|broccoli and kale plants|
|one of my lavender plants|
|pears forming on the tree|
|Beautiful pea plants|
|turning into pea pods!|
|A pumpkin flower which opened this morning|
|A few sprigs from the impending redcurrant haul|
|My first sage flower|
|A days harvest|
|the summerhouse still au naturel|
The first step is protecting it from the elements and making it look pretty. I chose a soft blue edged in white to soften the structure and work with the surrounding planting. Still so much more to do but is beginning to look so so lovely.
|and after its coat of paint|
|Gavin collecting the newly shorn fleece from the sheering pen|
|Rolling the fleece ready to go into the Wool Board bag|
We then took the time out to visit some National Trust properties with mum and dad. The most recent trip was to Speke Hall in Liverpool. Building began in the early 1500s with the the most 'modern' part of the building shown here being completed around 1600. One of my personal favourite things about this house is the large amount of original William Morris wallpaper used by Frederick Leyton in the 1800s to decorate much of the interior. Archive information about William Morris wallpapers is also available to view in the house. Unfortunately photographs are not allowed in the delicate interior of the house so instead I would strongly recommend a visit!
This is the main entrance to the house over the former moat.
Here are mum and dad having a great time heading off to the house.
And here I am with them both. I hope we get to spend many more days like this.
Finally a few nights ago I headed off to the beach with daughter Charlie and her boyfriend Denis to take some photos of some fabulous hand knitted swimsuits knitted in pure Shetland wool.
Look out for my next blog post which will tell you all about them but in the meantime here's a little taster:
I am off to Edinburgh today to help Charlie move into her new flat and spend a bit of time in my favourite city but I'll be back in a few days. I do hope you are all having a wonderful, sun filled summer.
but for now,