So we are in June and fast approaching the longest day! It's incredible how quickly this year is going, so today with the sun streaming through the racing clouds, I felt it was time to hang out my handmade bunting and take out my favourite rickety table and chairs.
I love sitting out here on a bright June evening and then again in the darker evenings of late August. Unfortunately during July and early August the wheat sways in the surrounding fields which brings thrips (or thunder flies), and they LOVE me! It makes it impossible for me to sit in the garden and all windows and doors have to be shut otherwise these pesky insects get behind laptop screens, paintings, you name it! Do you have any nasty little biters that spoil your summer?
I have been feeling a lot brighter this week thankfully, so to put the parasol up and watch the dancing leaves on the branches casting shadows above my head made my heart sing once again. There have been more smiles after the hard, sad times of the last seven weeks.
The bees have started to return and I can't wait for my lavender to make its welcome appearance once again. For now, they were happy to dance around the chives!
The garden is beginning to show more and more colour and has provided us a with a beautiful oasis to enjoy! It will be fourteen years this month that we first moved into the newly built house with mud for a garden and plain fences. We've come a long way!
I can remember a tiny climbing rose that we put in the ground which has now very happily twisted and turned its way up through the pergola and provides a satisfying show of beautiful roses up and over the garage and to the delight of the neighbours. A spectacular show with heavy petalled blooms. This one I found had fallen from one of the branches and into the pond. It's called A Yorkshire Lad - just like my hubby!
Another little plant we put in all those years ago was a grape vine. Again this has danced its way through the pergola, around the jasmine and the roses and has provided us with grapes and succulent leaves that we use to make Dolmades (stuffed vine leaves).
Mine and Coco's favourite area was the daisy patch. Still spreading (sorry Hubby!), and I absolutely love it!
And, at last, my wait is over for the Geoffrey Hamilton Rose! I LOVE this rose and have two beautiful bushes of it. The multilayered blooms makes my heart skip and sing.
So of course, they must come in the house too!
It's been hard over the last few weeks I can truly say, but I do feel more settled, and my routines are getting easier to cope with. The bunting is out once again and its time to move on and carry on the search for a new bundle of fun.
The Cathedral is bathed in sunshine and blue skies again, so I will be taking you around here soon - it's been a while hasn't it!
And I am in London next week for work, but I will be taking some photos just for you, as again it has been a little while since I've shown you my beautiful home town. But, let me just show you something gorgeous that Mumsy and Dadsy are going to have live with them...
B A R N E Y ♥
Say hello to Barney, a sable roan Cocker Spaniel! He will be joining them in a couple of weeks, and as you can see I didn't want the cuddle to end! Hopefully I will have my own fur baby soon - I just have to be patient.
Have a wonderful weekend and week everyone.
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