Life and Thyme!

Cross stitch keyring

Just one little bit of cross stitch this month. A key ring for my friend Jane whom I have just got back from enjoying a rather wonderful few days with, North of the Border, i.e. Edinburgh.

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Scottish thistle, rather appropriate I felt.

Linking with Heather for Small SAL at







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Fountains Abbey- July 2016

Please leave a link to a picture of Strength in the comments section.

Next weeks prompt is Water

July Garden

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The greenhouse has started to earn its keep as we have had cucumbers now. Lettuces have done well but we have a temporary lull. And next month we should finally have broad beans. The garden is full of colour and variety. Not all of which was planned.

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This appeared in a neglected corner of the garden. Mr E picked and presented it for me, then we found out the fluid in the stem is poisonous. That will teach us.

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But this is just pretty and the bees love it. I have noticed that bees prefer natural flowers to the ones we have carefully nurtured.

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Although that little fellow seems happy enough.

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This clematis appears when and where it jolly well feels like. This year we have lots of blooms which have now tumbled up and over the fence into next doors.

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Isn’t this baby blackbird so sweet. I hadn’t really thought about their feathers but he/she has no tail yet. By the way the Dad is the blackbird with the white feathers we,  ok I named Fred. But I have not seen Fred for a week. Hope he is ok.

Back to the flowers, and at this time of year my favourite at  least for this week are the roses. I leave you with three of them. All have a gorgeous fragrance, my favourite is third, but let me know which you like best won’t you.

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We returned to Scampston Hall walled garden yesterday, what a difference a few months make.

The vegetable area.

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Full to bursting!

The flower beds

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A riot of colour.

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Not enough colour?

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How’s that? Still not enough?

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Or the elegance of this?

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Or this?

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And what about the wavy grasses?

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En masse?

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We went inside the conservatory/ orangery …whatever you want to call it.

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To the Head Gardeners office! And next door there just happened to be an embroidery exhibition based on the landscape gardens of Capability Brown.

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Sorry about the reflections, it was a very hot day.

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Oh yes well worth a return visit. We had lunch too, and very nice it was.

Hope everyone finds something really marvellous this weekend.




Yarn Along!

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Last time I wrote a Yarn Along post I was knitting a cable cardigan for my granddaughter. It has a 12 line pattern repeat and requires total concentration, meaning I could only manage an hour at most in the afternoon ,at a time. I found I was really and I mean really missing the type of knitting I do in the evening, which is so relaxing and totally de-stresses me. After a few nights of twiddling my thumbs and feeling down in the dumps, there was only one thing to do. Start something else…. And what better to start than a restart. Now I have been meaning to make this thing since my oldest boy was a little boy and if I say he’s now 37, you might agree it was time to go from thought to action. So I have knitted 7 x 5 squares in various green woo/patternsl and am now stitching them together. The next bit of knitting will be grey. And that’s all I am saying till my next yarn along post.

Meantime I have started rather an odd reading adventure. I was finding it hard to choose my books from the library. I couldn’t find any by my favouirte authors . What to do? Now this will sound daft but actually it’s turning out brilliantly. I am reading through the alphabet. I  started at A and so on through the alphabet, and I have to choose the next book by an author whose surname is B, then C ,then D and so on. The last one I read was The Danish Girl by David Evershoff. If it hadn’t been the turn for E  I would never have found this book and I really enjoyed it. I have now started my choice for F. I had read Georgy Girl by Margaret Forster but nothing else. What a nitwit, I am really enjoying it so far. If you would like to see the other books I have read this year you can find a brief description in the Books page above.

Joining with Ginny for Yarn Along

Photo Challenge- Zest

Dictionary definition-Zest- Keen interest

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Starts today. Very excited. Course provided by Futurelearn.

Next weeks prompt is Strength.

Happy Snapping! And do please leave a link to your Zest picture in the comments section.

Didn’t need to worry!

Florrie and bag

The grin says it all!

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