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Friday, July 10, 2015

Five on Friday

Hello Dear Readers,

I have wanted to join in with the lovely Amy's Five on Friday for a while now, but I'm never ready in time!  Here I am at last! For more details please link to Amy via the button on the right of the screen.

How was your week?  We've had a funny couple of weeks as we have had a team of bathroom renovators, including a decorator, plasterer, tiler and carpenter working here over the last fortnight, removing our old bath, sink, toilet and the wall which had separated them and constructing a wonderful new shower room. It's all going extremely well but it's impossible to do anything else when part of the house is out of bounds!

We are so pleased we had the forethought to purchase and install a chemical camping loo in our garden shed, as it would have been exceedingly difficult without it. It has been so convenient for our use during the day, as we both enjoy drinking lots of tea.  The builders are good enough to ensure we have an indoor working loo every evening, albeit we have to use a bucket and a standpipe to flush it.

However, enough of that, here are a few pictures I have been wanting to show you but haven't been able to spend time uploading them onto our computer as it was sitting at the computer which bought on my last bout of back trouble.

1.  Not one of mine, dh took this at 4.30am when our cat decided someone else should be awake in addition to her! Bless, she means well.

Sunrise

2.  We like to think we have a wild life garden (although some people would say it looks unkempt and overgrown) and here are a few of our simple country style flowers which dh took for me when I was unable to walk into the garden recently.

Geraniums with bees
If you look carefully you will find there are a couple of bees gathering
nectar from the flowers in this photo. 

More geraniums

Geraniums

Wild flowers - don't know the name

Marigolds and Erysimums

Erysimum or wallflowers
Erysimum, these are related to wallflowers

Erysimums

The Birthday rose
The birthday rose my mum bought me a couple of years ago.
 This is the best bloom it has had to date!

3.  I've not been able to upload my photos as often as I'd like lately but finally here are some of the wild orchids on our front lawn.

Wild orchids

Wild orchids


Wild Orchids

4. And its been a good year for the roses, which are looking so pretty.

Rose

Rose

Rose

The Birthday Rose
The birthday rose again.

5. I just had to show you our wild strawberries, they are growing very well again this year and despite being tiny they are so very tasty!

Wild Strawberries

Wild Strawberries


Wild strawberries


Well, that's my first Five on Friday! Thank you for visiting and I look forward to seeing you again.

I trust you have had a lovely week and wish you an enjoyable weekend. Bye for now, and next time there will definitely be crafting here, I promise!

Barbara xx

18 comments:

  1. It is so nice to meet you. I really enjoyed seeing the lovely photos of your garden. The flowers you have are so beautiful. I hope you have a great weekend :)

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    1. Hi Pat, Thank you for your kind comments. You have some nice recipes on your blog, I shall have to take some notes - especially the cakes! I hope you have a great week.

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  2. such a beautiful sunrise and looks like you have quite a large garden. i've gotten rid of lots of flower beds since i retired as i much prefer being inside and crafting. just can't do it all.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Deanna. Yes, the garden is a bit big and dh has his work cut out as every time I try to help either my knees play up or my back does. You were wise to get rid of the flower beds, I expect we will have to do the same one day. Hope you have a lovely week.

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  3. You have a wonderful garden Barbara, and I am sure that the wildlife and the humans both enjoy it a great deal! The roses are so beautiful aren't they. I hope that all goes well with the bathroom works, stressful when being done, but so worth it when it is finished! Thank you so much for joining in, great to have you taking part! I hope that you have a great weekend and can enjoy the garden - and the strawberries! xx

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments Amy. We do get lots of kind comments about the garden and the birds keep coming back, so we must be doing something right, I guess! I hope you have a great week.

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  4. Love the shy little strawberries, Barbara.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you for your comment Amalia, they certainly are shy, we keep coming across more of them around the garden.

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  5. The strawberries look good next to the alchemilla. Lovely photos, hope your bathroom is soon up and running again :-)

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Crimson Kettle. I'd forgotten about the dangers of brushing against alchemilla and whilst rushing to pick strawberries recently I remember a leaf of said plant "caressing" my wrist, then a couple of days later I wondered what had caused the scab that had appeared and later realised the damage was caused by the alchemilla!

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  6. Beautiful flowers...especially that birthday rose! Gorgeous! Love the idea of the chemical toilet in the garden shed! Had to smile over the tea comment. :-) I love tea as well....and run to the bathroom constantly! :-)

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    1. Thank you for visiting my blog, Marie. It's nice to meet you! My husband and I have different tastes in tea, he likes the green whole leaf China tea called gunpowder, brewed in the pot, whereas I like Indian Masala Spiced tea or Lady Grey for a change. Think of us today, it's raining here and we still have to run to our convenient garden shed!

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  7. mmmm - my mouth is watering now I've seen those strawberries! Such pretty flowers too.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Mary Anne. Guess what we had with our porridge today!

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  8. What a lovely post, the flowers are a real delight and the strawberries had my mouth watering.

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    1. Thank you for your kind comments. There are still a few strawberries to be picked, and luckily we have some raspberries (self-seeded) to gather too. Something to do on the way to the garden shed, maybe!

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  9. Lovely photos of your garden Babara. Thank you for visiting my Five on Friday post too!

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    1. Thank you for your kind comment Gina, and thank you for visiting too!

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