Wednesday, 30 April 2014

The Garden Diaries: April

Anemones providing glorious pops of colour / dark purple "Queen of the Night" tulips - delicious colour / plenty of peas popping up / my blueberry plant has flowers on for the first time in about 5 years / happy courgettes / wild cherry tree / dicentra "bleeding hearts" / pink edged camellia / at last! My raised beds are in (and have now been filled after another garden centre run) Can't wait to get cracking on the planting!

Saturday, 26 April 2014



Sitting on the back doorstep, swinging your feet and eating a biscuit. Toddler life is good.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

This Week: April #2&3

Phew, I don't feel like my feet have touched the ground these past few weeks. Not in a bad way - in a lovely, busy, seeing lots of family, a few treats here and there, days and days of sunshine kind of way.

Highlights have included:

Finally getting the raised beds built in the garden with lots of help and toddler-herding from my lovely mum and dad. Bring on the planting!

Heading to the RSC to watch Henry IV pt. 1 and pt. 2. A surprisingly amusing history play much to our enjoyment.

Spending a day at the beach with 20+ family members - the sun shone, the children paddled and my crazy brother cycled to and from the beach (60ish miles, ugh!).

The garden springing to life. All this sunshine is doing it the world of good. Spending days outside in the garden is one of our favourite things at the moment. Chalks, books, water and her 'round and round' (windmill!) for my girl, and some seedlings in need of planting out for me. (Baby ending up in the water wasn't such a highlight - she was pegged to the line, while my girl stood beneath her shouting 'Baaaaabbyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy, noooooooooooooo!')

(a wander round the park with Grandma / playing with the 'round and round' in the garden / flowers in the water / colour in the garden / soggy baby / collecting flowers in her bucket / late afternoon sun through the bluebells at Grandma and Grandad's / sitting on the pebbles at Sidmouth)



Flower girl.

Playing in the garden while Mummy and Grandad built the raised beds. You found some flowers to put in your bucket ("NOT the anemones, just pick the daisies and dandelions!")

Monday, 7 April 2014

This Week: April #1

A week of flowers, or wow wows as she calls them.

A trip to Fairfield for a Mothering Sunday walk. We loved exploring the old sheds full of farming machinery (and the french sign on one of the gates!)

A picnic tea in the garden at Grandma and Grandad's.

We got back home to discover the anemones had started to flower. The purple ones popped up first, with the white and pink ones starting to show their heads in the past few days.

Stalking next door's cat. Meooowwwww! (The cat ran away...unsurprisingly).

A "pnk wowwow" that we had to bring inside to show dada.

Finding more wowwows in the garden while wearing her new skirt. She's been very taken with this fabric ever since I found it in the local charity shop. As it features dogs, babies and balloons I'm not surprised she likes it.

Saturday, 5 April 2014


A Mothering Sunday trip to a garden near Grandma and Grandad's house. It was full of swathes of snake's head fritillary and daffodils. Or as she called them, "Lellows!"