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Beautiful Bluebells

Today we visited Otterford Lakes to see the bluebells in full bloom.  As we walked through the woods, you could see the shades of blue on the ground below the dappled trees.


As we walked further down hill we could see the swans on the lake.


We walked past the bridge over the lake and up to the higher meadow where there was an absolute carpet of bluebells, really lovely.


I took some views of the lake as we walked back down.


Some white narcissus were still blooming.


The pink Campion flowers were coming out too.


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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.


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



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


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


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.


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.


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


Next I added the peonies.


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


Here’s a view from on top.


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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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.


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


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


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



Neil took my picture sitting amongst the flowers.



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.


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.


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



We are so lucky to live nearby.

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Visit to Burrow Farm Gardens and Charmouth Beach

Today, being our 20th wedding anniversary and also a lovely sunny day, we took ourselves out for the day.  The first place we visited was Burrow Farm Gardens.  It is 10 acres of beautiful gardens, ponds, bogs, woodland garden and beautiful views.  This was the Millenium Garden.


There were some lovely really large Iris flowers in this garden.



I spotted a really large wild foxglove.


There were several stone statues throughout the gardens.


There were quite a few specimens of this plant that looks like enormous rhubarb and has the most gigantic leaves, I don’t know what it is called.


We sat by the pond watching the ducks and admiring the view up the hill.


We had a spot of lunch in their tea rooms and then left for the coast.  Charmouth is just a bit further East of Lyme Regis and is quite unspoilt and not commercialised at all.  It is a stony beach and when we walked along the pebbles the wind came up although it was really sunny. This is me in front of the beach huts.


And this is Neil along the beach.


There was one lady in the sea having a dip but we contented ourselves with Neil skimming stones and me watching!!


And then of course we stopped to have an ice cream – got to be done when you are on the beach.  So all in all a really pleasant day out and all not far from here.

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Snowdrops abound at Otterhead Lakes

This morning, being sunny we went for a walk around Otterhead Lakes, one of my favourite places around here.  We went to see the carpets of snowdrops, they are so beautiful at the moment, all singles and they are so bountiful, its a joy to see.

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The sun was glinting on the water of the first lake, and the water was so calm today.


There weren’t many people around today and we had the woodland path to ourselves as we walked towards the 2nd lake.


A pair of swans and their fairly mature cygnet were making their way along the stream through the woods.


The sun was glinting on the water as we reached the 2nd lake.



As we approached the cascade we could see the water was flowing down it very fast.


The snowdrops looked just as lovely on the way back.


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The first signs of Spring bring us hope

Everywhere there are snowdrops – in our garden, in the hedgerows and swathes of them on our neighbours land.


Last year we dug up lots of snowdrops from a wild area where they were growing in the back, and planted them into the borders, front and back.  Its good to see they have taken and are coming up with the daffodils.


It’s great to see the Primulas also in flower, and we have the first crocus bulb out in one of the pots by our front door.


Its welcoming to see the bulbs coming up everywhere, certainly gives us hope that Spring is round the corner and perhaps we will see an end to all this rain and flooding that people have endured.


Luckily we are OK here as we live on a hill and the water just runs downhill, but so many places have been affected, I feel so sorry for people whose houses have been flooded.

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