Tuesday, 1 May 2018

This and That

What a difference a day makes.  Yesterday the sun was shining, the sun teasing us with its merry dance giving us shadows all around us..  Dappled sunlight on everything I worked on. We had a visitor to the garden basking in its warmth.


Even Mickey is so used to them he lives in harmony with our many visitors in all their guises and doesn't chase them.  A start has been made planting out our much yearned for container garden but I do wonder how long it will last with our endless visitors.  It was a perfect day for getting the washing out to dry.  One of my greatest loves is sleeping in freshly laundered sheets that have been line dried, such a simple luxury.


Today we woke to rain.  However I am ever hopeful, the rain has since stopped and although still overcast it has dried up very quickly.  We are across at the hospital again today and it is so much nicer to drive when dry.  Yesterday the fine weather brought a lot of activity to the roads, there have been a lot of bike riders too.




I worked on the button arrangement a little at a time over the weekend.  A few minor adjustments are needed but I am happy with it overall.




Another two of my favourite things buttons and Harris Tweed.  Combine the two and it sets my heart a flutter...




I added a bumble bee button to give it some interest, it made me smile.

Spring continues its magic with buds appearing here and there, teasing us with the promise of things to come.



We are extremely late sowing seeds but they have finally been done and are now dotted about on all the windowsills.  Plans have been drawn up for the indoor garden and storage area so we have a lot to look forward to.  We are going to price up materials needed to refurbish the lobby/utility room whilst we are in town today we have lots of ideas of how we want it to look.  We would like it to reflect the age and character of the rest of the cottage, so panelling the ceiling and a wall would be ideal.  We are much more positive about the future and have lots of exciting things to look forward to.   Not least a visit from Amie and the children who will arrive in 23 sleeps, Bertie is counting the sleeps bless him!

I do thank you for your visits here and thank you for your comments support and prayers, they are greatly appreciated.

See you soon.

30 comments:

  1. Just having a catch up, I feel so behind with all the news! Hope the medication tweak does the trick and there are no more setbacks.

    What gorgeous visitors you have, even if they might find your plants tempting! Speaking of gorgeous creatures, any chance of a Mickey pic sometime soon?

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  2. The weekend was dry here for a change and the temperature is set to rise throughout the coming week so I got all my geraniums planted up, that's a job out of the way. What a good boy Mickey is living in harmony with all your visitors, it must be lovely to look out of the window and see the sheep passing by.

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  3. Looking forward to seeing your gardening progress.

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  4. The weather is a bit up and down at the moment but at least the sun us out and the temperatures are creeping up. I hope your seeds soon get going.

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  5. Your button arrangement is simply lovely, my friend! It's always a delight to visit you and your photos were too cute today.

    Happy May! Hugs

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  6. Your visitors seem to be regulars who know their way around, and provide lots of entertainment. I'm glad things are settling a little for you both. Anticipating a visit from your daughter and grands is a lovely thing. Happy First of May!

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  7. Your posts are always so peaceful and brighten my day! I love drying my laundry outside - it is one of my favorite parts of summer. :)

    Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

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  8. Such beautiful photos. Love the buttons.

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  9. We are having hot days here. I like your buttons craft and the sheep!

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  10. I love the button posie with the Harris tweed! Things are starting to look green here and the tulips are out of the ground 6 inches. Hard to believe about a week ago we had over 6 feet of snow on our front lawn and after a couple of hot days and some rain it has all gone! Sadly, we know that it always snows in May so can't get too carried away with any plants etc. You don't mention your parents moving to live by you any more, have those plans changed?
    We have lots of rabbits here. it's been interesting watching them change from snow white to brown. Definitely a sign of spring. Came up to bed late one night a couple of weeks ago and saw a deer munching on our hedge on the driveway!

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  11. It was really windy today here but sunny i hope it continues as its only 6 1/2 weeks before we go to yorkshire for our holiday xxx

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  12. It is always good to hear from you. Your button and tweed arrangement is so pretty. Spring is finally here! Your grass is so green. I’ll keep you and your mr. In my prayers!

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  13. I so enjoyed seeing the march of your wooly neighbors by.. they seemed to know just where they were headed. Your button bouquets are so clever and cute! I'm happy to hear your family is coming to visit.. I know how much it means to you. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  14. How fun to be looking forward to a family visit. I’m glad you have plans to continue working on your cottage. That’s good for the morale isn’t it? The sheep seem to have a purpose in mind and know just where they’re going. And finally, your little button bouquet is the sweetest thing ever. I love the bumblebee button and the butterfly. You are so talented my friend.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  15. Those sheep are ready for a spring haircut! I hope that very large bunny does not find its way to your container garden. He looks like he could eat a lot.

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  16. Love the sheep stampede. Cold here though no rain today, very windy and not very spring like xx

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  17. I agree about linens hung outdoors! Nothing better for a restful evening. Seeing the sheep follow each other is just darling. I love that Mickey doesn't mind the bunnies in his area! Your sweet bumblebee button is perfect on your lovely arrangement with the pretty tweed leaves. ♥

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  18. I love your button bouquet .. it is so creative..

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  19. I would love the day when Frodo doesn't chase Holly....one day right? Beautiful photos and it looks like spring to me. I too love the sheep :)

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  20. I like hanging laundry too. I like the way the sheets dry with out hardly a wrinkle and so crisp. I look forward to seeing what's growing at your house now that you have planted seeds.
    betsy

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  21. Like you I got bedding dried outdoors earlier in the week, it was good to fold them outside straight from the line. Love the tweed and buttons in your lovely vase:)

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  22. Morning Mama, You are in the company of sheep more than me I think!! Love your little posy - so pretty. Jo x

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  23. I love the sheep crossing the road right in front of you!! Such a site to behold! That's quite a big bunny sunning himself in the grass. Your button bouquets are the best...so cute! Spring has arrived here, and am I ever glad! Enjoy the week.
    Debbie
    xo

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  24. I love the look of your laundry hanging on the line. It looks so old fashioned, especially with the scenery in the background. It's so beautiful, and that bunny looks really big.

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  25. The bouquet you made is gorgeous ! Very artistic !
    Weather is still cold here with some thunderstorms. Love the sheep parade !

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  26. The laundry hanging on the line reminds me of a photo I took on the Isle of Skye when I was there. Also like your button bouquet arrangement.

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  27. I too love those simple luxuries. Such a sweet smell
    Love your button bouquet.

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  28. Your buttons bouquet is gorgeous. The sheep bought a smile to my face, they actually look quite intent on where they're going! Mickey is very good, my two would be chasing it like manic wind up toys. I agree about the sheets, one of life's little pleasures.

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  29. First, thank you Lorraine for your recent visits and comments on our blog. Our weekend trip to Boston put me far behind in blog reading and posting as well. I really liked the button flower arrangement which also needs no watering, how nice!

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  30. Thank you! Now I finally know what Harris Tweed looks like. I'm reading books by Robert Parker and he always describes what they're eating and what people wear. Seems there's a lot of Harris Tweed in Boston in the 1980's and 1990's. Now I can picture it.

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