20 May 2016

Five on Friday

Hello everyone, thank you for your kind comments left on my last blog post.  I haven't been able to reply individually this time, but they are appreciated as always. Thank you to everyone who visits my blog. Whether you leave a comment or not you're welcome.
As it's Friday I'm joining Five on Friday.  Amy at Love Made My Home blog hosts the link-up. Thank you Amy.

Showers and sunshine in the Walled Garden:
On two occasions this week when I've been in the walled garden next to the library in the park I took some photographs as I like to record what's been happening each season. On one day there was the evidence of the rain that had occurred in the morning and on the second occasion it was sunny.
 

showery weather

 a variegated periwinkle in flower


 and then a sunny day



  a tree peony  (it's a huge specimen)
 More gardens and flower photos:



More tulips!



Below - a part of our daughter's garden which she created
 from a plot covered in gravel when she moved into her new house
just before Christmas 2014.  





A home improvement project:
More working from a ladder this week for Mr. P. as he replaces two of  the beams and some sheets of corrugated plastic that forms the roof of the covered way.  The original roof which he had constructed a few years ago was beginning to leak where the roof joins the garage gutter. All this had to be done quickly in case it began to rain.  Thankfully we've had a couple of dry days. The next job was to clean and start repainting the woodwork.



My groups:
This week there were two meetings to attend at Sheffield Anglican Cathedral, one to plan future events and one just to socialise. I miss our church fellowship groups when we're away and also the study groups I go to and I'm glad to get back to them.  A new monthly group for those who enjoy reading has been formed at our local library which had the first meeting whilst we were in Italy and I'm thinking of joining it.

The photography day course in March was a good one.  We were given advice on techniques to produce more interesting images before going out into the city streets to take photos that we shared with the group on our return to the library.  (Below) were some of the photos I took in the area around the Winter Garden and in the library. They show the sort of images that we were asked to take after being given three specific assignments that demonstrated what we had learnt. 





Reading:
I found this interesting book in a charity shop for less than £1. It's a collaboration between Rob Talbot and Robin Whiteman and credit must go to the photographer Rob Talbot whose superb photographs enhance the book. There are chapters on the character of Brother Cadfael and his companions in the monastery, his role in the monastery as a herbalist and Benedictine monasticism. Other chapters describe the background history and locations in which the Chronicles of Brother Cadfael are set with extracts from many of the books in the series.




My mother also enjoyed Ellis Peter's books especially  the Brother Cadfael series and I've inherited her collection and also have some of my own.  I've read most of the earlier books in the series, but intended to start again to remind myself of the times in which they are set. The books cover the period 1137 to 1145.  I haven't got far with my reading plan. For the moment I shall probably reread the companion book A Rare Benedictine, a slim volume of 150 pages, "introducing the mediaeval sleuth" which gives an account of Cadfael's life before he entered the monastery at Shrewsbury.



It's my birthday this weekend and I'm looking forward to going out for lunch tomorrow with Mr. P., our daughter and grandchildren.  We have to make the most of every day.   
I wish you a good one and a fulfilling weekend whatever you're doing.
Linda :)


62 comments:

  1. That yellow peony is amazing, as well as your tulip photos! Your daughter has managed to create a colorful & beautiful garden in such a short time. Happy weekend Linda!

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    1. It was the yellow flowers and the size of the tree peony that attracted my attention. Our daughter worked hard to get the layout of the garden as she wanted it. It had to be low maintenance as she works long hours and is busy with the children at the weekends, but she does enjoy growing flowers and they've given a good show so far this year.

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  2. Hope you have a wonderful birthday and lovely time with your family creating lots of lovely memories. The tulips are a delight, such a wonderful variety. Great photos, I would like to do some sort of photography course but can't find anything locally. Take care.

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    1. Thank you for your good wishes. I've been to several photography day courses. Talking with the participants is as helpful as getting advice from the tutor. We're fortunate that there are many creative people in the visual arts field in this city and the courses are held in our area libraries.

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  3. Happy birthday to you. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and lunch. Love it when a birthday falls at the weekend. Will be thinking of you x

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    1. Thank you for coming by and for your good wishes. I hope to catch up with you soon.

