Our Day At The Chelsea Flower Show, London, #TBT.

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Yes it is Thursday and I am doing #TBT to yesterday!  DH and I had a really lovely day and I took 160 photographs!!!  Yeah for digital photography!!!  I will split the pictures over a few days otherwise you may get overloaded! 

Like the Quilt Shows I only took pictures of what I really loved and what interested us otherwise it would have been over 1,000 pictures!!!  The weather was perfect; warm, sunny but some cloud cover so it wasn’t baking hot.  The crowds were not too bad as it was an RHS day so it was not jam packed and you could walk around without any problems. 

There was always a lot of people around the Show Gardens, which obviously you get to see all of them on the TV, but what amazed me about them is how on TV they are described as being big but actually in person, not so much!  We did not stop at all of them just the ones we wanted to see and our favourite was the Yorkshire Garden, which won a Gold Medal.

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The garden featured a miniature canal and lock gates with the lock keepers cottage next to it and his garden. Above is the cottage.

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The path leading to the lock and cottage.

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The lock through the trees, above and below.

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The lock and water with the planting around it, above and below.

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Whilst we were stood waiting to get to the front to see the lock, a bumble bee came to visit the fox glove where we were standing.

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We got to the show at 8.30am having driven down the night before and stayed just outside London.  We completed the last twenty miles in the morning, fighting our way through London traffic.  When we arrived we had a walk around the show gardens and then had breakfast.  After we went into the Main Pavillion, which is the size of two football fields and has displays by nurseries and specialist growers and also by associations/companies etc who sponsored a display. 

DH and I liked the Pavilion the best out of all of what we saw.  There was plenty of room to move about between the displays and some of them were absolutely amazing and despite the heat of the day it was surprisingly cool inside.

My favourite display in the Great Pavilion of them all was the National Dahlia Collection stand which obviously featured all the different types of Dahlia intermingled with lots of other plants, fruits and vegetables.  It was a very large stand in the centre of the Pavilion.

When I took some of the pictures I got the names of the particular plant  with it, so we can hopefully add some of them to our garden. 

This display was a large rectangle and the colours flowed around it as you will see and they were stunning and the smell was just amazing.

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It started with quite pale pinks and blues with the dahlias, fox gloves and delphiniums.

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The above is a native, very small, sweet pea called Lathyrus Sativus and is tiny but so pretty and I defintely am going to find this and add it to our garden.

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The pinks and blues are my favourite colours.

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As you can see below the stand moved around from the pinks into the fire colours

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The opposite end to the where the pinks and blues were was a full vegetable plot and fruit trees.

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This was definitely my favourite.

I learnt about plants and gardening from my Grandfather, Frank Knight.  I used to help him in the school holidays in the garden (IF I wasn’t sewing with my Grandmother!!!!).  He loved his garden and it was worthy of Chelsea Flower Show.  He had specimen plants in it, as well as trees and fruit trees and behind a neatly trimmed hedge a huge vetable plot and his greenhouse.  He also had an immaculate lawn where I was not allowed ever to do cartwheels on!!!!!!!

Two of his favourite plants were Clematis and Roses in every variety and there were several growers in the Pavilion with these plants.

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Clematis in all shapes, sizes and shades.  Unfortunately they would not do well in our garden and it would mean growing them in containers.

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DH and I planted a climbing rose last year at the top of our garden and so far it seems happy where it is.  I love Roses (they are my Birthday Month flower) and the main stand was David Austin Roses.  Mr Austin sadly passed away last year but his company is going strong and they had a large stand in the Pavilion and also there was a main tribute to Mr Austin for all his work over the years.

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I have a few more ideas where we can plant some roses in the garden now.

There are still a lot of pictures to see, so I will be back tomorrow with more and what else we got up to on our day out.

Happy Thursday Everyone.

Hugs, Susie xx

The Wednesday Wag.

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The last few days have been lovely and sunny and warm so the back door has been open from early in the morning to early evening and I have been outside all the time!!!!  I just love this weather.  Mom was throwing my tennis ball for me for a while and then I decided I wanted a rest!!!!!

