Monthly Archives: Jul 2019

Bright colours and sunny days

Some days are really stressful and yesterday was definitely one of them, and whilst we wait to see how the next few weeks pan out I needed a mini escape to the garden.

It is already 27° this morning at 10.30 so the umbrellas and sunshades are up, doggie paddling pool is out and a little shaded corner cleared of clutter ready to sit and enjoy a cup of tea.

Last year Rich and I spent many hours replanting the garden. We wanted colour in summer as although the garden previously looking stunning in the spring it was shades of green only in the summer months. We also wanted to encourage more bees and butterflies into the garden and Rich wanted to have plants with heavenly scents.

Our hard work is paying off. At 7 o’clock this morning the bees were busy collecting pollen and bright butterflies were gently making their way around. I was even joined by a very friendly little brown bird which I’ve now identified as a juvenile Robin.

The hanging baskets that I sprayed bright pink a month or so ago are now in full bloom and looking gorgeous in front of the greenhouse.

The wild sweet pea are providing us with colour there whilst we wait for the second blooms or our new roses.

The bright orange of this flower (can’t remember its name)stands out amongst the greens at the bottom of the garden.

We are also patiently waiting for the Hibiscus to flower. At my old house I had one of these and it would be full of flowers every summer. Here it’s been more difficult to grow, maybe to dry. So I’ve made an effort to ensure it’s been watered and fed more this year. It’s nearly there. There are small buds starting to show some colour. Fingers crossed it will present us with lots of flowers soon.

I’ve tried to grow Echinacea on a few occasions and last year we bought two. They looked dead but I was promised they would burst into life again. Well one has the other must have been dead. I’m loving its wide flat flower head making it a perfect landing platform for the bees and butterflies.

I’ll leave you with some other photos to brighten your day, and just remember to put down your mobile phone, switch of the pc and take at least 5 minutes to enjoy your special place.

Wallingford day one

After a busy morning doing odd jobs we were on the road and heading towards our campsite. But, it’s Friday and many schools are breaking up for the summer holidays so the M25 was once again stop start. Well more stop than start.

We found our campsite, quite a pleasant place albeit busy with children and many travellers. I think we have been spoilt of late staying on the Caravan and Motorhome sites as they are so particular with their rules. But everything is clean and tidy.

We pitched up, filled out water and plugged in. It was such glorious weather so we decided to have a short walk in to town to pick up some supplies. The town has lots of old historical buildings and the river was crystal clear. Pub gardens were busy and there were a few river boats about.

The town itself needs exploring so we have decided that tomorrow we shall have a walk round and do a few geocaches. There is a new challenge out with geocaching for the summer to collect clues from various caches to solve a mystery. We have started off well by holding an event the night before in our local park. Quite a few people turned up and it was good to catch up. Even the boys, Ben and Ryan enjoyed it as there was basketball hoops and a great big space to play football.

So tomorrow we may search out a few more caches and leave the van parked up. Good excuse to visit some of the pubs and catch up on the Pimms I didn’t get to have on my birthday as Mr Hurks got tipsy on his Irish coffee. 😂

Back to the campsite over the pretty old bridge. We stopped to admire the crystal clear water again. An odd shaped boat had just come down the river and made a turn to moor. However as it did one of the chaps on board lost their hat over board. It was quite amusing as he looked this way and that in disbelief. Instead of telling the pilot he had lost his hat he waited until they had moored up then took off his shirt and dived in. He must be mad. Yes it’s a hot sunny day but I can’t imagine that water being warm. Hat retrieved he popped it on his head and swam back to the boat. Mission accomplished.

Time was passing us by so we continued back to camp to start dinner. Whilst I prepared Rich tinkered with his solar powered lights, placing them around what will be our awning perimeter tomorrow.

We had purchased a mini oven so tonight we wanted to cook up some chips to go with our steak and salad. As you can see the oven is a success and the chips were lovely.

Dessert followed as well as a cherry juice and rose wine drink for me. One I would recommend for a lovely hot sunny evening.

After a stroll round the campsite for Suzy to sniff out all the exciting new smells, we sat back, put our feet up and watched the world go by. Also something we would recommend.

Miss Lexy is still by far our best purchase ever. She may be compact but so comfortable. Even Suzy agrees.