Saturday, 19 July 2014

Busman's Holiday




After judging and being judged by Yorkshire in Bloom this week, Friday was spent visiting gardens in North Yorkshire with our gardening club.


Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the outing and we returned laden with plants and ideas for our own gardens.
First stop was Rewela Cottage at Skewesby, home of garden designer John Plant

The front of the house gave no indication of what was to come and we were all impressed by the planting combinations and landscaping at every turn. 
 The outdoor kitchen

 The jacuzzi/sauna


 The potting area

 




 





There was a good range of interesting plants for sale to tempt us and we all succumbed!

Then on to the picturesque North Yorkshire, market  town of Helmsley. 
 Here we took advantage of the various eating places, market stalls, shops and antique fair before boarding the coach again for our next garden visit.

Terrington House, a former rectory, is the home of James and Linda Fenwick.  


The house is surrounded by gardens and features tennis courts, heated outdoor pool and, the pièce de résistance, a summer house decorated in shells by Linda Fenwick .

 The stunning ceiling of the Shell House







 North Yorkshire, not the South of France


 The vegetable plot

Just beware of Crumble the dog who makes quick work of any cake you place on the table!
Anyone else got some interesting garden visits to share?

Saturday, 12 July 2014

The Versatile Blogger Award



Thanks to Teresa Ashby at A Likely Story http://teresaashby.blogspot.co.uk/  for nominating me for this award.
So, here are seven snippets of information about me.
I collect bottles, mostly old but I have included some contemporary ones.  They are not easy to keep dust-free.

I do like to be beside the seaside and spend a lot of time there in the Summer at our holiday home.  We love to invite friends and family.  It’s a great place to chill.

My writing started when I retired at 60.  I have had quite a few short stories published and read out on local radio.  I even managed to present at a local literary festival.  In addition to this blog, I keep two other blogs for groups to which I belong: rainbow allotment and Paxton friday forum

Spiders in the house petrify me.  I don’t care how big they are outside the house, but once they cross the threshold I can’t take it.  I know it’s irrational, but there it is.  I couldn’t even manage a photo!
I love being in the company of my grandchildren; some who live near and others who live far.   Thank goodness for Skype. 
I help to produce a monthly programme for a local radio station.  It’s good fun and I am now brave enough to present live. 
Gardening is another passion.  I’m not the perfect lawn and manicured beds type.  I am learning about growing vegetables on an allotment for adults with disabilities where I volunteer, I am a judge for Yorkshire in Bloom and attend a gardening club and an enthusiastic visitor of other people's gardens.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Yellow and Lavender



No they don’t go together!
 YELLOW
In the morning enjoyed the party atmosphere with family and friends for the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in my hometown.  The whole route turned yellow including some of the sheep!
 

 A neighbour's jazz band added to the ambience

 Loads of floats distributing free gifts

 My grandson was really shocked when I encouraged him to chalk on the road




 An actual gendarme











 LAVENDER

In the afternoon, on the way to the coast, visited Yorkshire Lavender with its beautiful gardens, nursery and spectacular views of the Vale of York.    
 The only garden with a notice that asks you to touch the flowers!

 A stress-free zone

 The tune?  Lavender's blue dilly dilly ....

 A lavender maze which made our clothes smell amazing

 Could be in Provence rather than East Yorkshire

Thursday, 19 June 2014

The Chapel




The local writing group and radio station with which I am involved acquired a grant for a former Methodist chapel.  
Seacroft Methodist Church has been present in the Seacroft Community since 1874, and is sited close to where John Wesley preached in the open air on the village green.
The Chapel, as it is known, has been totally, but in a way sympathetically, renovated. There are various flexible spaces for viewings, musical presentations, dance and drama as well as a couple of recording studios.  
 The Chapel today

 The writing isn't on the wall, it's on the window

 The original pews, ceiling rose and organ, which has been restored


 The illustrations of sound in blue say 'to the people from the people' and the squiggles etched on the blue glass are the sound waves of our oral signatures, mine included.

 The round window glows red from the outside when recording is taking place


 Words from the poems of our poets

From a room in the local library and a home-made studio over a parade of shops, we now have a wonderful base for all ages and activities.
 It may be a Chapel but we are indeed blessed!