Category Archives: garden


Silent Sunday at Forde Abbey

Forde Abbey

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Forde Abbey

On Sunday a friend and I went to visit the snowdrops at Forde Abbey.

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Forde Abbey, Dorset, Somerset

It is on the border of Dorset and Somerset and just an hour’s drive from where I live. The house is not open until April,


urns and gates


but the gardens are a lovely place to wander in.





carpet of snowdrops

and having poured with rain the whole way there, the sun shone for us

Forde Abbey tree

and the skies cleared

blue sky

This Cornelian Cherry (Cornus Mas) was really in the spotlight.


cornus mas

so sunny! but no scent.


with a circle of snowdrops beneath – what a gem!

cornus mas

The star of the show for me, but the hellebores came a close second





There were enough windows on the building to last for the whole year of the Monthly Meet-Up Photo Challenge

forde abbey

So you will be seeing more of this place on Tuesday the 5th March.

Edit: for a gallery of amazing photos go to the Forde Abbey Instagram page.



Silent Sunday

Forde Abbey Feb19


Silent Sunday

roosting guinea fowls

New Year’s Eve Fireworks

Joining Rambling in the Garden

flatlay, fireworks, oak twigs

Question: If you were from another planet looking down at the Earth and saw a globe struggling with pollution, war, famine and the lack of resources given to health and social care……..How would you feel about seeing so much time and energy (and money) being sent up into an already struggling atmosphere for a few moments of transient beauty?

I make a plea for those resources to be redirected into our hospitals, giving homes to the homeless, preventing conflict, paying more to our carers and more scientific research into clean technology.

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Of course, with all of my heart, I wish you all a very happy New Year, bringing health and happiness to you and your families.

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I also wish for a raised awareness to come like an asteroid into our collective consciousness, otherwise our future is too bleak to contemplate.

In a Vase in December

in a vase on Monday, December UK

Brigthening up the grey December days, these are flowers from the pelargoniums I brought in from the garden at the end of October. They are flowering again.

They sit colourfully in the vase with Euonymous.

The backdrop is my current crochet work-in-progress. The Amanzi throw by Jen Tyler.

Worked in Stylecraft Special DK and a 4.5mm hook.

Joining in with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

and Cee’s FOTD


Brightening up a Dull Day

from my garden

All from my garden: Pheasant Berries, Kaffir Lily, Achillea, Phygelia and Marigold.

I was having a clear out and came across this amazing quartz crystal I bought many years ago in my hippy dippy days!

Joining Cathy for In a Vase on Monday.