Wednesday, 8 April 2020

Further Isolation Tales - Day 18 and 19



Over our fruit & yoghurt, I mentioned to Jon that at some point we'd need to turn the rug around in the spare room as it was getting rather threadbare and that the bed in there was wonky so he got dressed and got stuck in. In the past, he'd have told me that he'd get round to it when he'd got a day to spare. I'm quite liking this new normal.


Whilst Jon was working upstairs I watered the pot plants in the garden and potted up some shoots. It finally felt like the glorious weather we'd been promised last Saturday had arrived. Off came the long-sleeved Afghan dress I'd put on earlier and out came my Van Allen maxi dress from the suitcase of summer clothes I keep on top of the wardrobe.



After lunch, Jon joined me for a walk around the block. I'd spotted a couple of skips yesterday and he was keen to see if there was anything interesting in them. We noticed one had a couple of gorgeous stripped four-panelled Edwardian doors complete with beehive doorknobs (people around here have more money than sense) but the house was empty and the skip was securely fenced off so we couldn't liberate them.


Jon did some work on Gilbert whilst I sat in the sun and sanded down this vintage birdcage which has been lying around the garden for years. Jon just happened to be spraying his wheel trims matt black so he offered to do my cage at the same time. Looks a lot better, doesn't it?


 I planted a few more seeds before going inside, catching up with my blog reading followed by a  shower.

 
Jon made vegeburgers and salad for tea and we watched a couple more episodes of Civilisations on the BBC i-player. I went to bed and read more of my book and Jon stayed up till late working on his latest music project.


Today (Day 19) started with Wii Fit and fruit & yoghurt then I sat at the PC for an hour catching up with blog comments. Once dressed I got down on my knees and prised all the weeds and moss from between the paving stones with a butter knife. As I'm visible from the road, a couple of friends saw me and popped into the garden for a chat (at a safe distance!)


It took me the best part of the morning to get everything out of the cracks but no matter, I've got all the time in the world.


In the absence of any trailing plants, I popped a potted houseleek in my spray painted cage and hung it from the guttering attached to the coal house and garden store.


Remember the rosemary wreath I made at Xmas? After our lunchtime noodles, I sat in the sunshine and wove another. According to old English folklore not only does rosemary encourage elves and deter thieves, but it is also said to act as a protector against plague. We need all the help we can get!


Jon transplanted the sprouted radish seedlings outside, sowed some French beans in pots and gave everything a good soaking.


He bought these Adidas basketball tops from a fiver from a charity shop the week before lockdown. No point in saving them for best!


These lead shapes are part of an Edwardian bird scarer I found in an outbuilding in the parental home when I cleared it. Over the years the string had rotted away so we sat on the grass and rethreaded them.


We went for another walk around the block. Thank you so much for your kind words, increasing my movement has definitely helped and my hip's feeling a lot freer.


You're not seeing double, today's dress is the non-identical twin sister of yesterday's. I bought them as a pair from eBay 15 years ago from the original owner who bought them in 1970. The note she enclosed with them said that she worked as a Saturday girl in Van Allen when she was a Sixth Former and used her staff discount to acquire them. She wore one of them to the Isle of Wight Festival in 1970, so it breathed the same air as Jimi Hendrix!



Ever fancied joining me for a limp stroll around the garden? Let's do it from a safe distance! When I turn around it's because I can't get beyond the tumbledown shed, there are another 20 yards of the garden beyond it. Maybe that'll be another task we accomplish during lockdown. Anyone got a goat we can borrow?


  It's Wednesday night which means....booze! We've started early with some class in a glass, a can of supermarket own-brand gin and tonic, leftover from last year's festival season.


Tea tonight was vegetarian sausage, poached eggs, peas, sweetcorn and jacket wedges.

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I'm loving Civilisations but I'm not sure if we've reached the end of the series. The Odyssey is currently on the BBC i-player and I do love a subtitled film.  Either way, it looks a night of rum and culture is in store.

Keep healthy, happy and motivated & see you soon!

