Sunday, 16 August 2015

More garden visits

For those of you who enjoy them, here are some gardens I visited with my gardening group. 

Saturday, 4 July 2015

A tale of two gardens

The first garden with its choice of patios, a large pond and woodland walk was ‘loaned’ to us for holding a fundraiser for our allotment.  Rainbow Allotment is for adults with physical and learning difficulties. 
We held a traditional garden party in this wonderfully landscaped garden which, helped by the lovely summer weather, proved to be a financial and social success.

The second garden was Breezy Knees, near York, which we chose to visit for our anniversary. 

  We had previously visited this garden in October and enjoyed the autumn planting.  We were really lucky with the weather and this time we were able to experience a different range of flowers. 

The fact that I managed to find two plants in the nursery which had been on my to-buy list for ages (sedum Red Cauli and eupatorium Little Joe) and will serve as a memento of our anniversary was a bonus.  Breezy Knees is well worth a visit and an RHS card means the holder gets in free. 

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Felley Priory

On our way back from our friends' fabulous wedding, we stopped off at Felley Priory.  The garden which is only half a mile from the M1 is on the site of a priory founded in 1156 and has a tea room and nursery which can be accessed without entering the gardens, offering a tranquil alternative to the motorway services.

I was impressed by the layout of this 2.5 acre garden, the wildlife area, perennial borders, topiary and pond.  The roses in the rose garden were mostly still in bud, but there were some old, climbing, highly perfumed varieties against the walls. 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Weekend in Lincoln

I spent a lovely weekend in Lincoln with my sisters.  This was my first visit to this interesting city and would not hesitate to recommend a trip to people of all age groups.  The cathedral and castle are reached by a very steep hill, aptly named Steep Hill.  We got the free bus to the top but walked back down which allowed us to browse in the interesting, specialist food and clothes shops.

Selfishly, I am not giving a full review as I may submit a travel review.  However, here a few pictures:

 This cafe was on the oldest bridge with buildings on in UK

 The Glory Hole where the River Witham flows beneath

 Lovely mobile toilets near castle.  Flowers are a trompe d'oeil

 A former synagogue and the oldest stone house in England

 Bike Fest at the waterfront with live music and hundreds of bikes.  Lots of cafes with tables outside giving it a real holiday atmosphere.

 From the other side of Brayford Pool, a natural pond which the Romans made deeper.  Our hotel is opposite.
 View from my room at the Holiday Inn. 

Monday, 18 May 2015


 Smarting from a couple of rejections for my writing this month, I was delighted to learn that I won a generous book token for first prize for my review of “Finding Mr Goldman” by David Rhodes.  I was invited to meet the author and present my review at the launch.  

Also speaking was Emily, a Zimbabwean refugee who told us her harrowing and thought-provoking tale and who has at long last been granted leave to remain in the UK.  She also gave an overview of issues facing refugees in our region.  After hearing of her plight, the issue of having my stories knocked back seemed decidedly trivial.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

National Gardening Week 2015 13 – 19 April

In National Gardening Week I’ve had a week of garden related activities.
Rainbow Allotment
The community allotment is coming along well but it will be full steam ahead from now on.

Judging for Yorkshire in Bloom

It is both a privilege and a pleasure to judge gardens, parks, schools and allotments for Yorkshire in Bloom.  I have just completed spring judging in towns on the East Yorkshire coast and feel humbled by the hard work and dedication shown by the volunteers.
Gardening Club
It was our mini Spring Show this week along with a presentation on plants for the conservatory by professional gardener Gordon Kirby.

So, as you can see, I’ve had a full week of gardening yet not had time to tend my own garden – but there’s still tomorrow!