Monday, 22 June 2020

Random Ramblings :: Still plenty going on!

Hi there everyone 😀

I wrote this post yesterday ... on a rainy Sunday afternoon ... but it certainly looks like there is sunshine ahead ... the weather for this coming week looks like it could be a real treat.

We are still finding plenty to do whilst spending the majority of our time at home. One of the highlights over the last week or so was a surprise virtual baby shower for my eldest Goddaughter ... who’s baby girl is due very soon ... planned and organised in total secrecy by her sister in law.

I can’t quite believe how quickly this time has come around ... it doesn’t seem like five minutes since she was calling to tell us her fabulous news and in just another week or so we could be cooing over gorgeous new baby pics.

The baby shower was a total surprise to her. She dialled in to a Zoom call expecting to be taking part in an online escape room with her brother and sister in law, only to find a screen full of smiling faces beaming back at her ... there may have been just a few tears.

Her dad then knocked the door ... he’d been waiting round the corner ... to drop off balloons, banners, afternoon tea and gifts from everyone ... all planned and executed meticulously.

It was a lovely afternoon ... we all had afternoon tea treats and tucked in whilst watching Rachel open her gifts, whilst marveling at just how sneaky and good at telling untruths her closest friends and family are. Our afternoon tea was courtesy of our good friends Jackie and Phil ... the expectant grandparents ... and very nice it was too ...
We finished off with a bit of a baby sweepstakes ... with us all guessing what the baby’s name would be, when she would be born and what she would weigh. It won’t be too long now before we find out if any of us were anywhere near the mark ...
In other news there has been a bit more crafting ... with plenty more face coverings being made up ...

... an afternoon beeswax wrap making session ...

... and some reusable face wipes ...

There has also been an afternoon spent in the garden in the sunshine playing with mosaic ...

Talking about the garden ... you will have seen the work we’ve done on our first raised vegetable bed but there is still plenty of colour with the garden shaking off its spring yellows and moving over to the pinks and purples of summer ...

The plant stand is looking good ...

... and the hanging baskets are doing pretty well considering we only had a couple of cheap packs of bedding from Aldi ...



We’ve had our first harvests ... some woody radishes ...

A few bowls of the sweetest juiciest strawberries ...

... and plenty of spinach ... which has been a new thing for us this year ...

The agapanthus, which I ruthlessly split and re-potted two years ago, had no flowers whatsoever last year, but I was so excited to see that all three look fully settled into their new pots and have plenty of tall flower spikes so I am expecting a good display of these later in the summer ...

I must admit that I am beginning to wonder if we will ever to get to sit in the arbour again as it seems to have become a bit of a nursery area ... a staging post between greenhouse and final destination ...


There has also been a bit of recipe experimenting ... a slow cooker 'doner kebab' ... something I've been meaning to have a go at for ages and actually worked out really well ...


... and a strange concoction from the latest National Trust magazine which couldn't quite work out whether it was supposed to be savoury or sweet ... but was very tasty either way ...



And finally ... there has been another trip out ... we went back to Elford Hall gardens ... where this time we met up with mum for her first trip out since lockdown began.

This time is was more about the poppies than the roses ...




With the weather this week looking like it’s going to be lovely we are hoping to get to spend plenty of time in the garden as well as a trip out to Calke Abbey, where we will get to see how the National Trust pre-booking system for a reduced number of visitors is working.

I'm certain there will be a picnic involved and I'm sure I'll be telling you all about it very soon 😁
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