Sunday, 24 May 2009

One fine day...

Today has been the best of days..
Waking to this..a misty promise of fine weather ahead..The mist slowly evaporating as the mercury rose...I was up with the birds and set off for our local boot sale to find a small city of people roaming with intent around a field.. At 8.a.m they were already wilting in the heat of the day as some sat in their cars trying to escape the sharp sunlight..
There was a lovely buzz to the place this morning.. almost a carnival atmosphere and of course the usual acres of 'tat' which sadly have no homes to go to any more..I wonder where this general rubbish will end up.. one of my many concerns..though I suppose that one man's treasure is another man's dustbin contents..
Luckily amongst the lurid plastic and obsolete C.D's.. there were still a few gems to be found..
Alas I did not take my camera with me to catch the flotsam and jetsam on display.
Clutching my swag... I was eager to get home and catch the best part of the day.. early morning in our garden.. The light so intense bouncing off the stone terraces and Cotswold stone walls..Sitting on the garden bench and just soaking up the bird song and gentle hum of insects and fauna all around is the stuff of life... I love my garden.. truly, madly and deeply!I could happily sit and stare into the middle distance and just 'be' amongst the cloak of fronds and flowers.. maybe I was a garden gnome in another life... that or a snail!
My biggest joy in the garden this week was the arrival of my oriental poppy.. I had been watching it closely for days waiting for the moment it would unfurl like a silk parachute.
They are magnificent flowers... bold, brassy... the Barbara Windsor.. no.. make that Shirley Bassey of flowers..They certainly know how to attract attention amongst the melee of other plants..

The light was almost too intense to capture the subtle palette of colours that ripple through our main border..Looking down the garden it seems to go on forever but ends abruptly with a rather unruly patch of wild garlic and weeds.. happy to coexist under the shade of the Hazel trees..One certainly has to have a head for heights, it wouldn't do to suffer from vertigo.. it is very steep and after a recent flight off a garden terrace belonging to a friend of mine.. I am very wary about stepping too close to the edge.. I should be wearing a crash helmet whilst doing the weeding.. just in case!

Well if you haven't wandered off by now.... I would just like to wish you all a wonderful week ahead..if you are on your hols..or even if you are not!
I will be off the radar for a few days... I will of course be back soon as there is something happening next weekend that I think I should attend...
Don't forget the Vintage & Handmade Fair.... as if you could!
I look forward to meeting those of you who do make it to the fair.
Happy hols x






27 comments:

The Whispering Poppies said...

I'm in love with your garden as well! Oh THOSE POPPIES!!!! One of my favorites! I'd love to do a watercolor of a field of poppies some day. Your poppies are FABULOUS!

Josie-Mary said...

Your garden is beautiful, I can't believe how good the weather has been this weekend.
See you next Saturday :)

Hens Teeth said...

My goodness, what a stunningly beautiful garden you have created and with a view to die for. I do the same as you....early, very early this morning sat in the garden with a coffee, just listening and staring x

Country Cottage Chic said...

I can attest to the loveliness of your garden! The forget-me-nots you gave me are flourishing & will remind me of you every year that they pop up!

Jayne

Alexandra said...

Your garden is beautiful and a real inspiration to those of us starting out on our gardening journeys.

Rubyred said...

Your garden looks stunning! I was also up with the larks and off to the boot,it was fab,bought lots of pretty vintage china.The weather is just gorgeous .Have a happy week,see you at the V&H fair,can't wait!
Rachel x

The Whispering Poppies said...

DEAL on that posy trade! I'll be right over! =)

LissyLou said...

Those poppies are amazing!! love them x

louise said...

How lovely to wake up to the mist, it is an amazing sight. The garden is looking lovely Michele. I expect the bees are buzzing around your oriental poppies. Have a lovely week and all the best with the V&H fair. x

Bobo Bun said...

When I first saw the mist over the city I thought you'd popped over to Italy for the weekend. A nice dream perhaps.

