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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

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

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

Monday, Monday, so good to me!

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I am loving the fact that I am able to watch the Game of Thrones episode with my breakfast on Monday mornings, albeit at 5.30am this morning!!!!  I had to take Eldest to work as his car is in for a service, as is DH’s truck!!!  All these things come at once.  So I was back home by 7.00am and it is amazing how much you can get done before the phones start ringing!

DH was busy over the weekend and I stayed home and got a mixture of Spring Cleaning and quilting done as well as the ironing basket emptied!!!  We did get to go to the garden centre yesterday morning and got some new plants and some plants for the summer bedding, pictures of which are below. 

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My planter from our friends.  The daffodils have finished now but the other plants are still going strong.

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Plants we bought waiting to be put in.  I have to empty the pots of the winter pansies and then wash and refill them and then plant them up.  The next few days are going to be warm so I will get these done one evening.

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I put this in last year and it is doing so well this year.  I am going to take some cuttings to grow some more.

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This has appeared and I don’t remember planting it but it really is very pretty so again I am going to take some cuttings.

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The pink Rhododendron is just coming out (sorry its blurred).

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The Vinca Major is busy flowering.

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The garden furniture is back out and we need to re-stain this, this year.

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As today is the first really hot day for a while I have washed three pairs of curtains and got them dried outside.

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Treacle loving the weather and being outside all day.

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This is my new Rhododendron we planted last year and it really is a beautiful lemon colour.  I love it.

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Below is one of my tree peonies, the flower is massive.

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Our pond in a barrel which we are going to clean out this year and re-plant with some new water plants.  The Reindeer is now keeping it company and our Wisteria is just coming out.  It is sulking as we chopped a lot of it down last year!!!!!

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I wanted to show you my Christmas Cacti, it flowered at Christmas and has now come out again as you can see.  When it has finished flowering I am going to re-pot it into a bigger pot.

We also did another good job yesterday when we tidied up and made a list of all my food stores in our room off the garage.  This is tins of food etc which I buy when it is on offer and then use it from there.  A very good friend of mine in the US only goes grocery shopping twice a year and then buys fresh things weekly.  Of course she lives in the middle of nowhere and is not able to pop to the shops like I can.  However when I was first on my own I used to shop once a month and then just buy the fresh things weekly, perhaps I should go back to doing that? I will show you some pictures later in the week.

I have also been buying a little extra each week because of Brexit!  I know we are told not to stock pile food but I do think that whenever the stupid thing is sorted there will be those who try to take advantage of the situation and put prices up whether it is needed or not, so I am just getting a little ahead of the game!!!

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(Picture from Bravo TV)

Speaking of shopping I don’t know if you watch “The Real Housewives of Beverley Hills” (it is the only one I watch) but did you see them going “camping” in last week’s episode!!!!  Firstly they went in a huge RV, secondly when they got there, their tents were set up like a hotel room and thirdly they were there for one night!

They went shopping for this one night and managed to spend over $700!  I spend that sort of amount for a month for four of us and Treacle including all the cleaning/washing/toiletries etc!!!!!  How can you spend that much money for one night?  Also the amount of clothes they had taken for one night and two days!!!!!  Good grief.  I have always thought that when they travel abroad for say four days and they each turn up with about four suitcases!!  I mean what planet do they live on?  They must always have to pay excess baggage charges!  I took one, admittedly big, case for a fortnight which in fact turned into three weeks.  Their lives are just not in the real world at all, but that is why I like to watch!!!!!  tee hee!!!

Anyway having got all my work done this morning, I have done a few little Spring Cleaning jobs this afternoon before I need to fetch Eldest and then start dinner.  DH is out, again, tonight at a swimming meeting but I think I will be going to bed early, having got up early this morning.  Tomorrow I have an appointment to get my hair cut and run some errands.  Next week DH and I are going to Chelsea Flower Show.  More on that later in the week.

Have a Wonderful Week.

Hugs, Susie xx

Spring Cleaning Day!

 

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I have been continuing with the Spring Cleaning jobs today doing one at a time.  All the pots in our Dining Room Dresser are now washed, I am so glad we have a dishwasher though!!!  We do have some pots, which we have inherited from our families, which can only be washed by hand and that does take a while.

