Posts or Comments 31 July 2015

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 08 Jul 2015

Sitootery and Wisteria

The sitootery is feeling and looking pretty good now.
Even Frank Cat thinks so…
Their are cherries and pears maturing on the trees.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 08 Jul 2015

Village Open Gardens

Each year gardens in our village are opened for an afternoon (for charity). A few friends opened theirs and on the evening before we joined Liz and Tom in their stunning garden (the inspiration for my creating our ‘sitter’) for Pimms. A very pleasant and warm and sociable evening.

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Open Garden Day
After a week of hot weather and some thunderstorms the open garden day was mostly sunny and I had the company of Frank to go and visit them. Some of the gardens here are absolutely stunning! Gems.
It was so nice to see them and to catch up with friends who were enjoying having company in their gardens.
When we got back at 5pm when the event ended we sat outside and bang on cue the heavens opened and a bit of a storm.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 08 Jul 2015

Durham and Magna Carta

We had a day trip to Durham (I love the city!) especially to see the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta Exhibition. It was fascinating. The documents really draw you in. Knowing how important it was and that someone created them 800 years ago.
Then we had lunch in the Cathedral grounds and while Hector had a few minutes to read the paper I spent an hour in my favourite shop – East.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Proud Auntie Fi

Clare is off to Newcastle medical school in autumn to start her studies to become a Doctor. She already has a degree and is a paramedic and this is a wonderful step to an even more fulfilling and great career. Before she heads to Newcastle to live Sis and I met with Clare at Larch Cottage for a farewell cake and coffee morning.
I am SO proud of her.

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Hot hot hot

This week has been hot and muggy. I completely missed the thunderstorm sadly. Slept through it.

It has been wonderful to finally see some summer.

Today it felt like being in Italy in the garden. The wisteria is amazing at the moment. Lush and highly scented.

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Family sports day

We had a trip to Chesterfield to meet over 20 of Hectors family for cricket and a picnic. Its a great park area and we had sunshine for most of the day. It was SO good to see everyone.
What a lovely bunch of fun loving folks.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

More Sitootery primping!

Last summer was the first for our new Sitootery yard. It was great then, but this year we have made a few primping changes, additions and moving around. I absolutely love it out there. A bit of heaven….
Been moving around some of the ‘sitootery’ plants in pots and chairs etc. Its only 11ft x 10ft but there are now two seating areas, one at the table with two metal chairs and also a wood bench down the step by the lusher planting and the bubbling water feature. I’ve moved the espaliered pear to another wall too.
Just the one injury… A swollen wrist after dropping one heavy drop leaf of the table onto my hand. I might have said a ‘word’.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Larch Cottage Nursery

For three weekends in a row I visited Larch Cottage Nurseries and had lunch too!
Once alone, once with Sally (when we were there three whole hours plant searching too!) and once with Jane and Clare.
If you sit on the veranda their is a tame blackbird that takes crumbs straight out of your hand. I love it.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Don’t mind if I do – with Hector away having a Father’s Day weekend with his son I reckon I deserved it after spending two hours cutting back ivy, and later doing loads of washing.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Hurrah! First sweet peas of the year!

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Remembering dad

We lost Dad in June 1982 way back when I was in my early 20s. He’d be an old man now but I think he’d still have a cheeky smile and quirky intelligence. He was a bit of a charmer who liked company.
This is him way back in around 1928.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

A pioneer of photography

Visit her eponymous website – the images are fascinating
http://upshout.com/vivian-maier/

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Mr and Mrs Froggy

Froggy has got a friend!
So pleased to see a new companion for the frog in our tiny ceramic sink pond!
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

I admit it – I am a FlightRadar addict

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When I nosey into FlightRadar I often see the tracks of small planes going up to Hadrians Wall area and just flying back and forward in a pattern, to and fro. Why? And why there?

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

Trees in all their glory

The colours on these two trees over the wall in the churchyard are glorious in late evening sunlight
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 03 Jul 2015

And now… the Shipping Forecast

My favourite artist Jane Tomlinson – lovely lady to! – was inspired to paint a representation of the Shipping forecast. Its wonderful and I am so happy to have a print framed in our downstairs cloakroom.
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See her art here

Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 14 Jun 2015

Voluptuous gardens and luxury house

A three night break to the SUBLIME Millgate House in Richmond.

I had seen this amazing B&B on the TV earlier in the year as it was featured in the Top 5 Gardens in the UK and SELECTED BY THE TELEGRAPH MAR 2015 AS ONE OF THE TOP 25 HOTELS TO STAY IN SPRING LIST . The garden at Millgate House came first out of 3200 entries in the National RHS Garden competition.

