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Monday, 22 June 2020

Step by step...

Helloooo out there in Blog land...
Gradually over these last weeks since the lock down rules have relaxed slightly we've had a few day trips during the weekends to The Duchy Nursery, Cornwall and visited some much missed and much loved Cornish ,Coastal harbours and villages...Like Charlestown and Cawsands, Kingsands and along the Whitsands Bay. Still, trying to find less 'peopley' places and keeping to Social distancing guidelines.
We have noticed a few more people about...cars especially. Usually, Cornwall becomes a bee hive of visitors and holiday makers but it still seems quite eerily quiet...which at the moment I am thankful for as our Hospitals wouldn't be able to cope if there was a crisis during the busy season. Signs are being put up in local businesses in our little Market town ready for reopening come July...Some have already opened but with strict distancing and 'phone and collect' rules.  And I'm so looking forward to seeing our indoor and outdoor Markets open and how I've missed the Charity shops. I've done a lot of 'Make Do and Mend' over these last months.    The weather has been a real mix bag, we've had some quite stormy weather, thunderstorms, flash floods and then beautiful blue skies...The garden needed it...
My peaceful spot...
My favourite times are early evenings in the garden...With a cuppa.
The seedlings had a bit of a bug and slug issue but some are surviving the worst of it...fingers crossed.
The mixed salad has been really abundant this year... I grew the Tomatoes from seed and they are taking their time to grow.
All the delights of my Garden... Apples growing well...
In between the showers...
A trip to the Duchy Nurseries in Cornwall... We had a wonderful walk around the Allotment style Bee Garden which was opened last year...I came home with some treats for my garden.
The Allotment style 'Bee Garden'...with Shepherds huts, wild flowers, gardens and allotment.
Beautiful Place to explore and their nursery greenhouses and plants galore. 
I've also done some watercolours and pen and ink drawings this is just a few of what i've been up to...
Beautiful Summer flowers from the walled garden...
We had a wonderful walk around the woodland at Dartington Hall estate...But I hadn't realised a horse fly had bitten me several times...a few days after my leg swelled up! they are nasty!.
wonderful wicker deer sculptures in the woodland. We actually saw three real deer and a fawn.
Cawsands, Cornwall...and a walk towards Kingsands...
Cottage windows...
Pebbled part of the beach walk and the pretty Cornish cottage with floral wreath on the door, Kingsands.
That view!!!!....♥♥♥♥
Whitsands bay...its so beautiful...The Cornish Coast really takes my breath away...

I needed the Cornish Coast...A breath of fresh air as we step slowly and gently into a new week.
Take care... x    K a z z y    x

Friday, 29 May 2020

Colour ~ Me ~ Happy

Hello again my Lovelies, I'm here Twice in one month!...go me! hehe.
The months to me seem to be whizzing by...Maybe thats because I cope better keeping busy at the moment.
We have ventured a little further from our comfort zones this week...Not too far and only an hour in the car but to new meadows and creeks and non~ peopley places... for some New scenery, New Country views...
I think we've over walked our local canal and footpaths that we needed a change of scene...
I'm sooo glad we did...I packed us all a picnic and drinks and we found a beautiful spot...Actually, its a rather secret spot as we hardly see anyone here...The footpath sign is quite overgrown which helps so that might be why, but we know where it is and its like a secret garden adventure...Wonderful wild flowers, tall grasses...buttercups...Rolling Devon hills for miles and miles around.
Beautiful speckled Yellow moth
Sometimes I stand and just feel in ore at this time of year...Like I have never seen a May like it before.
Sometimes the British Winters seem like they last forever and especially when its been a wet miserable one you just so long for blue skies and beautiful meadows filled with wild flowers and wildlife...Its just such a joy!
I feel after a good walk and some time with Mother Nature I'm feeling so much better in myself.
I've been brave and planted out the Tomatoes in my Garden in the recycled Moses basket filled with earth.
It has been rather hot this week so I've been finding shady spots under the Apple tree with a good book or sketchbook...
Also this week I fancied painting some furniture, I mixed some pots of paint together i'd already got as we haven't managed to get to bigger D.I.Y stores since the Covid-19 outbreak.
I went Pink!!!! and the dresser has had a New lease of life...I think it really brightens up the kitchen space.
And a Lovely place to sit with a nice cup of tea...

