16 April 2011

Thank You x

Hello!  I do hope you're all well this sunny Saturday.

A massive and heartfelt ♥THANK YOU♥ for your comments in response to my last post.  I was completely touched by your kindness.  In fact, a few of you brought tears to my eyes.  I'm not normally one to lick my wounds in public and came extremely close to deleting the post straight after I'd written it, but your supportive comments started to appear which filled me with confidence.

To update you very briefly, we've been to look around the children's new schools and they are both fabulous.  So colourful and creative.  The blondies are thoroughly excited.  You're absolutely right, I think I had underestimated how resilient children can be.

As for the other business, well let's just say I'm stealing myself not to dwell on it.

Do you like my little tree?  Guess what it is.  It's an olive tree!  Blondie daughter and I adore olives and the idea of being able to pick and eat them straight from our very own tree fills me will such pleasure.  Whether or not it will flower and fruit this year, I've no idea.  Apparently they are extremely slow growing.  I shall have to do a little research to find out more.

I pottered around the garden first thing this morning in my dressing gown with my camera.

1. Viburnum  2. Lilac  3 & 4. Crab Apple Tree Blossom

It really is one of my favourite times of the year in our garden.  The viburnum flowers are all nearly open and the smell is heavenly.  The lilac buds are bulging in readiness and the crab apple tree is peppered with pink and white.

I couldn't resist showing you this picture I took of Bertie too - just love his shadow!!!

Well, I'm off out into the garden again now with some crochet.  I've been trying my hand at some amigurumi.  Kate of Greedy For Colour (gorgeous blog if you've not come across her before) has a super tutorial for little Easter Eggs.  There sure are a lot of stitches for something so little!  Here is my first attempt ...

I really rather fancy making half a dozen in zesty colours to hang from my little Easter tree so I'd best 'crack on' (tee hee!).

Enjoy your weekend and thank you again, you are all angels.



  1. I love this time of year too, we are novice gardeners having only caught the bug last year (until which our garden had been a bit of a wasteland!!) and we're getting such pleasure from watching things grow - who knew?!!

    Your blossoms are beautiful, I must see if I can squeeze a lilac in somewhere and Bertie has a super shiny coat!!

    Will check out the egg tutorial, and I love your CK eggcup!!

    Thanks for sharing....

    S x

  2. Ah, lovely to see you back to your old self again, my lovely friend. Lovely post! Bertie's shadow is great and I love your little eggs. Enjoy your weekend. xxxxxx

  3. Such lovely pictures! I love your olive tree, and the blossom pictures are beautiful..and the little green crochet egg is so cute. It's great to hear your children are happy and excited with their new schools, I'm so pleased. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.
    Helen x

  4. Ooh your olive tree looks wonderful against that gorgeous bright blue wall! One thing about olive trees (which I learnt when I had one in the optimistic hope that it would crop but which sadly succumbed to those nasty minus 10 winter days we had in December) - you have to soak your crop of olives in brine before you eat them, they are utterley inedible and horribly bitter straight from the tree! (apparently).

    Love your crocheted egg too, gorgeous!

    Love Julia x x x

  5. Lovely tree, but sadly Julia is right, they have to soaked in brine for months. They are awful straight from the tree, totally not edible. Sorry :(
    But it is a beautiful tree all the same.
    Glad the kids are excited about their new schools, I moved a lot when I was younger and I remember my parents being waayy more stressed than us kids were. :)

  6. Lovely pictures, just love the olive tree! I have a full grown one in my garden, but its looking a bit worse for wear after the harsh winter :(

    I have been in olive tree territory at the time of the harvest, its so lovely,

    Good to hear that your kids like their new schools, Im sure that they will settle in really quickly and be happy making new friends.

    We moved schools when my crew were in yrs 8, 6, 4 and 2. I fretted and worried - but they settled in without any problems at all, and like the fact that they have 2 sets of friends (they have kept in touch with friends from their olds schools up north even though it is now 7 years since we moved).

    Hope the sun is shining where you are!


    PS thanks so much for your lovely comments on my blog!

  7. Glad to hear you're feeling a bit better, chickadee. XXXX

  8. Very much appreciate the olive advice, thank you! Without it, I really think I would have picked them straight from the little tree and learnt the hard way!!! :-D x


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