Saturday, 15 August 2015
Cheery suggestions, cheery flowers and Shaun the Sheep
Thank you all so very much for your wonderful comments on my last post. They really cheered me up no end, I've read them all through three times now and I love them. Lots of nodding and understanding. Some good suggestions - a run, sunflowers, yarn, fabric - and sympathetic tales of slumping involving wine, peanut butter cup ice-cream (I'd like to know more about that one), white chocolate star cake decorations and more wine. It was good to know that I'm not alone.
I tackled the allotment. The children were surprisingly helpful, in return for a shiny pound coin each. So perhaps not so surprising then. The younger two did some excellent weeding, I was honestly surprised. And I went back one evening before the rain to get out the worst of the seeding weeds. I went from thinking about giving it up, to being happy about it all again. If I do ever decide to give it up, you will talk me out of it won't you. I know I'd miss it, weeds and all.
I took a few photos of some of the hanging baskets on the high street on my way home. Our little town enters Britain in Bloom every year, and the people involved work really hard on it. There's a lovely big patch of pollinator friendly flowers this year as well, I must go and take a picture before they fade. It was so good to see that kind of planting rather than more municipal park-style flower beds. I thought the hanging basket in the top picture was a triumph. No idea how they get it to be that good, but I was most impressed.
We went to Bristol Museum on Friday, to avoid the rain, which in the end didn't really arrive as threatened. We all got to look at our favourite things though and I sighed (like I usually do) over the massive hoard of Roman coins found in our town by a man digging a pond in his garden. Imagine if it was me.
This year Bristol has a big trail of Shaun the Sheeps, decorated by various artists and celebrities. I'm not sure if we'll do some of the trail or not, but we've seen a handful of them in our travels.
For the next few weekends I shall enjoy not having anything at all on the calendar. Cricket has finished, football matches haven't started yet, we are free! I have no idea what we'll do, but it's such a treat not to have to rush off anywhere. Wishing you some blissful freedom too. CJ xx