Friday, 15 July 2016

We Did Not Make It!

Well what did I say at the end of my last post
"If our plans materialise for next week then I should have plenty of photos!"
We had planned a week away visiting and staying with old friends living in Yorkshire.
Previous to going I had been doing all that I could (along with Alan) to trim, prune and generally tidy up the garden after all the relentless rain and bad weather.
I obviously over did it as the Sciatica that I suffer from got worse and became very painful.

The day before we were due to leave I began harvesting Lavender to dry and sat sideways on my garden lounger to pull the surplus leaves off the stem and as I twisted sideways to pick them up I felt a searing pain across my back and down my leg. Six days later I am in considerable pain and finding walking difficult at times as the Sacroiliac joint has become involved also. 

I continue to enjoy photographing skies of all kinds and above  we see the setting sun  catching the overhead vapour trails from aircraft

and the next evening a different scene with approaching rain clouds moving across the sun

and some of the roses brought inside
We have a number of upcoming events that I do so want to be involved in, including our street party to celebrate her Majesty the Queen's 90th birthday, so need wisdom to know what I should and should not be doing.
Some warm sunny weather might help too!

Friday, 8 July 2016

Different Garden Perspectives

Some different perspectives
Quite a few shrubs removed from  here and replaced with 
4 Spirea and more grass which has now grown green and lush since this photo taken  last week

Always so much dead heading to do this time of year
lost count of how many bin loads

Another new grassed over area

I think I need to stop posting on my garden and focus on something else!
If our plans for next week materialise I should have plenty.

Sunday, 3 July 2016

A Different Kind of Garden

My son's garden is certainly different.
From the initial planting in 2000 he has let it run wild apart from occasionally mowing the grass.
He is single and loves to travel several times a year. 
It works for him and the wildlife.

Photos a little hazy as passed along 2 mobiles, my i-pad and my computer!
I did take some lovely spring photos myself last year on my i-pad but of course lost them when i-pad was wiped.

Even the back of his house is covered in ivy.

I was counting up the countries he has visited in the last 6 years - quite an achievement.
He goes to see animals, scenery, architecture and the local culture.
He has thousands of photographs and maybe sometime I could start a series of posting some if not too daunting.
He has given me permission to do this.

He began his journeying on an African Safari, and the following year climbed Mount Kilimanjaro (19,340 feet).
He likes to go off the beaten track rather than the popular tourist places.
From that time he has visited Ethiopia, Namibia, Borneo, Bangladesh, Peru, India, Laos, Cambodia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Botswana & Zambia.
He has just returned from climbing Mount Toubkal in Morocco and next week is off to Brazil for the third time to visit friends.

So sometime I would like to share some of his magnificent photos, his hobby being photography. Quite daunting as there are thousands.

Saturday, 25 June 2016

My Garden Settling Down after the Storms and Incessant Rain

At last I have been able to get to posting on my current garden.
We have had severe storms, incessant rain, and strong winds during the wettest June on record.
The garden has flooded a number of times and there has been some damage but mostly from rose heads so heavy with water.

Took these photos earlier but as I type the thunder is again rolling around

This cheeky fox (can you see him?) does not seem to want to leave. Not nice as they leave such a smell behind

Some of the rose heads lying on the ground
If they were apples we would have been calling them windfalls

To the left is one of the areas that we have cleared to put down turf for less work

Alan managed to burn the lawn when weeding and feeding it.
The one day that it did not rain or he would have watered it in!

Looking out the front sitting room window

The front caught the worst of the storms

Apart from damage the weeds have taken over like never before and there is a long way still to go to clear them
So over a month since last posting and have wanted to get something down here and at last I have made it.
Looking forward to catching up with everyone.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

The Garden is coming to Life

Still struggling with photo issues on new computer. I think there is some conflict with new software and blogger. These photos are all in the wrong order even though I had them in the right order. Frustrating and time consuming.

Still lots of heavy rain but the garden is coming to life.

We can see here one of the newly grassed over areas, having removed a number of shrubs over the winter

Making use of an old bathroom mirror. My large garden mirror became so warped it was useless.

Still working on making borders smaller and increasing the lawn which will hopefully be finished soon

Some of the roses at the front opened up over night after one warm sunny day 

I wasn't sure how much I would like the garden with so many shrubs removed but I am actually liking the change to a more open space