19 May 2014

A restful few days

The weather forecast promised sunshine so we decided that we would take a break from some of the household routine of the last week and the ongoing building project in the entrance hall.

On Friday morning we went over to Ladybower Reservoir.
I love the combination of water and countryside 
and the walks along the many reservoirs in our area
are a good way of enjoying both.

The banks and woods along the Ladybower
are still covered in a haze of blue.

On Saturday morning I took a walk in the walled garden next to our local library.
There's so much to see and enjoy in every corner of it, including the kitchen garden.
 I also went into the woodland area just beyond the walled garden, which is always a quiet spot
for wild life.

On Sunday DH and I drove down to the Matlock Bath area
in Derbyshire to visit Lea Gardens and Nursery. They looked wonderful.
 The rhododendrons and azaleas are a speciality
of the owners of the garden and woodland set over several acres
in the heart of the countryside.

I do love white blooms so I added to our garden collection
with this azalea 'Alba' (below).

Our own small garden is bursting into bloom and the vegetables also are
coming on well. If the sunshine continues that's where I shall be
in the next few days in between some indoor projects.


  1. Happy birthday, I hope you have a lovely day and that this weather holds so that you can enjoy the garden. It looks like you've been having a wonderful few days, out and about in the beautiful countryside.

  2. That top picture is lovely, very restful indeed. Have a wonderful birthday Linda.

  3. I love your white azalea. It is such a long time since we visited Lea Gardens and it is looking wonderful at the moment. I hope you have a good week and a lovely birthday, Linda:)

  4. You are clearly overcoming your difficulties very well in the photography department Linda s your photos are stunning!! I hope that you have a lovely birthday filled with joy and love. Happy Birthday!! xx

  5. Happy Birthday Linda, may your day be filled with happiness. I am so sorry I missed the post about your eyes and do hope all goes well. I have loved these photographs. You share some stunningly beautiful places.

  6. Hello Linda. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday. I too missed the post about your eye problem and apologise but hope all will be okay. Eyes are very precious and know only too well how we take our eyesight for granted, having had my own eye problems over the last three years. I love your photos they are stunning and it looks as though you really enjoyed your trips out.
    Patricia x

  7. I am so pleased that you visited my friends garden - Lea Rhododendron Gardens - as young girls we were inseparable. Do take care of your eyes, please don't over do it. Love all the photos. Have a lovely birthday.

  8. What beauties all around you when you are out and about.
    Take care, sorry you are having eye problems.

  9. Oh I've been waiting for photos of the bluebells in the woods - thank you!
    The lupins are wonderful and that little squirrel is very cute.
    So sorry to hear about your eyes Linda.
    I have much the same problem... embroidery is one of my loves and I'm struggling to work on high thread count linens now even with the aid of good light and a magnifying glass. I shouldn't complain... there are poor souls out there with far greater problems.
    Wishing you a very happy birthday dear Linda.

  10. Have a wonderful birthday and here's to your eyes and you adjusting. You have such beautiful surroundings, it's all so peaceful and natural. I love the walled garden and think your new addition is gorgeous. I shall look forward to reading in more detail in forthcoming posts. Enjoy your garden.xxx

  11. Happy birthday, Rose. So gorgeous! The first one makes me imagine Narnia. It is so different from a desert. I have been to England, but only in the winter, and I must say it was still green compared to here. Some day I will have to see it in the spring or summer. I love that walled garden! xoxo

  12. What a delight place with abundant beauty. I hope you have the happiest of birthdays.

  13. Linda,
    Beautiful photos as always. I never tire of seeing your gorgeous landscapes and scenery from your trips.
    I didn't know you had an eye problem, I must have missed the post where you talked about it. I truly hope it is nothing serious. So many things we take for granted until our health starts to crumble. I broke a bone in my foot two weeks ago and getting around has been a little more difficult. It is hard for me to sit still when there is so much to do outside. I watch other people walk with such ease as I hobble along and marvel that I was never more aware or thankful for the health of my feet.
    Wishing you the happiest of birthdays!!!!!!

  14. Hi Linda-
    I just discovered your blog this morning over coffee.
    What a treat- your photos are lovely.

    My husband and I are both retired and that is another interesting adjustment in life's journey!

    Enjoyed visiting-
    and I am a new follower.

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