It’s Friday already!

Already Friday and nearly another month, the weeks are flying by.

There have been gorgeous sunsets of late, I spotted this urban skyline on my way home from work.

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There are early spring flowers in the garden, including these vibrant golden crocuses.

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Healthy dinners, some mixed grains and lentils, with mushrooms and grilled halloumi, delicious and comforting on a cold evening.

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A bit of hooking in the evening; a puff stitch hexagon in lovely pink lambs’ wool ( I found the pattern here, a lovely blog with lots of fab crochet)

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The view across to the hills has been great of late, with snow on the hilltops

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Just some peeks at the week that’s been 😄

 

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2014 – review of the year

I’ve been looking back over this year and all the photos I’ve taken

In the garden

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Crochet – 2 unfinished projects and some test squares below but they look lovely and colourful. I haven’t always had time to pick up my hook but I still love it when I do. I don’t make resolutions but I do intend to make more time for hooking in 2015!

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The view from the top of the hill over the last 12 months and 4 seasons

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Miss Tara,  lovely happy bundle of fun, a delightful companion ❤

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Cakes and baking, food and produce from the garden

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Places I visited; clockwise from top left, Inverness, Liverpool, Skipton, Liverpool (the interior of the Central Library), West Kirby on the Wirral and Belfast.

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Family feasts, a big birthday and some music making which I was proud to be part of

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Good times!

Let’s hope 2015 will bring lots of goodness to all, Happy New Year!

 

Autumn colours

The end of September, the beginning of autumn, Indian summer days with chilly nights, the season has changed here in Scotland.

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The garden has some beautiful shades of deep pink, red and green just now

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Blackberries, a present from next door’s overgrown hedge 🙂

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I dug up some of my potatoes today, even they match the pink tones in the garden

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Someone loves being out and about!

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Enjoying the blue sky days while we still can.

Days to cherish and remember when the dark, gloomy winter clouds come.

Good times 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everything’s rosy in the garden

July, the month when roses bloom.

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I have 2 of these ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ roses, and they flower all through June, July and even August, if I’m really lucky.

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This rose is called ‘Peace’, the plant was a bargain buy from a well-known UK discount shop, and it is one of the healthiest and most productive roses I’ve grown. Beautiful.

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The rose I bought for my darling cat Oliver is covered with flowers, stunning orange with delicate perfume. ‘Orange Abundance’ is its name-how apt!

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‘Nostalgia’, lovely cream and pink petals.

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These last 2 roses flower on and on for weeks….but I don’t know their names. Pretty and pink, anyway.image

 

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I found this rose hiding away in the front garden, behind lacy fennel fronds.

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It’s called ‘Ferdinand Pichard’. Last year it didn’t flower at all, I think it was having a rest, so I’m delighted to see this rose make a comeback.

All looking lovely and rosy in the garden, right now.

 

 

 

 

 

I’m a bit behind

Real life gets in the way sometimes. At the start of this year, I resolved to do a photo collage at the end of every month, but I never posted April or May. Too busy. So here they are, better late than never.

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April, spring flowers and blossom, getting back into my shed after a winter break and Tara continues to enjoy living here and being thoroughly spoilt.

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Tulip of the day 6

I’ve saved the best for last! This simply stunning tulip was one of the bulbs I bought when I visited Amsterdam last summer. I planted it a bit late, January to be precise, when it was still very cold, and hoped that something would grow. And it has!

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It’s called ‘Orange Parrot’ , isn’t it beautiful?! It reminds me of a Chinese dragon, the red and orange ruffled petals are so vibrant and richly coloured. I think this might be my tulip of the year!

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the beautiful tulips in the garden, they have brightened these last weeks, and I’ve looked forward to going outside each morning to see how they are faring.

All photos were taken using my iPhone.

Tulip of the day 5

Today it’s the turn of some of the other tulips which have made the garden a delight this spring. I can’t remember the names of the first 3 flowers ( if anyone knows, please tell me!)image

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Queen of the Night tulip, deepest purple petals, very classy!

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This tulip is called ‘Canasta’ , the only one which appeared this year; it is a petite pretty companion to the yellow tulips from yesterday.

I have a couple more tulips to share next week, they were late to be planted and are just about to bloom, so they will be an additional treat in a few days time.