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Mom has bought me a new ID tag which is brass and has deep engraving and then painted black.  This side as you can see says that I am microchipped and the other side has Mom and Dad’s name and details on.  I don’t notice that I have a new tag but Mom says it sounds different on my collar!

Youngest and I are on our own today and I love it, as I get away with a lot of things when Youngest is in charge!!!!  Mom and Dad are back later today.

I hope you are having a very happy Woofy Wednesday.

Treacle.

 

Busy Day.

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I got all my work done this morning and then had to dash to do some grocery shopping as DH and I are going to Chelsea Flower Show tomorrow!  Can’t wait.  We have been watching it on TV and seeing all the gardens being set up and a view of the Great Pavillion, where there are displays of every flower you can think of.

We are going down tonight and stopping half way and then finishing the journey in the morning as you cannot bank on the traffic and we have to get through Central London and across the River Thames.  The weather tomorrow is forecast to be warm and sunny.

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The show opens at 8.00am so DH and I are hopefully going to be there when it opens and get a good look round and I have packed our picnic.  I have charged the battery on my camera and cleared the card off so I can take lots of pictures. 

Youngest will be in charge whilst we are out and looking after Treacle for us.

I will see you back here on Thursday with lots of pictures.

Hugs, Susie xx

Winter has Come and Our Watch has Ended.

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Well after Eight seasons and the only question being who shall finally sit on the Iron Throne, we find the answer is no one!  Even Daenerys didn’t get to sit on it for one second after the final battle!  Are you disappointed with the finale or are you happy with the way it all turned out and it was not all wrapped up with a neat bow? 

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My only thought is about Jon Snow and I may be missing it here but he obviously did the deed that no one else wanted to do but was punished for it by being sent back to the Wall where his journey really began.  However he goes through the gates at the end with Ghost and the Wildlings and to me that means that he has given up the Nights Watch and is making his life with the Wildlings as their King.  He did say in Episode 5 that he wished he was going back beyond the wall so that is where I think he has gone but everyone else seems to think that he is just going on patrol and escorting the Wildlings back but I don’t think so as he looks back when the gate comes down, as if saying goodbye.

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My other thought at the end when Tyrion, as Hand of the King, is holding the first Small Council Meeting and they are all there, yes younger versions of the original small council members, that it is just the same as the first Season, which means that nothing really changes.  They are still arguing about the same things!!!!

I cannot wait for the book to finally be published to see all the intricate details of all the other characters that surround the main story to see how that all plays out, so please hurry up and publish please Mr Martin!

I think that whenever these epics end, like Avengers: End Game, you feel a sense of loss but hopefully the Prequals, of which I have one of the books to read, will be as good.  I am a little sorry the way it ended and that Daenerys did not get to reign after all that she had been through but then again her personality changed so I suppose it was a fitting ending!  Out of them all I think Jon got the raw deal but then if my theory above is accurate he did get what he wanted in the end.

After this I don’t think I will be watching much TV as all my favourite shows have ended and there are only a few left and I have not found any to replace them.  However that means more time I can spend doing other things like Quilting, sorting the Boys Memory Books out, gardening, spring cleaning, decorating.  Plenty of things to fill my time.

I hope you all had a good weekend.  I decided not to do any quilting as my eyes were very sore and everything ached so I had a weekend doing nothing!!!!  It did feel good actually to not do a lot!!!!  Next weekend is another three day weekend when we are going to finish the Spring Cleaning and also hopefully get some gardening done too!

Hugs, Susie xx

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(All Images from HBO and owned by them)

Is It Friday?

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Yesterday turned into a bit of chaos!!!  DH was out at business meetings all day, I was catching up on work and then doing house jobs, Youngest was at home for a while and then in and out and the Boys’ Godmother called and then in the evening DH and Eldest went to look at a new car!!!!!  I fell into bed at 10.00pm exhausted!!!!!

