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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Odds and ends

The Man of the House' first potatoes of the year, in the veggie collecting basket I bought him.

The recent strong winds and rains here have played havoc with anything that is not well staked.
The big yellow things in front of the window have suffered a bit. I did divide them last year and planted a clump next to a fence, in the hopes of being able to remove this original lot from in front of the window. It was given to us a few years ago by a friend with a small garden because "it was too big!. I know what she means.

This photo was taken a couple of days after the first one, and the day lilies have started to bloom. At least thats what I think they are. And strangely all previous years they have been buttercup yellow. I could swear - in fact I shall have to go and look for photos. Do they always do that?


A favourite of the Man of the House - they remind him of an aunty's garden in years gone by.

Sweet peas are a favourite of mine, but I dont sow the seeds, just buy them as tiny plants. They have done well this year, despite the wind and the damp weather.

Alchemilla mollis - I cant resist it after rain! Who cares that it has tiny flowers too .........

The evening sun just caught my £5 pottery pretend Japanese lantern - next to a mossy stone (watered in the dry spells)

I took myself off to Clouds Hill - where I had never been, in all my thirty three years in Dorset.
It was bought by the famouse T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) as a hideaway when just a primitive gamekeepers hut. An escape from the roughness of Bovington Army Camp nearby, somewhere he could write, listen to music and be quiet. I climbed the small hill behind which looked down on the roof and out over the Dorset valley of the Frome river.

I could stare for hours at the sky beyond pine branches. It touches something very deep in my soul, such a satisfying shape.


At 5:55 pm, Blogger Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Loved your wonderful photo of Cloud's Hill! Magical place.

At 7:08 am, Blogger Sky said...

Such nice photos and an interesting
tid-bit of information about Clouds Hill. Thanks for sharing. :)

At 3:40 pm, Blogger Julie said...

Thank you for glimpses of your blooms and of Dorset. What a beautiful place it must be. I know of T.E. Lawrence but didn't know about his retreat.

Glad you like Stonewylde! I am putting you on my sidebar so I don't "lose" you any more.

At 12:09 am, Blogger Pam said...

Hello Val. First time visit for me. Very enjoyable!

At 6:20 pm, Blogger Zen said...

Congrats to you luv on the grandchild, Congrats to the man o the house on the spuds :-)

Lovly shot of Cloud Hill.

Yes there is something about the pines. Seems like there is alwasy flowers growing around your place, no matter the season.

Here is a short story you might like from the sailing blog:

At 8:32 pm, Blogger Tabor said...

Golly, potatoes! Must be spring in your neck of the woods. Are you large yellow flowers what we call Jerusalem artichokes? I used to have those at my house and they got way too large and needed to be tied to the fence.

At 3:47 pm, Blogger solsticedreamer said...

ah hello!

clouds hill is lovely, i think i am due another visit!


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