68 comments:

  1. I envy you that gorgeous brick wall. If Tony and I should ever win the lottery I will have a walled garden. Tiny house and huge garden would suit me wonderfully. Loved the tour of your garden Vix, thanks for sharing

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    1. I do love the brick wall, it certainly helps make the garden a little warmer! xxx

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  2. Wow! Loving your walled garden and the dress :) What a great garden you have, I bet it will take a while to renovate all that!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jayne! We've lived here for 15 years and, if anything, the gardn's wilder than when we started! xxx

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  3. You truly do have a secret garden back there, I wonder what treasures you'll find under all that! The gravel you laid down last year sure looks nice. And I love your vintage birdcage and rosemary wreath. That dress is beautiful - but you make it look stunning!

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    1. Thanks so much! I'm tempted to get a metal detector, it'd make digging a lot more interesting! xxx

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  4. I'm just bingereading your Isolation blogs. What a weird time it is!
    We have been doing lots of seed sowing and gardening too. I was quite relieved to see on an earlier post that your rhubarb has just started to come up. Mine is only just showing and I was starting to get worried.
    We joined a community group who do shopping and essential errands for people in need, but our local council, Sandwell, have really stepped up and are taking out food parcels to vulnerable people. I've moaned about them in the past, but they really are doing a great job now. I did drop a food parcel off to a friend and it was so odd shouting to her from the bottom of her garden.
    We had another friend's virtual birthday party on Zoom last Saturday. It was surreal and a bit chaotic, but everyone dressed up and had too much to drink so no change there :-)
    Thanks for the Scandi Noir tips. We have been watching quite a lot of virtual music gigs. Also, check out the National Theatre. They are showing recordings of some of their plays on, I think, a weekly basis.
    I get dressed up and put my slap on most days - it's really important for my mental health. I'm also exercising every day and doing an online yoga class with a friend who's a yoga instructor. It's fun and helps her out too.
    Great minds must think alike because I've just redone my kitchen wreath with Rosemary.
    There's a lot of incredible things happening in the midst of this crisis, but unfortunately there's a lot of nastiness coming out too, especially on social media. Your blogs are a little oasis of beauty and positivity. I shall come to Walsall to see you as soon as this nightmare is over xxx

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    1. Lovely to hear from you, Annie! We definitely need a date when all this is over.
      Thanks brilliant that Sandwell council are stepping up to the mark and helping the community and your friend is very lucky to have you to look out for her.
      A friend had mentioned eating her rhubarb a couple of weeks ago so i was a bit concerned mine was growing slowly. I've weeded around it to give it a bit more space and it's starting to look good now!
      Thanks for the National Theatre tip, I shall check that out.
      Wearing makeup and decent clothes and doing daily exercise are keeping me motivated and sane. A few people I know are slumped on the settee in their pyjamas all day eating biscuits, that acn't be good for their mental heath.
      Much love to you. xxx

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  5. Love your vegetarian food, Vix. And your garden. Lots of nooks and crannies. And history! There would be many stories your garden could tell. As well as your lovely old bits and pieces. A clairvoyant would have an interesting time there.

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    1. Thanks, Ratnamurti!
      I have mentioned previously on my blog that the house has a "presence" - I'm not a believer but a couple of freaky things have happened to me in the bathroom including being pushed by what felt like a hand so violently that I fell against the sink and had finger shaped bruises on my back for days afterwards.
      A young man hung himself in the room where I sit with my PC, the cats often freak out when they're in here, their eyes go all black and glittery and they run around in a crazed way trying to hide under the bench. Occasionally we'll see a black cat running up the stairs but she vanishes midway up. xxx

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    2. You surely do have a presence, Vix. I live in New Zealand (otherwise I'd offer to help lol) and I actually do house clearings and blessings and they really do work. I go into a place with a "don't mess with me attitude" lol and do my thing.

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  6. Lovely dresses - I can't wait to check out your video (shhh...I'm doing blog comments at work, it's dead here). Love the birdcage and the bird scarer thingies.

    L and I just finished watching a series you might like: Black Sails - it's 4 seasons all told, and is basically the prequel to "Treasure Island" (the book), and full of gorgeous hunky pirates, and strong female characters. Recommended!

