July 15, 2012

summit push

After yet another soggy saturday, it is great to see a few patches of blue between the scudding white clouds.

Some sunshine is very welcome, we have had so much grey gloom as well as some incredible rainstorms last week. On a rare, beautiful afternoon last tuesday,


when I was indulging in a bit of a poetic moment - getting swoony over  the golden barley in the fields, the last of the dog roses and the midsummer wildflowers beginning to erupt into flower along the hedgerows,


the light suddenly changed, the temperature quickly fell, and the darker clouds rolled in.


It began to look more and more like a mid west tornado in the making!


The hound and I stepped up the pace, full tilt sprint to home in fact, so glad to be indoors before this happened the other side of our kitchen door!




We have been weathering other storms here this week - our youngest slipped off the school climbing frame and broke both bones in his forearm, shunting them over the wrist joint, requiring two ops and an overnight stay in hospital. It was all vile, but he was so stoic and uncomplaining, my champ!

In happier news, the Art fair went well and our eldest has just passed his driving test (Eeeeek!). He sits a hard piano exam tomorrow, and my daughter is preparing for a fast approaching theatrical performance at Her Majesty's Theatre, Haymarket, so the pressures are still on and, to be honest, we are all really ready for the holidays and a welcome change in pace. I don't wear this frantic busy-ness like some kind of maternal medal - certainly I enjoy seeing them doing things they love, working hard and achieving goals, but just as much I long for rested faces, relaxed shoulders and time to hang out together. It is waiting for us, just over the horizon.

In the garden, the tough old Wild Acre flowers are managing, more or less, to weather the weather! I am amazed to see some scabiosa seeds (from Higgledy Garden) that I planted really late in may as an experiment in expanding the growing season into October, have not only survived the incessant rain and low light levels, but have provided a small forest of happy seedlings, I think Higgledy flower seeds must be teflon coated!


I was up at six this morning cutting the flowers for three bouquets, and I was spoilt for choice - this is such a great flower cutting time of year. One bunch was full of purpley blues and deep pinks and the other two were all subtle pale, nudey pinks, white and green - made to be given to a grandma by her two little grandsons, and designed to be able to be put together in the same vase. Which do you prefer, va va voom or serene elegance in your flowers? I'd love to know.






Please don't be too snooty about the gypsophila (like I used to be!), it is quite a different thing when it is fresh from the garden, more in bud than flower and none of that horrid, tired crispiness of the imported stuff.

So here is to the final week of term, and the summer holidays just around the corner where I spy lazy, pyjama brunches, picnics, reading, movie watching and a week in the Sicilian sun - cannot wait! Summit push, we can do it! xx


29 comments:

  1. Thank you for the images of the ever changing weather. Such spectacular images and it must have been a tad scary.

    Good luck to your children in exams, health and may the long hazy days of summer relax all shoulders and souls

    Helen xx

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    1. Thank you Helen, looking forward to that relaxation!x

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  2. Lovely photos, and it's a testament to your planting skills that you have any flowers at all, everything in my garden is either too scared to flower or has been eaten by slugs.

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    1. Lilacs, that is such a shame, slugs are the seed of Satan!!

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  3. Those weather pictures are absolutely stunning!

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  4. That was some storm! We've had a few ourselves but I haven't thought to take photos, yours are amazing.

    Elegance in my flowers, every time, and I love the softness of fresh cut gypsophila.

    Good luck to the musician and the driver to be and heal fast wishes to the invalid :D

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    1. Thanks for the good wishes Annie, glad you dig the soft gyp and understand what I was going on about! x

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  5. Amazing photographs Belinda ! Love your bouquets too!

    Happy new week,

    Madelief x

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    1. Thanks, hope your week has been good too? x

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  6. Both arms??
    Port him. And poor you...
    Amazing photos- love a storm myself. From inside!!
    Ax

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    1. No, no, sorry I was unclear, two bones in the right arm, both arms would have been unbearable! x

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  7. Oh, and it's pale nudey for me...!

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  8. I hear thunder in the distance and a few flashes of lightning, you must have sent your storm our way.

    You may not aim for maternal medals but o think you wear them beautifully.

    Sicily? Ohhh, lucky you.

    xo Jane

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    1. Jane, I knoooww, Sicily, I am beyond excited! x

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  9. Your photos taken by the field are so dramatic. It's amazing how different things look in sunlight and then cloudy darkness, it looks as though those clouds rolled in real quick too. Lovely arrangements, I must say personally I don't mind too much on the colours, I love most flowers, I'm not too fussy but love me some pinks if I HAD to choose :) x x x x

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    1. Thanks Gem, I have so many pinks here, would hand you a jugful of them if you lived round the corner! x

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  10. I didn't realize you got those kinds of skies in the UK. Those reminded me of my days in Nebraska and S Dakota. Beautifully captured.

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    1. You know, we don't very often, it really felt like I had been transported to the mid west!

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  11. That is a brilliant piece of photo-journalism. I like all of your bouquets and I have always liked Gypsophila too.

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  12. Those photographs have inspired me - I've always meant to paint that stormy sky over ripe corn painting! Tomorrow...

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    1. Oh please paint one, and let me know if you ever post a picture of it please?! Would make an amazing painting, the colours were magical.

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  13. VERY moody skyscapes, and very well captured... I hope you had your running shoes on with clouds like that! Lovin the floral bounty!

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    1. Lisa, I'm so lovin it too! The best time of the whole year in my garden! x

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  14. Fantastic photos Belinda. Those cloudscapes are amazing!

    Jeanne
    x

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  15. Thank you Jeanne, I have a bit of a thing for big skies, and live in a great place for them! x

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  16. I'm never unhappy to see the sun come out. Your pictures always look very detailed. You most have a great camera. I like the combination of flowers you put together. Very nice.

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