Friday, 14 June 2019

Five Summer Wreath Flower Patterns

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Thanks for calling in.

I'm in the middle of making a Summer Wreath to add to my collection of seasonal crochet wreaths.  With a polystyrene circular, flat-backed form covered with a long strip of stripy double crochet to fit all over, it only needs the addition of Summer blooms and insects to give it a bit of pizzazz!  My Five this week are some of the patterns used.

1. Daisy -  I don't think this is the actual pattern I used as I can't find that one, but it's very similar!



2. Poppy



3. Ladybird



4. Bee





5. Small Flower


 Since taking these photos, I've added another chrysanthemum and a sunflower and am toying with a couple of butterfly patterns.  Maybe I should add some pansies . . . it's knowing when to stop, isn't it!



Have a great weekend.

Cheerio

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Garden Beasts

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Thank goodness the rain has finally stopped and there's time to potter round the garden.  Let's see what's about.







It seems the tiniest of flowers are the tastiest!

Cheerio

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Puzzling Forth

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Here's another Amish Puzzle Ball hot off the press for the record!  See my previous post for pattern details.








Cheerio

Monday, 10 June 2019

The Savill Garden

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When you've had a baby to stay, there's so much paraphernalia needed to keep it going that you don't normally have around the house, like a cot or a high chair.  Fortunately, there's always someone who comes up trumps with the offer of help.  Thank you.  Afterwards when there are only the usual inhabitants around with no chance of squeezing into a high chair, the items need to be cleaned and taken home again.

Luckily this gave us an excuse to pop into Savill Garden's revamped restaurant and shop en route.  If you'd like to see my previous posts on the Garden itself, search using the Savill Garden label above.


The roses were beautifully perfumed and looking stunning in the outdoor shop.


As were the enormous mop heads of the hydrangeas near the cafe.  The wonderful roof hasn't been changed, just the interior seems to have been rearranged.


It looks very light and airy.



I don't usually take photos in the Ladies but it did look rather beautiful.


The fancy taps include a hand drier within the two 'wings', I haven't seen one of those before but it worked a treat with the Dyson drier giving a great blast.


Cheerio

Friday, 7 June 2019

Five for this Week

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Our visitors have been here for a few weeks and as you can imagine there's been a whirlwind of meals and washing, people dropping by, catching up and playing and a general warm glow from seeing them again.

My Five are random things from the week as it whisks by.

1.  Another gorgeous bouquet from our youngest, he always chooses my favourite flowers.







2. Jelly Workshops - great ideas for children to get involved with art in Reading.


3.  Out in the fresh air - although a little unsettled this week, there was still the chance to get out and enjoy the wildflowers around.



4.  In the garden, a few colourful dots make their way in the mainly green lushness.



5.  The garden vegetables are coming along slowly after such a long cold spell earlier on.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend as we head to the airport to say our goodbyes.

Cheerio

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Tims Dairy Yogurts

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Do you like yogurt?  I love it, so imagine my delight when I tried Tims Dairy's honey yogurt and found it totally amazing!  So thick and creamy with a delicious flavour without that twang you get from some other yogurts.  The natural yogurt tastes more like cream. 

It's made fairly locally to me in the Chiltern Hills by four brothers of Greek Heritage whose family have been making yogurt since 1949.  By following this link to their website, you'll find out about their range and ingredients.



Sadly, I haven't been sponsored by the Dairy for this post, as I wouldn't mind a couple of crate loads of yogurt to evaluate but if you see it in your local shops, do try it and see what you think.




Cheerio

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Our Favourite Toys

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We've had a certain little someone and their Mum and Dad staying for a while.  Here are a few of our favourite toys.


The squashy cow is just the right size for a tiny hand and has a tinkly bell as well as a squeaky sound.


These two are endlessly fascinating and versatile.  Aren't they so colourful!


These exciting books are great, the top one is full of things to move and fiddle with, plus the whole thing makes a wonderful scrunching sound.  The hardback book at the bottom has sections to feel and a great range of teddies.

We've loved playing with these . . . . plus the box one toy came in, that in particular has given us all a great deal of fun!

Cheerio

Monday, 3 June 2019

West Green Gardens at the End of May

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West Green Gardens are a picture at the moment but if you are particularly keen to see their peonies, don't worry, there are still lots of buds ready to open.  I've done loads of posts about this glorious garden over the years which you can find under the West Green Garden label above.





















What a great start to the week!

Cheerio