Monday, 14 April 2014

Glorious..... how I can only describe this last weekend.

The sun shone brightly. 

OH MY WORD.... I have longed for a lovely sun shiny bright warm weekend.

I'm like a butterfly. If the sun shines and I absorb the heat, it wakes me up, gives me energy and makes me raring to go. Give me cold and grey and I'm still and quiet. Warm sunny days are good for my house. I get a lot done. I always want to spring clean when I can have the doors and windows open.

This weekend, the sun shone, my wings warmed and fluttered and I JUST LOVED IT.

I got to do what I love to do.....and what I have waited soooooooooo long for. 

I got to wake up before everyone else, the sun was rising in the clear blue skies. I tip toed into a bright kitchen, put the kettle on and had my first cup of morning tea in the garden. I always sit and listen to 'Cumulus' by Imogen Heap. I hear the pigeons with their lovely call and watch the honey and bumble bees as they start their day buzzing from one flower to another in search of their elixir. I close my eyes, gaze up at the sky and smell the fresh dewy air. 

It's heaven. 

This is MY elixir. 


I did a few rows on my ripple blanket. This blanket has been put to one side whilst a) the kitchen was being done.....and b) I found a ball of yarn I had run out of the proved rather elusive. I am enjoying working on this blanket. I have had to find my rhythm again. I don't know if anyone else finds this, but if you put a project away for a while, when you get back to it, your colour pattern shifts. I found that my colour combinations were different even using the same shades. I guess that's what happens when you are random colour matching, but I guess I like that. It's telling a story and making it individual to me.

So...happy colourful rows on my hook.

Then the garden........ poor neglected garden.

Feeling happy at giving it some love.

 Feeling happy at seeing five Peony buds coming up. The first year really anything has happened since I planted it 4 years ago from a root.

Feeling happy at seeing TWO Bumble Bee nests in my patch. We had just one last year, and it was so lovely as they are quite rare to come across. Bumble Bees have small nests and don't swarm. Their nests aren't active for that long either. It was lovely seeing them take off and land last year. They were HUGE, and they sounded like vintage planes. 

Feeling happy seeing the bluebells in full bloom. I ADORE these. I ADORE taking pictures of these.

Not happy at seeing a queen wasp hanging around on the garden fence. Whenever I see her I know she is starting the nest building process in our shed. It seems a good spot for them every year. They swiftly get removed in the early stages of construction before they become a problem. Fascinating things though. I could stare at them for hours. The workmanship is next to none. Simply amazing.

I scattered wild flower seeds this year in view of helping the bees and butterflies next year. My patch is only small but I want to do my bit.

As a massive fan of  BBC's 'Countryfile', I loved their idea of giving away 230,000 wildflower seed packets from the RHS to help people do their bit.

It was scary to hear that in the last 100 years, we have lost 90% of our wild meadows in the UK. YIKES. 

So, I hope my little wild flower patches take.

I made an Easter cake. Yummy. It lasted moments. The Bears devour this cake quickly every time, they love it so much. Soft, moist vanilla-y sponge with creamy butter frosting. Sometimes the simplest things are the best.

Feeling happy at getting a few more bits done in the kitchen. I still have a bit more painting to do and a few other little bits, but it's almost done so I feel happy.

Feeling happy at lazy coffee guzzling this weekend. Yeap, still loving the cafetiere. It's awesome.

Loving the glow of the morning rising sun. You can't beat it.

Feeling happy with washing on the line. You can't beat that either. The smell of fresh laundry flapping in the gentle breeze. Ahhhhh just lovely.

Just happy being in my little sunny space this weekend.

So.....all in all.....a glorious weekend was had.

I hope that you had a glorious one too.

The sun is shining bright this morning too. On the agenda is more garden tidying, morning cups of tea in the sun and spray painting 'Primrose'

Have a super week all...



  1. I'm glad you had a happy weekend. I'm like you, when the sun comes out I get moving. I imagine you are thawing out after a cold winter.
    Anne xx

  2. We still have a lot of rain here in JK, so looking at your bright pictures you made me happy, too!!!!! thank you,
    xxxxxxx ale

  3. Life is better in sun shine and spotty clogs!
    As always, gorgeous post.

  4. HayHay!
    I'm in love!
    Everything is so beautiful :-)
    -x- Danielle

  5. So much colourful loveliness!!! The sun is obviously shining well at your home! I love your little bird pegs by the way - waaayyyy too cute!! They could induce me to do laundry just to get to use the pegs! Hope that you have a great sunshine filled week. xx

  6. Lovely :-). Coffee in the garden is something I love! I must admit I've been feeling slightly disgruntled and envious when reading blogs by people more southern than me because it's been cold, grey and wet in my bit of Scotland, but today the sun has come out :-). It's not warm, but it's dry and bright and the washing's going on the line!

