Sunday, 14 June 2009

First Fruits

4: Strawberries
A little while ago my housemates and I invested in some plants from the garden centre to brighten up our lovely concrete patio. One of my purchases was a tray of six strawberry plants. I was very excited at the prospects of eating my own produce. All I had to do was not kill them. Amazingly, I have had some success and here are some of my first little babies....I am a proud mama:

Aren't they beautiful?


3: a little bit of life
This entry is not so much about an event. It's more just a tiny snippet of one day this week where a little thing brought me a little bit of joy.

I was walking home from school with the kids who decided to go an alternative route to our normal one(s). There is a choice of three routes home & each day there tends to be a discussion regarding the preferred route for that day.

Grace has just discovered a 'secret pathway' that she wanted to show us, and is pretty convinced it is a short cut. I am almost definitely convinced that it is a long-cut. But that is fine. It's nice to have a change of scenery every now and then.

Anyway anyway anyway, as we were approaching the secret pathway, I was admiring a peony bush (a flower I have a particular affection for) and noticed that one of the unfurled flower heads from the bush was sitting on the wall. My guess is that another child walking that route home from school was unable to resist the great temptation to pluck the flower head from its stem, only to be reprimanded by their mum, and told to put it back. Being unable to perform a miracle and reattach the head to the stem, they left it on the wall for me to find.

So, also being unable to resist the temptation, and hating to see a flower go to waste, I pocketed the flower head. Thanks to me, this little peony saw far more of the world than it would have otherwise. Amazingly, the peony head made it all the way back to my house relatively unscathed, surviving a bumpy, speedy cycle ride home, all the while sat willingly in my back pack, knowing that the best was yet to come: Water.

As soon as I got in, I popped the peony into a coctail glass of water & let the water work its magic:


The days keep rolling is update number two of events from the last couple of weeks:

2: Perranporth, Cornwall
Some of my musically gifted friends are in a band called funkyouverymuch. Sometimes these friends like to get their groove on at weddings, and last weekend was one of those weekends where they felt a wedding coming on and graciously provided their musical funk abilities to enable a whole lot of other people to get their groove on too.

Where do I come into this? I hear you ask. Well, it just so happens that the band were staying in some caravans at our favourite Cornish caravan park - The Monkey Tree. And it also just so happened that the band thought it'd be fun to make a weekend of the wedding and invite some of their fortunate friends along for the Cornwall caravaning fun. I was one of those friends. What a great weekend it was. Aside from the rain, which, looking at the pictures below, you would never have know graced us with its presence. Well, I can assure you, we had rain a-plenty. I just so happened to whip my camera out at the moments that the sun decided it wanted a look in on our weekend.

Tuesday, 9 June 2009

run up, run down

So I have been slightly less regular with keeping my blog lately for a whole number of reasons. But this evening it just so happens that my plans changed and the last minute and so I can give this little blog some of my attention. Life has been fun & eventful of late so here begins a brief rundown of what I've been up to...I'm going to separate each event into a separate entry, just for ease of reading and distinguishing between the fun times.

1. Longleat
Two weeks ago a certain young man took me on a lovely day trip to Longleat, home of the South West's Safari park and Lord Bath's beautiful house and grounds. It was a gloriously sunny day. Here are just some of the friends we made. We had fun introducing the animals by first name to each other. [I am sure one of these animals is called Bob. Not an exciting name for a wild animal you might think, but totally in keeping with character - cool, calm & collected...]

:Updated from draft:
It is now Thursday. I started this entry on Tuesday evening with the full intention of writing four posts in one evening. I didn't even manage one. Oh my. The other three posts will come soon, I promise. Hopefully before the weekend as there's going to be plenty to photograph & talk about - the line up for the fun events of the next two days include a boat party & a wedding. The fun times just keep on coming....