Saturday, May 28, 2016

Last Week

I was visiting with my Mum and her husband at their little bungalow in Gloucestershire.  They are both not well physically, my mum spends a lot of time lying in bed looking out her windows.  

They both love gardening and these pictures are of their little front garden

This pic shows what you can grow in a very small area under the windows

Definately the best front garden in the street and lots of people walking past stop to admire it.  

The roses at the path edge are full of buds.  Mums OH works very hard to keep it tidy for her.  Let me lead you round to the back garden

Through the side gate

I love this plant with its white pompoms but i cannot remember its name

Tomatoes in the hanging basket

Another very pretty shrub along the side fencing

Looking over the back garden.  The little gate gives them access to the very elderly man next door in case he falls over and has been handy a few times.

My favourite little walkway along the back fence to one of the seating areas
You can see that this is not a big garden, there is a small patio area and shed behind me.
Look at the lovely maple and next to it is an apple tree.  It was loaded with apples last year that i picked and made crumbles with and i think it will have lots again this year.  There is a small water fountain in the right hand corner of this photo.  Its nice to hear running water.

A beautiful rose on an arch and mum hangs nuts for the visiting squirrels from this.
What a lovely space to look out upon from the bedroom window and lots of birds visit here too. It was nice for me to spend time here and it has encouraged me to do a bit more with my own small space at home.

Lady in the bath.  If you turn the flower upside down thats what it looks like too.

Terri X

Budget Garden Makeover

After my last post showing you my mums lovely garden, it was time to do a bit more towards making my own little space more attractive for the summer. 
 As we are far up north our planting season is approx 6 weeks behind the growth in my mums garden and this makes the growing season much shorter

First my son spent a few days deweeding underneath the hedge.  The wild garlic plant that i put in last summer has grown a bit and i found two ladies mantle plants that had self seeded into pots.  On the right is a small geranium that i also found amongst the weeds so that got replanted too along with one I had in a pot.  Cost so far = £0
My suntrap is the front garden and when we moved here just over a year ago one of OH's first jobs was to put down this area of decking that we acquired from friends.

The most expensive part of my makeover was the £18 it cost for 6 bags of potting compost and when we went to Home Bargains this weekend, I picked up 3 wall planters for £1.29 each and 3 oblong tubs for £2.99 each.  These fit perfectly along the back edge of decking.  I also had managed a few weeks ago to pinch a galvanised bucket from my sis-in-law as this would go with a few others i already had.

I also spent £11 on plants including this lovely blue poppy put in one of the tubs with some more of the geranium i dug out.  These freebies were all put into the tubs and i split up the sedum plant that i was given and some black iris that i had in another pot.  I then decorated the top of the soil with shells picked up from the beach and 2 rusted metal snails.

My chimney pots are filled with perlagoniums and nasturtiams

This corner besides the front steps gets sun and shade so is an ideal area for my hosta that has been in this pot for a number of years.  It is sprouting now and will get much bigger to fill this corner.  There are also yellow daisies sprouting that grow about 4 foot tall against the wall, these were cuttings I brought back from mums last year.  I am not allowed to attach anything to the wall itself.  The largest plant is a peonie that was cut to the ground when the scaffolding went up last year.  I am amazed how it has come back.  I am hoping that the little kettle filled with nasturtiams will grow downwards from the steps.

My bed is edged with pebbles and my slab table has been with me for the last 17 years!  I accidently broke off a bit of a lupin plant brought a few weeks ago but i managed to root it in a jug of water so got 2 plants now although it has some catching up in size to do.  Another ladies mantle had squeezed itself in the hosta tub so that got replanted too.

I have some veg growing along the bed and in pots, dwarf beans, sprouting broccoli, rocket, mixed salad leaves & strawberries.  
Total cost =£41.84
The peonie flowers are so pretty

The bees seem to like them too.

Bonnie enjoying lazing un the sun while we work

Sitting relaxing myself now and listening to the birds in the woods opposite.

Enjoying my views but a bit of cloud bubbling up over the West.

Terri X

Sunday, May 15, 2016

New bedlinen

Its been a busy week but we have had some beautiful sunny weather so all the washing has been out on the line to dry.  I stripped the bed and put my new quilt cover on.

I love it but OH is not so sure as its so busy.  I find the doors facinating and i love all the colours.

Bonny approves too

Purrrrr.  This quilt feels nice.
Look how cute I am!

Tiring work posing for photos, time to sleep!

Terri X

Last part of our Holiday

Edinburgh Castle
We used our card brought in Wales and got entry to the castle half price, bargain!

The castle is so high up that you get fabulous views.

There were lots of tourists like us about.

There are a lot of buildings within the walls and we went inside the museums.

OH climbed up the highest points to take photos but as you can see, the rain clouds were coming over. 

We stayed to watch the 1pm cannon being fired over the city just before the heavens opened and we decided to leave to walk down the Golden Mile.
We looked for a cafe and dropped into the St. Giles Cathedral as it had one inside.  OH brought a photo permit to allow him to take a few photos.

Suitably refreshed we then set off for the Palace of Holyrood.

This is the Queens residence when shes in Edinburgh.  As part of her Majesty's Birthday celebrations they had an exhibition of some of her outfits worn over the years.  We weren't allowed to take photos but it was so interesting, the dresses were beautiful.  When you see the Queen on tv although you see the colours of her outfits you just don't see the details.  Some of the hats were pretty amazing designs.  What was a nice touch were the photos alongside of the Queen wearing the outfits.

The royal wedding of Zara Phillips to Mike Tindell was held here.

We also paid to go into the Queens Gallery to see an exhibition of Dutch paintings.  
Our last day was taken up by a trip to the National Gallery in the morning, amazing works of art in there.  The afternoon was shopping time, going into some that we had not seen anywhere else.  I can recommend Hotel Chocolate as it had a cafe at the rear.  Never seen one before and chocolate was in everything, OH was in his element as its his favourite :-)  My highlight was finding three pairs of shoes that fit my feet.  I know three pairs sounds excessive, in fact I broke out in a sweat paying out so much on shoes but i have such problems getting any and these will cover every eventuality and probably last me for a few years.  I also found a lovely dress that I wore to dinner on our last evening and felt lovely in it too.  We've had a great holiday :-)  and this is my last post on it, honest.

Terri X