Saturday, 11 March 2017

Day 69 - March 10th


Stood on the patio is a planter and these crocus have appeared in it. We didn't set them and so I can only assume that they have self set. They are a beautiful purple striped variety and there are no more like this anywhere in the garden.


Day 68 - March 9th


Some sunshine has made the Polyanthus burst into flower and really spread.

Day 67 - March 8th


Christopher has to go on a work training course for a few days so today he was provided with a rather nice Jaguar XF loan car.

Day 66 - March 7th


Hyacinths in Mum & Dad's garden are flowering. The hyacinths in my garden are not so advanced and aren't likely to start flowering for a week or more.

Day 65 - March 6th


Spring is definitely on its way when the blossom starts appearing in the hedgerows.

Day 64 - March 5th


Outside a large property int eh High Road, these miniature tulips have been set. They are the first tulips I've seen growing outside this year.

Day 63 - March 4th


A pit stop for hot chocolate whilst out shopping this afternoon.

Day 62 - March 3rd


Steven is coming home today for a few days so a chocolate cake has been made. This should last a few days!

Day 61 - March 2nd


Today I ate my first Hot Cross Bun of the season. These came from a Bedfordshire Bakery and were delicious.

Day 60 - March 1st (Ash Wednesday)


Regular readers of my blog will know that in our family on Ash Wednesday we traditionally eat 'Bedfordshire Donuts'. The job of making the donuts falls to my Mum and so today a plate of delicious freshly cooked donuts were delivered to us which we enjoyed during the day.

Day 59 - February 28th (Shrove Tuesday / Pancake Day)


Today was Shrove Tuesday so this evening pancakes were cooked and eaten with traditional lemon and sugar.

Day 58 - February 27th


At 7am this morning Lara realised she hadn't done some homework, so with the help of Millie she quickly did it before leaving for school.

Day 57 - February 26th


Beneath a shrub in the back garden, the violets are flowering. I love how all the flowers burst into life in spring.

Day 56 - February 25th


The blue/purple crocus in Mum & Dad's garden are tall and thin and look like little spears poking out of the ground,

Day 55 - February 24th


The spring crocus are now flowering. This yellow variety in my Mum & Dad's garden add a real splash of colour.

Day 54 - February 23rd


The sun came out and Tux found the warmest spot in the house.

Day 53 - February 22nd


Today was my Dad's birthday. I made him a cake.

Day 52 - February 21st


We have a section of the garden near the greenhouse where any indoor pots of spring flowering bulbs, that have finished flowering, are planted - daffodils, hyacinths, etc .. These 'Tet-a-Tete' dwarf Narcissus bought a couple of years ago and then transferred to the garden are now flowering.

Day 51 - February 20th


I spent some time this afternoon watching out of the bedroom window as tree surgeons scaled the large tree behind our house to cut it back. Its a good job the work wasn't planned for later in the week as Storm Doris is forecast to hit us and I'm sure no one would want to be climbing trees when she does.

Day 50 - February 19th


When I was at school (many years ago) we all had to make an apron in our needlework classes which we would later use in our cookery classes. The aprons were made of gingham cotton fabric and we decorated the squares with cross stitch. How times have changed! In Lara's needlework classes this term she made a cable tidy for keeping the cable on her earbuds tidy.

Day 49 - February 18th


After seeing the snowdrops in the churchyard earlier in the month, the snowdrops in my Mum & Dad's garden are now in full bloom. They are a bigger variety than those in the churchyard but just as pretty.

Day 48 - February 17th


Part of this evening was spent at the Out of Hours GP Service at Lister Hospital after Wayne's Dad had a small health scare. Nothing serious and he was seen and we back home again very quickly.

Day 47 - February 16th


The winter heather in the garden are still flowering.

Day 46 - February 15th


Tux decided to oversee the preparation of tonight's meal from the hatch.

Day 45 - February 14th


Today's Valentine's Day. We exchanged cards and presents. The red carnations Wayne bought me a few days ago are still looking lovely.

Day 44 - February 13th


Inspire by images found on the internet, Lara's been painting another canvas.

Day 43 - February 12th


Valentine's day is coming so I've been shopping for treats for the children.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Day 42 - February 11th


Overnight we had more snow. There was just a dusting but Millie enjoyed snuffling about in it.


Day 41 - February 10th


Today it snowed. It didn't snow much but Lara couldn't wait to go outside in it.

Day 40 - February 9th

Today Wayne and I made a rare trip to London. We were invited by the owner of our software company to spend the afternoon with him and a dozen of his other customers at Berry Bros and Rudd, the UKs oldest wine merchant.

Berry Bros and Rudd are located in St James Street, London and have traded from the same shop since 1698. They have two Royal Warrants for HM The Queen and The Prince of Wales. You can read all about their history here.  


The above photo is from their website as unfortunately when we arrived there were cars parked in front which prevented me getting a good photo.

As well as the shop, the company have cellars where wine tastings and a wine school are held. Down a narrow alley beside the shop is Pickering Place (the smallest public square in London) and in one corner behind a black door is 'The Townhouse' where we spent the afternoon.



A relaxed champagne reception was held when we arrived which was followed by an hour long wine tasting session hosted by the resident Wine Master. The theme of the tasting was 'France v New World'. We tasted wines made from the same grape varieties but some were grown and produced in France and some grown and produced in the new World to show how the climate, soils and method of production can produce completely different wines.

Six wines later, we were escorted upstairs for lunch. We ate in the Long Room.


The food was fabulous. 




We really enjoyed our day out and were very lucky to have been treated in such a generous way.

Day 39 - February 8th


The daffodils in the garden are close to flowering.