Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Have a lovely Easter weekendxx
P.S Katy reminded me that I hadn't mentioned our London trip, seive for a brain that I am thesedays!
Well it was a great experience, apart from the small incident of leaving a much-adored bear on the platform at Stoke station! Thanks to a most marvellous Virgin Trains guard (or train manager or whatever they're called thesedays), Brown Teddy got to spend a wonderful day scoffing pop and crisps in the Customer Services office (Lost Property to you and me). A big PHEW all round let me tell you - I swear the world stopped for a minute.
We only spend around and 2 1/2 hours in The Smoke and literally had lunch and saw the dinosaurs, plenty of excitment for our two though. Cath, the V&A and Liberty and some favourite haunts from the days back when I was a city girl for a while, are on my list for a grown's up trip some day soon.
Monday, 29 March 2010
The scent of paper white narcissi will forever remind me of an inspirational gardener. Such a sad day today to hear of her tragic passing. As a stranger there is little I can say but my heart is heavy and I shall miss her beautiful writing and the heart soaring beauty she revealed in the world around us. I hope her family may find peace and strength in how much she was clearly loved by gardeners everywhere.
Her obituary in The Daily Telegraph is a beautiful tribute.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Calling in on Cath maybe?
Dinosaurs Unleashed in Oxford Street?! The mind boggles! Excitment levels are enormously high at No 25 let me tell you.
Fingers crossed we'll make it to London in one piece and in time - just for once!
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Oh my word. Just where has the time disappearred to this past week? Last time I looked March had just roared in and now we're almost halfway through. But that's fine because March has brought some wonderful things so far.
These beautiful, vibrant primulas on my little garden bench have opened gradually in the sunshine. They've found new homes now in mine and my sister's window boxes and they make my heart sing every morning.
Perfectly pretty, just like a daintily wrapped present ready to be unwrapped.
We've been planning a few outings for the Easter holidays (that new Dragon film looks rather fab) and getting things ready to assault the allotment with gusto over the weekend. Work has been rather hectic but I had a lovely, lovely Mothering Sunday with breakfast in bed and flowers thanks to my little smashers.
But mostly this past week has been one of waiting, texting, thinking and anxious filled hours of more waiting.
And good things come to those who wait. My clever, brave sister and her darling husband are curled up in the lovely cottage hospital over the hills, with their precious teeny, bundle. Baby Leo is here and now all is right with the world.
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
2 = Springy things beside my bed.
4 = Ancient gardening wisdom and a very pretty primula.
6 = Knowing that tomorrow is my day off work and looking forward to tea & cakes & chatter with my lovely, rather overdue, sister before the bump arrives. I have the hot water and towels on standby!
Have a lovely week.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
I don't know, the sun comes out and off we go go chucking away the big coats and hats and gloves and set out for the day. Don't be fooled by what looks a glorious day, that blue sky is ice blue and our trip to a favourite village was pretty perishing let me tell you! I've just about thawed out. (We did take a picnic in the new/old hamper but it was so cold we wolfed the food down too quickly for me to take any pictures).
Here's the village school that only has a few pupils and isn't it pretty. There was a notice outside today appealing for materials to help construct a Mini-Beast Mansion and there were plenty of donations.I've been asked a couple of questions lately that I'm ever so sorry that I've not had chance to reply too. Hope you don't mind if I answer them now!
Katy - I'll try and dig out the Carols book. Its buried in the loft and might take me a while. I picked it up at a flea market and I think it was published in 1936.
Natalie - There are a few decent car boots around this neck of the woods. Usually ones at the cattle market and the Co-Op in Leek every Sunday mornings. Also in Hanley on the Hinde Street car park on Sundays too. The Newcastle-under-Lyme Flea Market in the town centre on Tues is where I've found lots of bargains recently.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
On one of my favourite stalls at the flea market there were five beautiful 1950s hampers and I had to really calm myself down when I saw them. I've been hankering after one for ages but they go for a fortune on ebay (plus huge postage) and didn't think I had a chance of owning one. But this beauty was just £8, cheaper than a new wicker version. It took me ages to decide which one (I really fancied a neat little blue version with floral cups but there wouldn't have been much room for the food, which is sort of the point I think).