In bloom

Our garden is looking flipping glorious right now. I love it when it suddenly bursts into flower. The lady who owned the house before us was obviously an incredible gardener because it’s basically wall to wall posy material.

I decided to trim these self-set aquilegias out of a hedge so I could actually see them. I shoved them haphazardly into a vase with some euphorbia and some other random bits and bobs and don’t they look beautiful? Yeah that cherry/thing/twig(?) looks a bit droopy but I love those colours.

While we were crawling about on the lawn, this Hawthorn shield bug introduced itself to us (that’s not my hand, btw. I have full sized hands). The lilac is full of them, they’re great. Have you ever had one land on you? BZZZzzz…Thwack! They’re so heavy and cumbersome, they’re ridiculous!

Other things that have happened this week and within the same colour scheme include meeting this fabulous tree, and purchasing some lovely new summer slippers. Mmm, snug.

And finally, the Bank Holiday this week means I’ve had time to sort out my printer settings, so prints and cards will be available very soon!

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Eyam Hall sketch

Eyam Hall sketchDon’t let the bleak images on the National Trust website put you off visiting Eyam Hall. The Jacobean manor house has been let to the Trust on a 10 year lease and the family apparently only moved out in February, so I think it was a rush job to get some photographs up.

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It was just a flying visit today and I only took quick photos of the garden, but I am definitely planning another visit over the summer; if nothing else, there’s a lovely shady spot on the bowling green that I’ve got my eye on:

Eyam Hall bowling green
Eyam Hall bowling green
Next up: I sit on some stones at Longshaw