BT - The Crafty Gardener: The Daily Life of a 'Blow In' to Ireland from the UK, how we try and tame 5 acres and live with the weather - plus my family and crafting exploits.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Catch Up - Mixed Bloggy Post - 17th September 2010
Poppy - aged 2 in December. She is still very tiny for her age.
At last I've managed to increase my photo storage with Google. It's taken about 4 days in all. Now I can download some photos. Hurrah!
Taken at the Scariff Show, luckily on that day we didn't need an umbrella, but we have had plenty of rainy days.
Just one photo of Ben and Hayley as the rest are on Facebook. Here they all all dressed up and ready to go to the wedding:
Don't they look smart? It was so lovely to have them here for a few days.
Jim's UK Trip
On Thursday 9th September, Jim went to the UK for a few days to visit his children and Grandchildren there. Jenny, Matt and Sonny were heading off to the Isle of Wight for a holiday but Jim still managed to get to see them for a while. Sonny was very taken with Jim and put his arms up each time Grandad appeared!
Here's Sonny bouncing on the trampoline we had bought him for his 1st birthday. He loves it!
He still pulls some great faces! The engine was also from us and has Sonny's name on it. He liked it.
On the Friday night they all went for an Italian meal to celebrate Russell's 30th birthday. There was Russell and Caz, Matt and Jenny and Ali and Jim. Ali's husband Joe had a prior band engagement so couldn't make it.
Russell had threatened anyone with death who ever bought him a 'photo' cake or 30th balloon, so of course they had to get him both!
He loved it really!
Russ's beautiful wife Caz.
Sonny's Mummy Jenny - Jim's younger daughter.
With Jenny and family gone on holiday, Ali came with Poppy to take Dad out for a walk to Burpham - a favourite walk they used to go on when Ali was a child.
She is still adorable and now has a great vocabulary too.
Poppy decided the 'here' is where she wanted her picnic, but Ali and Jim had other ideas! Eventually she followed them.
Grandad had bought custard tarts. Mmmm.
The walk ends at a little park. Poppy fed the 'horse' some grass!
I can't wait to see both Poppy and Sonny just after Christmas when Jim and I are travelling the country on a 'Deens on tour'.
Here I am in my office with the new screen/now Jim's! (Bea, can you see one of your post cards on the wall by the door?)
My birthday's been a funny one this year. Jim bought me a new screen for my computer, which I didn't like, so he swapped it for his - which I love!
A few days later a present from K, Rachel and Lu arrived. A marvellous mobile made by Rachel out of a knife handle, a fork and 4 twisted spoons. I must take a photo of it, it's lovely and makes a delightful tinkling noise too.
I've had cards arriving for days then I thought yesterday that I hadn't had a present from my son Jason, Sam, Jack and Kitty. Very strange as Sam is so on the ball with birthdays. It turns out Jason had brought my presents with him on their visit and they were in Jim's office on a shelf!! So I had another birthday yesterday. Such lovely things too, a card chosen by and written by Jack from him and Kitty. 2 Art Deco pens, a little jewel encrusted notebook for my handbag with matching pen. Some blank cards for the insertion of photos. A pretty little shaker style wooden box with 'Special Mum' on the top. Some chocolate of course! And a little art deco card plus some 'backing' A4 size card with super patterns on them. Wow, what a lucky girl.
Jim still felt he hadn't really brought me anything for my birthday and bought me a new 'everyday' watch from the UK as mine had broken. It has big numbers on it so I can see it! Then today he went shopping and bought me a huge Black stemmed bamboo. It's enormous and quite lovely. Now all I have to do is decide where to plant it to display it at its best. I wonder whether anything else will turn up??
Some of my presents and cards. Jim's prizewinning vase of flowers from Scariff show are on the table too.
The new wall Jim and I are building is almost finished. Today I filled the completed part with soil and planted one plant! I do have some more to put in but it was getting dark.
Ben took this rather lovely photo of the arboretum and the new flower bed all bursting with colour. You can see how glorious the weather was for their visit.
We are currently working on the back yard - the part most affected by the builders and where the new wall is. We are aiming to grass it soon, having removed all the surface stone and sorted out the levels. I will take some photos tomorrow!
In the front, we had a huge pile of gravel delivered and I have been spreading it around. Jason and Jack did some for us too (I think I mentioned this in my last catch up post). It's all looking much smarter too. Ben took rather a good photo of the front:
Jim is coming up the steps and I think Hayley's on the phone! It's been a good Summer for the garden and Jim's produce in particular. We now have courgettes by the ton - well, they're marrows now! Also carrots, beetroot and parsnips. The sweet corn is doing very well too, although we have had a couple of very windy days and they had blown over. Yesterday Jim and I staked them up again. I love corn on the cob.
Ben just loved the garden and took lots of photos. It's super that he enjoys photography as much as I do and K and Jason love it too.
I think that's enough for today. I will take some up to date photos of the back yard and the new wall. It's so good to be able to post photos again.
I have had a varied and at times wild life of loves and marriages, children and grandchildren. I am currently living in County Clare, Ireland, with my husband Jim. We have 5 acres of land and a traditional Irish Cottage. I love gardening and always have, even as a child. I enjoy photography, crafting, rag rug making, ATCs and fun on the computer