The sweetpeas have been beautiful this summer, lots of lilacs and purples, which I love most, and then of course their wonderful scent.
I just wanted to collect together some of the photos I took and say a big Thank you to my Dad from growing them.
Love kathryn x
The front garden here at our home, and dads lovely flowers there, I've wanted to see it for ages but it wasn't possible.
After the 5 months over the winter when I was more ill, I have been out of my bedroom intermittently in the spring, but am physically weaker. So come summer now, and I'm having to be extra careful about my energy expenditure as at times im still feeling very unwell.
I am sad because I haven't been in amongst the flowers, like I would have liked, picking them and seeing them in the back gardens.
I really wanted to see the planting and flowers in the front border here and on Saturday I was able to. There beside the hydrangeas which I had watched from the window. And some nicotinia with lavender down under the budlia.
Mam took this photo of a butterfly. It was such a sunny half hour there and the butterflies like the purple blooms of the budlia so much they always come by it.
Things I noted...
Everything was a very pretty tones of green, the flowers were bobbing in the breeze, there were about 6 butterflies, but I only saw one bee, the lobelia was mixing with the gypsophila in dads baskets by the front door, the sky was v v blue, there was nobody about, it was quiet, there were aeroplane trails in the sky but no clouds, the tree has grown a lot in the corner, the sun was very bright,
I am cherishing this, I am praising myself in this, I am embracing this, I am accepting the fragility of how I felt in this, yet at the same time welcoming that I was up to do this, I was there again, & I am thankful for this, for butterflies, for flowers and for mam and dad most of all, Love K x
Following on from what I mentioned about routine, I have been wanting to alter parts of how my day flows. And friday i wanted to do a gentle activity that would give me both a sense of achievement and some relaxation to help with my stress relief.
Mam made up some biscuit mixture for me and I was so pleased to be up to sitting and cutting them out.
I made fairies, swans, rabbits, a unicorn and a few butterflies of course. And some hearts with the off cuts.
Here are the ginger biscuits decorated and ready for the oven.....
And here they are all baked......
It's been lovely to share these pics, it meant alot,
Hello lovelies, the Uk has had some sunnier days at last, not quite so many up here in the North eas, but still a chance to have the odd hour sitting in the garden. There are even a few more flowers in bloom, though nothing like usual, its still absolutely wonderful to have their colour and company.
i was beginning to wonder if we would see any before the turn to winter, so its a relief to have the budlia bush in flower and be getting some roses and sweetpeas. the butterflies havent really made it up to us this year, at least not so far. there is still a bit of time for that, though usually they would be all over the budlia by now.
Whisper has fun whatever the weather, she even stays out in the rain! and she eats, lots! grass ALL the time, and seems to especially like the sweetpeas, the ones dad has in tubs at the top of the garden.(see below!)
Hanging basket close up, loving the little faces of these small flowers, new to us this year.
dad's hanging basket by the back door, and some tubs on the deck, in amongst whispers wire runs.
Thats all from us two today, love and bunny kisses
Things have been more than tough this week, for some reason i am really low in my heart, like there is a great sadness there, a crying that needs a release, i am taking each moment and i am using my alternative therapies to support me. Its at such times that i rest and look to the sky and think.
...think about all the people out there going through such difficulties of their own, and i send out a prayer that we are given the support that we need and that tiny miracles may come bit by bit.
I want to share that the sky is such an important thing to me, it gives so much to my heart, i have missed it when it has just been grey and overcast like most of this wet summer.
