Thursday 1 May 2014

Good bye April, Hello May

I thought April was going to be hectic and I wasn't wrong.  The month started off with us on holiday in Holmesfield.  We had a lovely week in The Peak District and were joined by mum and dad for a couple of days, which was really nice.  You can read about our holiday adventures here, here and here.  And, if you want to read my first holiday cottage review of Gooseberry Barn, you will find that here.

After we got back from holiday, we really started to see the garden coming to life, following all of the earlier legwork that we'd put in.

We had a huge push at Easter, which you can read about here, and finally the new fence is in place and the majority of the veg planting has been started off.  Here are a few pictures of how its looking right now.

We've caught up with friends and family, and spent a great Saturday night in with good friends, with great food. 

We've also spent a lovely lazy Sunday afternoon with more good friends, Jo and Steve, and their girls, Hannah and Megan.  Megan baked us a scrummy chocolate cake, which went down very well whilst watching Hannah try on dresses for her first prom.  All of which looked absolutely stunning.  Oh, to be 16 again!

We also had a bit of a walk, picked up a few caches on the way and topped the afternoon off with a very nice meal in Miller and Carter's overlooking the lake in Sutton Park, where Hannah said she wouldn't mind be taken on her first date - now there's a young lady with expensive taste!

I've had a bash at film making, starting with the blue tits nesting in the garden.  I've obviously not quite got the hang of the uploading process yet, as you can only watch the film on a PC and only then, if you use Google Chrome.  I need to work out how to make this viewable on tablets and phones.

May will start with another holiday to celebrate our 5th Wedding Anniversary, in North Wales, so look out for more tales of our adventures and another holiday cottage review soon.  I can't believe how quickly those five years have gone.

Whilst we are away, our decorator friend, Tom, will be in doing some of the decorating prep work in one of the bedrooms, so I can crack on with the easier stuff at my leisure.  I don't think I'm going to change the room much as Martin and I both love it as it is, but it is in desperate need of a freshen up.

I haven't done any decorating for years, Tom has always done it for us since Martin moved in.  He normally comes when we're on holiday, so we just get back and everything is done and looking lovely, well, that's always the plan anyway!  Decorating in an old house certainly has it's challenges, you never quite know what you're going to find.

I'm sure there will be more garden activity, including getting the new gate fitted and planting a couple of hanging baskets.

The garden always looks good in May, so hopefully I'll have some more photos to share and who knows, I may even get chance to do the next instalment of my garden planning post and you should get to find out what happens to Will Sidney following the outbreak of WW1.

So, another busy month coming up.  I'm definitely not bored with my new life yet.  This Life of Pottering seems to be suiting me down to the ground.

If you keep on reading, I'll keep on pottering.

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