Saturday, 4 June 2016

Five on Friday

Sorry Amy, I'm a little late joining,
 it's been a busy week for me!

1. It's been a sad week as Gerald one of our dear friends
died last Saturday. We celebrated his wonderful
life on Thursday morning with many great memories,
stories and song.

On the same day John, the husband of Vee
one of my blogging friends was called home.
Many of you will know Vee who blogs at 
A Haven for Vee.

My heart goes out to both families.
Please remember them in your prayers.

2. It was such a beautiful winter's day
without a cloud in the sky.
We decided to make the most of it and drove
out to Clevedon and along the Kawakawa coast.
The bird life was abundant
mostly Oyster Catchers and Dotterels.

The Dotterels are harder to see, in the bottom photo.
They're well camouflaged, blending in with the sand
and shells on the beach.

3. The last dandelion.

4. The Liquid Amber trees are at their best in
late Autumn. I love the prickly seed balls
which look like conkers.

5. This little yellow bird sang me a song
as I chatted to her/him!
I've no idea what type of bird - do you recognise it!

I'm joining Amy for Five on Friday
Thank you for hosting.

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt


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who have left me a comment!

Monday, 30 May 2016

Autumn Blues in the Garden

For the last couple of weekends I've been busy
re-planting my garden pots with
winter flowering bulbs and annuals.

Grape Hyacinths are one of my favourite Spring bulbs.
I planted 20 bulbs around the rim
 of the large bulb planter,
with 10 scented Double Freesia bulbs in the centre.
I think they should make a good display come Spring.

It was cold and wet the day I planted them,
the weather changed a few days later
back to sunshine and warm temps...
next time I checked the Grape Hyacinths were up!
Perhaps I'll have to plant another lot
for a Spring display.
The weather has been totally out of whack this season!

I love spending time poking about at the garden centre
checking out the new plants on offer.
With our small townhouse garden I've learnt to
be selective and not to buy on impulse!
I've also learnt to put more time into
researching and planning my garden beds and pots
and keeping to a theme.

Then again.... I simply couldn't resist the little bird house
with the pretty blue roof!
And there were the gorgeous new
pink and blue gardening gloves
they were just waiting for me, I know it!

Are you a self controlled shopper like me?!

I'm joining Jeanne for Blue Monday
Judith for Mosaic Monday

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt


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Friday, 27 May 2016

Vezelay, Shutters, Windows and Doors

For my Five on Friday post this week
I'm going back to our 2013 France trip
when we visited the ancient hill town of

1.  This is the main road up to the Abbey Church
I thought I would focus on the doors,
windows and shutters of these beautiful old stone buildings.

2.  A new front door for this house.
Adorned with Wistaria which must look
spectacular in Spring.

3.  A variety of shutter styles

4.  A chambre d'hôtes (guest house)
one of several I saw.
Would you like to stay here?
Vezelay has a population of 400+
depending on the season. 
It is situated on top of a hill with wonderful
vistas of countryside France.

5.  I love the architectural details of the windows.
This building has a beautiful patina typical of 
medieval Vezelay and other medieval towns in France.

I'm joining Amy for Five on Friday
Thank you for hosting Amy.

Take care and 
be kind to one another

à bientôt


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