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    1. You are naughty! I don't blame you, how frustrating to be at work when it's so quiet.
      Thanks for that recommendation, that sounds ricght up my street, I'll get Jon onto it! xxx

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  7. Thank you for my garden tour ;)- I really appreciate that! It is SOOOO lovely. It's very long- how long is it exactly? It reminds me of my my Grandad's garden the way it looked when we finally sold the house- the wonderful overgrown bit at the back. In its hey-day, it was glorious! I loved seeing all the different zones. So, is that the BACK of your house then, that we see at the end? I've always been confused over which is the back and which is the front. How do you get Gilbert in? Is there a driveway in? And are you semi-detached with another neighbour or is all that your house?
    The beautiful dresses look sensational on you and how wonderful to know their back story!
    Your tea looks amazing!x

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    1. Hi Kezzie! so glad you liked the video - your comment inspired me!
      That's all our house. Each room leads into the next and all but one of the windows and both doors are at the front. The house is side on to the road, with gates for access. The gravel drive where Jon parks Gilbert starts at the gatees and runs in front of the house, we have to cross the gravel to get to the garden, there's no land behind the house. It's a very strange set-up because back in 1750 it was three single storey farm workers dwellings which, over the years, were knocked into one and a second storey added. There's no cellar.
      The garden is around 110 yards long (100 metres) and about 55 yards wide although with all our trees it looks significantly narrower! xxx

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    2. Can we have room tours next time please!??!
      Ahhhh, ok, now I get it- side on!

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    3. That's a great suggestion! I'll have do it after we've painted the kitchen as we've started to pack everything away and the middle room looks like those photos of Amazon warehouses I've seen on the internet!

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  8. So envious of your bare arms! We've been actually warned of a little snow coming our way!

    Once again, you've inspired me. I've lately had a thing about driving to interesting neighborhoods and walking them -- as opposed to a park. Now I think I'll check the trash pickup schedule and aim for some of the more chi-chi neighborhoods. I bet with all this at-home time, people are de-cluttering and disposing of interesting things.

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    1. Snow! Say it isn't so! It's not unusual to have snow here at Easter but it doesn't make it any less unwelcome.
      As we live in a wealthy area the skips are often full of good stuff the extravagent owners can't be bothered with. There was a pristine dishwasher in one yesterday! xxx

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  9. Loved the tour of your incredible garden! Your vegetable garden is going to be awesome too. I've never grown artichokes before, but maybe it's time to try. I finally got my dragon cayenne, a jalepeno plant and some dhalias planted today. The pot of catmint is coming back by itself so that's one less pot to plant. The birdcage looks great and I love the rosemary wreath...it will be interesting to see if any elves come around. At least they won't be thieving elves with plague! Cool dresses too. It's amazing to know that one dress breathed the same air as Jimi Hendrix!!

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    1. Hi Cheryene! I was curious about growing artichokes because they're pretty to look at, the seed packet recommended growing them in flowerbeds as they're so nice to look at.
      I grew some cat mint last year, it drove Frank mad, I kept finding him covered in soil rolling about in the borders. After reading your comment I went outside and checked - it's back! xxx

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  10. Good heavens, it IS a walk in the park! Is a property this extensive common in Walsall? Or is there a history behind it involving the brick wall? (Yes, I've been binge watching "Time Team" and I can easily picture Robin Bush poring over a 17th C city plat and recounting how...)

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    1. We've often thought about contacting Team Team just so somebody could sort out the bottom of the garden!
      In the 18th Century this area was farmland - there's a derelict windmill just behind Stonecroft.
      After the Industrial revolution reached Walsall, the factory owners built their houses here, a pleasant walk away from the leather workshops and industry and back-to-backs the workers lived in. That's when our house changed from being three labourer's cottages to a single two-storey dwelling and when the wall was built.
      Most the neighbouring houses have big gardens although a few have sold out to developers who can squeeze three or four ugly executive houses on to the land. xxx

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    2. I do love the expression 'executive houses'. They built some near me and painted them white - sore thumb!

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    3. Oh dear! They always seem to have those horrid battleship grey doors that wouldn't look out of place in an office, too. x

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  11. Loved the garden tour. Curious to know if that bird scarer works-nothing seems to deter ours when they're hungry.

    Hope the good weather lasts for you. Ours already came and went with snow expected for Easter.

