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.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Another UK Trip. Garden Update...
Kitty Green aged 16 months
Quick Flit to the UK
I took a quick and unexpected trip to the UK. It was 'Grandparents School Dinner' day and I didn't want to miss it. This was at Jack's school and all five of us Grandparents came and had dinner with Jack. I arrived late at night and Jack hadn't seen me as he'd gone off to school early. When he came to collect us all, he rushed up to me and flung his arms round me. It was lovely.
We had to wait our turn at the table then collect our tray and go up to the serving hatch for the food. It was a roast dinner which was very 'school dinner' but the pudding was fabulous. Sticky sponge with syrup underneath with custard. Wow. I managed to get one of the other 'Grandparents' to take a photo of us all:
L - R Ivor, Maureen, Ken, Jack, Rene and Me. I think Jack had the largest complement of Grandparents! He had 2 Nans, 2 Grandads and 1 Gran!
Back at the house, with all of us together for a change, I took some family photos:
My son Jason, centre, his Grandad Ivor in the yellow shirt and his Dad Ken in the red one. Such great colours! Jason's the only one who's managed to keep most of his hair!
Here we are again with me on the end and Sam, Kitty and Maureen on the floor. Jack was still at school and Jason took the photo.
This time with Jason, as Sam took this one!
Kitty is just adorable and such a happy little girl most of the time. She doesn't talk much but understands an awful lot!
I think this is probably my favourite of the stay. She just threw back her head and laughed, with a real 'ha ha ha'. Wonderful.
I loved the shadows on the floor. Jason and Kitty are there too.
On the Saturday morning, Sam and I took Jack for a swimming lesson then he had a party! It was fancy dress and Jack made an impressive skeleton:
I loved the way his nose poked out of the mask.
The children had a magician/entertainer and Jack loved it:
After the party we headed home and played 'beds' on the floor. I was heading off at 5.45 so it was quite a quiet game before I left.
Jack and Kitty first lay on cushions.
Then we made a better bed!
Jack cuddling Kitty
Then he gave her a kiss. Aaaah.
I brought home Kitty's cold which is a bit of a pain. Hopefully it will be gone in a day or two. House and Garden
Jim had been very busy in the kitchen while I was away.
He finished the section behind the boiler, built those shelves and varnished them. Doesn't it look good?
There is still some work to do on the opposite wall but that's about it for the kitchen/diner.
In the garden, the new wall has been planted up:
There are 2 conifers, some herbs, cyclamen and pansies plus some heathers and 2 roses.
I have done some work on the parking area, which was a bit of a mess.
I have moved the blocks now and most of the stones.
I have edged the bed with stones and will carry on as and when I get time.
Toadstools and Coriander Seeds
I took a few photos of toadstools in Suffolk.
This one was tiny.
This strange creature was on a tree where we parked our car for the party.
I must go for a walk in the woods. There are always loads of toadstools at this time of year.
Lastly, Jim collected the seeds from our coriander plants and marvelled at the patterns they made in the tray:
Aren't they fun?
On the Crafts front I'm making 2 rag dolls. Photos when they're completed.
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