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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Vintage Items

Last week my brother and I helped mum with a bit of a clear out. There was one curious item that we found in the cellar. I know mum won't be enthralled that we considered it "vintage". I have subsequently asked quite a few people if they know what it is. Nobody has come up with the correct answer without some prompting. I only know because mum told me what it is. Do you have any idea?

I look forward to your answers.
One other item that we found was a water bottle from their cycling days. Interestingly repro copies of this are still made.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

Specimens of Flowers

My visit to The University of Bristol Botanic gardens on Monday gave me quite a few photo opportunities. Today I am going to show you some of the flowers that were in bloom. The way we approached the garden after visiting the glasshouses was through this enticing arch.

The beautiful pink magnolia is one of the first flowers you encounter.

Pink indeed seemed to be the prevalent colour or maybe just the ones I chose to capture including a peony.

These delicate tulips.

And anemones.

Being botanic gardens all the plants are very carefully labelled with their Latin names. These however I didn't note the name of.

It was only when I was showing the pictures to my mum that I realised I had a picture of pasqueflowers.

These are something I had never heard of until I read Lady Ella's account of visiting a location covered in wild pasqueflowers. A fascinating and picturesque account which you can read about here. Both my mum and I learnt something reading this and I will be searching out one of these locations myself before too long.

Friday, 21 April 2017

A Photo a Week Challenge : Music

Today I am joining Nancy with her weekly meme a photo a week challenge.Each week she chooses a theme and this week is Music. I am taking you back to Prague for this one. Charles Bridge is a popular tourist spot and was extremely busy the first time we crossed it in the middle of the day. Something was obviously causing quite an attraction in the middle of the bridge.

A little band of buskers were in action entertaining the crowds. It was interesting to encounter them because  I had been sent a little video of this group by my daughter when she visited. She had sent a clip to us because my dad was a keen banjo player (a more classical style I might add!). 

Buskers can be variable but they can often bring a bit of cheer as you wander around a city.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Take Three Thursday: Botanic Pots.

Today to join Mary Lou in her weekly meme where you choose three photos with a theme I have chosen 3 pottery sculptures at the sculpture exhibition at Bristol Botanic Gardens. These three were in the tropical hothouse.
This conker shaped vessel was labelled as a bird bath.

This pot is a pretty pricey choice to grow your plants in but very attractive.

I could find some flowers to adorn this bowl.

Which is your favourite?

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Inside the Hothouses

It is becoming quite a tradition that I visit the sculpture exhibition at Bristol Botanical Gardens on Easter Monday. This is the fourth time I have been and is a bit of "me" time after a busy weekend.  Each year there is something different to see and because the date of Easter changes the gardens vary every year.
Today I have chosen to show a few of my horticultural finds in the glasshouses. The hothouses vary in temperature and humidity from temperate to tropical. These extraordinary flowers are in the first house which is the coolest and classified as the Warm Temperate House.

The Latin name on the label meant little to me. There were also these extraordinary flowers.

In the tropical house is a large pond with quite a selection of leaves. Later in the year there are Lotus flowers to be seen.

There was just the occasional lily.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A Symbol of New Life

This year we have made a bit of an Easter tree. The farmer found us some branches. Younger daughter decorated some eggs and I got out my little purchases from Prague.

I had bought three little decorations from a little shop in Golden Lane at Prague Castle.

Some decorated chicks and an egg.

I little reminder each year of my trip.
Oh and did I say? It is 3 years ago today since I started this blog. The time seems to have flown. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to read my post and for encouraging me to carry on.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Memos, Mail, Me and Monday : Celebrating Easter

Good Morning and a big wave to Sian, the creator of the Monday slot on this Easter Monday. I hope you are all having a good holiday. It's been a busy weekend here with a lot of cooking, house cleaning and preparing on Friday and Saturday.  Luckily I have had some help with younger daughter making the Chocolate marble cake

and cutting out and cooking the Easter biscuits ( yes there were Easter biscuits).

Sunday started early with a first for me. I was out of bed by 5.30 and off out by 6.00. This was to join a sunrise service on the edge of Chew Valley Lake. This is an annual event but it's taken me some years to get there. What a moving, evocative service as the sun came up on a lovely Easter Sunday.

Who could ask for a more special setting? 

Alongside the communion bread and wine there was freshly barbecued fish to share. This latter being a first this year apparently. There was time after the service to take in the surroundings.

A row of cherry trees in blossom line the drive.

After a few more moments of tranquility it was time to return home for breakfast and the last of the preparations for Easter lunch with the family.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Happy Easter

Wishing you all a Very Happy Easter.

I hope you all,have a lovely day with your family and friends.

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Little Titch

Lambing is not yet finished but the busiest time is over. We ended up with 7 pet lambs which can be quite time consuming and who can get through a lot of milk. We have found over the last few years that the best plan is to sell the pet lambs to someone who is looking for some lambs to hand rear. This year's pet lambs have now been sold including a definite favourite.
One lamb was soon nick named Titch due to her tiny size. She certainly managed to win everyone over. She was brought into the kitchen for a visit.


Monty was not quite so sure.

Then it was time for a visit to Granny.

It seems that she has won the heart of her new owner too! 

She has a new name too.... Claudia...

Friday, 14 April 2017

Reaping the Benefits

It's always good if you can find some benefit from gifts that you give. Last Autumn we gave my brother in law some tulip bulbs as part his birthday present. He planted them in a trough in the yard with some wallflowers.

They have made a great display and blend well with the wall behind.

A good choice of present!

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Take Three Thursday: Bird Visitors

On Thursdays I join Mary Lou with her meme Take Three Thursday where you choose three photos with a common theme. This week I have been inspired by the return of the swallows. Yes the swallows have returned this week. I am yet to get a picture of them. Each time they perch on the wires I nip out with my camera but they are too quick for me. So instead I have some other visitors to the garden.
1. This is one of two doves who have been spending a lot of time in the cherry tree. Eating the flowers perhaps?

2. In the same tree are my bird feeders. The goldfinches are very busy at the moment. They are almost continually on the niger seed feeder and enjoy the sunflowers too. It's not easy to get very close so not the sharpest picture.

3. This pheasant is a frequent visitor to my mum's garden. He is really quite a handsome chappie.