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    1. I'll let you know, those brutish wood pigeons are a nightmare!
      I've just seen the forecast, it's going to be lovely until Sunday and then it all goes downhill again. xxx

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  12. Lovely to join you in a walk around the garden, I bet the wildlife love it there.
    Love the bird cage, makes a nice feature with a plant.
    I like Jon's new pumps, I don't keep things for best no more, I think everyday is special. xx

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    1. It's a right haven for wildlife, foxes, owls, hedgehogs and the neighbourhood cats (much to our's disgust!)
      You're right, everyday is special, I feel sad when I come across vintage clothes in charity shops with the original tags still attached, like the previous owner was wiaiting for the right occasion to wear them and it never came! xxx

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  13. The other thing l'm missing besides football
    at the moment is visiting Charity shops, l'm
    a bit of an addict..And, like most people, l've
    picked up some super bargains..just before
    Christmas, l popped into Weldcare..it's a very
    large shop, opposite Lidl, at the top of town...
    You mentioned rug..I saw a large rug..8x10ft...
    patterned cream in colour..l need a new dinning
    room carpet, as mine has passed it sell by date..
    So..l thought l'd but the rug..£15..and cover the
    dinning room one for time being, so l got it home,
    had to move the table to lay it, but finally got it
    down, but in one corner l saw a label..Laura Ashley,
    Meredith Rug..So at a later point l found one for
    sale on eBay..same size, used, for £250..my daughter
    sent me the Laura Ashley web~site..and brand new it
    would cost £3,340..their smaller rugs start at £3,000.
    I'm chuffed to bits with it..and..as the dinning room
    is all done out in Scandinavian pine..it looks good..! :).
    So..l think l was a real live Carpet Bagger..!

    AND..The garden is looking good..lots of colour and the
    little seedlings growing through..l must say though, the
    only time l get on my knees..is to pray..! HeHe!
    "And the lord said unto Moses...come forth, come forth,
    and he came fifth, and lost his beer money"..! :).

    Well..best get on..suns up, looks nice, as l peer through
    the 'Paddington Bear' curtains..few things to see to....
    Bit of washing..and l think l might play with the J.Edgar
    for a bit to~day, even run over my Laura Ashley rug...! :o).
    🍁 πŸ‚ πŸƒ 🍁 πŸ‚ πŸƒ 🍁 πŸ‚ πŸƒ 🍁 πŸ‚ πŸƒ 🍁 πŸ‚ πŸƒ 🍁 πŸ‚

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    1. I do love a rug - all of ours are secondhand, no surprise there! What a bargian yours was. Rugs are always better with a bit of pre-love, I like a lived in country house look even if I do live in a town!
      The housework can wiat, get in the garden and enjoy the sun, Matt on BBC breakfast says it's set to change on Sunday. xxx

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    2. HeHe! The only lady l've been in love with on BBC Breakfast..
      Is Carol..the weather lady..She's lovely..In fact when she
      started, l Googled her..they can't touch yo for it..and
      found out she's a pussy~cat lady..She has a cat called Donald..!
      I e~mailed her and sent some funny pussy~cat e~mails..she
      replied..and the rest is history..!
      She does have a boy friend now..and...and, we still keep in
      touch..! :). Ah! I need a lie down now..! Oh! Carol..! :o).

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    3. Carol's lovely! I knew she had a cat but I thought her heart belonged to Bryan Adams! x

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  14. Your Van Allen maxi is a firm favourite of mine, Vix! And I love your clogs although I’d be too scared to get mine muddy or wet in the garden as mine stain so easily.

    The birdcage looks great as does the rosemary wreath. I think we can use all the help we can get!

    Wow your garden is MASSIVE! It will certainly keep you busy. X

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    1. Thanks, Jess! These clogs are the Lotta from Stockholm vegan ones, they feel like leather but they wipe clean - perfect for a stroll around the garden! xxx

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  15. stephen and frank have a veritable jungle to play in!!
    as a gardener i do see lots of potencial there - but yes, a goat/some goats are much needed. this beasts are very effective - last winter they did clean some land for us. but i fear, its impossible to send them - incl. shepard - to you this days.....
    you look very summery and beautiful in you sundresses! you pot garden is growing fast and the little (plant) cage is fab - and i enjoyed the video tour into the deeps of your garden. your dinner looks yummy - the burgers and the baked potatoes with eggs!
    i should plant more rosemary!!
    xxxxx

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    1. I wish you could pop over and bring the goats! I should have borrowed a camel from Jaisalmer as we got along so well.
      Im very excited abouty how quickly things are growing in this unseasonable spell of glorious weather. It's wonderful having the time to appreciate nature rather than being on the buying stock - washing & mending stock - selling stock treadmill! xxx

