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I Wish Every Day Was Wednesday ...

You know, I really love this time of year - even when, like today, it is pouring with rain, the sky is positively gloomy, and you wonder what on earth you are going to do with yourself all day.  Some days are still chilly; some days are showery; but other days - like Wednesday - are glorious days.  Days where you can get outside in the garden all day in just a T-shirt;  the sun shines, warm but not too hot; a slight breeze; the garden glistens and welcomes.  Then after a full day of pottering, evening comes with a light rain, but you don't mind too much, because, that too, is welcome.  Seeds have been sown; plants re-potted and the garden is bursting into life; the borders are filling out and plans made.

And when I haven't been out in the garden, I have been reading; reading like a demon; three books a week - my goodness, that's a lot of reading, but the need to escape sometimes is overwhelming; and literature is as good a way as any.  The two things that make me happiest - gardening and reading, and I have been indulging in both to my hearts content.


"The beautiful spring came, and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also" ~ Harriet Ann Jacobs



  1. Elaine, I'm so glad that you have two lovely 'escapes' at this time; I share your love of reading and my garden, so I know how healing both can be.
    From your photos I can see how pretty your garden is looking - those Spring flowers are so beautiful and looking so natural in your borders.
    I hope the house is dried out now and that things are moving forward in getting it back to being a comfortable place to be. A nice hot Summer would be good, wouldn't it? xx

  2. A nice post and lovely pictures. I couldn't agree more on what you say about gardening and reading. Flighty xx

  3. Elaine, these are some truly breathtaking photographs. I also share your love of reading. Books are my escape :)

  4. Wednesday was a beautiful day wasn't it? Your garden looks so colourful and a wonderful retreat. I also like to escape into books on grey days and not so grey days too:)

  5. It sounds as if your books and garden are working their magic for you Elaine - even though it has been chilly and rainy, everything is bursting forth and looking so bright and fresh.

  6. So glad for the garden fun and books galore. Share some of them with us and take care.

  7. Your garden is so full of Spring flowers Elaine ....... it looks so pretty ..... your hard work has definitely paid off. The weather is being typically April isn't it ? Wednesday was a beautiful day but it's been pouring all day here today !! Hope that your home is drying out nicely and that the worst is over. XXXX

  8. I just love visiting your garden. Books and gardening - 2 of my favorites, also!

  9. Do you find you can read *in* the garden? I am always too distracted lovely though the idea seems.

  10. That is so good to hear Elaine. I love reading too.

  11. Elaine
    Your garden looks glorious, lovely photo's ...
    Yes, I too was out in a short sleeved shirt earlier in the week but alas today it was umbrella weather except that I didn't have my umbrella and ended up looking rather bedraggled! Ah well, never mind ...

    Take Care

    All the best Jan

  12. I love this time of year to but would really like it to warm up a little.

  13. Yes, we are kindred spirits. The garden looks lovely. Here we have rain today, which will turn to snow, spoiling everything, depending on how much we get and just how cold it gets. I am reading The Virgin Queen by Phillipa Gregory, who writes historical fiction about England's royalty. This book is about the love story between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley. You now the story. The love part of it does not have a happy ending. I will finish the evening by watching the newest episode of Outlander. After having read all 8 books, I am enjoying the TV version which stays true to the story. Have you read the series yet? Very long, detailed books about a Clair, a time traveler and her Scot husband in the mid 18th century. Anyway, I could go on and on. Enjoy your weekend.

  14. The garden looks beautiful. April to June is my favourite time of year - it goes too quickly! Enjoy your reading and your garden.

  15. You're sounding more positive Elaine and that's really good news. I don't know where I'd be without a garden when times is 'ard.

  16. Your garden is so wonderfully beautiful!

  17. Your garden looks so bright and colourful Elaine, love it. And for the wet and chilly days there are books, just what I like. Gardens and books, gardening and reading are my two favorites too!

  18. Thank goodness for your garden, it's looking lovely and a place to escape.
    Amanda xx

  19. So good that you are reviving as Spring comes and your garden flourishes under your care.

  20. Your garden is beautiful, all those gorgeous blooms. I am glad to hear you sounding a little more positive. I hope your week is full of Wednesdays!

  21. Dear Elaine your flowers are gorgeous. Such a beautiful spot to retreat from all the renovations. Hope things are starting to shape up. Hugs!

  22. Dear Elaine, I can understand both lovely ways of "escape": reading and gardening. I put it into quotation marks, because I think it is another way of being very much "here".

  23. How your garden has burst into life, it's an absolute delight! What a tribute to Spring! I love your pump and watering cans's hard to come by those now. I'm glad you have such a distraction and good books. I hope all is going well re the

  24. Your garden is looking wonderful it looks so full compared with us. I'm glad you are finding ways to escape! Sarah x

  25. Perfect a child I would either be playing in the garden or reading a book. Not much has changed.
    Your garden is looking very pretty.........lovely colour combinations.
    Hope life is treating you kindly Elaine and that things are slowly coming together.
    Enjoy your weekend (probably in a jumper, it is going to be cold)

  26. Loving your photos; the garden looks so very lush. A perfect escape indeed and books...don't get me started as like you, they are a perfect escape. Made even more perfect when reading in the garden HEH!!


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