Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Looking for sunshine

I will be away for a while.    A warmer climate is calling :)

I will leave you with the Nuthatch, who seems to now call the garden home.    Great to have such a pretty resident.

Stay well my friends and see you on my return.

Monday, 5 October 2015

It is a little overwhelming..........

 My concentration levels are low.    I find it difficult to focus on one thing, without being distracted by another.   I have always been this way.
 It is rare for me to sit for a long period of time.   I find I become distracted, I need to be 'doing'.
It is frustrating and annoying..........
 I start work in the garden, before I have finished the job in hand, I am starting the next.
 Most of the time I seem to work in chaos but it generally turns out okay in the end.
 I am making a conscious effort to change but it is so difficult to alter the habits of a lifetime.
 Complete one task, then move to the next.   
 I am now reminded that  I have not ordered the pebbles and rocks for the dry river bed.......I will get around to it, really I will.
 After I have cut back the shrubs, of course..........
 and cleared the borders of weeds.
Perhaps I will just sit in the copse a while, only a short while.
Oh my, I need to raise the canopy on the trees.....I think I will make a list, perhaps that will help.   Hmmm....I do not think this is going to work.   I am as I am, I need to learn to accept it.

The roots of who you are lie in the 'darkness' of the subconscious........

Friday, 2 October 2015

Sweet dreams...........

 I had the most lovely dream last night.     I was sitting in a cosy room chatting and laughing with my father. 
 I knew, in the dream, that my father had passed away.    
 I slowly walked towards him.........he opened his arms and gave me a hug.
At this point I woke up.    Tears rolled gently from my eyes.
Tears of joy...........to spend time with my father, if only in a dream, was beautiful.

May you all have beautiful dreams...........have a great weekend.

Sunday, 27 September 2015

 I planted the jungle garden a few years ago.   It's progress has been slow but this year it seems to have settled, and has put on a lot of new growth.
 Bamboo features heavily.   I am not afraid of bamboo:)
I love the movement and rustling on a breezy day.
 Cyclamen are in bloom once again.   In fact,  I rarely seem to be without this pretty little plant.
 They seem to spring up all around the garden.   They are a success story.......I have to be proud, there are few success stories when you have frequent rabbit visits.
 Maples are beautiful this time of year.    In a few weeks they will start to turn and then, and only then do we see their true colours.
 It is  a wonderful year for fruit.    Crab apples are a good source of food for  birds during the autumn months.
 I love the scent they exude.....I walk the orchard and feel quite heady with the smell.     I am sure the local hedgehog will enjoy these.
 A bridge has been put in place.    I intend during the autumn to place rocks and pebbles beneath it.    It is an area that floods during winter, I am hoping it will make a pretty feature rather than the usual mud bath :)
 Hard landscaping has been put in place during the summer months.    Simply to make life easier when the rain comes.   A garden never stands still............
 Neither does the gardener, there is always work to be done.
Time to feed the fish.............

Have a good week, enjoy the warm settled weather that is with us at the moment.

Monday, 21 September 2015

Getting ready to say goodbye to summer............

 Summer clings by a thread.   Late flowering bulbs look pretty dotted around the borders.

 Colours are soft and subtle.
 Random plantings in early Spring have given me a lot of pleasure.
 A beautiful time of year when summer starts to give way to Autumn.
 Chinese lanterns are just starting to show their filigree casing.
 Annuals removed from baskets, winter plantings take their place.

Apples are nearly ready to be picked and cobwebs form.

Autumn, my favourite season, mellow, soft and full of nostalgia

Enjoy :)

Monday, 10 August 2015

Foxgloves shining out from the woodland.   The blooms did not last long this year.    I enjoyed them ............for they are a firm favourite.
 A cold dry Spring, and a dry hot summer has taken its toll on the garden.
 Taking care of the Grandchildren during the summer break is fun but very tiring.   Four weeks and they will return to school.
 My mothers health has not been good.    Skin problems and lack of appetite has left her unwell at times.      Slowly things are improving. 
 Bees are a plenty.....and this brings much joy to the gardeners heart.     Butterflies also abound.    Goldfinch have fledged.   One morning while walking the garden, I found myself looking straight into the eyes of the young, sitting in the nest waiting to be fed.
 A hedgehog family have spent most of the summer here.   Sadly one morning I found both parents had been attacked during the night.   I would imagine a badger was the culprit.
Nella found the hoglets hiding under a bush.    I took them to the local vet........she will take care of them and release them back to the wild when the time is right.
I have not been around for a while due to exhaustion.     I am sure it is nothing to worry about, just doing too much.
I love this garden with a passion.    I have worked hard to keep it going through this period of drought.   
When the Grandchildren return to school in September, Mr P and I will take a much deserved break, until then I will not be blogging.
Thank you for your kind comments and email enquiring if I was ok.
Thanks especially to Amanda, Snowbird and Jan...........I do appreciate your kindness.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Sweet dreams............

 Playing with little people for the last two days has been such fun.............
 I try to ignore my aches and pains that come with age.    Sitting in the warmth of the sun  feels good.
There is nothing like a nap to restore energy levels............