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  16. I loved the tour of your garden and seeing all your seedlings emerge.
    You're wearing proper summer dresses, lovely although I need serious heat before I can bear it! The weather's great though, I think we're ok until Sunday but with this one day at a time life I'm just enjoying what we have.
    I love subtitled films/series too and am liking your suggestions. xxx

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    1. Thanks, Sally! Normally, at this time of year we're working every weekend, travelling up and down the country to fairs and shopping like mad for stock. It's a revelation to have the time to watch the change of seasons and notice all the tiny changes taking place.
      It's been really warm here - I'm not one to cast my sleeves off lightly. You're right, the weather looks like it'll be going back to normal from Sunday. I'm hoping it won't be long before the paint arrives and we can get stuck into an indoor task!
      Subtitled films and series are the best, I can really concentrate on them. xxx

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  17. What an enormous garden - you don't need a goat you need a horse and cart! It's a lovely garden.

    I loved your birdcage. We have some trailing alpine plants that have gone mad altogether and they would look lovely in your birdcage. I wish I could give some to you.

    I'm glad to hear your hip is feeling better; keeping moving is the key. If I don't walk my hips get sore and I haven't had a replacement hip like you.

    The dresses are gorgeous - so summery - and it's great to know their history.

    Stay safe and well
    xxxx

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    1. That's what I need, some hardy trailers. I'm cultivating a bit of variagated ivy which might do the trick and scouring any cracks in walls on our walks to see if I can surrepticiously liberate soomething suitable.
      We're definitely not designed for siting on our arses are we? I go to pot if I'm not mobile!
      Much love to you and yours, Vronni! xxx

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  18. OMG, now I'm concerned those gorgeous Edwardian Doors with Beehive Doorknobs on the Skip will end up Landfill bound... the Horror of it! *Gasp!* I'm Amazed that people don't call a Salvage Company when they have Treasures like that rather than considering it Trash! I've Rescued such Architectural Salvage since the 70's, when people thought me to be Mad for Rescuing it! I still cannot pass up a Rescue of Architectural Salvage, much to The Man's chagrin and even tho' he knows I can Sell it for a nice Profit now to the right people in the Industry. I Love how you always look like a Vision even during Times of Pandemic, I'm in my Jerry Garcia Pajamas... perhaps I'll actually get dressed Today... or not and change into Daytime Pajamas... not Sure yet. *Winks*

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    1. I know! We saw the couple I'd sold the parental home to when we were on our daily walk yesterday amd they'd also noticed them. We're all on the case now - none of us need any Edwardian pannelled doors with brass beegive handles but we'll be damned if they end up in landfill.
      Yes, when people were getting into DIY back in the 1950s and 1960s my grandma was scrabbling through skips and rescuing the fireplaces, doors and architrave! The huge lantern above our front door was one of her finds, hauled from a pile of rubbish when Highgate Brewery got modernised, dispensed with gas lighting and deliveries by dray horse!
      I think I need a photo of your Jerry Garcia PJs! xxx

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  19. those have to be the most prefect poached eggs I've ever seen. Thanks for the garden tour. The cats at the end made my morning

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    1. I'll have to share our secret egg poaching weapon in my next post.
      The cats appeared as if by magic, normally they run and hide when I want to show them off! xxx

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  20. We got a cod spell again, so not going to be sitting outside long, but I will bundle and get a walk in. I like the little fencing on the garden, to protect your seeds. I keep watching my seeds-just planted Sunday, for any sign. It will make my day.

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    1. Our cold weather's set to return on Monday so I'm making the best out of every minute at the moment.
      I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a great growing season for us all! Our rocket has sprung into life overnight. xxx

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  21. Fancy you finding two non-identical Van Allen dresses, and what a lovely story behind them. How absolutely fascinating that one of them was worn to the Isle of Wight Festival! Glad to hear that warm weather has finally arrived in Walsall. Your garden - and what a garden, it really is Narnia! - seems to be thriving. Isn't this weather absolutely perfect for gardening? Even our soon to be ex-jungle is coming alive and growing before our very eyes. Love the houseleek in the birdcage - we've taken photos of ours on the potting shed roof for one of my next posts. And those must be the most perfect poached eggs I've ever seen! xxx

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    1. I've packed those dresses away for Winter every year for the last 15 and I'm still surprised by them every Spring. I expect they'll be back in the suitcase by Monday morning, it's set to drop by 10°C by then!
      The garden is ridiculously big, if we could clear the top I could just do circuits around it rather than walking around the block - I could even get my bike out!
      I'm looking forward to seeing your houseleeks, I repotted a few more yesterday, they're the most resilient plants ever.
      I'll have to share our egg poaching pan in my next post! xxxx

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  22. Hello Vix. What a gorgeous garden you have. Thankyou for the tour. It's huge, you probably need a few goats and maybe some sheep to help you out there.

