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.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Chichester Photos, Catch Up
Gosh - almost a month since my last post - that's terrible. The trouble is, once the weather improves and the days get longer, I spend so much time in the garden, there isn't much left for blogging.
I spent 2 weeks in Worthing, travelling to Chichester and back each day on jury duty. It was a very interesting if rather harrowing time. The case to which I was assigned was domestic violence - and pretty nasty. Still, it was good to see how the British justice system worked and how different it all is from the tv court cases. The jury were a lovely bunch of people from all walks of life and mixed ages.
The weather the first week was amazing. Really warm and I had to buy some new clothes as I was too hot in my jeans! I took advantage of the late afternoon sun to take some photos around Chichester, which is a lovely old Sussex town. Here are a few examples:
An unusual view of Chichester Cathedral.
Behind the cathedral is a lovely garden, called 'The Bishop's Garden'. I spent quite some time walking around it:
A tower in the corner of the garden.
The cathedral from the Bishop's Garden. The sun has turned the bricks a wonderful colour.
The bell tower is close to the cathedral.
Also in the town is the Market Cross - a splendid piece of architecture with lots of carvings around it:
The Market Cross. Below are some of the carving around the cross:
There were plenty of super shops in the town. This pretty window caught my eye:
I stayed at our Worthing house, where Jim's daughter Jenny, husband Matt and son Sonny are staying. Poor Sonny had an awful cold that went to a chest infection and felt very sorry for himself:
He slept a lot on the settee. The day I left he was showing signs of improvement thank goodness.
I also saw Poppy, Ali and Jo and we went and fed the donkeys, which Poppy loves to do:
Poppy has grown quite a lot and is a real charmer:
Ali and Poppy. We indulged in rather a splendid cream tea!
In stark contrast to our 5 acres in Ireland, this is our tiny little garden in Worthing! It goes as far as the large pink flowering tree. There is also a paved area at the side of the house and a small front garden. I spent the time I was there rediscovering the front garden, which had disappeared under a sea of weeds! I took this through the upstairs window so there is some reflected light, but you can see the results of my labours:
Jim and I have been very busy in our garden here in Ireland, but I'll leave that for another post. I'll try and make it soon!
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