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.
There are early spring flowers in the garden, including these vibrant golden crocuses.
Healthy dinners, some mixed grains and lentils, with mushrooms and grilled halloumi, delicious and comforting on a cold evening.
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)
The view across to the hills has been great of late, with snow on the hilltops
Just some peeks at the week that’s been 😄
I’ve been looking back over this year and all the photos I’ve taken
In the garden
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!
The view from the top of the hill over the last 12 months and 4 seasons
Miss Tara, lovely happy bundle of fun, a delightful companion ❤
Cakes and baking, food and produce from the garden
Places I visited; clockwise from top left, Inverness, Liverpool, Skipton, Liverpool (the interior of the Central Library), West Kirby on the Wirral and Belfast.
Family feasts, a big birthday and some music making which I was proud to be part of
Let’s hope 2015 will bring lots of goodness to all, Happy New Year!
I like to make as much as I can for Christmas – it’s fun to do, is invariably cheaper than buying and means one ends up with a unique gift or decoration.
Instead of a tree which sits in the room, this year I wanted a wall mounted one. I’ve seen pictures of trees made from wood and thought I’d attempt to make one using branches from the garden. I cut these a couple of weeks ago, cleaned them and let them dry out and finally tied them using some sisal string into a Christmas tree. Simple decorations, just some stars,warm white lights and a fairy on top – et voila! My homemade tree!
A gorgeous, sunny crisp cold Sunday here today in Glasgow Next door’s cherry tree is almost bare of its leaves; the sun streams through the branches.
in the front garden, the hydrangea flowers are silhouetted by the blue, blue sky
Tara has been enjoying the sunshine and fresh air all morning
but it’s a bit cold for me, I’m heading indoors for coffee in my new mug (from IKEA ) chocolate and crochet!
Happy Sunday to you, whatever it may bring.
October has been a beautiful month; mild weather, harvesting fruit and vegetables, turning leaves of golden and russet hues, and wonderful skies filled with pink and orange clouds. I made several flavours of gin based liqueur for Christmas, in the photo, you can see raspberry and blueberry. I decided to crochet myself something to wear, there’s a glimpse of it above and I will reveal more soon. It’s been busy at work too, but happily with enough time to enjoy all of the above 😄
After a few days of horrible rain and wind, yesterday brought a beautiful autumn afternoon, sunny and crisp; perfect for finally picking the abundant crop of this year’s apples. 3 small trees yielded all these apples!
The apples in the above photo are Golden Delicious, a bit marked on the skin but they taste fine when peeled so I will give some away and eat the rest. The other two bucketfuls I’ll wrap and store; lots of fruit to last through the winter months.
Just letting them dry out a little before they get a newspaper duvet
And a cardboard box bed to hide in till they are needed for pie/crumble duty!
September was a great month for weather, still warm and dry, so there was much gardening; new potatoes were dug up and I harvested the first fruits from my plum tree. I made plum gin, ready for Christmas with luck! Earlier this summer, I had laid my hook down for a short break but I got back into the swing of crochet again, with restful afternoons in the sun hooking away. Tara is so changed now from the timid, chubby little indoor cat who came here last December – she has lost 1.3 kilos and adores being outside. It’s lovely to see her so being so confident and healthy.
Goodbye September, you were grand!
The end of September, the beginning of autumn, Indian summer days with chilly nights, the season has changed here in Scotland.
The garden has some beautiful shades of deep pink, red and green just now
A fantastic crop of apples are ripening nicely, ready in a couple of weeks methinks!
Blackberries, a present from next door’s overgrown hedge 🙂
I dug up some of my potatoes today, even they match the pink tones in the garden
Someone loves being out and about!
Enjoying the blue sky days while we still can.
Days to cherish and remember when the dark, gloomy winter clouds come.
Good times 🙂
July, the month when roses bloom.
I have 2 of these ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ roses, and they flower all through June, July and even August, if I’m really lucky.
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.
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!
‘Nostalgia’, lovely cream and pink petals.
These last 2 roses flower on and on for weeks….but I don’t know their names. Pretty and pink, anyway.
I found this rose hiding away in the front garden, behind lacy fennel fronds.
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.
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.
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.
May, the garden coming to life, some interesting skylines and colourful crochet.