Good morning! Welcome to the week everybody. I feel ready for it (sort of), do you?
I wanted to say thank you at the start of today’s post for the notes that were left on Facebook and on twitter with regards to my old school friend, Julie, passing away in a road traffic accident. I searched on the Internet for more information about it and it appears that the person driving the other car was not insured and had a driving ban, though I am not certain about this as the Internet can be tricky occasionally when it comes to the facts. If however, this is the case then it is beyond tragic and very, very unfair.
My heart is going out to Julie’s husband and her two children, who were all in the car at the time of the accident, and my prayers are all for them at this time.
Over the last few days I’ve been focusing on getting my little family settled both inside and outside of our new home. Keeping busy and counting every single blessing. The picture above shows my new outdoor cooking area. Right now it has a great many pots littering it up but they are gradually being shifted to new homes and the space will be clear by the end of the week. I say that with a great deal of determination as I’m desperate to create a beautiful setting so that I can cook out under the setting sun.
When you move to a new place it’s always lovely when there are surprises waiting for you. This Clematis, growing up the potting shed, was one such surprise. Huge giant plate-like flowers in a fantastic soft lilac colour. I don’t think it’ll be long before the entire shed is covered with it.
The Cherries on my potted Cherry tree are starting to show. I’ll be guarding this tree and other soft fruits with my life and netting over the coming months. I’m not having my first crop disappear in to the mouths of all the birds. As much as I love birds I love homemade Cherry Clafoutis more.
Ah, now this is a Stock plug plant and this is how I’ve had them delivered this year.
I had them delivered as smaller plug plants last year and as you can see (this is my crop from last June) they are rather fabulous. Their scent is syrupy and never has a flower been better suited to a humble jam jar.
Except perhaps Sweet Peas, this was from Fence Day two summers ago. They make a jar look great!
It would seem that the twins are settling in to the new house and garden too. I’m not sure who Nye was telling off at this point, a bird perhaps, but as they are now eleven months old their personalities are well and truly coming to the surface.
Nye is a communicator.
She likes to tell you all about it. Whatever ‘it’ is.
She jumps from subject to subject, event to event, thought to thought.
And her feelings are there for all to see.
Perturbed, happy, tired, sociable, no matter what it is you know what Nye is feeling and you know where you stand. She also has a wicked glint in her eye and she makes her brother laugh while she herself stays straight faced.
She is tougher to manage on occasion as she can be described as “forceful” yes, I think that’s a good word, especially when there is something she doesn’t want to do. Such as have her nappy changed or wear a hat in the sun.
But at these times I have to be Mummy. And even though the tears fall very, very readily for someone with no formal acting training, Anaïs gets over her upset in a heartbeat and all is forgotten.
Ned just likes to eat corks.
Men are from Mars, etc, etc!
I love you. I want to thank you for reading and from the bottom of my heart I want to wish you joy in the small things and peace in the every day. As life goes on I’m convinced that the ordinary is where the extraordinary resides.
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