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  4. Happy birthday and enjoy your family outing. The flowers and garden are beautiful, in fact a lovely interesting post.

    Diana

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  5. Thank you, Linda for this beautiful post filled with colourful flowers and beautiful gardens. Happy birthday to you and have a great time with your family. Love the close up view of tulip flower.

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  6. Lovely post for Five on Friday. The flowers in the walled garden are lovely and your photos from the class are wonderful. I loved reading the Brother Cadfael books and we occasionally visit Shrewsbury as it isn't too far away from us, the Abbey is very interesting. Hope you have a lovely weekend and a super birthday:)

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    1. I would love to visit Shrewsbury. Sometimes there are day trips by coach from our area and I must look into it. Thank you for your good wishes.

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  7. I love your photos, such a great variety here. Your daughter's garden is stunning, so full of colour. Have a lovely birthday weekend with your family.

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    1. Thank you for coming by and for your kind comments.

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  8. Happy birthday! I read all the Cadfael books and enjoyed them enormously. My favourite is The Rose Rent.
    A special mention for that first 'shaggy' tulip photo. It's lovely!

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    1. Thank you. The Rose Rent is the one I wanted to read most simply because I like the title. It's interesting that it's your favourite. I think it's one of the later books in the series and not in my collection so if I read chronologically I have a way to go!

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  9. It looks like your daughter has inherited yours and Mr.P's green fingers, her garden is looking lovely. Happy birthday, enjoy the day with your family.

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    1. Thank you Jo. All three children are interested in gardening, but time is limited to a few hours at the weekends. Our daughter has worked hard on the planting in the flower beds and the garden is looking good this year.

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  10. They are beautiful pictures, I love the rainy ones at the beginning. Your daughter's garden is gorgeous. Wishing you a very happy birthday, have a great weekend xx

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  11. Wishing you a lovely birthday! I've enjoyed your photos very much. The tree with the narrow trunk is most interesting. Isn't the transformation from gravel to garden in such a short time incredible. I'll be planting bulbs this afternoon and hope they look half as beautiful two years from now.

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    1. Thank you Robin. That's a mature olive tree in the photo. Our daughter knew what she wanted for her garden which had to be created from scratch. It had to be low maintenance yet full of her favourite flowers. It's always good to picture the Spring flowers when you're planting those bulbs!

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  12. you have out done your self with your photos today. the flowers are all amazing shots. and that tree peony is awesome. i want one.. i like the photo of the silvery building and would like a photo day like that... your blog today is so bright and cheerful. thanks

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    1. Thank you Sandra. I'm glad you enjoyed today's post.

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  13. Both the walled garden and your daughters garden are beautiful! Amazing what your daughter has made of hers, it really is so pretty isn't it, she has obviously inherited green fingers from her parents!! Glad you are enjoying your groups now you are back, it is nice to be away and nice to be home to get back to things isn't it. Hope that the roof repairs go well. Thank you for taking part in Five On Friday, I hope you have a good weekend!

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    1. Thank you Amy. Yes, it's good to be back in our familiar routine.

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  14. Rain or shine, all the blooms are lovely! Wishing you a wonderful birthday weekend.

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  15. What a lovely five! I love your street photography, it's always fun to look at things differently. Wishing a very happy birthday weekend xx

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    1. We're fortunate to have affordable community art and photography courses still running. They meet social as well as study needs. Thank you for your good wishes for my birthday.

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  16. Happy Birthday Linda I hope you enjoy your celebrations. Your photos of the buildings look good, the street lights draw your eye into the photo. The flowers are really pretty, it's such a great time of year. x

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  17. Glad to hear you are seizing the days! Happy Birthday to you. What an interesting book. It would be fun to find some of the settings for the series of Father Cadfael books. Such beautiful photos from the gardens. Enjoy your birthday weekend!!

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    1. I believe Shropshire is a beautiful county and would like the opportunity to go there one day. Thank you for visiting and for your good wishes.