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It is run by Tim and Austin and is their much loved home. The garden and house are stunning. Timing our stay for late May was deliberate – the garden would be flush with spring. The house is Georgian and right in the middle of Richmond. The interior is stuffed full of fabulous antiques, art, books and curios. It is quite expensive (!) but was worth saving for.

We were warmly greeted and as we went up to our room we were offered a glass of wine – and it arrived in a crystal antique glass. Room 1 is the largest there and full of lovely art and furnishings. The views are out over the garden and you can see the river falls just below and the hills beyond. From two side windows we had a view to the castle keep. There was even a little crystal decanter of whiskey and two glasses. The bathroom was large with a big deep bath. I had a long sudsy soak every day we were there gazing out of the high windows to the castle walls.

After unpacking a bit we walked down through the garden and I was in heaven. It was as stunning as I had heard. Gorgeous. We left the garden through the bottom gate and were quickly at the river in late afternoon sunshine and could wander around the rocks and by the falls. I practiced some trick panorama photos – capturing Hector twice or more on the same photo.

On our first evening we ate in town, walking up through the cobbled market place.

The first full day was bright and sunny. After a superb breakfast in the exquisite dining room we walked just a few yards to the castle. A nice few hours up and down the towers and in and and out of the little ruined rooms. A quick coffee and cake at lunch time and we retrieved the car and had a drive out through the Dales to have a walk at Aysgarth Falls. Peaty stained river falls crashing through a lovely valley.

In the evening we got some fish and chips and ate them in the garden. It felt a bit like lowering the tone – but very pleasant!

On our second full day we went the whole hog and had a cooked breakfast. We needed an hour or so before we headed out though. We set out for Ripon. The town seemed ””shut”” so we walked to the Cathedral. We arrived just as a Sunday service was ending but were shown into the back near the big glass doors and given service sheets. It was beautiful – the choir singing in latin, the organist playing Bach. Really beautiful. When the service had ended we explored a bit and went down into the crypt. The choir stalls are especially lovely – candlelit and full of interesting carvings and plaques. Realising we were so close to Fountains Abbey and Studley Gardens we went there next. Some years ago we visited the Abbey and this time we wandered around the ruins a while before making the half mile walk to the Water Gardens. A lovely walk. A cup of tea and an eclair at the cafe was a nice break before we walked up through the deer park – sadly no deer to be seen – and the fabulous rather OTT church St Michaels, on the top of the hill by the road. It is dripping in marble. A Victorian Earl of Ripon was keen on marble apparently! It was another half mile or so along a path back to the car park.

Tim and Austin had made a reservation for us on our last evening at a French restaurant they recommended in town. I hadn””t had a French meal for SUCHJ a long time. What a treat and the service was very very good. Hector had Boeuf bourguignon and I had chicken in lemon butter sauce. The wine was good and we each had all three courses.

I was rather reluctant to leave to come home. It is a must to go back some time. DEFINITELY!

Everybody deserves a stay at Millgate!

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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 14 Jun 2015

Holidays in May – heaven

A week off before we had a short break in Richmond was lovely. I got loads done at home and in the garden and truly relaxed. I did some baking and some rearranging in the sitootery.

We met Jane and Phil for lunch one day at Larch Cottage Nursery. Lovely to see them and the food was yummy.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 14 Jun 2015

Nests and frogs

I did not think any of our bird nesting boxes had been occupied this spring. But I heard teeny little tweets coming from the one buried in the flowering clematis on the wall. I stood still and quiet and the parent Great Tits came flirting in. Since then blackbirds have made and are using a nest just a few inches from the nesting box.
I wonder if the supply of dog fur nest material helped them….

While Liz was here for coffee and a chat we were delighted to see a nuthatch on the feeders. It came back later so I could take some pictures.
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In early June I noticed a frog in the tiny old ceramic sink pond. I was hoping it would not be on its own and by mid June it had a companion! Hurrah.
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Us, Rosie Posie Poodle and Frank Cat Fi | 14 Jun 2015

Boom crackle

Mid May.
Boom – crackle.
Very angry clouds over the Eden Valley – it was thundering.
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Jane and I took Mum out for her birthday for cake and coffee in Ambleside. She loves to do that and always wants to go to the same hotel. Its scary to think of her as being in her mid 80s.

The weather has not been great for May. Chilly and windy. When it was ok one afternoon I had a walk around Edenhall and my favourite tree was looking fantastic.
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From May 21st I was off work for 11 whole days – and by chance only 4 of those were working days – what with a bank holiday etc.

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