During a blustery weekend when there was a lull in the wind and rain our daughter M took us to the local garden centre, which is only a five minutes drive from our home. Even though water was running off the hills it was amazing to see the sheep and cows were out in the fields.
We were not the only vistors and although parts of the car park, the grounds and café were closed because the garden centre staff were preparing for the storm to come our way, there were plenty of areas under cover. All we wanted to do was to choose and buy some vegetable and flower seeds and get out into the fresh air when our daughter was able to take us. The staff were happy to get anything we needed from the areas that were closed off.
The displays in the home decoration department were looking attractive.
Here's a similar lovely ornamental candle holder together with a tray that could be used for drinks that our son and family gave us for Christmas.
Midweek we had flurries of heavy rain and sleety snow which didn't settle for long as the sun came out to melt the icy particles on the ground.
Thank goodness for the covered yard which gives us more insulation, shelter and space for ourselves, the overwintered plants and an extra place to start sowing seeds.
Mr P has sown some sweet peas seeds.
We could add the ones we got at the garden centre nursery to the collection in the tin.
Yesterday I took another walk around our neighbourhood. The snowdrops, crocuses and a few daffodils are out in the churchyard. The carpets of daffodils planted in the old churchyard are still in bud.
the former carriage drive, the church and vicarage in the background
It's uplifting for me to see the snowdrops as another year and February has come around.
St. Valentine's Day today!
I made a chocolate cake with my usual recipe using three eggs and a larger quantity of self raising flour and it rose well! There's a chocolate butter cream filling. I've decorated the top with some dried rose buds and petals that I had and tonight I'll make a special meal (lasagna) for Mr P and I. In the above photo you can see Mr P's first lot of tomato seedlings for this year. No doubt we shall have more of his seedlings on the kitchen window sill soon! I'm so glad he has this satisfying hobby of growing plants and he's able to potter and thankful that he's doing well. Thank you once more for your kind thoughts and messages.
Wishing everyone a good day and a lovely weekend!