    What a good idea the wreath made from rosemary. I might try making one too, I have plenty in the garden.

    Your maxi dresses are so pretty. Love the story behind them. Enjoy the sunshine and have a happy Easter.

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    1. Thanks, Suzy! I'd love a few sheep to keep the goats company, maybe I could squeeze in a donkey whilst I'm at it? If I didn't travel so much I'd love to turn the garden into an animal sanctuary. Just imagine how many cats I could get in there!
      Get weaving a wreath and keep this awful virus away - making it makes your hands smell lovely.
      Wishing you and yours a wonderful Easter, too. xxx

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  23. Thank you for your beautiful garden tour. Your weather looks like ours today, gorgeous! Washed my 22 yr old car today and set out my yard swing, oh did it feel good...now time for a cuppa tea and a book! Your vegetable garden is growing fast,think I won't get to make a rhubarb crunch for 2 to 3 weeks😟, but when I do...😊😊

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    1. Thanks, Chrystal, so glad that you enjoyed the tour!
      This beautiful weather really helps keep us motivated as I can tell by your flurry of activity. Have a wonderful day basking on your swing in the sunshine knowing that the car washing is out of the way. I've just noticed that Gilbert's roof is filthy, that'll go on Jon's to-do list! C'mon rhubarb! xxx

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  24. You should shove a note through the gates and ask that they ring you before dumping the doors, it will save them some money.

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    1. Mind reader! We'd planned to do this later! x

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  25. I so enjoyed watching your garden video-it is so beautiful and thankyou to you both.I love woodland gardens and I wish mine was one��Its a boring oblong semi garden and overlooked.As I'm missing our woodland walks,just to see you walking along through the trees with the crunching of leaves underfoot and the birds singing in the trees I felt so relaxed again.You have a piece of paradise there and thanks again.I will watch it again and it hopefully won't be too long before I'm walking along with my dogs in the countryside.Your little pussy cats must be so happy x

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    1. Sorry about those diamond things and a question mark,I'm not sure what I pressed-hope it's nothing unpleasant x

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    2. Morning, Flis! I bet you and your lovely dogs are missing your woodland walks so much, let's hope everyone behaves themselves, do what they're told and stay in for the next few weeks and we can return to normal. I must admit that the weekly Clap for Carers seems to roll round really quickly, let's hope lockdown does, too.
      The boys love their jungle, they crash around like horses when they're in the mood.
      Sending you much love. Stay safe and healthy. xxx

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  26. Your garden looks wonderful. You're so productive. The rosemary wreath looks fab. As you said, we need all the protection we can get.

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    1. Thank you! Folklore or not, there's no harm in seeing whether it works! x

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  27. You look fantastic in that maxi dress. It looks like the spring has arrived there.

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    1. We've got lovely weather forecast until Sunday, then it's back to the usual grey,cold April we're more used to! x

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  28. So lovely 'tour' of your garden, it's massive and delightful, lots of corners and interesting spots which your cats enjoy for sure!.
    And love to see you in your summery dresses and clogs and enjoying some sunshine!, you look gorgeous and put a smile on my face!
    Glad that you hip is improving due to the walks!. I think we will be free to walk outside soon!, well, I hope so!
    besos

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    1. Thanks, Monica! It looks like Spain may have reached a turning point, I'm keeping everything crossed that it continues and you can start getting back to normal again. xxx

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  29. I think we could all do with a rosemary wreath!
    It was nice to have a little stroll around your garden with you (and the cats!).
    Stay safe
    xx

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    1. I'm amazed that the lads decided to make an appearance, they don't usually do what they're told to! xxx

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  30. Good to hear your hip is feeling much better already!

    Those dresses really are lovely; it's great to see people enjoying the summer and not having too terrible a time on lockdown.

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    1. It back is loads better, thanks Mim!
      I hope your lockdown is okay. I can't believe how quickly those three weks have flown by. xxx

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