We watched this rather tame heron catching fish in the water gardens:
Saw wacky topiary in the long garden:
... and admired the rose garden. It was beautiful but there were so many buds that I think we were a week too early to see it in its full glory:
Here she is - Gloriana - commissioned as a tribute to Elizabeth II to commemorate her Diamond Jubilee:
We ended the day with tea in a little cafe and I bought a fuchsia to bring home as a memento:
Other happies this week:
Enjoying E's Dorset ripple:
Trying out a no knead bread recipe - it turns out there's a reason you have to knead dough; it was rather heavy!
Finally realizing that I could hang my tea towel on the oven door rather than the radiator. I'm quite enjoying the little pop of colour. As they say, it's the little things!
My new candle:
Rhubarb and Ginger Jam using the recipe from the B&B owner. It is nice but I think I'd use a little less sugar next time.
My new Perle embroidery threads and a few buttons:
Finally, finishing my Winter primitive embroidery to go with the Spring one found in this post. Yes, I know I'm not exactly doing them in seasonal order! Also, the robin is a bit disproportionate but Hey Ho.
That's it for this week. After trying to find something to wear for L's graduation and seeing myself in the unforgiving glare and full length mirror of the changing rooms, I have decided to give the 5:2 diet a go! I've never had to lose weight before but the evidence of middle age spread was there for all to see. I'll let you know how it goes; at the moment it's not looking hopeful. I ate my porridge with WATER (not my usual milk and maple syrup) at 6:30 this morning - it's now 9:30 and I'm ravenous!
Enjoy the rest of the week.
Toodle Pip for now. xx