Monday, 1 May 2017

Day 121 - May 1st

Whilst walking Millie this morning I nearly stepped on this tiny guy crawling along the edge of the wooden steps. Luckily I managed to side step him and he continued on his snaily way.

Day 120 - April 30th

This afternoon we had a trip to the cinema to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Really enjoyed it.

Day 119 - April 29th

Whilst walking this morning we noticed how dry the ground is. We haven't had any significant rain for quite some time and the ground on some footpaths is very hard and cracked.

Day 118 - April 28th

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.

Day 117 - April 27th

The Choisya bushes are now in full flower. You have to get up quite close to appreciate how lovely the individual flowers are.

Day 116 - April 26th

Delicate pink Lily of the Valley. 

Day 115 - April 25th

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.

Day 114 - April 24th

Beautiful sunset this evening when driving home from Lara's gym class.

Day 113 - April 23rd

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.

Day 112 - April 22nd

Today I spent the day paper crafting whilst chatting and enjoying the company of friends. 

Day 111 - April 21st

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.

Day 110 - April 20th

The Kerria Japonica (Jew's Mallow) is now in bloom. 

Day 109 - April 19th

Very striking red and white tulip in Mum & Dads garden.

Day 108 - April 18th

Last year there was no blossom on the apple trees. This year they are covered. Hopefully a sign that apples will follow.

Day 107 - April 17th

Whilst my parents have been on holiday, Steven has been looking after my Dad's greenhouse. This afternoon I went with Steven to have a look at what was flowering.

There were several very pretty orchids in flower.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

Day 106 - April 16th (Easter Sunday)

Today was Easter Sunday but it was also Christopher's birthday. Instead of a traditional birthday cake, Lara made him a Birthday Cheesecake!

Day 105 - April 15th

It is Easter weekend so Lara has been decorating the Easter Tree in readiness.

Day 104 - April 14th (Good Friday)

We have bought some new patio furniture. Just hope we have a nice warm summer so we can make the most of it.

Day 103 - April 13th

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.

Day 102 - April 12th

The bluebells in the garden are in full bloom.

Day 101 - April 11th

Today has been sunny so Christopher took the opportunity of taking hisSpitfire out for a run.

Day 100 - April 10th

Whilst my parents are away on holiday I have been entrusted with the Azalia plant that I bought Mum for Mothering Sunday. It has beautiful variegated petals and I hope it's still alive when I have to hand it back!

Day 99 - April 9th

This afternoon Lara and I joined some friends at the cinema to watch Disney's live action remake of Beauty & the Beast. We really enjoyed the film and Emma Watson was perfect in the role of Belle.

Day 98 - April 8th

Today was Steven's birthday. We celebrated with cake.

Day 97 - April 7th

Tux doing a spot of birdwatching.

Day 96 - April 6th

Its the school Easter holidays and Lara has time on her hands so she decided to have a go at some patchwork. She made this piece which she hopes to make into a cushion cover at a later date.

Day 95 - April 5th

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.

Day 94 - April 4th

A bit of sunshine tempted Tux outside onto the patio.

Day 93 - April 3rd

The Almond Tree Blossom on the High Road looks lovely. It was quite difficult to photograph though because some of the lower branches have been cut back this year and the blossom is now all above head height.

Day 92 - April 2nd

I've been looking for cowslips for several weeks and today I finally spotted some. Either its not a good year for Cowslips or its a bit too early for them as there don't seem to be as many about as in previous years. 

Day 91 - April 1st

Out walking this morning we spotted this butterfly resting on some blossom.