Sharing a love of Dolls House Miniatures - and making time for other creative crafts and the garden.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Definitely in Need of a Little Assistance

On the workbench is a little 1/48th house in need of the garden the weeds are growing faster than I can yank them out......and the conservatory is over-run with tomatoes....but at least the washing is drying in the sun!

I thought I should get back to miniatures in this blog...but you know how it goes.....

So, we love tomatoes and my husband loves to grow them from seed, which he does VERY successfully....every year.  Although he planted less than usual, they all came up, so I am in the annual process of convincing the extended family that when they visit they should take some home! Still there's danger of frost, so nothing tender can go outside....the conservatory is full to bursting with the orchids and other conservatory plants, plus the toms., carnation plug plants, leek and parsnip seedlings. I need help!!

Running out of room fast...
Finally...nowhere to sit...

Bert arrived, released from his box which he never liked anyway to help tie one or two to supports.

Thank heavens for Bert
Out in the garden - which is looking pretty good despite the weeds - tulips are blooming and my favourite shrub Exochorda - The Bride is looking wonderful and I have finally decided to stop trying to cull the bluebells which are everywhere.


It's a losing battle anyway really and they do look beautiful and I do love them; we have a mixture of the native and the spanish variety in different areas and I had a wild ambition to only keep the native.....oh well.  When they die down other things appear and the garden is ever-changing.

I hope you're all enjoying your garden too, whether it's real sized or miniature.

Thank you for looking

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wishing You A Happy Easter

Easter is a special time for many of us across the globe and I hope that it can be a time spent with those you love.
Our gardens and open spaces, and even our indoor plants and window boxes also seem to know that it's time to renew and celebrate.

I enjoyed a lovely day in Oxford with a very special guide a week  ago visiting some of the  Colleges, and trod the medieval pavements, touched equisite and ancient wood and stone carvings and sculptures and gazed at unbelievably ancient and beautiful stained glass windows. It was absolutely a walk back in time and a huge privilege and I'm grateful for the enormous work and dedication undertaken to preserve this for us all.

It's decades since I last did this, so a big thank you P.

The parks and garden within college precincts are just a joy too, and for me, best of all was seeing for the first time the snakes head fritilliaries (yes I do have a 'thing' about them) flowering in their thousands across the water meadows at Magdalen College.

Oxford was bursting with visitors on a sunny day - youngsters drawn by a location for the Harry Potter Films, and 'oldsters' drawn by the 'Morse' stories (and spin offs) by Colin Dexter. I hope they all enjoyed themselves and will come back one day to look at the 'ancient dreaming spires'.

The garden is bursting into colour and so too, the conservatory - orchids vying with each other for centre stage.

Enjoy your weekend whatever you are doing.

Thank you for looking