Birds on a wire

The other day the swallows were circling round and round and in great numbers.  I thought perhaps they were amassing before their migration but it’s still a bit early for that.  They landed on the telephone wire in front of our house.  I tried to capture them on my camera but some flew away as soon as I went into the front garden.  Here are the ones I managed to capture.

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A couple of days have now passed and they are still here, so I don’t know what all the flying around was about!!

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Painting of Lodge House

This year for our anniversary Neil’s sister commissioned a painting of our house, oil on canvas.  It is a remarkable likeness and very well executed.

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Neil found a suitable frame in a charity shop of all places, and today mounted the painting.  We now have it hanging in pride of place above the front door.

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So everyone will see it as they leave.  It’s marvellous that it just fits perfectly.

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Our porch is quite busy, with shoes and coats and other pictures but the painting looks the business above the door.

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Summer flowers

I made all my hanging baskets up myself this year and I am very proud of them.  They are full of colour and just lovely at the moment.

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I particularly like the half moon baskets with their pink trailing geraniums and colourful lobelia.

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The hanging basket near our Lodge House sign is one of my favourites.

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I have several pots of plants around the front patio and many of them are full of colour too.

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I wish the vegetable garden was as well ordered, unfortunately the weeds are winning there at the moment so more work needed!!

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Making a floral basket

Yesterday I went to a flower arranging at a local village hall.  The idea was to make a country basket brimming with flowers.  Firstly we watched a demonstration, then we were able to have a go ourselves.

The first stage is to cut then soak the oasis.  To soak it you just pop it into cold water and without touching it, let it fill with water and change colour to dark green.  Then you take it out and place into the basket, but first chamfer the edges so you create a larger area into which to push the flowers.

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Next you gradually add the greenery all the way round and also in the middle.  You need lots of foliage to give a basis for the flowers to sit on.

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I then started added the delicate flowers such as Campion and Ox Eye Daises into the foliage.

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Next I added the peonies.

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And lastly, a rose, the gerberas and chrysanthemums to fill it with flowers.

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Here’s a view from on top.

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I have never done anything like this before so was quite pleased with the results and found it quite easy so will be able to do it again in the future.

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Helping out at Taunton Foodbank

Neil and I have been volunteering at Taunton Foodbank now for 4 years.   The local County Gazette did an article on the Foodbank pictured both Neil and I.  Here is the link:-

5th May 2016

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VOLUNTEER COUPLE: Neil and Kathy Arnold

VOLUNTEER COUPLE: Neil and Kathy Arnold

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Beautiful Bluebells

One of our favourite walks is to go to Otterhead Lakes and walk by the lakes and through the woodland.  We went a couple of weeks ago when my brother was here but the bluebells were not quite out so we went again today to see the beautiful carpets of flowers.

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The sunlight was just shining through the emerging Beech trees with their light green leaves.

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Just off the path before the bluebells were beds of wild garlic.

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As we walked further down the blue of the bluebells got more intense.

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Neil took my picture sitting amongst the flowers.

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This is such a beautiful place, so peaceful and today there were no other people around, just the sound of the birds and the rustling leaves.

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We stopped by the first lake and could see the swan still sitting on her nest and also the Heron was in the same place as we had seen it a couple of weeks ago.  I took a picture of Neil by the lake.

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As we were driving from the car park up the lane we noticed that the Devon banks were also topped with bluebells.

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We are so lucky to live nearby.

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Sunny spring walk at Otterhead Lakes

Today was a glorious Spring day with blue skies and brilliant sunshine.  We decided a walk at Otterhead Lakes was in order. The scenery is always beautiful. We walked down to the first lake and a pair of swans were gracefully gliding over the water.

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There was plenty of water rippling down the steps creating a waterfall.

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We carried on following the water’s path to the little bridge where we posed.

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And then further along the path to the second lake.

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On our return the swans had come up closer.

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Neil’s sister Carole was with us.

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After our most enjoyable walk we made our way to the Candlelight pub for a quick pre lunchtime drink.  The pub was busy with lunchtime diners and there was a great atmosphere.

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