Apart from a brief glimpse on Monday, this fella (or rather his larger, hotter cousin) hasn't made much of an appearance around these parts for some time now ...
I bought him in Spain a year or two ago and still can't decide whether I find him friendly or a little sinister. (Spot the ladybird?) Still, he sits on the fence surveying the garden goings-on.
I'm really trying to find joy in the rain but am fast approaching saturation point.
I took the dry window of opportunity on Monday to have a proper poke around the garden.
We have a south-facing smallish town garden which is now officially lawn-free. I'm no plant expert but I know what I like and I do try and get to know what I grow.
The Viburnum is always one of the first things to burst into flower. This year it hasn't disappointed and is covered with huge fragrant pompoms ...
The Crab Apple tree (malus gorgeous) is in full blossom ...
The Polyanthus is like sunshine in a pot ...
The strawberry plants are flourishing and just starting to flower ...
Oh, and a note just for Nicki - my anemones are FINALLY growing!!! (I confided in Nicki that I suspected I may have planted the bulbs upside down because nothing had emerged after three or four weeks. Note to self, learn patience.)
One of my favourite things about having a blog is looking back at previous years. Gardenwise, I'm sure things were a little further ahead last year.
If I were to put a positive spin on the recent foul weather, I would have to congratulate myself on being reasonably up to date domestically! When it's yanking down with rain outside, there's no choice but to stay inside and 'do stuff'. Feel quite self-satisfied yesterday and fed-up with housework though, I indulged in a creative afternoon. I'd previously bought some gorgeous linen-mix fabric and was itching to sew.
Regular readers of my blog will know that sewing is not something I do very often. I am a very impatient raving perfectionist which is an extremely frustrating combination. I sometimes struggle to transform the pictures in my mind to satisfactory reality. I love to make small and neat items but, frankly, large things scare me! However, I knew exactly what it was I wanted to achieve. I took my time, measured everything at least twice and made this ...
A perfect cushion cover! (Blondie Daughter needs a little work on her camera skills - this photo was the best of a bad lot, trust me!)
I say 'perfect' because every seam is painfully neat and spot-on straight and I even added lace!!! I completely forgot to take a picture of the reverse which is a plain stone-coloured linen; the envelope closure trimmed with a teeny pink velvet bow.
I didn't use any sort of pattern, just tape measure and logic. I'm so proud of it I could yelp!!!
I know Blogland is crammed full of wonderful seamstresses who could run up a perfect cushion cover in ten minutes with their eyes closed (and oh how I drool over your beautiful creations) but I'm sure there are just as many of you out there to whom it doesn't come quite so naturally, like me.
I'm on a roll now and am about to embark on project number two ...
... watch this space! ;-)
Before I go, I would like to make my annual mention of Madeleine McCann. It will be five years tomorrow since she was abducted while on holiday in Praia Da Luz, Portugal.
The police have released this new age-progression image as a guide as to how she may look now.
If you see a young girl you suspect may be Madeleine, please contact the police immediately. I have updated the link on my sidebar with the contact details.
Still hoping and praying for your safe return sweet girl.