...i think wind is my least favourite weather but closely followed by the blank overcast sky, when there is a seperation between us and the clouds and no way of looking up into a vast openness. I like to see the blue sky of course but also the clouds themselves, the sort that are fluffy and drift by my window...the way they float is soothing.
my iphone camera to hand i have been able to catch some pretty skies on the days we have had them, and i wanted them togther in a post for memory sake, and also i thought making it today would be a way to speak to my soul and give it comfort.
you see the sky comforts me, does it you?
i think it is wonderful to remember it as we go through our day and not take it for granted, i love the thought that we are all beneath the same sky the same stars and moon,and that it is the same air that we breathe.
this photo above, is a rare one, because i am not often awake at 5am, so this is the sun rising, as i look out my window to the right.
this is my view from sitting up in bed, the blue net is a trampoline in a neighbours garden., these clouds are the type i like to watch drift by
some more delicate skies, tiny wisps of clouds that the light catches in such pretty ways, always a bit like waves breaking on the sand, it was one like this that i used to edit and make the collage at the top of the post
At my window and looking out to the left to see where the sun goes down, that is my neighbours conservatory roof below
A really nice pinky sky, with soft grey clouds
a lovely clear sky, (no rain that night!) and a sun setting at the top of my street, thank you sky for all that you have ever given me and continue to give me, i love you
there has been quite a buzz about the country for the Queen's jubilee this weekend.
its a lovely feeling to be part of something thats such an achievement for her and our country as a whole. i'm really quite proud of the queen and how much she does for us, to have a figure to represent us on a world stage, who is so gracious and dignified in her role & part of a loving family privately, is something to cherish. It seems all the more poignant given what is happening in countries such as Syria right now. It makes you realise that the freedom to joyful celebrate an occasion such as the Jubilee, out in the cities and villages across the country, is so much a part of what life here is about. It can only take place because of what we have built together, this peace and diversity we can take for granted but is something to celebrate in itself.
I think too, its lovely that britian has been able to show the Queen how much they appreciate her, through all the turn out for the celebrations marking her 60 years service on the throne.
As many of you who visit me regularly here will gather, i wasnt able to get out and partake in the celebrations, (actually had to spend much of the weekend in bed) so it was important to have some small ways to mark the occasion. I have always taken the view that to ease any pain of missing out on occasions of any sort,(birthdays,christmas,new years...) its best to do something in the home, however small, just to have a little bit of nice-ness in the day and a photo and some memories to look back on.
Luckily i have a wonderful mam who agrees and has been up to baking this year again, and she made us this maderia cake, which she cleverly put a union jack on, isnt it fab, and some iced buns, which she decorated in red white and blue sprinkles too. And they were delicious.
This was me just in my pj's in my room and some of the bakes on my bed..
a pic i dug out of little kathryn at a street party in 1977 for the Queens silver jubilee
and below some of the coverage of the pageant on the River Thames that i watched on tv, here's Kate, William and Harry
This pretty tea towel is up on my wall, it was from John lewis online, and i got a matching mug as well, i am not really a red and blue person as you'll know, so i was happy to find something in pink! (smiles)
i want to say a lovely thanks to everyone who has given me support over the last posts on Blogging with honesty. It's been such a blessing to hear from you, and i have replied to you in the comments section should you want to go back and take a peek but don't worry if you don't have time ok.
I havent been online as much as the weather has changed for us here in England and its lovely and sunny. I have been feeling some better, and able to be in the garden in the afternoons which is magic. Hope to be in touch again before too long, as have a few handmade theme posts i want to share
I had a lovely birthday. I felt better than i had over Christmas. And we had a little tea party with some homemade bakes. These Tete a tete brought a touch of spring. And i received some lovely cards & things from friends. Thank you to everyone who sent me mail & messages, it was so kind. xxx
I have more baking to share another time... a biscuit recipe :) love & sunlight
the banner and cake stand, and the cake toppers are all from Talking Tables, they do such beautiful ranges for celebrations
These are gingerbread rabbits, they are the cutest biscuits arent they! I made them the other evening when my Mam was busy in the kitchen (she helped me bake them). I used the little bunny cutter that Jeska sent me (smile) They are a perfect little bite size biscuit.
To bake is very theraputic i think, i hope with time and more strength i could learn to do more.