Tuesday, 30 June 2015

This Weeks Crafty Makes

What with one thing and the other I haven't made much this week but I have finished off the blanket I was crocheting.

I've added a scallopy edging which I found on Lucy's blog however I had to use two colours instead of one as I was running out of brown wool.

I'm trying to decide what to make next. I don't like to buy any more wool until I've used up what I've already got. I look at the wool and see what it suggests I should use it for! Sometimes it shouts out baby clothes or jumpers or blankets.

Here are all the colours. Can you hear anything?

Maybe I should make a Christmas wreath.

Thanks for popping in :-)

Monday, 29 June 2015


As it is Mosaic Monday over on the Lavender Cottage blog I thought I would share our Livingstone daisies, also known as mesembryanthemums, as every day a different coloured flower opens to delight me.

Every afternoon when the bright sun begins to fade, the flowers close up. Today, they started to open at 10 am until their petals were stretched wide open to catch all the suns rays.

I've been having a few technical hitches getting all the photos in a mosaic, so here are some of the other colours separately!

Apparently Mesembryanthemum means midday opening and it certainly lives up to its name!

Thanks for visiting.

Have a great week.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Hove's Beach Huts

Tootling up the Prom from Brighton to Hove, these beach huts hove into view! You know you have crossed the boundary between the towns when the railings change colour - turquoise for Brighton and racing green for Hove. As their High Streets are also joined, a small passageway between the shops leads off creating a gap between the two and on the seafront there is a statue of Peace where the towns meet. How nice!

Anyway, here are the huts, which one do you like best?

Bye for now.

Saturday, 27 June 2015

Brighton Architecture and The Lanes

Following on from our trip to Brighton last weekend, posts here and here, I thought you might like to see a few more photos.

You can spend hours wandering round Brighton just looking at the different architecture and marvel at how the town used to be in the past.

The Royal Pavilion started out as a modest building by Henry Holland for the Prince of Wales as a pleasure palace by the sea in fashionable Brighton in the 1780s. The Prince was an extravagant man keen on drinking, gambling and womanising. By 1811 he was made Prince Regent as his father King George III was considered unfit to reign. John Nash was engaged to enlarge the building in 1815 and turned it into the magnificent oriental palace we can see today. Inside, it's like a film set but we didn't go in this time.

Following on the Regency theme, there are many grand houses situated around grassy areas and hotels built in the early 1800s.

Along the seafront there are lots of small shops tucked into the arches below the road. Near the Pavilion The Lanes are narrow streets crammed with cafes, jewellers, antique shops and interesting places to investigate.

North Laine is another district of Brighton with yet more shops, considered to be a more bohemian and cultural area. It was so busy, but here is a colourful back street which was not so crowded.

We also found an Art Deco building near St Ann's Well park which looks like something straight from Agatha Christie's Poirot.

There we are - a quick whisk round the various quarters but there is plenty left for you to explore!

See you soon!

Friday, 26 June 2015

Five on Friday - Garden progress

Hello Five on Friday visitors thanks for dropping in!  Have a look at Amy's blog to see all the other contributors today.

I'm going to show you what's been happening in the garden this week as we have had some bright sunshine and a downpour of rain to get those little plants moving.

1.  First of all, here are links to my other posts on the garden so you can see how we started off the year - March  March  April  May  June 

2.  Here's a couple of photos of the wooded part of the garden, kept wild for the deer or foxes that just wander in and makes themselves at home. If the deer get anywhere near the flowers you are just left with a bunch of sticks so we've had to put up a six foot fence to keep them away from the other part of the garden.

3. This week's flowers - they are getting very colourful now, especially the livingstone daisies. The white hydrangea is opening and my box of anemones have actually flowered despite being in the bargain bin for £3.

4.  Chillies and vegetables, grown from seed - radishes and rocket being consumed, chocolate mint tasting minty. Chillies still a bit slow but flowering. Beans growing slowly. Tomatoes just beginning to flower. Potatoes in bags flowering.

5. I decided not to mow the grass to allow the wild flowers to grow which has proved to be quite colourful with the buttercups, dandelions and speedwell. However it's all got rather wild and woolly so I got the strimmer out to give it a haircut round the edges and spotted this. It's a Dactylorhiza - a native orchid. The strimmer has gone back in the shed.

I wonder what else will pop out of the lawn?

Have a great weekend.

Thanks for calling in and for all your comments, I do so love to read them.

See you soon.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Pick Your Own

What a difference a week makes! Down on the farm, there are so many other things on offer now.  How lucky we are to have all this fresh produce just round the corner. The sky at the farm is huge!