Monday, 1 May 2017
Like the Choisya, you have to get up quiet close to really see how pretty the flowers on the Spiria bush are. Last year we cut the bush which was over 6' high back to about a 12" from the ground and hoped that it would recover. Thankfully it has sprung back to life and is now covered in blooms. The other Spiria bush in the back garden will this year be cut back in a similar way.
Whilst I was away at the weekend, Lara began making a glider.
Her school is holding a STEM activity morning in connection with the de Havilland Moth Club & the Shuttleworth Trust. 5 students will be selected for the opportunity to experience real flying in a vintage aeroplane at a de Havilland Moth Club Charity Flying event in the summer. A competition to design a glider capable of travelling the greatest distance is being held to determine which students get to go up in the aeroplane and Lara is keen to win! Unfortunately the first glider she has made doesn't fly too well so it will be back to the drawing board to design another before Friday.
After breakfast this morning i went for a walk around the garden at Easthampstead Park. The building is very impressive
It is a popular wedding venue and yesterday two weddings took place. It would be lovely in the warmer months to get married in this outside Wedding Pavilion,
In the garden and surrounding area flowers were blooming including beautiful pink Rhododendron.
Today I joined a group of crafty friends at Easthampstead Park Conference Centre in Berkshire for our annual weekend of crafting. For over ten years this group of friends have been getting together once a year to spend time together and it is the fourth year that the group have stayed at Easthampstead Park.
In the middle ages Easthampstead Park was park of Windsor Park and was reserved for royal hunting. Later a lodge was built in the park and it is said that Catherine of Aragon spent some time there awaiting news of her husband Henry XIII attempts to divorce her.
The present mansion house was built in 1860 by the 4th Marquis of Downshire. It remained a private residence until the second world war when it was used by St. Pauls School which was evacuated from London and the army made use of the park. After the war, Easthampstead Park was sold to Berkshire County Council who used it as a training college for teachers. Today it is a conference centre and very popular wedding venue.
Saturday, 29 April 2017
Whilst walking over the fields today we spotted these webs in the bushes. On closer inspection we realised that they were full of caterpillars. The warm sunny weather had drawn some of the caterpillars out of the web into the warm air.
Lara has bought herself a telescope with her birthday/Christmas money and has been patiently waiting for a clear night sky so that she could test it. Using her phone she was able to take this amazing photo of the moon. It was only her first attempt and we were amazed at the detail in the photo.