Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Summer brings colour ….

At long last, the weather seems set to fair & warm, hot even for the UK so I have been playing catch up in bringing some much needed colour to the garden as we will be spending more time in it.

I have purposely restricted the colour palette to pinks, blues, whites & purples with just the odd bit of stray other colour creeping in at times.

My original plan was for an all white garden but that did not quite work out so I have been trying to add more white plants alongside the others.

Why white? At dusk & in low light, the whites just hold their own. Their lightness just adds depths to the garden that I rather like.

Thanksfully, our local independent farm shop has grown quite a few white plants this year & I have been down to get several tall white delphiniums & snap dragons to fill in the gaps. Pip also had some beautiful nicotina plants in carrying shades of pinks that are so very pretty - just what is needed to soften the greens.

I also repotted the hanging baskets (they really need new linings too but time is short so it is on my 'to-do' list ….

The pots by our front entrance have lost their topiaries - again! I just don't understand why topiary just doesn't survive the harsher, exposed front so the pots have been repotted with cheerful plants & some honeysuckle.

How do you get your garden season ready? Do you find that there is always lots to do before the warmer weather?

Have a fabulous week & thanks for stopping by again. I always enjoy your company & your comments.

Dee ~♥~

Friday, 20 June 2014

So long our little Fred ....

Hello to all

This has been another very busy week but also a very sad one.  My regular blog visitors will be well acquainted with the antics of our two Lionhead house rabbits from their regular appearances on the blog.  Bunnies are definitely not just for Easter

This Wednesday night our Fred (the black rabbit) took ill & the daughters & I rushed him to the emergency vets with breathing problems but he passed away in their arms en route.

What a massive shock - we knew he was getting older at nearly 7 years, but were unprepared for his sudden death.   We did the only sensible thing & brought our Fred back to be in the garden he so loved to run around in.

Our Fred came to us to share our home with Vivaldi who came back from university with the daughter. Their story is told here

The rescue advert for our Fred was this:

and what a sweet little boy he was with our Vivaldi ...

Cuddling up

Spending a few days in an animal kennel when we moved - not impressed

Cuddled up on the lawn - gardens are fabulous bunny places

 exploring & getting up to antics by hiding in the bushes & eating the plants

 Mmmm bamboo shoots - our favourite

Stretching their legs

Always loving being outdoors with us

Their favourite garden places

Our two had regular bunny fights too - both too dominant & both too stubborn so for a time they have had to be 'together but apart' due to their scraps & huge vet bills for scraping. But they both had huge car-size runs in the garage with one always in & one always out to run around only. We would always find them lying side by side but without the run, they would have 'words' with each other ....

Just this past week, they were getting on well with supervised time on the kitchen carpet while we cooked & we were hopeful that they could be completely together again  but it was not to be.

 This is how we will always think of our gorgeous Fred

Curious & mischivious  …..
wilful … 'no, I am not getting off the white sofa .....'

loving …..

 energetic ....

handsome ....

trusting ....

and one of a pair of very loved bunnies. 

Vivaldi sniffed her Fred to say goodbye & now she is mourning too as many rabbit sites say they can. She has spent her day on Fred's red towel, hardly moving & she cuddled into my neck & sat with me for ages today. I will have to keep an eye on my girl as she has not been alone for 6 years ...

For those not familiar with house bunnies, they can live in very close contact as ours have done; having the full run of a double garage & scratching to come in to the house as soon as they hear us about so they can share our space & our lives.  They have great personalities & happily engage with people. They can also live for anything up to 10 years so is not a responsibility to be taken on lightly ....

Fred, our handsome lad, binky / jump about freely & thanks for wonderful memories!

Dee ~♥~

Sunday, 15 June 2014

You are invited to ....

How things have changed over the last 100 years re wedding invitations. Modern weddings have changed from what used to be quite modest family affairs.

While visiting family, I browsed some very old photos and came across these old wedding initiations which were smaller than a modern day iphone.

The printing was beautifully done with embossed raised detail & cut out shapes.

All three invitations together - modest yet striking

It was very interesting to look back over changes in just the last 100 years.

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment so I know you have visited my blog
Dee ~♥~

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Black & white wedding photos

Hi all

I shared some of the beautiful Shropshire wedding photos I recently did

The lovely bride asked for some to be in black & white & I fully agree with her. As lovely as colour photos are, there is just something so beautiful about black & white images - perhaps it is our nostalgia that makes them so appealing or perhaps it is because the details are so lovely in the monotone.

These are some of the black & white images

Some thing's are definitely more powerful in black & white. Do you like old images?

Thanks for stopping by, I always love to read your comments
Dee ~♥~