Friday, 29 January 2021

Five on Friday Keeping Busy


Welcome to the blog! Thanks for visiting, it's great to know you're there somewhere in the ether!

This week has gone quickly, we've been kept on our toes with the builders arriving, luckily it's all happening outside and it's great the work is finally on it's way.  I hope you've had a good week and look forward to hearing all about it. Here's my five.

1.  The final blanket to be donated is ready, big enough to keep someone's knees cosy.  It's another corner to corner crochet one and I'm quite pleased with how the coloured stripes have worked together using up all but a tiny bit of white wool.  The snow looks rather blue in the photo!

2.  The builders have moved into the garage, they've made it rather cosy (not really cosy but less cold) with their coffee making facilities and chairs where they can chat and relax over lunch.  They are really tidy but at the moment all the taking apart is happening before everything starts to get better.  The weather has produced some low temperatures but they have pressed on with the dismantling.

3.  Tim Smit the founder of the Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan has a new project in mind, Gillyflower Farm in Lostwithiel,  Cornwall.  It's  all at the planning stage at the moment although a golf course has been purchased where he hopes to grow Europe's greatest Orchard of rare heritage varieties of fruit and vegetables, nearly 3,000 trees have already been planted.   A cookery school, teaching kitchen and farmer's market are also proposed together with eco-buildings for people to stay.  Have a look at this article and see the video with all the details.  Gillyflower Farm.  It sounds like a great idea to me, I' love to see all that blossom and taste those old varieties that are sadly missing from our supermarkets.

4.  My next project is to make some more bunting out of old sheets and shirts, so far only a few triangles have been cut out but there is no rush to get this finished as the house has loads of bunting already!  You can never have too much though, can you!

5.  This weekend it's the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch.  This is when all your garden birds hide in the trees for an hour while you try to count them!  How do they know! Here's a link if you'd like to join in to help the RSPB with their survey and their vital work.

Have a great weekend.


Thursday, 28 January 2021



Thanks for popping in.

We've gone from sun to snow and back to grey in a couple of days but there's still plenty to see when you're out and about.  The small lake has been dredged, all the algae and gunge cleared, which it desperately needed, and now looks a lot clearer and a better place to swim, if you're a duck.  I've managed to get some lovely dragonfly photos here in the past.  

Nearby, the top of the postbox had its own little garden.


Wednesday, 27 January 2021



Thanks for popping in.

The day before the snow clouds came, the afternoon light was magnificent at the meadow. Outstanding.  I love it when dark threatening clouds and the sun combine, they turn the normal into something special.  The meadow itself is green and patchy, secretly getting ready for the Spring show, with only a few leftovers from last year.

Look at those colourful stripes and the dark sky!

There's a few signs of warmer days.

Along the woodland path, there's a nest, high up.  Maybe it's a squirrels drey.

Even here, the colours are heightened.

Nearly home now.

Little did I know the snow would arrive the next day.


Tuesday, 26 January 2021



Thanks for visiting.

Down in the South East we finally had our first flurry of snow on Sunday, which landed gently making a beautiful white carpet on the ground.

Mr CK was out there like a shot building a snowman. He rolled a ball of snow up and down the patio, with no gloves on, until the body was done and then did the same for the head.

A flower pot hat, a carrot nose and some stone eyes, topped off with a colourful scarf and he was ready for a photo shoot.

A small snow dog to keep him company was made in no time.


By the time we'd had our dinner and set out for a walk, everywhere was slushy and the dog had slipped over.

In the woods there was still ice in the streams and snow on the branches.

Great fun!


Monday, 25 January 2021

Bouquet Number 2 - Caroline


Thanks for calling in.

On the last post I left you in suspense wondering what the latest bouquet looked like, which seasonal flowers would be included?

It never ceases to amaze me how these letterbox flowers look so beautiful after their journey with the Post Office.  This bunch is Bloom & Wild's the Caroline, I hadn't noticed the name last time, which was Monique.  All they need is a good drink overnight, their stems cut to size and the little mesh hats removed from the roses plus the outer rose petals.

I was rather surprised this time to find the bulbs attached to the tulip stems but I left them on and the tulip flowers shot up overnight looking fabulous.

Too many photos?!!

Each day they open up a little more.  Besides the roses and tulips, there's crimson solomio, yellow bobbles of crespedia, eucalyptus and bupleurum.  I love them all.

The Christmas bouquet lasted until the new one arrived, admittedly some flowers didn't make it and I dried the roses. Here they are when they were new.