I have also managed to get all the silver, brass and copper cleaned; I did watch a film in our kitchen whilst I was doing that job.

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All our glassware has been run through the dishwasher on the gentle setting and are all now sparkly!!!!!

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I don’t think I ever showed you this piece of glassware (below) that we were given by DH’s Cousins when his Aunt passed.  It is a lovely cheese plate which we use when we have friends for dinner.

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It has all the names of different cheeses on!

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Treacle has been busy following me about our home as I have been collecting things for washing and then putting them back again!!!!

Still have lots to do towards the Spring Cleaning but I am ticking them off my list slowly one by one!!!!  I will need DH to help with the big jobs, such as moving the furniture, but we have another long weekend at the end of this month when he will be able to help me then.

I hope your Tuesday is going well, because we had yesterday off as a holiday I will be at sixes and sevens all week with the days!!!!!

Hugs, Susie xx

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Bank Holiday Monday!

Today is a holiday here in the UK and so far it is not raining!!!  DH left at 6.00am to go to the swimming competition where he is commentating all day (!) and this was what I was doing at 6.00am:

 

 

 

Yep Game of Thrones.  As they are showing it at the same time in the US and UK it is on here at 2.30am!!!  SO I have been recording it and watching it later on.  For those of you who have seen it my only thought with the dragons was for Daenerys to fly around the back of the ships and burn them from the back for I could not see that the huge crossbows could be turned around!!!!  Also apparently on the table near Daenerys when they are talking to Jon about the battle there is a Starbucks cup on the table!!!!!!  I did not see this it was in the newspaper – oops!!!!!

I really hope as we only have two episodes to go now before the end, that Cersei does not win and stays on the Iron Throne as I think that would be a betrayal of all the fans.  I don’t care who ends up on the Iron Throne so long as it is not her!!!!!!

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So as everyone is out of the house today except Treacle and I, I thought I would get on with some Spring Cleaning!!! Treacle is outside at the moment as it is sunny for a while but we are due rain later. 

Spring Cleaning is one of those jobs that I hate doing but love the result when it is done!!!!! Oh well on we go.  I hope you all have a great week.

Hugs, Susie xx

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New Bed!

The other reason for trying to get everything back into the attic by Tuesday of this week was because our new bed arrived!!!!!  Yeah.  As I said in a previous post we had had our old bedframe for twenty years and so we thought it was about time to have a new one and found this amazing company in Retford, Nottinghamshire where they make all the beds on site.  Below is the one we bought.

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It really looks great in our room and does not dominate it at all!  We also bought new bedside tables to match.

This is novel to us as we did not have draws in our old bedside tables.

You could get rails put along the inside at the top so you can hang curtains but we didn’t want to do that.  DH came up with this idea though:

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Hanging quilts from the top rail at the headboard end to display them.  So far it is our summer quilt and I now need to get on with the dark quilt I was going to make for our bed which I have not got around to yet!!!!

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At night with the bedside lights on.

Of course the first person to actually get on the bed was:

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I think Treacle approves, plus the bed frame is higher than our old one so she can see more out of the windows!!!  The Ghostly fingers to the right of the picture are Youngest’s!  He was trying to get Treacle to look at the camera, not much chance of that!!!!!

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We love the new bed and the new wood smell is wonderful!!!  Over the next year we will be replacing my dressing table and DH’s chest of drawers to match the new bed, although I want to keep my chair which I use at my table and am hoping that they can take it in and strip it down and re-stain it to match the new colour!!!!

Yesterday it took me twice as long to clean our home as normal because of all the dust created from the weekend but I got there in the end!!!  Treacle was completely fed up by the evening with all the dusting and the vacuum cleaner, which she hates with a passion!!!!!  Grocery shopping today and finish off the washing and ironing and then I have a completely clear weekend to quilt!!!! Yeah!!!

I hope, whatever you are up to this weekend, you have a lovely time and the weather is kind.  It is typical April here at the moment, sunny one minute and hailstones and heavy rain the next.  I really don’t like April and will be glad when May arrives.

Hugs, Susie xx