J is for ... The Alphabet Photo Project

It's birthday party week here and that means jelly!  As a child I loved going to and having my own birthday parties, they were a more simpler affair back then, jelly, ice-cream, party games, hats and cake!

Which is exactly what we had today, everyone had a brilliant time, the highlight for me was watching the 4 year old revellers dancing and laughing in the sunshine, another great memory locked into my memory banks.

J is for Jelly and a Jolly good time today!

Happy Birthday to my gorgeous girl and extra birthday wishes to Prince George who shares her birthday!

Linking (very late, sorry Charly!) to Podcastdove for the Alphabet Photo Project.

Happy Birthday Prince George and my girl

Wildflower Meadow - How does your Garden grow

Months ago this was just a very large patch of dusty,brown earth, 2 old bowling greens.  I remember pelting around it to get to a medical appointment across the road from it, that was then, this is now...

the most glorious sight, a field of wildflowers in the city.  I looked around and saw everyone mesmerised and so very relaxed either photographing it or just sitting on one of the benches around it.

and so importantly, a  habitat for the bees and butterflies.

Close-ups of some of the inhabitants of the wildflower meadow, there are cornflowers in blue and deep pink, so many different colours of poppies as well as golden Californian Poppies and so much more to see as well as the meadow we will go back again and again this summer.

my girl in the meadow, fascinated to follow a butterfly, but still screaming beeee mummeeee when I've reassured her time and again that they won't hurt her, all they want is to gather the nectar and be left in peace to do so.  She was a star as usual though, my girl.


I is for ....The Alphabet Photo Project

I is for Impromptu.

We love picnics in the summer, the best ones are when we get up and decide that morning that we shall have a picnic today!  I open the fridge and cupboards and pull together some food and drink, gather up a blanket, napkins and tablecloth and stuff ourselves into the car and off we go!

Today was a perfect day for an impromptu picnic by the local pond, it was warm and peaceful there, such a glorious weekend of great weather.  We ate, we drank, we fed the ducks, laid on the rug for a while and watched the wisps of clouds float by, bliss...

impromptu done without being planned or rehearsed 

Then it was up and off to the beach for coffee and ice-cream at Uncle Eric's seafront cafe, so I guess you could also call that I for Inevitable as we always gravitate towards the beach living so close to it now, we never tire of seeing this...

Linking up with Podcastdove for Alphabet Photo Project this week.

Picnic, beach, photo, photography

My Sunday Photo

This was taken yesterday in the glorious July sunshine at Preston Park in Brighton.  A wonderful carpet of wildflowers has been sown there (more in another post this week), this is just a small part of it, breathtaking and restful in equal doses.


H is for .... The Alphabet Photo Project

hello:  həˈləʊ,hɛ-/  - a greeting

I love this happy little badge from a lovely selection from Fritha at Tiger Lilly Quinn.

When the little girl was learning to talk she started with Hi! I realised then just how much I said it, so I switched to Hello, I had forgotten what little copycats toddlers can be!

Linking up with The Alphabet Photo Project on Podcastdove


Snapshots of the Garden - How Does Your Garden Grow

With summer in full fling now, the garden has come alive with flowers and bees.  Whenever I see the bees on my Lavender bushes I think someone is going to get some lovely Lavender Honey!  I planted 8 new bushes this year, they are all still small but all have a good supply of Lavender coming up.

The Apples are coming on well on our trees

as are the Blackberries, plentiful as usual - we let them grow in our garden despite the unfriendly brambles, the fruits are divine and well worth waiting for.

The Tomatoes have flowers, hopefully soon masses of cherry tomatoes!

I'm very pleased with my crop of Cayenne Peppers, I grew them all indoors and
all the plants have loads on them.   I just have to Google whether I should leave them on the plants to ripen and go red or pick them and ripen off the plant.

We have Sunflowers too!  The girl and I planted some seeds, some now look like this, ready to pop

and one surprised us this morning which elicited a big WOW from both of us.  Isn't it just beautiful!

A few of the flowers scattered around the garden, the colours really cheer me up.

Summer is finally here.....

Garden, Gardening, Summer, Flowers

Mammasaurus and How Does Your Garden Grow?

G is for.... The Alphabet Photo Project

G is for Geese

There is a village pond near us that is a peaceful haven away from the speed of today's life.
We pop down there to feed the ducks, geese and seagulls some weekends, they are always eager and willing to eat!

These are young geese, friendly and quite docile, but we're always careful to watch out for Mother Goose, we've been chased by many of those over the years and they peck! 

G is for Gaggle of Geese

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F is for .... Alphabet Photo Project

I adore flowers.

Now the little person is a little older she is learning to appreciate their beauty rather than pulling their petals off!  This time last year I was trying to stop her from yanking the flowers in our garden from their stems and crushing them in those tiny fingers.

I love these Lilac Stocks, gorgeous blooms, sweetly fragrant flowers, they fill the room with their scent day after day, just lovely.

F is for Fragrant Flowers.

Linking up with Podcastdove for The Alphabet Photo Project

Flower fragrance alphabet photo project

Flowers fragrance alphabet photo project

Fragrant Flowers

The Ikea Kiddy Furniture Makeover

This is our second set of Ikea kiddy table and chairs, they get a lot of wear and tear so they were screaming out to be painted and made over.

We chose the colours together, love the bright, clashing, vibrance that signifies her youth, anything goes!

Still using up the flowery plastic sheeting I had in the cupboard doing nothing, it was bought for another use years ago and never used, good to see it getting an airing.

We painted little blackboard "squares" to personalise the chairs for when her friends pop over, little things really do please little people, she was thrilled that she could now allocate seating!

Had a little issue with masking tape, so forked out for some Frog Tape and issues gone, well worth it.

Off to start my next project, the (found in the loft) pine bedside cabinets, I feel a bit of shabby chic coming on!

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