife who immediately set off to their house. Meanwhile, our son was upstairs, getting the birthing pool, thinking that there would be hours to kill, leaving enough time to fill the birthing pool  and to have their baby delivered in a lovely calm, home environment !! Then, our DIL shouted to our son that she had to push and, birthing pool discarded, our son rolled up his sleeves and proceeded to deliver the baby !!!!! Our DIL was very calm and helped our son through the pretty traumatic experience of delivering his own baby { along with a paramedic on the other end of the phone  !!!! } I cannot imagine what that must have been like. I did say to him that it must have been a wonderful experience but he said he wouldn't have quite used that choice of words !!
The midwife arrived after the event !!!!

Anyway, Martha Iris, 8lbs 14oz was born and is beautiful.

Here she is with her daddy and big brother and is the most wonderful addition to our family.

Welcome to the world Martha my dear !!

image 1: via google, images 2&3: via me, video via YouTube


Sunday, 22 June 2014


 I think that I maybe the female equivalent  of a flâneur….. 

….. the above photograph of me sort of proves it, doesn't it ?!!!! ….. actually, my childhood name was 'flanno' ….. I just added that as I just remembered ….. makes me even more of a flâneur !!

I've done a great deal of  'flâneuring' in the garden lately ….. our garden is always at it's best at the end of May and beginning of June, and, most of our plants and flowers are way behind most peoples as it's a north facing garden hence the abundance of hostas and ferns.

….. Astrantia 'Superstar' …..

….. wild geranium …..

….. phygelius 'yellow trumpet' …..

I cannot tell you how pleased we are with our rusty arch and gate. We bought it at Chelsea Flower Show a couple of years ago and we were very surprised that it was such a reasonable price that we bought it on the spot !! Growing up the arch on the right is clematis flammula which will look like …...

….. THIS ….. in a couple of weeks. I've forgotten the name of the rose !! Hopefully, it will grow over the arch and intermingle with the clematis.

We also bought this bench from the same man at Chelsea. I can't get over how reasonably priced they were considering we were at the biggest gardening show on earth !!!! He could have really gone to town with his prices, couldn't he ?

….. philadelphus …..

I planted this rose a couple of years ago and can't remember if it's 'Rambling Rector' or 'Seagull' ….. I'm pretty sure that it's 'Seagull' and it has been GLORIOUS !!

This photograph reminds me of Frances Hodgson Burnett's 'The Secret Garden'. We have lots of robins in our garden who follow me around when I'm digging ….. I could have done with one when I took this photo !! ….. now, what shall I put in these little old Victorian terracotta pots ?

I shall be glued to the television for the next two weeks as Wimbledon starts on Monday …. here's hoping the weather holds !!

image 1: via kero i am, image 10; via teline, all other images by me !!


Wednesday, 21 May 2014


I was looking out at the garden from the conservatory around mid-morning yesterday and who should I see but Mr. Fox !!

He had a little sit down on the lawn for quite a while, stared at me as if I was the intruder …..

….. had a roam around, sniffing everything as he went …..

….. and then, returned to his spot in the sun, put his head down and went to sleep !!!!

I know that the fox isn't every ones favourite garden visitor { especially if you keep chickens like John } but, I do still get a bit of a thrill when they come and visit our garden …… goodness knows what I'd be like if I went on safari !!!!!!

I can remember following the Hunt on Boxing Day as a child ……. now that subject opens up a can of worms. I can see both sides of the argument myself.


image 1: via peace on earth, images 2, 3 & 4: via me, image 5: via the gifts of life


Wednesday, 14 May 2014


I just managed to mow the lawn yesterday morning before the deluge of showers arrived ….. my lines aren't very straight but it will have to do !!

….. and then, between the showers, I picked a vase full of David Austin St. Swithun roses that grow at the front of our house.
Don't you think that my Santos doll's head looks like Simon Cowell ? ….. a good reason to store it away somewhere, maybe !!

Now, take yourselves back to 1967 and listen to The Move singing ' Flowers in the Rain ' !!!!


images by me and music via youtube


Tuesday, 6 May 2014


Our By Invitation topic this month is the top 5 things that drive you crazy. There's not a lot that really drives me crazy but here are five things that really grate !!!!

Number one is when you order in a restaurant and, as soon as it's placed before you and you haven't even taken a bite, your dinner companions fork is hovering over your plate and taking some of your precious plateful !! 

Number two is Cold Calling ….. I have registered with every cold calling service in the country ….. we even have a phone that has the facility to stop nuisance calls BUT ….. we STILL get them. I have even resorted to telling double glazing companies that we live in a tent !! I am a pretty tolerant person and am very polite but, I have been known to get pretty irate when I am asked if I know what a smoke alarm is and if I need a handrail up the stairs !!!! I happen to be a reasonably fit 63 year old !!!!

Number three is rather unusual. You know how some people hate the sound of a fingernail on a blackboard ? Well, I can't stand ' wet wood ' !! I have to grin and bear it if I need to wash up a wooden spoon …… pretty weird but there you are.

Number four is polystyrene packaging !!!! It really does drive me crazy ……. first of all, I have to get it all into the rubbish bin ….. half of it ends up on the kitchen floor and all of those little bits stick to my hands ….. it is so electrically charged that I can't get it off of me !! ….. it's on my clothes, my skin ….. everywhere, for the next week !!

and lastly, number five …….. and that is people who don't possess a sense of humour. Humour is infectious and contagious and, when shared, brings people together and, supposedly, increases happiness, strengthens your immune system, boosts your energy, diminishes pain and calms stress. Best of all, this priceless medicine is fun and, it's free !!!! 

If you go over to Marsha's she has all of the links and you can see what drives others crazy !!

What drives you crazy ? 

….. and, on a completely different note, I would just like to thank everyone for their good wishes for my husband. You have all been so very kind and supportive blogging buddies and I send you my heartfelt thanks. 


image 1: via envers du décor, image 2: via red wine coloured lips. images 3 & 4: via etsy, image 5 : via latimesblogs, image 6: via fleaing france, image 7: via zsa zsa bellagio 


Thursday, 3 April 2014


Just to say that my husband is in hospital and that is why I've not been posting or commenting.

Hope to be back soon.



Tuesday, 25 March 2014


Today was my first day of the year gardening ….. PROPERLY ….. I was out there for eight hours and, as always, at this time of year, I ache all over !!!!! …… and, as always, I have a massive blister on the palm of my right hand from the trowel !!!!!
I know that there are many of you out there that garden all of the year round but, I'm afraid that I'm a bit of a fair weather gardener.

Have you ventured out and weeded the beds yet ?

….. a bit of light pruning tomorrow, I think !!

By the way, that's not all of our garden ….. it goes on ….. and across ….. hence the aches and blister, just in case you think that I'm moaning about nothing !!

" And when your back stops aching and your hands begin to harden ….. You will find yourself a partner in the Glory of the Garden. "

Rudyard Kipling

image by ME !!