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  18. Happy Birthday! I absolutely love those tulips, they are very unique.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Thank you Meredith. It's good to meet you through Five on Friday.

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  19. I love your photography! As a small world experience, this Canadian visited the Abbey in Shrewsbury just this past week. I had Brother Cadfael on my mind there too!

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    1. Hello Patty. I'm pleased to meet you and it sounds as if you've had a good trip over here in the UK. I will come and visit your blog. How interesting that you've just visited Shrewsbury! Perhaps you'll write about the experience on your blog? Happy Canada Day on Monday!

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    2. Thanks for your visit, Linda! I did have a great trip and will post about it more this week on my blog. Today is our Victoria Day holiday so we just got back from a camping trip - a very Canadian thing to do on the 24th of May weekend. Hope you had a wonderful weekend too!

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  20. Looks like you're getting a lot out of the photography course your photos are excellent. Your daughter's garden is gorgeous, I'm envious.

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    1. The course was a good one. I enjoyed the assignments we were given and the group feed back and sharing. The daffodils, tulips and wallflowers in our daughter's garden have done well. They've given her a lot of pleasure after all the hard work on the lay-out and planting.

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  21. What a great Five on Friday post. It's great that you have such a wonderful, colourful place to be able to walk around. It looks truly amazing.

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    1. Visiting country house gardens is something I enjoy although I haven't been to any this year. Instead I go into the Walled Garden in our park. It's there for the community. There's always something to notice in the planting and just a nice space to be in.

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  22. A very Happy Birthday Linda!

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    1. Thank you Jessica.

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    2. Hi Linda, lovely flowers and thanks for sharing the books. Happy birthday! Feliz aniversário!

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  23. Happy Birthday! Fabulous photos and your daughters garden is wonderful. What an amazing riot of colour, so pretty.

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    1. Thank you so much Annie.

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  24. A Great post Linda, Happy Birthday...it is my birthday weekend too and I hope you have enjoyed your weekend as much as I. Your daughter's garden is beautiful.

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    1. Thank you Tanya. Happy birthday to you too!

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  25. Happy Birthday Linda! What a wonderful series of photographs. I have enjoyed them all and feel I have been given a birthday gift :)

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    1. Thank you Denise. I'm very touched by your comment.

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  26. I hope your birthday is a very happy one, Linda! Your daughter's garden is a beauty with all the colorful flowers.
    The Caedfel Country book would be interesting. I enjoy the Brother Caedfel books, and just now I'm reading a trilogy by Edith Pargeter, one of Ellis' pen names. The Heaven Tree trilogy, it's called. Its setting is also on the Welsh border during the 12th century.

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    1. Thank you Lorrie for your kind words. I've read some of her modern day mystery novels featuring Det Chief Inspector George Felse. I must think about reading the Heaven Tree trilogy written under her pen name Edith Pargeter. I'd forgotten about that.

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  27. Happy Birthday Linda, hooe you are having a great weekend. I love all your floral photos, especially those frilly tulips. Your daughter's garden is looking spectacular. xx

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    1. Thank you Jsan. I'm having a lovely weekend and will probably share on the next Five on Friday link-up.

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  28. Happy birthday! Love your daughter's and your gardens!

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  29. (Belated?) Happy Birthday, Linda!
    Thank you for this beautiful post! I like of course especially the wonderful flower photos. Your daughter's garden looks stunning.
    Thank you also for your comment on my last post. The striped Petunias are my new favourites. :)
    Have a great new week! xx

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    1. Thank you very much Sara. I had a lovely day yesterday and will share more about it at the end of the week. Oh, they were petunias - those striped ones are unusual and beautiful. Have as lovely week!

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  30. Happy Birthday, Linda.... I enjoyed this post... The flowers are AWESOME --including your daughter's garden. She must have inherited her Mom's love of flowers... I was stuck looking at your pretty Tulips... Love them...

    Home improvement projects never end do they???? Good Luck with your latest project.

    Love your special Photography Pictures.... NEAT!!!

    Hope you all are well and happy.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you Betsy. We're well. The latest project is finished and we've been able to get out and about once more to places of interest.

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