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You haven’t seen a blog post for ages and then two of them come along at once.

I felt a change in the air this morning and noticed that some of the leaves in the garden had started to turn.  Most of my flowers are waning, but the ones left are predominantly pinks and purples….

This is my first year growing ‘Cosmos’ from seed and I’m really happy with the results…they just keep making new blooms.

This fuchsia was in the garden when we moved here, and struggled initially.  But with lots of care, feeding and pruning, it gives quite a show now.

I love a lily, and although they don’t really fit in with the rest of the garden, I planted some bulbs this year in tubs and was rewarded with this beauty.

Another one of my favourites.  I usually plant the tall blue variety of cornflower in the back garden with Camomile Daisies and Red Field Poppies for company, but this year I tried some multi-coloured dwarf ones.

The bumble bees love these Globe Thistles, they’ve been buzzing around them ever since the blooms popped open.

As I said earlier, the leaves are turning, but there are still delights to look forward to like…..

We have a number of self-seeded Elderberry bushes in the garden, which will turn into Elderberry Port and Jam……

….and brambles for Bramble Jelly.  If I can find enough, I’ll make some wine too.  That should help to keep us warm through the Winter.


It’s been a glorious weekend, with wide blue skies, a light breeze and everything in the garden growing fast, including the weeds.  I’m not a sun worshiper, so used the weekend to give our kitchen and bathroom a facelift.  It’s amazing what a change in colour can do.  I don’t know if it was the beautiful sky or the imminent arrival of my friend Gaby of Moobaacluck, but I decided to paint the kitchen blue.  As per usual, I mixed the paint myself, to a shade somewhere between, sky, turquoise and duck egg.

I already have one wall painted in a deep cherry red, and have quite a few red accessories in the kitchen to offset the almost retro blue.

The finished room looks fresh and bright through the day and soft and chalky in the evening with the lights dimmed and a glass of something red.

All that’s missing is the cakes…..which will be rectified in the next couple of days, once the bathroom is finished.

Meanwhile out in the garden the flowers have been bursting to open out their petals and bask in the heat.

pretty red gerbera….

foxglove horns….


my first rose in full bloom this summer…

the rhubarb is getting in on the act…..

….joined by the pepper’s in the newly painted kitchen.  Life always seems a little kinder when the sun comes out.