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Friday, 27 March 2015

Five on Friday

I'm happy to be able to join in with Five on Friday on Amy's blog this week.  In the rush of yet another busy week it's not always been easy to step back to take a breath, never mind photos, but here are my five things which have made me happy.

My girls enjoying the spring sunshine and doing their homework together on Sunday afternoon.



A spider's web between the trees on a frosty morning - really, the weather has been most strange this week!  We've had sparkling sunshine, heavy frost and blustering winds within the space of a few days, presumably a remind from nature that you still shouldn't be going out without your coat at this time of year.



My new zebra stripe socks.  I did tell you the other day that I hadn't got very far with them and just in case you didn't believe me, here's the proof!  You might have noticed that I'm not using my usual small circular needle and that's because I've worn it out.  It's true!  The join has started snagging after years of pretty much constant use so I'm waiting for a new one to arrive and have started these socks using magic loop.  I've also had to buy another set of double pointed needles after I lost one down inside the dashboard of the car (don't ask) so it's not been a great week to be a knitting needle in our house!


It was Garden Day yesterday and I was very happy to see these Akebia quinata flowers starting to open.  It's such a pretty climber and the flowers smell lovely.  It's also known as the chocolate vine although I've no idea why - it doesn't smell of chocolate at all!


Finally, the Seedling Update.  I know you'd be disappointed not to know how the sunflowers are getting on and there they are in the middle of this picture doing very well indeed.  In fact, as you can see, lots of my seeds are doing very well and have developed into healthy seedlings.  The last few frosty nights have worried me but they seem to have coped so fingers crossed they continue to grow.


I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you next week!



22 comments:

  1. The seedlings are looking great they seem to be a little ahead of mine. You too have a wonderful weekend.

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    1. We've had some mild weather recently but the frosts this week have reminded me that we're not that far out of winter after all. Thanks for visiting! xx

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  2. The capture of the spiders web is stunning and the photo of your girls revising makes me think of long summer days to come. Lovely post. Glad I'm not a knitting needle in your house. I too misplace 2 of my dpn this week just at a crucial time, but thankfully have found them again.

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    1. Luckily I'd just finished what I needed all five DPNs for but it's still annoying to think that one of them is stuck forever in my car! Thanks for dropping by xx

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  3. A lovely post. The spider web makes a stunning photograph and I am pleased your seedlings are all shooting and looking healthy. Sorry to hear you have had knitting needle problems but hope your new needles arrive soon. xx

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    1. Thank you! Perhaps the knitting needles are all just making a run for it because they're tired of being overworked! :-) xx

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  4. Your chocolate vine is beautiful! I am not familiar with that plant. Good to see your seeds are all doing so well, you are going to have a fabulous garden! Thank you so much for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend - and that the new needles turn up soon! xx

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    1. The chocolate vine is quite unusual, but it's worth looking out for if you need a climber for a shady area. Really enjoyed joining in with Five on Friday today, thanks for hosting! xx

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  5. The seedlings are looking great & yes the frost can be a worry. Lovely shot of your girls doing their homework together x

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    1. It doesn't happen very often (the homework outside or doing it together!) so I thought I'd better take a photo of it! xx

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  6. What a lovely post and gorgeous pictures of the chocolate vine and the spider's web. Your seedlings are coming up well. I've just bought some seeds, all I've got to do now is get around to putting them in! Don't usually do this sort of thing but thought I'd have a go. I've bought peas, spinach, parsley, marigolds (to plant alongside them to encourage ladybirds to eat the bugs) and something else which I can't remember the name of!!!

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    1. Thank you! I've sown loads of marigold seeds because I just love their bright orange faces. Looking forward to seeing your plants when they grow! xx

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  7. A lovely selection of photos - how nice to see your daughters sat outside in the sunshine working - it hasn't really been warm enough here for that.
    Caz xx

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    1. It hasn't been very warm outside since I took that photo - I think it was just a teaser of how the weather's meant to be! xx

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  8. Hi Christine, I've popped over from Five on Friday although it's not the first time - I enjoy your posts. Hope you've had a good weekend. x

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    1. Hello! It's lovely to see you, thanks for coming over! xx

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  9. Greeting Christine, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. I so enjoyed seeing your seedlings taking shape and also your new "zebra" socks! Have a great week :)

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    1. Hello Pat, lovely to see you again. I've not been able to read the posts on your blog recently for some reason so I'm glad you're around and OK. Hope you have a great week too! xx

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  10. Such lovely moments - and lovely to see those little seedlings poking through the soil. Such possibilities ahead of food or riotous colour. Gorgeous! J9x

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    1. Yes, you're right, seedlings are fantastic - they hold such promise for the season to come! xx

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  11. I never get tired of seeing my seedlings pop through the soil. It's miraculous to me. I need to plant some more for the allotment. I have completely underestimated how many I can grow on plot number 10! Thank you for visiting my blog. It is very much appreciated. Sorry that it's taken me so long to return the compliment.
    Leanne xx

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    1. Allotments are such big spaces, even the smaller ones! I'm glad that I only have three raised beds to look after for my veg! Looking forward to seeing how yours grow this year xx

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