Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Enjoying the good weather!

What glorious weather we have been having here in the West Country! I am not one for very hot weather but I have to say, I have really been enjoying these beautiful sunny days. Yesterday was Miss P's sports day at school, I went prepared. I took a parasol, a comfy folding chair, a cherry drink and snacks. The sun was beating down and I was very glad to be sitting in the shade. Miss P had a great time and came 2nd in the tennis ball relay which she was chuffed to bits with.

Today I spent most of the day doing housework and gardening. We had some much needed rain overnight, the garden smelt fresh and earthy. Don't you just love that scent!

The joy of spending time in the garden at this time of the year is seeing the beautiful flowers out in full bloom. The collage above are flowers which I picked from the front garden this afternoon.

I picked these flowers whilst walking in nearby country lane today. Nature is very generous! I love wild flowers.

Work in the back garden is still ongoing as you can see. Alan has done a fantastic job of turning the soil over and getting rid of the weeds in the centre where the lawn will be.

Now it's the tedious job of removing as many stones as possible.
Miss P has been doing her bit to help out too.

We have been finding plenty more of this...

This is tiring work!

Once we have removed all the stones, Alan will rotivate the soil. Some of the stones are huge. We found the foundations of a wall going across the garden. This has added extra work as they are very hard to remove. We aim to have a lawn established by mid August, in time for Miss P's 10th birthday... The clock is ticking...Will we meet the deadline???

Thank you for your lovely, encouraging and enthusiastic comments about my new blog/venture ;-)

Have a great week!

A bientôt!

Isabelle X


VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

As usual beautiful pictures of the flowers. Miss P looks pooped, mind you it will all be worth it in the end. Keep digging you never know what treasure you might find.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy to come to your blog, always beautiful photos and attachments, bravoo!

Lululiz said...

Yes it is hard work, but isn't it exciting seeing the progress? Looks like Miss P is doing a great job as well.

donna baker said...

My kids would go wild finding all that pottery. I think my son would be out there with his metal detector looking for treasure. The weather there must be wetter and cooler than here. Summer here is very hot and dry. I can only grow pansies in the fall and spring.

♥coco rose♥ said...

Lovely pictures. Wow, you have been busy with your back garden...I'm sure it is going to be a real joy when it is finished....fingers crossed in time for Miss P's Birthday! Best wishes Vanessa xxx

KC'sCourt! said...

Pretty flowers. Looks like a lot of hard work has been acheived. I remember not log ago we had a garden like that.
Julie xxxxx

baysiderose said...

Hi Isabelle, Lovely post. I am astounded to see all the pieces of beeautiful china that you are unearthing. Must make digging in the garden very interesting indeed or at least give you a moment to be sidetracked!

Sylvia said...

That garden work is really tiring, I have no energy with this weather.
The flowers are beautiful, Isabelle, lovely colors.
Enjoy them,

gewoon gezellig said...

Love the flowers from your backyard, and also the wild ones!
So much work to do in the garden, i wish you much luck with that!
Lovely greetings,

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Phew! To hot to be as busy as you lot!! lol! Love the flowers in the devon jug xx

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Suzy,
Glad you've been having some beautiful weather. Finally the sunshine is here in Paris too. Wow, Miss P loooks like a wonderful little helper, and definitely needs a a cold drink and a treat!
I'm sure you'll meet the garden dealine for Miss P's birthday party! Anxious to see the progress. It will be beautiful and worth all the hard work.
a bientôt,

koralee said...

Oh how I adore your pansies my friend...so so lovely. Looks like you are all working very hard...hugs for a great rest of your week. xoxox

Tina Eudora said...

Hello Isabelle!
How amazing all the work you are doing. The garden flowers look wonderful and with all those pottery shards I feel a mosaic coming on. Maybe something for the garden? I personally think you will make the deadline.Have a great evening!
Tina xo

Enitram said...

Lovely flowers and very hard work in your garden!!! with the hot weather!!!! Bravo!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful flowers. My favourites are the wild ones - it's so lovely to see flowers growing wild on the verges and in the hedgerows. I'm lucky to have several organic fields nearby, so the flowers are quite abundant. Sadly it's not always so in other places.

I shall follow your progress on the garden and with all that help from Miss P I'm sure you will reach your deadline.

Josephine Tale Peddler said...

