Monday, 6 February 2017

The best of weekends! ;-)


A birthday is always a pleasant affair, especially if it's at the weekend 

and one can drag it out a little! ;-)

Naturally, it's made all the better when visitors pop in!

(Although it did clash with the rugby!)






A bunch of red tulips always gladdens the heart!




As do food gifts, especially when they are sent in such pretty

containers as this.




He always chooses a lovely card!




As does everyone else.




Gorgeous flowers from my daughter...plus these soaps,

packed full of sweet scent.



A surprise box...





Open it up and hey presto!





Sweet perfume for the Garden Room...aptly named.




More flowers...




This quirky clock...which made me  smile.




And then, on Sunday, I found myself here for birthday lunch...





The stunningly, beautiful Osborne Hotel.














So all in all...a very fine weekend !




Saturday, 3 September 2016




                 
                 
                    Yesterday, we found ourselves in one of the most peaceful places in Torquay...

                    Tessier Gardens, St Marychurch.  My 'other half' has never been there

                     so I hoped that the gardens would be at their very best, for him to view!      





            Tessier Gardens is a stop off place for Nich and myself, when we venture that way

            en route to the football ground. (After all one does need an input of all things

            cultural and pretty before facing the gloom!!!!  LOL!!! )






                   
                    The walkway under the arch is always pretty but this time it was the host of

                    Japanese Anemones that caught my eye! The pretty pink flowers danced

                     around happily, in the sunshine.




                               It was as if a party was being held by all....as others began to join

                               in the fun!













                          It is a place for adults only...just in case you are planning to visit!




                                     Meanwhile, back at home, I have been busying myself.

                                     The lovely artist, Sarah Bell, along with her class, is visiting

                                    next weekend; they will be using my garden for inspiration for their            

                                    watercolour painting.




I've planted this stone trough to fill a little space which

was crying out for colour!




                                And my dad's old wheelbarrow is looking bright and cheery!











The newly constructed rockery appears to be behaving itself...

I only hope that the colour lasts a little longer!






                                                             Can you recognise this? ;-)




                                            http://www.sarahbellart.co.uk/events/two-day-course/


Wednesday, 17 August 2016

The Barn, Newton Abbot - a MUST visit!




One of my favourite shops in Newton Abbot has to be 'The Barn'.

Opened not long ago, it offers an array of vintage and vintage style

goodies for the home... and garden.





The owners are lovely, so friendly and nothing is too much trouble.





Earlier today, we got chatting to the owner, Steve ; 

I was allowed to take my camera for a walk.

















There are heaps of treats on display and a good variety

of ideas for gifts...not that I'd want to give away any of it!

Nevertheless, there is plenty of inspiration.












Newton Abbot is a most delightful little town.

 'The Barn' is situated in Bank Street, which is where

 I was standing when I took this photo.

So it's very easy to find!