Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Autumn in June

Well we are back from our French hols and appear to have come back to Autumn!! Its wet , cold and windy with leaves coming off the trees and very little sunshine! Is this global warming? Or are we having a repeat of last years summer?? As you can see this is Sarah keeping warm with the lap quilt and the lap cat on Sunday evening ( we had a fire going as well) Dougal loves to get on this quilt!!

We had a great holiday although the weather wasn't extremely hot in Brittany it was warm and mostly sunny and everywhere we went were great profusions of lilies growing.These were just some outside a farm building. Makes my efforts in the garden look very poor by comparison.
My garden ones.
Elsewhere in the garden the flowers were good. Lots of wind and heavy rain has dealt them a blow during the last week.

The veggies are doing quite well though. I have about 20 little green tomatoes and have harvested the garlic planted in pots last September.

This is the result of 5 spuds planted in an old tin bath in March!!

They were so delicious. I am looking forward to the next early ones from the bags and later the main crop ones in large pots. Peas and beans growing so much but no flowers on them yet. We need some warmth!!
My shoulder is feeling much better although still limited movement due to the tendon tear. Am seeing the consultant again next week and am hoping he will be able to repair the damage. If not I will never get a full range of movement back in it. But the pain is much improved and for that I am very grateful. I can even manage a little bit of knitting now.
Husband had a day off on Monday and so we went out to lunch and to visit Lady Heyes ( an antique sort of centre in Cheshire) We have a bolster pillow on our bed (Its a sort of double length pillow) and need a new case for it. These are difficult and expensive to buy now. Look what I found there though. Old ( 1950s I think) but never used set of one bolster case and 2 pillow cases. All for 8 pounds a bargain I think.

The sun is trying to peep out from a grey sky so I think I'll risk putting the towels out to dry. Hope you all have a great week.


Kari (GrannySkywalker) said...

Oh I love those pillow cases. So sweet. And the flowers are beautiful. I'm too embarrassed to show ours right now. The 100 degree heat has not been kind to our yard. lol

I'm glad your arm is feeling better. And by the way, I WILL be doing a post about the wonderful gifts you sent me. I'm trying to get the vacation posts/photos done first (before I forget all the details. ha!) but I'm going to be bragging my brains out about my pretty new linens soon. :)


Ragged Roses said...

I'm glad you had a good holiday, Brittany is lovely. Hope the weather has improved for you. I'm very impressed with those spuds, they look very tasty

the homely year said...

Hi Mary, don't know about this weather...very disappointing at the moment. Pleased you had a lovely holiday in Brittany...we've had some grand hols in that part if France.
Your flowers look gorgeous, and I can imagine the potatoes were delicious. There's no beating the flavour of those just dug from your own garden.
I wish we'd still got a bolster on the bed. We always used them as children...such a sensible thing. You got a bargain!
Margaret and Noreen

Anonymous said...

At least you have a garden Mary! Ours is still drought ridden and not worth putting in more plants for them to die while we will be away.
Lovely pillowcases you got from Lady Hayes. Can't wait to show Kevin that place.

Sandi McBride said...

So glad you're home Mary and hope that shoulder continues to do well. I love your method of planting potatoes and have promised myself a go at far I've canned 12 pints of tomatoes and frozen about 16 quarts...frozen 6 quarts of squash and am going to can the next lot...we have watermelons coming on...I sure could use a bit of that rain and cool's miserable here!

Pondside said...

Hi Mary - It sounds as though your June was like ours! July has come through beautifully, though - a real summer has arrived! Just the thought of a trip to Brittany makes me a little envious - I hope you'll blog about it. I'll bet those spuds were delicious!

Merisi said...

I hope summer returns soon to your parts! (Incidently, an image I took today reminded me of an Emily Dickinson poem, "I know a place where Summer strives
With such a practised Frost --
She -- each year -- leads her Daisies back --
Recording briefly -- "Lost" --

Congratulations on your great garlic and potato crops! :-)

Papoosue said...

Hi Mary! Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog - it is good to be back amongst friends :-) I think your garden is looking lovely - I am a big fan of lupins and I had planted some new in my front garden but the greenfly killed them off. bloomin' liberty! I do like the name Basil for the kitty, it's a good one. xx

Papoosue said...

oops! meant to say that I will graduate in another 3 years or sooner if I overlap some courses (which I will probably have to do - after all I'm not getting any younger!) X

Papoosue said...

SORRY I also meant to say I'm glad your arm is a bit better!

A Saucerful Of Secrets said...

Lovely Mary! Hi!so nice to hear from you. Sounds like the french holiday was just the best kind of holiday.I'm glad your shoulder is a little better, hope it continues.Best Wishes from Annie x

Sandi McBride said...

Mistress Mary quite contrary, how does your blogging go?
With four weeks behind and you thought I'd not mind?
Get in gear girl, on with the show!

Sandi McBride said...

Ya know, I was just's 19 July and not a peep of a new post Mary...I'm wondering,how's that shoulder? Is it causing you pain when you post? Okay, not to nag, just hoping you are well on the mend and to let you know that while we love Sarah, we'd like a new shot now, okay?
hugs a bunch...ow, watching that shoulder now

Sandi McBride said...

Okay, so third time wasn't the charm...I want to see what you found when you and Sarah had that lovely day's please!

Merisi said...

Just a little note that I came by,
wondering where you were. Harvesting that great potato crop, under a blue sky?

Sandi McBride said...

Mary, I have an award for you at my place...hope you'll come pick it up!

Carolyn said...

dropping by to say hello :-)
I like your blog, so many things to look at, i'll add your blog to mine :-)