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Saturday, 27 May 2017

Cécile Brunner

The Cécile Brunner climbing rose has been a favourite of mine for many years. It was created in 1881 in France.

It is described by David Austin as vigorous which I would most certainly agree with.

We planted it to grow up the children's old swing and it is definitely doing a good job of that. It is also described as virtually thornless which if you happen to be ducking under it when mowing the lawn you definitely wouldn't agree with! 

Monty obligingly posed under it for me and then decided it was good place for a longer rest on such a hot day.

Friday, 26 May 2017

A Photo a Week Challenge: Golden Hour

The subject for Nancy's A Photo a Week Challenge is the Golden Hour, the hour before and after sunset. I had chosen these photos to show today before I realised I could use them for the challenge. On Wednesday night I accompanied older daughter when she went to feed her cattle. The sun was just catching behind the trees giving a lovely colour.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Take Three Thursday: A Dusty Roll

On a Thursday I join Mary Lou in choosing three photos with a theme. This week as I have already mentioned I have been catching up with a lot of gardening. One or other of the cats often like to follow me around in the garden.
I was fetching the wheel barrow for the grass cuttings when I came across Tiggy. He was busy having a nice dust bath in the field.

Ahh! Now that feels a lot better.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Pause for Thought

I am taking a moment to pause and think about all those affected by the terrible atrocities in Manchester. There is so little one can say other than that I am thinking of and praying for those injured, traumatised and bereaved in the last two days.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Cheeky Lambs

Today is a bit of an experiment. I took this video of the pet lambs the other day. It is quite amusing and soporific to watch. I have shared it with friends on Facebook and thought I would share it with you. I have never posted a video before so am interested to hear if you can view it okay.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Memo, Mail, Me and Monday : Pea Sticks

Good morning on what is proving to be quite a sunny morning at the moment. A customer has just been in for 7 trays of eggs ( a lot of people buy them for their neighbours and friends!) and he assured me that the weather is set fair for the week. That's better than the forecast was predicting last week.
So it's a sunny wave to Sian and all the other Monday bloggers. It's rime to review what's been happening here over the weekend.
 The post has been more interesting than some weeks. I couldn't wait to post all about Monty's special delivery which you can read about here. There has also been a parcel arrived for a little boy who is going to be two next week. It's waiting to be dispatched and I couldn't possibly tell you what it is because you never know .....he might just read my blog!
So let's move onto what is new around here. It's been a lot of new planting this weekend. The sweet peas are in and in need of something to climb up so it was off in search of pea sticks. 

You can see that we soon had a good load up. 

I decided to walk back as it wasn't very far. This gave me a chance to photograph a patch of bluebells I had spotted on the way.

Then the view with the evening light across the fields.

I was not far behind to do gate duty.

The sticks are now in place and will look better when the sweet peas begin to grow.

Needless to say we didn't use all the sticks. A lot are destined for use for sweet peas and peas in the vegetable garden.
So wishing you all a sunny, productive and cheerful week ahead.

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Looking Down the Garden

The garden is at that in between scruffy stage at the moment. The spring bulbs are over and there is a lot of tidying and planting to do. I have made a start and yesterday I nipped out between showers of rain to do a bit more. The ceanothus bush is looking grand at the moment but is threatening to take over the whole garden. We were discussing how we bought it as a tiny plant from a stall on the harbour in Penzance. A lovely reminder of a great holiday 4 years ago.

A few sheep are in the field at the bottom of the garden which I always enjoy seeing.They are not often there but are a few ewes who were late to lamb. The last lambs have been born so that's it for this year. 

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Getting Comfy

Socks the cat kept me company while I was sotmg some of my bedding plant seedlings.

There are still a lot in the conservatory.

Then as predicted Socks found himself a really comfy spot in Monty's new bed.

He is certainly well camouflaged!

Friday, 19 May 2017

A New Bed

All the family have been talking about getting Monty a new bed. They have all had in mind a big cushion for him to use in the kitchen and conservatory. I must admit I wasn't sure he needed one however Farmer Daughter decided to order him one. It arrived today while I was out.
Monty certainly seems pleased with the purchase.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Take Three Thursday: Blue

I am joining Mary Lou with her Thursday meme where you choose three photos with a theme. Today I have chosen 3 blue flower pictures that I have taken over the last few weeks. They are in 3 different locations.
1. In the bluebell woods.

2. In my mum's garden.

3. In my garden.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Sheep Checking

On Sunday Farmer Daughter took her Grandma off to check the sheep.

The advantage of this vehicle is that no walking is involved!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Fun in the Field

The last couple of days I have been showing a little of the Somerset Young Farmers Rally. There were also some activities going on in the field.
 The 'lawnmower ' races were highly amusing to watch. 

The lads took this very seriously and were all on hand for any emergency repairs or help needed. 

The ditch of water certainly added to the fun causing lots of splashes and several  minor breakdowns.

There was a tug of war which had been carefully prepared for with lots of training. The winning team will go on to compete at the national rally.

One of the most enjoyable events for spectators and participants was the obstacle course which included a pool of foamy water.

There was plenty of over and under. 

Two of the lads had come in appropriate dress and entertained the audience with their antics.

Let's hope they all brought a change of clothing for the evening event!

Monday, 15 May 2017

Memos, Mail, Me and Monday: Fun Challenges

 Good Morning to all and particularly Sian and the Monday morning bloggers. Hoping you all had a lovely weekend. Well the weather has changed overnight and this morning we are having some much needed rain. The fields and garden  have become very dry. The potatoes and arable crops are in need of a good soaking. Lets just hope that it knows when to stop!
 It was however lucky that the rain held off for most of the weekend. I mentioned yesterday that the Somerset Young Farmers had their rally close by over the weekend. Farmer daughter was involved in the setting up and was helping on the day.

 I decided to wander along to see what they were all up to. This was a first for me so I wasn't certain what to expect. You can see a few of their antics in my post yesterday too. The theme incidentally as I mentioned then is "Down Under "
 A lot of preparation had gone into the youngsters work. There were a lot of skills being exhibited many of which have been passed down the generations and it was good to previous young farmers of all ages on hand to help, advise and judge this new generation of farmers. The more traditional skills included showing stock such as these dairy calves.

A lot of work and ingenuity was being shown on this challenge of building a Sidney Opera House out of pallets. This shows an early and later shot.

Some challenges were of a more frivolous nature such as the Bush Tucker challenge based on a "I'm a celebrity..." style. The delicacies to eat in the shortest time included prunes, olives, anchovies, cockles and edible worms. That is without mentioning chocolate covered sprouts and raw eggs.... Farmer daughter and her friend were up to the challenge.

Not everyone found it so easy.

Everyone was busy. There was a wetsuit challenge.

Preparing a chicken, changing a wheel, archery and cooking.

Tomorrow I will show some of the other fun activities that took part in the field.