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, April 29, 2011
One of my favourite parts of The Deenery garden.
William and Kate's Wedding Day
Did you watch the wedding? I did and thoroughly enjoyed it too. It was fun seeing all the guests arrive and the fashions. Then William and Harry looking splendid in their uniforms. Finally, the moment we were all waiting for - Kate and the dress! She looked wonderful with that waist nipping flattering choice. The pretty lace top showed just enough and her hair was beautifully natural. A lovely ceremony. I have a feeling this royal marriage will be a total success.
Around The Deenery
Our washing machine finally gave up the ghost, so we had to buy a new one. I love new white goods! Then our fridge/freezer (which was here when we bought the house) started leaking water over the floor, so that provoked a rethink of our kitchen design. As it happens, we had a larder fridge up in our barn, which Jim manfully cleaned until it sparkled like new. We thought we'd try it out in our utility room, which is just off the kitchen, and see whether it's too much of a pain going in and out of there. It fits a treat next to the new washer and it's no trouble to use, so there it will stay.
We took the old washing machine and an old big television to the tip on Thursday, just the old fridge/freezer to go next - then we'll have more space in the little lobby off the kitchen/diner. Jim has plans for that area.....
New Knitting Group
Jim spotted details of a group of ladies who meet up each Thursday morning in Scarriff (not that far from us and where the tip is), to knit and sometimes do other crafts. We went along 2 weeks ago. It's a lovely flexible group of women who simply knit and chat and learn new things. I loved it and bought some ridiculously expensive wool and a pattern to make with a cable running down one side. I've never done cable stitch before so I've now learned a new skill already.
The 2 'leaders' of the group also do other courses and in 2 weeks are starting a course on mixing felting and fabrics, which I have signed up to join. It's for 6 weeks and should be great fun. The weather's been so gorgeous that we've sat outside for the 2 weeks I have attended so far.
Again, because of the weather, we have spent a lot of time in The Deenery garden. The biggest project has been the back 'yard' area, left in a complete stony mess after the builders had finished the extension. We have kept putting it off because it seemed such a daunting task.
Easter seemed a good time to attack this job and after 4 days of hard shovelling, mattocking and stone shifting, a new lawn has been made and seeded. Here are some photos - no grass yet of course!
A 'before' photo! The rockery (also part of the project), was half built here but we hadn't done any levelling or brought any of the many many barrows full of our home made compost down from the allotment area. Jim did the barrowing and dumping of the compost and I sorted it and spread it out.
Jim had just moved a large stone for the rockery. Can you see Sandy on it? Since BlackJack's death, Sandy spends a lot more time with us. He's more like a dog and if we're working outside, he's usually not far away!
Me working on the lawn - about half way.
The grass in the foreground leads to the arboretum. The rockery needs some plants now!
The view across the extension.
There's me at the end of the house to show some perspective. We also have a new bird feeder - that pole on the right!
Here is the view from the other end of the extension, from behind the wall we built last year! Jim's also finished the steps from the 'patio' to the gap in the wall. I am now on the bench at the other end. We had a large sherry to celebrate! Now we have a large pile of stones to shift then we can finish the corner where the stones are. We may gravel that area as the ground there is very solid and my washing line is also there. I can't wait for the grass to grow!
Other Garden Stuff!
We have moved the arch from the centre of the arboretum to the side. It's much better there and already has a clematis growing up one side of it.
The cherry tree on the right has been absolutely weighed down with blossom.
Jim's Photo Session
Lots of photos as Jim had a walk around the garden a few days ago.
Dazzling scarlet tulips and pretty narcissus
The Fairy Hill on the right and path down to the arboretum
Beautiful lilac - and it smells wonderful too.
Rose bed, rhododendron bed and cherry tree bed
The rhodo flowers are enormous. They start pink then gradually turn yellow.
The cherry blossom
Gorgeous new maple leaf
A lovely pot of bulbs. The white and green tulips are particularly special
I love my black tulips
Tulips galore and yellow alyssum
A bee on the white cornflower
I think that's enough for one day. I do hope you've enjoyed this garden catch up.
On Wednesday Jim and I are off to the UK until the following Tuesday. My granddaughter Kirsty is getting married to her partner Kerry on Saturday May 7th so it's a big occasion for all the family. Oh what a lot of photos there will be!!
Just a final note. I am thinking of all my blogging friends in the South of the USA. Such awful suffering from the 'twisters'.
I have had a varied and at times wild life of loves and marriages, children and grandchildren. Jim, my husband and I moved back from Ireland some time ago and I haven't had the heart to blog since. Now living on the balmy South Coast of England. I miss my 5 acres badly. Big Labour Party supporter as is Jim Deen my husband.