Morning all. Apologies in advance for a rather photo heavy post. We appear to have switched from mid-winter with snow and hail to glorious summer with sunshine, soaring temperatures and blue skies. Not that I'm complaining; it's been wonderful.
L finished yet another batch of exams this week, so we decided to make the most of the good weather and celebrate with a walk and a picnic. We didn't stray too far, just a couple of miles down the road to the village of Chieveley. It's a gorgeous, little village with so many characterful houses - a converted chapel, an old school house, old post office and shop and more cute cottages than you can shake a stick at. Sadly, there were a few people around, so I was too embarrassed to get my camera out. We parked in the pub car park and walked through the village to our starting point. I should point out that our directions were scribbled down from a walk website and were sketchy to say the least. We got lost a couple of times, so it was slightly longer than intended, but we made it back safely.
Here are a few of the photos that I did manage to take:
The start of the walk:
Not the best shot of a kestrel ever, but he was fun to watch:
There were horses:
.... and geese:
There was a flask of tea:
... and egg sandwiches - some more chunky than others!
and a cinnamon Danish pastry - yum!
More gorgeous rape - I love the smell of this stuff, almost like honey.
We rounded off our walk with a drink in the pub garden. I really loved walking with L. She is such peaceful company.
Other happies this week:
New crocs for the summer - the legs are out, so it must be hot! Hamish has a passion for rubber and ate my last pair, so I shall have to keep these well out of his way.
A few shots from the garden:
Watering the greenhouse:
The irises just beginning to open:
Hostas before the slugs and snails get to them:
Blossom and blue sky - my favourite combination:
More perfectly imperfect strawberries:
My wheel of Colour cushion is nearly finished. I had a little knit by the river yesterday:
When it got too hot (did you hear that? Too hot!), I moved to the shade on the patio and the ducks decided to join me:
Then Fergus came to say hello:
One last random shot: E's mango 'hedgehogs'. I think mango must be one of our favourite fruits. What's yours?
Wishing you the best of weekends.
Toodle Pip for now. x