Best of luck getting ready for next Saturday.

Lisa

Vintage to Victorian said...

Gorgeous garden. Yet another one which makes me realise how much I miss my old one. I really must try and find some time to get planting in this one!
Sue x

cocoa and blankets said...

I think I truly madly deeply love your garden too...the pictures at the start of the post are amazing...you made me decide to do a car boot search...I havent been on one yet this year...too tired but feel I could leave the ironing this morning...have a lovely week...hope the sun continues to shine on you...H

Conversation Pieces said...

What a lovely day – and what a lovely garden :)

Susan said...

Your garden is absolutely gorgeous! I am inspired. I have a hard time keeping the lawn green in the Nevada sun, plus TWO large German shepherds...I think I will be moving to pathways and shrubs!
Please, please, more pictures and stories about your bizarro nurse who took care of you last winter; I laughed so hard!
Suz

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

THANKS FOR POPPING OVER TO MY BLOG. I AM VERY EXCITED TOSEE MORE GARDENS LIKE YOURS IN PERSON AND TO BE IN ENGLAND FOR 5 WHOLE WEEKS! YAY! I AM PLANNING ON ATTENDING THE V&H FAIRE ON SATURDAY TO SEE ALL YOUR LOVELIES. BELIEVE IT OR NOT, I CAN BE SHY AT TIMES, SO IF YOU HEAR AN AMERICAN ACCENT.......

Professor Yaffle said...

Love the poppies
We used to have large pink ones at our old place
They sprang up where they wanted, which was always a nice surprise, but despite taking seed with us, they haven't germinated here. No matter we do have other colours.
Time is ticking
See you at the fayre.

5ft Inf said...

Really beautiful garden...my poppies are out too, but I have to go and pick the snails out of their petals EVERY morning!
Good luck with the fair
x Philippa

OhSoVintage said...

You are right, car boots aren't what they used to be. I travelled a long way to two car boots yesterday and came home with ....nothing! Just a chip and crack in the windscreen which has just cost me £75. Your garden is beautiful especially tha poppy with 'tissue' petals. Have a great time at the fair - you will.
Ruth x

Corinne Phillips said...

Your garden is beautiful. I am looking forward to the Vintage and Handmade Fair and hope to see you there. Perhaps Basil can come along?

LiLi M. said...

Your garden looks wonderful! I guess you have had the same very beautiful weather like we did over here. You must be awfully busy with the fair. I am here not only to wish you good luck, but to tell you that you won my 100th post give away, which is a 'customized party package' made by yours truly. I think I have a great idea. Just wait (and wait and wait...) and see!
Congrats!

Ragged Roses said...

Your garden is looking absolutely beautiful Mrs C, a testament to just how much hard work you put into it.
There is nothing better than sitting in a peaceful, beautiful garden and enjoying the moment. Hope you are having lots of enjoyable moments this week and lots of fun
Kimx

Ragged Roses said...

Ooops
Mxxx
(lack of sleep)

Sew Recycled said...

Your garden is looking fantastic Michele, truely inviting and as my little one would say 'enchanting!' 'magical'. I think the little fairys and pixies are somewhere there helping you!
Emx

Garden Girl said...

Your garden is so beautiful. I could quite happily sit and sup gin and tonics in the sunshine on that bench!
Have fun on Saturday, will be thinking of you all-hope you had a good break as well.xxx

A Bun Can Dance said...

Dear Michele
Here's sending you lots of good luck and success for the V&H fair on Saturday! I'm sure you'll have a wonderful time and much fun with the other lovely bloggers. I hope the sun shines for you!
I can't come along due to a family celebration on the same day, but I will be sending lots of positive vibes.
Happy days!
Denise x

Primchick said...

Good luck to you & your girlies for the Vintage fair (sure you won't need it tho....)all the best....
Marion ;0)

Felicity said...

your garden is gorgeous, its perfect for sitting in whilst doing some crochet with a big cup of tea and maybe a cake, he he!! xx