Thursday, 30 April 2015
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
On this wet and miserable morning it is cheering to look back at some photos I took a couple of days ago when the sun was shining. I have chosen a couple of these to share for Helena's weekly meme Pairs. This week I have gone for Open and Closed or it at a stretch it could be Cooker and Eater!
The apple blossom is only just breaking out into flower. The Bramley tree in the garden has just a few open blossom.
Meanwhile the two ballerina trees that have eating apples are still tightly shut.
Fingers crossed for a good crop of apples this year such as we had last September. A distinct disadvantage of the pretty dwarf variety is that Monty (the greedy Labrador) helps himself to apples directly off the tree! Looking at these reminds me that I must go and look at the Katy apple tree in the main garden given to Kate by my mum when she was born.
Tuesday, 28 April 2015
The sheep are moved from one field to another for fresh grazing. This is never such an easy job when there are young lambs. The other day I helped the girls move the sheep with quite young lambs. It was not very far but needed several of us to help. First they had to be gathered together.
Then out into the lane.
A little bit of racing down the field the other side of the hedge was needed for Emma to get in front of the sheep to help get them across the road.
It all looks very easy but the ewes were all over the place looking for their lambs. Soon they were in their new field.
Monday, 27 April 2015
I spotted this postbox when out on our walk around Uley on Friday which you can read about here.
I immediately thought of Eileen's Street Plants blog because if you look carefully at the top of the post.....
Sunday, 26 April 2015
The conservatory is jam packed full of seedlings and small plants.
It is too early to put them outside yet but there is a fair bit to do in the garden first. I spent the afternoon in the garden weeding and tidying up. I was not lonely. I had plenty of company. Socks was keeping a careful eye from the garden seat.
Well between snoozes anyway!
I often allow Sky in the garden when I am out there. She spent the time stealing whatever Monty was playing with.
Monty meanwhile placidly moved onto something else.
It was only later that I realised that I had been helped with the gardening. A lovely hole had been created in one of the flower borders and a hollyhock removed. I guess the dog with the dirty nose may be the culprit....Sky.....
Saturday, 25 April 2015
Kate and I travelled to see my niece for the day. There is great excitement as she is expecting her first baby next month. When we had finished lunch we had a look at the newly prepared nursery.
All is ready and waiting. Meanwhile downstairs their cat was nonplussed by the excitement!
Their garden was warm enough for us to spend sometime outside.
We did have a couple of onlookers amongst the plants.
Friday, 24 April 2015
It was the day for our monthly walk and talk today. I had a bit of a drive to get to the village of Uley in the Cotswolds. It was worth the drive. We started out walking around the churchyard and church.
We then climbed steeply out of the village. I always think it is best to have the steep bit first while you still have the energy. While we are climbing there is less of the talk and more of the puff! It was worth it for the view back to the village even though it was a little hazy.
The church could just be viewed through the trees.
Walking along the top was breezy but gave us a chance to admire a fantastic view over surrounding Gloucestershire.
A hill not far away is Downham Hill which is also known as Smallpox hill. The colloquial name originates from when it had an isolation hospital on the top. One of our group said that food was left at the bottom of the hill for the inpatients.
We then began the descent down a slippery steep path.
Some needed more help than others and only one person ended on their bottom!
We passed Uley brewery but didn't have time to stop for a sample!
The second half of the walk took us through more gently undulating land on the other side of the village.
We had views back towards Uley.
And also of Owlpen Manor and church.
This looked worth a return visit. We had a little look at a small part of the garden from the path.
Walking back to Uley it was good to see The Old Crown Inn from where we had started. Walking into the pub it was even better to see our drinks waiting for us!