Dear Isabelle, Miss P is growing so quickly! It must be the fresh air. She looks as lovely as ever. I bet you were a glam Mummy with your parasol at the sports carnival. That made me smile as we just had Daisy's first-ever sports carnival and I was thrilled she won so many ribbons as I had never won anything at sports! I could not believe the distance they made the kindergarten children run but she ran it like a greyhound. She did lose a couple of races because she would stop to see where her friends were or wave to the watching parents, bless her heart. And in the relay she suddenly decided she'd had enough and put the baton down and walked off! Five year olds! But she finished up with two seconds (long-distance sprint and javelin, two thirds and a good effort) It took me nearly two days to calm down from all the excitement.
I always love your garden posts. So jealous I don't live in the country to pick wildflowers! Enjoy your day. xx

Blondie's Journal said...

Your garden is lovely and I will keep my fingers crossed that all of the hard work will be done by the deadline!



Isabelle, your flowers are beautiful. Pansies are my absolute favorite, though the 100+ degree temps we have been having lately are just to high for pansies, so thank you for sharing yours. I adore the history of your homestead, especially the findings which you unearth. Sweet little Miss P. looks a bit overwhelmed by the task you all have taken on, though the results will most certainly be wonderful! ~ Angela

June said...

Isabelle the work does look very hard, but I'm sure the benefits will outweigh all the tedious work. Your flowers are just lovely.

Sarah said...

The hard work will be worth it in the end! Yes, wild flowers are wonderful, it's amazing what nature brings us.

BusyLizzie said...

no rain here yet.. the garden is crying out for it. All the best with getting the lawn ready for mid-August... quite a tight schedule eh! Enjoy your week, Lizzie x

Noche de verano said...

Hi Isabelle! This seems a lot of hard work, but i am sure you will meet the deadline with so much help from your loved ones!!
Summer days have finally arrived here too, we missed the sun a lot, even now it´s very hot outside...
Lovely and beautiful pictures!!
Have a nice day!!!

bellaboo said...

Hope it all comes together in time for the big day!Love all your beautiful flower arrangements.I love the natural look.

Bellaboo ;0)

Jess *^_^* said...

Those mauve flowers look so beautiful against the white of the table :) That's quite a task ahead of you renovating your garden but I'm sure with your clever artistic eye, it'll look amazing when it's done! xx

Ghislaine said...

Very nice flowers! And a great job you do in the garden. This pieces of potterie looks interesting. What was in former days on that ground? Good luck for more treasures.... Hugs

Florence and Mary said...

I'm not a Summer fan but even I've enjoyed the sunshine lately!

Victoria x

Pia said...

Wellcom to follow my blogg! It was a nice surprice!
You are doing a hard job in the garden. No aking backs?

The sink you had taken a photo of was unbeliavle beautiful, never seen anything like that!

Have a stresless week ;)


Karin Lindström said...

Hello Isabelle!

Thank you for your nice comment. Such a lovely blogg ypu have! I can see that we are enjoying the same things in life. Simple flowers, vintage textiles and lovely fleamarket finds ; )

I wish you all luck with your new shop. It sounds really nice.

Hope the summer will continue to be this lovely!


Kimmy said...

Greetings Isabelle,
What lovely flowers you have! My sibling swears by working in her garden, she always says it clears her mind and allows her to think more rationally.
Now if only I could bottle that and sell it! :-)
Thank you for taking the time to visit me at KimmyStyle, I sincerely appreciate your time and your visit.
Have a lovely Wednesday, cheers!

Tammy said...

Your pics are great and your daughter- beautiful and a great little helper! I enjoy your blog and will add it to my blog roll.
Thanks for sharing!

Bleudelavande said...

Hi Isabelle tank you for passing and leaving your lovely comment: I love those flowers. I see you work very hard, but at the end I'm sure will be a wonderful result!!!!!
Take care you too my friend.

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Fågel Blå said...

I enyoy to came here on your lovely blog!
So nice photos, this flowers so beautiful!
have anice sunny weekend!

Hesta Nesta said...

Hi Isabelle
Lovely photographs, I love the flowers, very pretty. You will have to make a mosaic out of all those pieces of antique pottery and china from your garden - would look great. You look like you are all working jolly hard - good luck and hope you meet your deadline.
Jo xx

Menopausal musing said...

The most beautiful time of year, don't you think. We too continually dig up fragments of china. I can't bear to part with them and as yet, haven't come up with an idea as to what I want to do with them, so they sit in jamjars and every now and then I tip them out just to look and touch.... good luck with your new blog ....

love lives in the kitchen said...

i love your pictures, pansies are lovely!
have a sweet weekend,

Catherine said...

Hello Isabel!
you have plenty of work to do in the garden!it's too hot to work!!! love your flowers and i'm going to have a look at your new blog

Lyn said...

What a hard job-at least you will only have to do it once and it will be a memory when you have fun on your lawn in August.