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Friday, 10 May 2013

My English Garden - May 2013


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My English cottage garden has had a wonderful show of tulips during the last week. It's so wonderful to watch them opening up every day when the sun comes out!

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Each year I lift some of the bulbs and dry them off. I usually pick a hot, dry day in summer and let the bulbs have a good baking.

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Once they are dry, I rub off the soil and store them until the Autumn when I plant them out again, usually haphazardly. I like to see where they come up, mixing the colours as I go.

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Just love to count how many of each colour I have each year.

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...but I always buy new ones, usual ten at a time. That guarantees that at least some of them will come true. I put the new ones in a tub by the back door to the cottage so I can see them from the kitchen window.

The cowslips are pretty too, aren't they!

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The primroses and primulas are mainly over now but there is still a bit of colour visible.

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What a joy my Spring garden is. It delights all the senses.

Have a good week everyone.

Star

Thursday, 9 May 2013


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This is St. Peter's Church, Lilley last Saturday when I visited their glorious Flower Festival. You can read more about Lilley and its church here.

The graveyard is delightful, as is the church and I love to visit every year if I can. It is not my local church.

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This year's Flower Festival theme was '  On the Air'   and the festival ran for three days over the recent Bank Holiday weekend.  For once the weather was kind, which made the whole thing more enjoyable and hopefully helped to raise the funds needed to keep this beautiful church in a healthy condition.

Here are some of the exhibits:

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'Radio Times' by Monica Thomas

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BBC World Services by Kim Major:

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'Gardener's Question Time' by Betty Sharp:

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'The Chris Evan's Show' by Susan Constable:

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'Listen with Mother' by Maureen Bland:

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'Sunday Half Hour' by Pat Sayer & Margaret Dickenson:

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I'll show you some more of these wonderful flower arrangements next time,
and before I go - a Very Happy Birthday to my son David, who was 33 year's old yesterday and soon to be a dad for the first time!

Mum and Dad

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Not long now!


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It won't be long now until I am an Oma again and as you can see from the picture above, my daughter-in-law is blooming. She looks great and is all prepared.

The baby she is expecting will be much loved and well cared for. A lucky baby for sure in this world as it is today. As I look forward to this happy event with the rest of the family, I can't help thinking about all the children who are not so lucky so I'm giving them my thoughts too when I go to bed each night and pray for a happy outcome.

This is such a wonderful time of the year to be having a baby.  Two of my own sons were born in May and I remember how getting up in the night to feed them was not half so difficult in May as if it had been November, or worse - February!