  7. What a beautiful, bright collection! Loving your ripple- is it a selfish blanket? It's so very 'you'. It's so lovely to get the windows open and the washing outside isn't it? I love pegging out. It's my favourite.

  8. Ahhhh you described such a beautiful weekend Vanessa ..... sounds like pure bliss and your photos are stunning.
    We have been sowing wild flower seeds for the bees too, my Sweet B is at the final stages of completing her dissertation on honey bees and is obsessed with helping them, they are fascinating little things and I don't know where we would be without them.
    wishing you a beautiful new week
    Love Jooles x x x

    P.S please say 'Hello' to Primrose from me ;o)

  9. what a happy post to wake up to this morning!!!!! hope you whole week continues to be just as glorious!!

  10. Thanks for all the lovely colourful pics, such a treat for the eyes!

  11. Aah sunshine, it sure is medicine for the soul.

    Funnily enough, my peony (which I planted two years ago) has it's very first flower bud - just the one, mind you! I'm terribly excited about it and very protective - I keep having to flick the odd ant off it - I couldn't bear for it to be ruined before it's had the chance to flower.

    What kindly eyes Primrose has.

    Have a glorious week, my love. xxx

  12. Tolle Fotos. Die Clogs und der Kaffeekannenwaermer sind spitze
    Liebe Grüße

  13. What a lovely post ... and lovely weekend! Make hay while the sun shines, that's my motto too xxx

  14. Your kitchen looks wonderful! I love the plain white backdrop for all your lovely & cheery things. It's a cloudy & grey day in my neck of the woods today, but I have a few rays of sunshine (in the form of daffs) on my kitchen table to cheer me. ^_^

    ~Miss Michelle

  15. I become happy by just watching your pretty and colourful photos ! Soooo beautiful !

  16. I love your beautiful sunny pictures, Vanessa!! Everything looks wonderful and delightfully colourful. Your bluebell pictures are amazing :) I love all your kitchen pictures, it really is a bright and sunny spot. (I have the same big china chicken but mine has a slightly chipped beak since last year!) Thank you for a lovely happy post :)
    Wishing you a wonderful week.
    Helen xox

  17. Hi Vanessa,

    Hope this week will be just as Happy as last weekend! Lovely cheerful photo's and that cake......delicious!!!

    Madelief x

  18. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely, colourful world, Vanessa. Your posts always bring sunshine, when I read them. Enjoy! Hugs, Chris xx

  19. Oh Vanessa I could spend ages looking at all the lovely things on your dresser - you have such a lovely collection of china, so many special things.
    I completely agree that the first cup of tea of the day, before everyone else is up, is very special.
    Have a lovely week, may the sun keep shining !
    Kate x

  20. I am so with you on the sunshine love, it feeds my soul and makes me feel so much happier! We have hives here now so I adore hearing the bees buzzing around and this year is good for them so far so I hope it will keep that way for them. Thank you from our honey bees for planting some wild flower seeds, the bees will adore that :-) Happy days ....... lets hope we get lots more sun :-)

  21. A lovely post. You're right, there is so much energy everywhere in the spring. I've enjoyed getting the garden in a bit better order I love your photos, so much light and colour, they've really cheered me up. I do hope you have a good week. CJ xx

  22. What a lovely, happy post; I hope the rest of your week is just as wonderful :-)
    Tracey xx

  23. Your photos really are just beautiful. The bluebells are utterly divine and your little wildflower patch sounds dreamy. I would love to have a little wildflower patch but sadly our scorching Aussie sun would burn them. We are shifting into autumn in our little part of the world and I am ready for a much softer sun and cosy evenings. Thank you for a peak into your little space.

  24. That's it! I have to make a coffee pot cozy. I'm not sure my man will be overly excited if I chose pastels though... Maybe blues and whites.

  25. Beautiful photos, I recently found your blog and have been loving reading your posts. I absolutely LOVE the birdie pegs, so cute....I think need these!

  26. Beautiful photos Vanessa, your dresser display is just wonderful! I hope your wildflower patch comes good; any wildflower patch, however big or small, will be much appreciated by the pollinators. How lovely that you've had bees nesting, I'm hoping they will take to my garden this year. Yummy cake, adorable elephant and I love your spotty clogs. Have a lovely sunny week.
    Jane x

  27. A beautiful post, as always, a delight to read :)
    Pat @ xx

  28. Such a lovely happy post, I need to do some reseeding in our wildlife border, just need to find some energy
    Clare x

  29. Ooh. You have some lovely colourful things in your home. Beautiful. Really love your clogs I have a red pair but minus the spots. Love your blog :-)

  30. Lovely... I feel lucky today, i found your blog:)


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