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Just another week in my little world …

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Sometimes, the only way I can remember what I have been doing all week, is through the pictures I have taken.  The weather up until Friday was perfect, but it started raining in the night … I heard it tapping on the window whilst in that half-sleep before dawn.  The morning brought grey skies and mist lying across the fields … the flower heads drooping with the weight of the rain.  It was desperately needed … I can’t remember when it last rained … I have done my best with the hose trying to keep everything alive but a good, steady rain makes all the difference.I have been gathering soft fruit every day … whenever I ventured to the top of the garden young blackbirds would fly out of the bushes … they have been feasting … but there is enough to go round and I don’t begrudge them a few tasty morsels.  Foolishly I planted the Loganberries right next to the bird table, the birds are treating them like a convenience store, visiting the bird table and having fruit for dessert … thank you gar…

the week in pictures … from sunsets to sunshine-filled days

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“I love the quietude of misty dawn before the sober sun is up … The morning songs of the birds awakening in the blooming garden sets my soul gently … Aroma flowers with glistering of the dew … Deep full chest breath …Shy sunbeams flickering over the tops of wisdom whispering choir of waving trees … Serenity of mind … The crystal still lagoon reflecting soft lavender sailing clouds … I step in breeze realm, close eyes and fly with them over the miles, time and space … The serenading music fills my heart … Above theskies the joy of the refreshing winds, as our summer, recalls my being by your side and makes me feel the touch of you and gladness of your tranquil vibes… I smile” (Oksana Rus)I hope the weather has been as lovely where you are as it has been here.  I have spent most of the days outdoors pottering around the garden … harvesting the first of the summer crops … picking flowers for posies and generally, enjoying, and making the most of outdoor life. “Here are sweet-peas, on tip…

a riot of colour and a bit of cheating …

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Anyone who has been following me for any length of time knows that I love a lot of colour in the garden – sometimes I long for a green and tranquil space with just a few well-chosen white flowers maybe or pale lemon and blue – but then I can’t seem to curb my natural instinct for the bright and gaudy.  It seems that colour-clashing means nothing to me – if I see a plant I like I plant it  regardless of whether it ‘goes’ or not.  As you may gather, mine is not a sophisticated garden – a bit like me really.Although everything is not quite in bloom yet if I show you some pictures you will get the general idea.See what I mean – hardly subtle is it – I like to think of it as glorious abundance – or maybe, breaking the rules, or daring to be different.I do like hot colours – something which is apparent as I look at the pictures – I hadn’t realised I had such a penchant for magenta / fuschia colours – but this isn’t surprising really as these colours feature a lot in my wardrobe too.I mean, …

a woman of the soil … the veg garden in June

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Before we went on holiday  I was a bit anxious that all the newly planted veg would be devoured by slugs and snails without my daily vigilance  … we have had far more snails this year … they tend to hide at the back of the containers in the shade … I must have despatched dozens into the back field … but they always seem to find their way back into the garden.I was genuinely surprised that none of the lettuce had been got at … although I did go round with organic slug pellets before we left just to make sure.  The next picture shows my salad bar behind the container potatoes and broad beans – again, I ran out of room to plant them in the ground.  It will take me a while to get used to not having as much space as I used to – and maybe I will learn a few lessons this year to put into practice next year.We have quite a few pigeons and doves visiting the bird feeders and this year they seem to have taken a liking to my brassicas – no sooner than they were planted they were eaten down to a …