14 Feb 2020

My week


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!
Linda :)

32 comments:

  1. there is nothing better to cheer the heart than flowers and green things. you found plenty to cheer up the dreary weather. I love the carnations in the home decorating and am wondering if they are fake or real live ones. they look real and I love them

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    1. The flowers in the home decor department were fake, but pretty and the colours and newly arranged displays looked fresh and Springlike :)

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  2. The joyful views from the garden centre are an anticipation of spring.
    Enjoy Valentine's evening and your gorgeous chocolate cake!

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    1. Thank you Luisella. The cake turned out well. It was a nice addition to our meal. We enjoyed a slice and there's more for any visitor who comes by :) I'm looking forward to Springtime too!

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  3. When I was younger I hated going to garden centres now I love them, like you we have been growing seeds and have them in propagates in the house (the greenhouse is too cold). This weeks church is near Stoner Park and I found snow on the ground there, fist I have seen this year. Snowdrops are growing well in my garden

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    1. Nurturing seedlings indoors is a good idea, Bill. I shall look forward to seeing Stonor Park in your next blog post. It's a place I have on my list of places to visit. All the best to you both.

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  4. The garden centre looks great place to visit! Lots of lovely things there!
    I love the snowdrop Cross- what a beautiful way to plant them!
    Your cake looks scrumptious! Mmmm, yes please!x

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    1. I'm grateful to those who planted all those snowdrop and daffodil bulbs in the churchyard years ago that bloom at this time of the year and remind us of the cycle of life :)

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  5. Love the snowdrops! What a nice garden center. How nice of your daughter to drive you there. Happy Valentine's day to you and yours!

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  6. I thought that garden centre was a lovely place to visit... so nice and inviting.
    Loved seeing your garden too.
    Yes, being able to potter around, raising seeds etc is a really enjoyable way to spend time (for our hubbies I mean - I have no patience with seed-raising lol).
    That's a scrumptious cake - Happy Valentine's Day to you both and good health to each of you too. Hugs xx

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    1. We like to give our local garden centres our support and the range of goods sold in the different departments makes it an enjoyable experience. Thank you for your visit and kind good wishes.

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  7. You've had a good week full of flowers which is excellent at this time of year. It's good to see your tomato plants already doing well, we'll have to get planting too and will look forward to some delicious tomatoes later in the year. Have a good weekend.

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    1. Growing tomato plants is one of Mr P's main interests which we all benefit from. He starts to sow seeds quite early and it's good to see some of them have germinated. The nurturing continues! I hope you have a good weekend. All the best.

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  8. Such a lovely post. It's great to have a good garden centre nearby and cheering to be able to think about setting seeds and planning for the year. I always think that snowdrops look so right in churchyards somehow. Your cake is so pretty and looks delicious I hope you and Mr P enjoyed your special meal. Have a good weekend:)

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    1. Thank you Rosie. We enjoyed our home made meal yesterday evening. I'm glad I was able to see the masses of snowdrops in the churchyard. It's an uphill walk, but it's doing me good to get out. The rain has started here this morning. I think we're in for a wet weekend as forecast. I hope you have a good weekend whatever you're doing.

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  9. It's so lovely to see the flowers opening up once more - nothing gives me more pleasure than seeing everything beginning to start to bloom again at this time of year. Your deep pink blossom in the covered yard is lovely and heralds things to come.

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    1. It's a joy to see the first of the Spring flowers in bloom. I think they're quite forward for the time of the year as it has been quite mild most days. It's the wind chill at times that's not so good. It'll be good to see more that are still in bud bursting forth in the garden especially the daffodils and then the tulips :)

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  10. Garden centres are great places to visit if you just want to get out of the house. It's a shame that some areas were shut off but that's just an excuse to return now after the storms. Your cake looks delicious.

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    1. Thank you regarding the cake. I was pleased with the result and enjoyed decorating it with what I had available that went with the Valentine theme. It was good that some areas of the garden centre were open. Local countryside businesses have been hit hard by the storms. That particular garden centre is very pleasant because of all the shrubs and trees. It's like visiting a park, but they had to close off some areas in preparation for the windy weather - health and safety reasons, I guess.

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  11. A lot of work for the garden center preparing for that storm ...I never thought about that. Hope you had no damage. The Valentine Cake looks scrumptious and the meal sounds good (love lasagna, and it takes time to make; it is definitely special).

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    1. We're blessed to have two garden centres located near ou home as gardening is something all our family get involved in. It's a popular activity. A good one sells all sorts of items for the home. Part of the car park was closed as a tree had fallen in the wind. Since writing I've heard reports of severe flooding in many areas of the UK. We're thankful for the shelter of our home and that we're safe and dry.

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  12. Beautiful flowers display. I love to visit garden centres.

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  13. So good to hear that Mr. P is doing well and now puttering with seeds.
    Oh the snowdrops are just gorgeous. Love your visit to the garden center too. Our daffodils and primroses look about like yours. We are having fairly mild winter days, not snow here. That chocolate cake looks soooooo good. It inspires me to want to bake one.

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    1. It's good to be able to get out and about. Isn't it a joy to see the first flowers of the new year. I'm glad to know that you're having mild weather and no snow. Thank you for coming by, Marilyn. It's good to hear from you.

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  14. What a lovely garden store, and beautiful countryside. I love how you have put rose petals on your cake, which looks delicious! The gift from your son and family is lovely. So glad Mr. P is doing well also.

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    1. We enjoyed our short ride to the garden centre set in a beautiful location and now look forward to sowing the seeds. Thank you for your good wishes Denise.

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  15. Hello Linda, there's so much loveliness in this post that I don't know where to start...
    A (beautiful!) garden centre only a five minutes drive from your home is something gorgeous. Old churches and graveyards are fascinating and the area in your neighbourhood looks very beautiful.
    I hope the weather will be more serene now! Happy gardening...and baking and cooking! xx

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    1. Thank you Sara and I'm glad that you came by and enjoyed this blog post. Thank you also for your good wishes. No rain at the moment although the forecast is for colder weather, even snow. We're thankful to be in our warm home :)

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  16. I love seeing all the flowers!! Makes our hearts blossom to to see them and the signs of spring!! Happy and blessed and healthy days to you and Mr. P!!♡

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    1. Thank you Shaydel. Your words perfectly describe how we feel when we see such beauty. We can give thanks at all times and in all seasons. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. Every blessing to you and those dearest to you.

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