Summertime …

10/07/2016 § Leave a comment

Well, it’s raining and yesterday in Alton, it was blustery (but very warm and dry, thankfully).  So good to meet up with such lovely folk from Alton and the surrounding villages, at the monthly market when us ‘Makers’ team up with those ‘Farmers’ and set up our stalls on and around the High Street, whatever the weather!

Everything in my garden is growing like crazy – I thought you may like a few photos …

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The Dublin Bay rose is in full and glorious bloom, as is the red rose over the archway down to the pond.

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One of my favourite places to sit and enjoy the afternoon sun (so I haven’t been sitting there very much recently)!

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The veg plot is very green – runner beans, peas, broad beans, sunflowers, lettuce, radishes and tomatoes in the greenhouse – I can’t wait for the runner beans to be ready.  My friend introduced me to a stunningly simple but delicious meal – freshly boiled runners topped with crispy bacon rashers, to be enjoyed on their own or with a hunk of bread and butter. Do try it – it’s amazing!

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But possibly my garden favourites this week are the sedums in my miniature gardens, planted up in galvanised trays, and made into outdoor coffee tables with an upturned baker’s rack and a couple of concrete pots.  I love this little feature on the lower patio.  Here it was in May before those sedums started to bloom …

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and now …

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Mrs Quacky, aka Flora Puddleduck, is very vocal at the moment.  She’s guarding her nest and hides her eggs so effectively, I sometimes don’t catch up with her latest secret nesting spot for a few days!

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Flora says ‘Hello’, in a rare moment of sunshine last week!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend – I have LOTS of sewing to do …

Adaliza

PS – I’ve just been notified that my Carnival Blanket has been featured on Houzz, in an article about the benefits for those of us who knit and crochet (and I suspect sew, too).

Here’s the article – and here’s my post about Carnival.

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