 

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Work yesterday very much felt like the picture above and I just about managed to get everything sorted so that today I could finally finsh a lot of jobs!!!!!  I have completely lost track of days this week.

Molly’s Mom very kindly sent Treacle a filled bone at Christmas but Treacle only has these when it is nice outside as she makes the most horrendous mess!!!!

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As the weather was lovely yesterday and so warm, she took her bone oustide yesterday morning at 7.00am. 

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Here she is in the sunshine with her bone.  It took her at least five hours to finish it and then spent the rest of the day carrying it around the garden!!!!

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She won’t like it when we have to wash her legs and face!!!!!  You have never seen such a mess, but she loves it which is the main thing!!!!

I have a huge basket of ironing to do which is quite good as it is a little cooler today and DH is out all weekend at a swimming event so I have a whole weekend clear for quilting.

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I hope, whatever you are up to, you have a wonderful weekend. 

Hugs, Susie xx

Anyone Have Time To Come Outside?

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Today is just lovely and sunny and warm and I have been outside since 7.00am this morning and only came in to collect my lunchtime biscuit!!!!  I just love this weather.

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This is how Blue the sky is today with just a few whisps of white cloud.  Mom took this from her car so the black band is where she rested the camera but then got the car too!!!!!

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I had been outside all day yesterday too as the weather has been so sunny for the last few days but I was really tired last night and got to snuggle with Mom at bedtime!!!!!

I love this Spring weather.  I hope you are all having a great week.

Woof, Treacle xx

Tuesday Quilting Thoughts.

I have been trying to decide what type of block to make a new project from and have come across, at the MSQC You Tube channel, the Basket Block.  However there are many, many versions.

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I love the colours in this block and the way it has been styled but I do think that the colours can make it stand out very well and also for it to fade into the background as well.  I will need to go through by stash to see what I have.  I also have a few other ideas for some quilted items as I have a few Birthdays coming up!!!!

As DH is busy all weekend it will be the ideal opportunity to get these done.  I have just done May’s Block for the Kathleen Tracy Mystery Quilt this year.  We only have June to go and then we get the instructions in July to put it together.  She is known for her small and miniture quilts so it will be great to see how it turns out.  I am going to use this to do my first piece of hand quilting.  So far all my projects have been done on my Janome so I thought it would be a good idea to have a go at hand quilting but on something small!!!!  It will give me something to do in the evenings after the sun  has gone down!

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Today it is very sunny and warm again so we will be getting the plants put in and the grass cut.

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Chelsea Flower Show begins next Tuesday, May 21st, until Saturday May 25th and DH and I are going on Wednesday.  They have eleven show gardens set up as well as other gardens to give you inspiration and these are usually sponsored by companies or charities and then the planting is moved after the show to help others.  There is also the biggest Pavillion ever which hosts different suppliers with just about any flower and plant available. 

This year the Duchess of Cambridge has, with the help of two professional Gardeners, designed one of the feature gardens to show how gardening can help all ages and to help with mental health issues.  “Inspired by childhood memories and with families in mind, this woodland garden is a place to retreat from the world, to play, learn and discover as well as create special family memories.” (from the RHS Website and the picture below, a drawing of Her Royal Highness’s garden).  SO because of the Duchess’s involvement the show is now sold out!  We actually got our tickets last September and I am so glad we did!

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One of the other gardens I want to see is this one :

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Sponsored by The Donkey Santuary, who are 50 this year.  I really like the look of this. 

I am going to make sure my camera battery is fully charged and also I have plenty of room on my memory card to take lots of pictures.  I will probably have to do several posts on our visit!!!!  The show opens at 8.00am and we are intending to be there for when it opens and the weather so far is for a warm day but light cloud which will be great for seeing the flowers and plants.  We are also going to take a picnic lunch!!!!

I have been doing my taxi service for both boys today (!) getting up at 5.00am this morning!!!  I do manage to get lots done on these days.  I am just off to get Eldest from work now and when I get back it will be time to get dinner!!!

I hope you are having a Terrific Tuesday.

Hugs, Susie xx