Monday, 24 May 2010

Lazy Hazy Crazy days of Summer..


Well the mercury certainly popped this weekend...
Sitting on our terrace.. cooking.. not only ourselves but a fishy BBQ feast.. I looked up at the blue blue skies and said .. 'This is just like the Med" ... pause .. "without the sea of course" ... pause .. "and the inflated prices".. Better than the Med.. on our doorstep !


Our lunch was also much appreciated by Mr Pickles.. Never one to miss an opportunity..


It was a perfect weekend.. with just the right mix of attractions and distractions..
Promising ourselves we would return to Hanham Court gardens, last visited in April, we couldn't have chosen a better day.. The house was dripping with this magnificent Wisteria.. not seen on our previous visit ..


I wouldn't relish the thought of pruning this!

Hanham gardens are a sublime mix of formal borders ...


With beautiful blousy Peonies ..


Sitting alongside an idyllic meadow of wild flowers ...

April 2010 Taken on our previous visit

I am not sure which I love the most.. they both blend so well and sit so comfortably together..

Fountains ...
To ferns ...


Cow Parsley ...

To caravans..


.... and a shy retiring Mr Custard..

Today promises to be another sizzler.. and I will do my best to soak some of it up.. before Metcheck's prediction of cooler, cloudier weather arrives tomorrow.. Boooooo!

I do hope you all had a jolly weekend xx







13 comments:

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Hi Michele

My idea of the perfect weekend! The mediterranean lunch looks delicious and is just what you need on a hot day. You certainly made the most of your weekend. I look forward to visiting Hanham Court Gardens.
Warm wishes
Isabelle x

Ragged Roses said...

Wasn't it a lovely weekend, perfect! Lots of simple food, sunshine and flowers. And fish tails for Mr P!
Mx

Jee said...

Perfect weekend - wish I could get wisteria to grow like that.

The Little Vintage Company said...

Gorgeous photos M, Pickles is too cute! T X

the pig lady said...

Sounds like an idyllic weekend - am quite disappointed with my salad efforts and am off to dig out a book or two to add to your inspiration, it looked delicious! Have a great week. Debs xx

heidi said...

Looks just like my wisteria,well nearly!! x

KC'sCourt! said...

The Meditarian lunch looks delicious
The gardens look pretty
Julie xxxxx

Sal said...

Crikey Michele, I thought our Wisteria was good!
It was the ideal day for visiting lovely gardens,wasn't it?
I've just blogged Hill House for you to do a virtual visit! x
;-)

Frances said...

Your garden looks marvelous, as does that salad! Doesn't everything just taste better outdoors?

Thank you for more views of Hanham. What a terrific variety on its grounds.

Cheers!

JuicyFig said...

Ahhh, wonderful! and yes, far better than the med!

Kath
x

fee~bee said...

It all looks wonderful glad you had a great weekend

Mlle Paradis said...

thanks for sharing. england is deliriously beautiful in the sun. who needs the med?

Andi's English Attic said...

Wasn't it a glorious weekend? My plants certainly enjoyed it. xx