Phew it's hot! Come on, this is Ireland, it doesn't do this hot. Ah well, we'll make the most of it. First it's ATC (artist trading card) time.
This gorgeous one from lolo is R is for Rabbit and Radish! Her whole theme is blue this time and I just love this cute fellow. It came in this pretty organza bag:
and was accompanied by this lovely card:
This is called 'Molly and the Night Toads' and is from the 'Purrmaids' series by Lolo. Isn't it just great?
Lynn is doing the Hebrew alphabet and this is the 18th letter meaning Ninety! She explains on the reverse:
Accompanying this was a cute little card and I think Lynn must be psychic:
Lynn must know that I still haven't finished the curtains for the sun room - ok ok, I'll get a move on Lynn!
To be Sent or Swapped
Firstly, my S for Snake in the Grass. This is going to Lolo!
I hope you like it Lolo.
The following 2 cards are to swap if anyone would like one of them - or both of course:
I love ATCs!
It's all too hot for Buster.
An interloper? The Labrador is Max and he belongs to a couple who live over the back from us. He pops up over the field and meadow and comes to play with Buster! They do get a bit robust at times but it certainly gives Buster some exercise!
Of course he knows which side his bread's buttered. Jim and Buster having a love-in.
Something caught BlackJack's attention! the 2 on the right look the same! Oh well.
The arboretum lawn is progressing slowly. Jim has seeded the dark section. It's much bigger than it looks and took some levelling on his part.
The stones that you can see are edging a new bed I made. It was a small bed with just a few plants in it, so it has in face been extended. It looks much better. The 'grey' area will remain 'road' or hard surface. It'll be lovely when the new grass grows.
Do you remember my Judas Tree? Last year it produced blossom for the first time but, because of the awful weather, it all fell off before it came out. Not so this year. Hurrah:
The blossom comes from the bare branches, which looks most odd! The tree was barely a foot high when we moved here so it has certainly grown:
Here it is in situ on the larger arboretum bed.
Jim grew some aquilegia from seed and planted them last year. They are absolutely beautiful:
This is a black one called Guinness! The flowers are a bit smaller than the others but still very pretty. Below is the front.
Do enlarge any of the photos if you have the time.
These aquilegia are from other parts of the garden but are still very pretty.
I love the way the sun has caught the petals.
Finally, I cleaned up our porch, which gets used as a general dumping ground!
Tidy boots and coats.
Our recycling bins!
Tidy shelves! It's good to get it clean once in a while. Jim's just laughed at my putting these photos up! It'll remind me of all the work I did that day!
I think that's enough excitement for one day. I have had a rotten cold, brought back from Kitty and Jack. The sunshine helps though.
Have a great weekend everyone.