Thursday, 26 March 2015

We wondered what it was!

When we found this plant in the garden we wondered what it was!
It looked like a dandelion, but it obviously isn't.

It is a miniature daffodil  called
Rip Van Winkle!
Isn't that lovely!
I'm sure lots of you knew that anyway, but we had never seen one.
We have Tete a Tete and some other small daffodils
So Rip Van Winkle is a welcome addition to our garden.
Ann x

Friday, 20 March 2015

Garden Eclipse 2015 .....

Made ourselves a pin hole camera and got
some great views of the eclipse.
Then I shut my eyes
turned round and took this surprising image.
Presumably something to do with light refraction (I'm not a scientist).
The eclipse appears to have been reversed.
We were very lucky to have blue, clear skies
It didn't go completely dark but just
got eerily gloomy and silent.
A wonderful spectacle.
Brought back memories of the 1999 eclipse which I
saw down in Newlyn, Cornwall.
It was very cloudy that day and did get totally dark and cold.
Another eerie experience.
What was your experience of the eclipse?
Ann x

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Things are getting better .....

Finally all the work regarding our leak is finally finished!!!
Yesterday was full of workmen, diggers, electric drain finding equipment,
men with vans, etc, etc, ... you can imagine.
Lovely Other Half said there was chaos to begin with because they 
couldn't find the pipework it was so deep down - at least 2 feet - 
hence the electronic finding device.
In the end the water company replaced 10 metres of drain on to
our property free of charge under their 'free leak repair scheme'.
(I was fortunately out all day crafting and quilting!!)
What a performance!
Now things are getting better and our garden is coming to life.
Some tete a tete daffodils and a pretty new hebes flowering well.
a few hyacinths and more tete a tetes looking very cheerful
only some white crocuses at present - don't know whats happened to our purple ones!
You know I like hellebores - as per my header.
Well, they are looking wonderful at present.

Because the blooms always face downwards, they are difficult to photograph
and not much good in a vase.
So I pinched Monty Don's idea and floated the blooms in water.
Don't they look lovely.
(Click on the photos to get a much better look.)
Hope your gardens are beginning to wake up too.
Ann x