Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A Different Garden

As promised, here a few snaps of the garden we took over the Easter weekend.


Paul getting stuck in with the garden.


Lucy keeping out of way of mad man with rake.


The tet a tete daffodils are looking great in the boarder.


The garden is already looking much better.


We’ve seeded all this area, all we now is some grass to grow!


Toddy getting in some early garden relaxation.


Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Sewing Yer Wild Oats

Well, not oats actually but grass seed! Yes, despite bank holiday weather of old, this year the weather actually picked up for the duration of the holiday and the soil was perfect for turning. We got everything turned over and raked on Friday then on Saturday we finally got the grass seed down. With four bags of Canadian grass seed, we thought we would have enough to do the garden twice over but we only managed to get the lawns themselves covered.

As well as the grass seed, we've sewn a whole load of mixed wild flower seed on one side of the lawn, while on the other side we're sticking with mostly roses. With any luck, our wild border will become a haven for bees and butterflies come summer. We picked up a load more bedding plants on Sunday which have added a little bit more colour to the garden. We also got the bricks from one side of the lawn removed and the roses border raked in preparation for our cunning plan....

On Monday we managed to get two more bags of Canadian grass seed from Argos of all places and then we had to rush off to PC World to help Dad choose a computer. This turned into a right old farce with things being part of the package and then suddenly not included. We got there in the end though and Dad will be let loose on a computer very soon.... we're expecting one or too phone calls lol.

In the afternoon, I executed our cunning plan, sewing grass seed on the roses border. The plan is to let it grow and then cut circles or squares out round the roses, this should protect the border from unruly dogs and make it much easier to manage. All we need now is plenty of sunshine and showers to get things moving then the current mud bath should be replaced by lovely green grass in a couple of weeks time.


Thursday, April 13, 2006

Checking Technorati

It's not often we check out Technorati these days and even less often that we don't get a message saying the server is busy, try again later. To that end, I would think that we've only managed to look to see if anyone new has linked to us on about two occasions in the last year or so.

We were pleasantly surprised today to find that not only did we actually get to see a list of links, but also found that two new blogs have linked to us!

So, in time honoured tradition we would like to offer a big thank you to Mea Culpa and Enchanting Fairy for linking to us

If you've linked to us and we're not linking to you, it's probably because we've no idea so please do let us know and we'll link right back to you :-)


Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Buds In The Garden

Our website photo album is now up to date, it's been quite a marathon getting all the pictures on there but it's been worth it to make sure they're always available to view. Now we can start creating more new pages and post just a little bit more often on here!

We had a busy weekend with Debbie's Sister and family coming over on Saturday and Dad coming over on Sunday. It's just as well we had guests and had already abandoned the idea of doing any gardening as we had rain, hail, sleet, snow and frost.

The garden is starting to spring into life though, the unseasonable weather doesn't seem to be affecting the daffodils too much and other flowers around the garden are now staring to bud after their winter break. Lets just hope the weather picks up for the Easter break and just maybe, we'll get the new lawns down before September!


Daffodils doing well in the garden.


Lucy being nosey.


Snow falling on Sunday afternoon.


Sasha, Lucy and Lollypop flat out after all the excitement of visitors.


Lucy playing with her toy in the late afternoon sunshine.


Sunset on Sunday.


The beams of red light were quite unusual.


Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Waiting For Spring

We've got most of the pictures loaded into our photo album on our new website, just February and March left to do now, then we can start with the creative fun stuff. We're looking forward to putting the wedding album together, the one on the old website wasn't all that cleaver of often refused to open.

We've also added a new guestbook, we had to remove the one from this blog a while ago when the spamming got totaly out of control, hopeully this one will remain spam free.

The number one job at the moment, aside from the website, is the garden and it's been so frustrating lately with it being too damp at the weekend to get anything done even though there's a water shortage a couple of hundred miles further south! We have made some progress though, we've got loads of stuff planted in the greenhouse and we've got some more flowers in the borders.

One thing we're not short of in the garden is wall flowers, the garden wall and path is covered with them and we've got a few in the garden itself. Debbie has relocated a few of these and placed them round the tree stump and they look fabulous.

We're hoping to get the soil turned over for the lawn this weekend but the weather forecast isn't great, looks like we're going to have to wait a little bit longer for spring to arrive. We desperately want to get the grass seed down but we need to be frost free before we can do that and we had quite a hard frost only this morning.

Hopefully by Easter weekend the weather will have warmed up a little and we'll be able to get cracking.