The weather has been mild. Sometimes quite sunny.

The big project for this year – a renovation of the enclosed yard.
I fully started work on the renovation of the back yard, or, as my friend Liz refers to the plans A Sitootery So, all those lovely plans for our enclosed yard… BIG ideas. LUSH ideas.
In the cold light of a few weeks on from the plans being hatched the true £ cost is starting to dawn on me so I am trying to find ways of achieving the same results with a CONSIDERABLY reduced budget. (by early May the budget is blown out of the water!!)
Step 1. Gravel on the lower part of the yard and on the step. Used a plank to hold step gravel in place. Looks better already.
Step 2. Gardener chap pickaxing up the smaller patch of old concrete ready for more gravel. Result is all gravel and the remaining large lovely sandstone slabs.
Step 3. Painting the 2 brick walls a very very very pale lavender blue.
Step 4. Using the old plank of wood (which for me started life as one end of a open aspect wardrobe thing) to create a raised planted for lavenders.Ha ha. Hector was making the long rectangular planter I requested. Great use of old wood it thought. All was going well, I even helped a bit. Almost done and the side/leg needed to be fixed on. Minor adjustments made, glue in place, leg/side slotted and screwed and glued in place. It was at that point I noticed it was all the wrong way up! I.e legs at the top! Ho ho.
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Step 5. Buying LOTS of lavender and some feature plants.
Step 6. Buying a Gudrun Sjoden very special outdoor table cloth. Expensive but really looks right.
Step 7. Finding a nice outdoor mirror and outdoor fairy lights.

By early May its all done! And here it is! Its made me very happy.

Oh I SAY! A new Gordons Gin with Elderflower! They must have created it just for me…. who”s going to the shops first then…….

Totally concur!
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Scientists discover ”eighth colour of the rainbow. A wonderfully understated, classy and intelligent April Fool from the iPaper. As you”d expect from them…..

A few of us had some fun sharing photos of our wardrobes. They say as much about us as out handbags. This is mine…
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Its getting busy at the bird feeders
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I watch Coronation Street. Always loved it. Very funny scripts and characters. The best recently is Steve and Peter wake up in bed together…. They are playing it à la Morecambe & Wise, especially Steve. Funny.

I met up with my FB friend Suzanne at Rheged and had a jolly good natter then coffee at home.
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Had a wander at Edenhall. Nice long and quiet road.
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Almost a double rainbow early this morning as I drove to work…. The cloud is obscuring a view over to the Lake District mountains.
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While searching for my drivers license…..I came across these.

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Hector, Rosie and I went to the Dalston Point-to-Point today. Very enjoyable. Windy and chilly but great fun. We tried to pick winner, though only did ok in the first couple of races. Its a very ”county” event..
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15th April. Hurrah! Almost three weeks earlier this year! Saw the first swallow – in Lazonby – as I drove to work.

The blossom… Lovely Spring!
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Sometimes, just sometimes, going to work has it”s pleasing side…. A field I pass on the little roads route. Birdsong and bright early sun was gorgeous this morning at 7 ish as I drove in, top down.
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Relaxing on my lap, but Frank has an eye on the little birds. Not that he can be at all bothered these days….
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I really should grow more tulips…..
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Would the low life crook who has tried to use my debit card to buy a Dell computer kindly go and disappear down a deep dark smelly hole! You have caused endless hassle and stress and have rendered my bank account inaccessible for the entire Easter weekend while I wait for a new card! And yes – I AM very careful using the card – almost paranoid.

Isn”t it lovely. Changed my view too….
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Wow. This map really puts the size of Africa into perspective and makes you realise the true immensity of the continent.
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What a perfect Good Friday…. Outdoors all day. Lazing mostly with a book. Hector came with Rosie and I for a walk around Edenhall. It was lovely….. Warm, summery, bright sun, no clouds.
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Amelanchier – I love the shining little star blossoms. I”ve squeezed two of these trees into our postage stamp garden. Amelanchier, also known as shadbush, shadwood or shadblow, serviceberry or sarvisberry, wild pear, juneberry, saskatoon, sugarplum or wild-plum, and chuckley pear is a genus of about 20 species
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Was off for 10 days over EAster. LOVELY!

Dropped my car off for its MOT and decided to walk back (about 4.5miles) mostly uphill but all countryside. Bearing in mind a dodgy hip H didn”t expect me to manage and was waiting for me to call to be rescued. I was doing fine (apart from blisters on my little toes) and was almost back when he turned up anyway and was very surprised I was so close to home. Bless him.

Easter Monday
What a lovely day to be outdoors. While H read his paper at the Fox and Pheasant in Armathwaite I had a walk with Rosie along the river before I joined him. Gorgeous little walk.
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24th April.
Ullswater and tea with Sally and Rosie (20 photos)
An afternoon with Sally and Rosie on Ullswater topped off with afternoon tea at the Inn on the Lake. Lovely bright weather. Happy.
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Spent a Friday visiting Mum and Jane.
Good to see Mum and Jane. Nice too to have an hour at Thirlmere on the way… I came back via Kirkstone over The Struggle.
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A little old fella has these two. One Westie goes along in the home made trolley and the other walks by his side. They sit quietly and patiently outside the shop while the old man buys his paper. Really gladdens the heart.
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