I'm enjoying Gardeners World while I type this...
H a p p y    F r i d a y, Enjoy your week end...
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P.s  My view on picking wild flowers is a little saying my Nanny told me...
'Never a bag full, Only a handful'... I really believe this too.
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Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Country Devon Days...Social distancing...

How are we all coping?...Still quite a surreal situation, but getting used to this new routine...
The weather has helped me immensely it is so very beautiful here in Devon...Blue skies and glorious Sunshine...Also My partner who has been a 'key worker' through out this Covid-19 outbreak and working full time and long evening shifts too had a weeks holiday ((A well earned rest!))...It was wonderful to have him home and safely with us...We made the most of Country walks, mainly local to us...
Its been wonderful finding New hidden away places to explore and less 'peopley' places for Social distancing. It shocks me how many people just flock to the park when there is so many other walks on our doorstep. I've avoided the parks all together here. Obviously ,I totally understand if you are in a city and the park is the only green space you have...but here there's many other places than crowding in the park.
I adore this part of our walk down by the river tamar...There is a wonderful old railway carriage made into a holiday cottage...not so much used by the looks of things these days...I'd love one as an art studio! All those windows to an artist would be bliss!... Always reminds me of Elspeth Thompson a British author and journalist...She wrote a gardening section for The guardian Newspaper too...How I first knew of her was many years ago while first blogging when my daughter was a young toddler, she wrote a blog too...sadly she passed away...But she was in the process of making a beautiful home and garden out of an old railway carriage home...I often think of her blog...It was a great comfort to me when I was living on my own.
'The Honesty box'...Sweet Williams...Along the Tamar River.
wild flowers from the local meadows...

I think how lucky I am most days to have a garden...I lived a long time in a ground floor flat with just a tiny courtyard with a wall to look at...So I'm so lucky the last four years to have a hill top garden...and to live in a Country Market town with Dartmoor as my neighbour...Its been like a sanctuary when days have felt awfully worrying and stressy...its relaxed my anxious mind and soothed my soul...Ive watched the blackbirds and robins nesting and return of the swifts and swallows swooping around the Hill top.
Home schooling has been rather more relaxed these last two weeks...Ive felt she needed a break.
We've been more creative and exercising with plenty of walking and looking at nature...
May days and lots of Cow parsley froffing over into the lanes ...My favourite time of year!
Thankful for the glorious blue Devon skies...
One day while gardening I was tackling the overgrown ivy on the old walled garden part of our hill top garden and found the most amazing nest...Made with moss and twigs but also the blackbirds had recycled some of my recycling by adding old pieces of lace and trims and some ribbon and old paper art into the woven nest...It made me want to write a story all about it, But i added a fairy character too...
Dartmoor wild ponies...
An illustration of a foxy with the foxgloves...
The Foxgloves are all starting to bloom down here in Devon...I adore seeing them growing out of the country lanes and wild meadows...And all the wild daisies too!...Such a wonderful Month May is.
One truly wonderful walk we found a Mole on the field foot path near the river...
Sadly passed...But so beautiful to look at...After asking my father who worked many years with the wildlife trust explained that moles do have a short life and he remembered finding quite a few on the nature reserves.
Their black velvety fur and hands almost like human hands...Just so beautiful. My daughter was fascinated.
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Mental health: My gardens helping me immensely...
On the other days this month I've been walking and gardening...I've planted so many seedling over the last months and my mixed salad and cosmos have over taken everything else...My tomatoes seedlings I planted later this year and are inside on the Sunny window sill to bring them out a bit more...
We've enjoyed a lot of chicken ceaser salads...

Take care of yourselves until next time,
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