I love seeing the pictures people post of their gardens and would love to have a more space. We have a very small space but use it a lot. Through most of the year I like to dry my washing outside and we like to eat breakfast outside when we aren't working. Just relaxing with a good book is so enjoyable sat in the garden with the sound of bird song and the gentle buzz of bees. As I was watering the hanging baskets I took a couple of photos. The astilbe is looking good.
We usually have hanging baskets with bedding plants in them but this year I left them rather late to do so the plants haven't filled out completely yet.
This basket has some beautiful marigolds in it but I just love this lovely drift of trailing lobelia. The plants I bought were supposed to be mixed colours but they are mostly pink and purple.
The geranium in this one is a delightful pink and has lots of new buds growing up.
My fuschia is trying very hard to give a good display but the buds don't seem able to open at the same time. Trying to keep the plants alive in the heat is difficult and takes a lot of watering.
At the end of last year I baked this broccoli tart. Since then it has become a firm favourite and appears on the menu every two to three weeks. It's quick to make and serves 6 so Lucy will usually take a serving for her lunch the next day and John and I fight over the remaining slice. The recipe has walnut pieces on the top but we miss them out as Lucy is allergic to nuts. John had forgotten I wanted a photo and had started to share it out. This is a recipe I got from the Sainsbury's magazine and is available on their website here but since it is free on the internet I've also copied it below.
Today there will be a little hand stitching for about an hour before I go to bed but otherwise the nearest I've got to sewing was pre washing some cotton fabric that I'm going to use to make a dress. I don't usually pre wash my quilting fabrics as I love the crinkle effect that occurs when you wash the quilt. All I do is add one or two colour catcher sheets to the wash. With dress making it's different if using cotton because you are making it to fit a certain size and any shrinkage can mean that whatever has been made will be a little tight once it's been washed. The fabric has a pink background and it's a good job I added the colour catcher as the colour did run a little.
I'm working again tomorrow but then I have the rest of the week off as annual leave. John and I are going on a short break, just the two of us which will be fun. I'm sure there will be some good photo opportunities on the trip. Unfortunately I do have to work on Saturday as we have an open day and as a course leader I have to attend.
Roll on tomorrow evening when I can get my machine out for a couple of hours! For now I'm going to do some hand stitching.