Sunday, 24 May 2015

A little more this and that . . .

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That's three little grandsons at the fishing derby, catching nothing.  But they did come home with a fishing pole that Jon won in the raffle.   He is one very lucky person.  Over the past few years he has won two bicycles, a barbeque and a fishing pole.  I told him that the next time I want a lottery ticket I want him to buy it!!  haha

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This is Jon with Uncle Bruce and Maryn, a photo taken last summer.   Jon is a bit camera shy I think as I don't have that many photos of him, but lots of his two brothers.  He just turned 9 a couple of weeks ago. I am so proud of him.  He saved up his money and was able to buy (with a bit of help from mom and dad) his own tablet.   It's an iPad of some sort.  Not sure the model, but yesterday he facetimed me on it!  Colour me chuffed!  That was so special to have a grandson facetime me on is own.  Okay . . .  he did have some help from dad, but the mere fact that he wanted to call me made my day!

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I dug my old camera out and took some photos of the flowers, etc. in the garden.  I really wanted to be able to show you how very pretty they are at the moment.   These are the oriental poppies out front, with more to come.  They are just gorgeous at the moment.   Todd buried some seed pods elsewhere in the garden last year, but we haven't seen any more anyplace else, so the seeds must not have worked.  Maybe that isn't even the way you propagate them. I don't know!

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They're so beautiful and they don't last for too long.   I wanted to capture them before they were gone.   You can just barely see the bleeding hearts in the background and the purple lobelia below in this photo.   Just gorgeous.

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This was the first bloom, and it is on it's way out.  You can see the big green seed pod inside in this photo.   I just love these flowers.

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These are some of the double peonies we planted.   This colour is just gorgeous.  A varigated red and yellow . . .

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And we have some that are more yellow than red . . .

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And some that are totally red.   They are just beautiful!  

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I think the plants will get larger each year.   This was their first year.   I hope I am correct in assuming that.   Does anyone know?

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This is a surprise in the back garden.  There are quite a few of them.  I know we must have planted them.   They came up and had an allium type of pod at the top, very tall plants and the pods have burst open and inside are all these small blooms, waiting to open.   I have no idea at all of what they are.  Once again . . .  can anyone enlighten me?

I am such a bad gardener.

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We are going to have lots and lots  and lots of strawberries this year!  This is the blooms on just one of our plants!  I am so excited about these.   The trick will be to get them all before the slugs do!

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This is just one of our blueberry bushes.   We are going to be well blessed here as well!

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And we already have lots of berries ripening and many more to come on our loganberry bush.   A loganberry is a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry.   They're really good and grow like weeds!

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 Apples growing on the apple tree.   They are a red eating apple.  I forget the variety.   They grow about mid sized.   We have lots of promise on this tree this year.   Also the pear and plum, but they are just green so it is hard to see the baby fruit buds.  All of our fruit trees have grown a lot this year.

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Of course I was being carefully watched as I wandered around the garden . . . I think she thinks I am a bit crazy taking photos of all of these plants, etc.

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Black Currants ripening  . . . .

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Likewise Gooseberries . . .

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And once again my faithful companion.  She loves being out of doors and in the grassed area of our back garden.   When we get lots of rain she isn't allowed back there as it is too muddy, but we have had lots of dry weather so far this year and she's been enjoying lots of time in the grassed area.   You can almost see the pink in her muzzle in this photo.   Her brothers were all brown and white spaniels, and a bit of it comes through on her muzzle and on her lower belly.  If we let all of her coat grow out she would be mostly white . . .  but she hates us fussing on her and being brushed and so we keep her fairly short.

And THIS is why we avoid going anywhere on a Bank Holiday weekend.   The motorways turn into huge parking lots.  Seriously  . . .  streams and streams of traffic . . .  crawling and sitting . . .  crawling and sitting  . . .

We had to go to the chapel yesterday morning to attend a Baptism and it was like this the whole way there.  (Our chapel is in North Wales)

It's enough to make anyone groan and grumble . . .  and tomorrow it will be the same thing in reverse . . .  going back the other direction.

And with that I will leave you with a thought for today . . .

"No misfortune is so bad that whining 
about it won’t make it worse"
~Jeffrey R Holland  


In The English Kitchen today  . . .  a delicious Glazed Apple, Carrot and Walnut Bread.

May your Sunday be truly blessed.  Don't forget  . .

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And I do too!


  1. such lovely photographs you are sharing this morning Marie Thank you..not sure what the big plant i it looks interesting Your peoni's lovely, I have one in the back garden a very dark red one the only sad thing is that they don't last very long...Sorry that you have to get throughall that traffic to get to church. How thankful I am to live in the village where although the main road can get busy it is never head to tail like the M way's are.. Hope that you have a lovely day and that the sun shines for you, as it did with us yesterday...not so bright today though dull and looks like rain..

  2. Good morning Marie. I hope your Sunday and are blessed with very little traffic.

    My Sunday was spent in the nursing home garden with Dad.

  3. You do have a wonderful variety of things growing in your garden. What a blessing for you ! My mom used to have peonies and yes they will spread and get bigger. She used to thin here out because they got so thick. They were pink and smelled heavenly. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday !

  4. Goodmorning Marie!

    I ahve your poppies..they take your breath away when in bloom..I have those pale ones you have and red/orange that I don't love because I don't have anything else that color so they stick out for that week..but they are nature and landed there..someone had given me took a while and all of a sudden the red ones were there..

    your double ones..look more like ranunculus here..and not hardy here.Googe Ranunculus and see how similar the leaves of your double poppies..

    Could the ones you question be Fritilarias? A type of?
    Your climate is so different than ours..I am sure some things grow so well there and not here..
    You will have so many berries!

  5. Thank you Sybil! I am glad that you are feeling better today! The sun is shining at the present here, but today has brought with it a real mixed bag of weather. Some sunshine, some cloud, showers and a lot cooler than yesterday was! xoxo

    I am glad you have had a lovely day with your father Suzan! xoxo

    Thanks Pam. I look forward to them spreading and getting larger! I hope you have a wonderful Sunday also! xoxo

    Thanks Monique! I would love to have some wild red poppies like the ones in Flanders. You do see them in the byways here, but they don't last long. These double ones indeed do look like ranunculus! I googled it. I know they were bulbs we put in last autumn. Very pretty no matter what they are! The mystery plant does look similar to Fritilarias, but I am not sure. I know we planted lily of the valley as well, but none have shown up and none of the wild flowers we planted have come up either. Sigh . . . gardes are a mystery to me! xoxo

  6. Love your flower photos, but as for the mystery flower.....I have searched and searched the internet and can not even find a flower that comes close to resembling the pod flower in your photo. You will need to take another picture of it after it blooms so all your blog followers can see this flower. I will continue to search as I am very curious myself as to what this flower is.

  7. I love the pictures of your Grandchildren and Bruce. You have lovely children and grandchildren. I do love that you could face time with one of them. I have been trying to come up with a way to get closer to my grandchildren since we have so many. Only one family lives close enough to see fairly often so I have been thinking about how to communicate more. Some text but the oldest ones usually don't text me back. children today are interesting.
    The flowers and bushes looks so lovely. The colors are brilliant.
    You have a lot of fruit to harvest which will be wonderful.
    Of course, I can't help but smile big time when you post pictures of your Mitzie. Blessings, love and hugs for you!

  8. I know it is a great mystery Marsha! I need to pay closer attention when Todd plants things! xoxo

    Thanks LeAnn! Children today are indeed interesting! Blessings, love and hugs for you too! xoxo


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