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Walking along the prom at Seaton May2020

As it is now allowed to travel to exercise we took a trip to the seaside at Seaton which is 20 miles from us.

It was a beautiful day, blue sky and seamless sunshine and the sea was calm with the waves just gently lapping the sand.DSC03951

There were few people about, and those that were were keeping their 2 metre distance.DSC03953

A group of 4 teenagers went swimming in the sea.  I imagine it was still quite cold.

The benches were mostly empty which makes a change but just shows how few people were there. Neil took advantage for this snap.DSC03954

There were gorgeous banks of flowers along the promenade.DSC03955DSC03957

I took the opportunity to wear a sun dress – makes a change from gardening clothes.DSC03959

It was really gorgeous there and as I had not been out anywhere (except our local lanes) for 8 weeks made a great change.DSC03961

However, there was no where to buy an ice cream or any refreshment open, and the public toilets were also all closed, so if you are going to Seaton, bear this in mind.

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A drive through Dommett to see the Bluebells

On Saturday we took a mini detour through Dommett (which is still part of Buckland St Mary), as the scenery is so beautiful and picturesque along there.

The road had been freshly gritted.DSC03933

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Someone had a vigorous Clematis Montana in their front garden.DSC03935

Another householder had painted a rainbow for the NHS on a tyre, very imaginative!.DSC03936

Then we came to the Bluebells.DSC03938

The lanes are so pretty as you drive along.DSC03939

There were lots of Bluebells.DSC03940

And another bank of Bluebells.  I do love to see them.DSC03942

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A walk that was an excuse to wear a dress

Ever since Lockdown we have been out in the garden, weeding, digging, preparing the veggie beds and I have been wearing old gardening clothes.  I have 3 new Summer dresses, bought before Lockdown and no reason to wear them.  So I decided I would put one on to go for our walk along the lanes of Buckland.

We stopped at the telephone exchange and I posed on the steps – me in a dress!!20200508_112541

I don’t think we have ever walked these lanes at this time of year before.  Normally when the Bluebells come out we head to Otterhead Lakes as they have swathes of them there and they are so beautiful.  So this was the first time we came across the fields of Bluebells here in Buckland on our walk.20200508_113519

They were not easy to photograph as they were behind a tall hedge, but we had a go.20200508_113418

It’s amazing what you can discover because we are being forced to do things differently and this gives us an opportunity to view our local nature in a new light.20200508_113401

 

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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.

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

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

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

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Some white narcissus were still blooming.

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The pink Campion flowers were coming out too.

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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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Lovely Foxgloves

In our back border have sprung up some lovely purple Foxgloves.

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And some more:

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And in close up:

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They look fabulous towering over the fence.  I shall sprinkle the seeds later on and hopefully we will get some more next year.  I just love them!!

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Ox-Eye Daisies

The Leucanthemum vulgare or Ox-Eye Daisy as it is commonly called is growing profusely outside our house.  I love this perennial wildflower that grows among grass.

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The sunny little flower heads bob in the wind and make the outside of the house attractive.

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The hedgerows are continually changing with the wild flowers.  Now the Bluebells have died down we have Cow Parsley, Campian and these Ox-Eye Daisies.  Next will come the Foxgloves and purple Willowherb.  Always something to look forward to.

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