Taking a walk around the gardens

At the weekend I had a little walk around my garden and the parents garden. It is beautiful to just take in all the new growth and flowers that are starting to come out. I love this time of year, when the sun is getting warmer and everything just grows!

Last year my friend moved house and gave me some cuttings of her plants. These gorgeous large daisies plants have really taken hold and now producing these stunning flowers.
This enormous broom like bush is a couple of years old now and is full of flowers. The smell is amazing when you get closer to it.
A close up of the flower petals – not bad for my iphone camera!
This is a white version of the pink bush. I think its much more elegant. It’s a year younger than the pink bush.
These lovely yellow flowers are in my parents garden and I am not sure what type of flower they are. If anyone knows please enlighten me!
In amongst the weeds is this perfect pink little flower, I thought it deserved a photo!
I hope you enjoyed my mini tour of the gardens.
Are you out enjoying the Spring growth in your garden?
What types of flowers and plants do you plan to grow?
 
 
 

 

Book Review: Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen

A few weeks back I won this gorgeous crochet book from Search Press on Twitter on how to make Mandalas by Haafner Linssen  I wasn’t sure at first what a mandala was, I actually had to google it!
Mandalas to Crochet by Haafner Linssen

 

Well a mandala is a circular figure, pattern or geometric design representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism.

The book is very detailed. It contains 30 great mandala patterns for you to crochet. There are three chapters in the book, beginning with the essential information you may need. Including a crochet refresher course with the stitches  and techniques needed and a beautiful section on all the different yarns you can use. The book then moves onto different colour combinations and how you can create a colour plan.
There are many mandala patterns to choose from so there is a section on called the mandala selector.

 

The book then moves into the patterns. This is where the author has chosen her 30 favourite patterns for the readers to try. There are patterns ranging from simple to advanced using very technical stitches.

 

The final chapter is mandala projects you can get stuck into. This is the most exciting part of the book in my opinion! There are all sorts of things you can make with the mandala patterns, from a boho bag to table mats, scarves and blankets.

 

The author of this book, Haafner Linssen is a Dutch blogger and crochet designer.
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My Sunday Photo 17/04/2016

My older sister lives in Vancouver but this week she had to travel 2 hours to a place up in the mountains called Kamloops. This is the picture of the town from her hotel window. Unlike Vancouver it’s dry and dusty there. 
Kamloops, Canada
I love the pictures she sends me over from time to time and love to share them (with her permission of course!).

I hope you are having a lovely weekend- thanks for reading. 


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Clothes for my baby girl

Today’s post is about recent finds and what clothes for my baby girl we have been given. We have been so lucky with family and friends giving us lots of clothes for baby girl.
Isn’t funny that before I had baby girl I never used to take any notice of the children’s clothes departments in supermarkets?
I can tell you now that’s changed! I’m straight over to the sale section hunting out bargains. I didn’t realise how fast babies grow. She is 9 weeks old and for the past couple of weeks she’s been in 3-6mths. It’s because she is very long, must take after her 6ft 4 daddy! Her sleep suits are baggy in the middle but fit her perfectly length ways.
We picked up this cute little pink dress in the sale at Sainsbury’s for her. It was £12 down to £6. I love the little matching pants inside that come with them!
This little pink dress will be perfect for her great-grandmothers 100th birthday party in July.

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Word of the Week 15/04/2016 – Dentist

This week’s Word of the Week is Dentist.
Word of the Week 15/04/2016 - Dentist

Yesterday I had to go to the dentist for prep work for a crown. I hate the dentist and can truly say now that its worse than having a c-section. I was probably being a bit naive but I didn’t know what prep work was involved with having a crown. I have never had one before. Even though my husband is a dental practise manager it never occurred to me to ask him what a crown is. 

I could not believe they grounded my tooth away! It was horrible. I can see why now I hate the dentist. 
To make things worse I had been thinking about it all week as this was the first time I was leaving baby girl with my parents. 
Thankfully I got to my appointment early and they had me in straight away. This meant I was only away from baby girl for an hour. Which was long enough for the first time. When I got back to my parents baby girl was fast asleep on my mum, she was no trouble at all. 
I hope you have all had a good week.
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Bolognese with Gluten free pasta

At the end of last month (March) I won a competition on Twitter with Rizopia. The prize was a case of Rizopia gluten-free brown rice pasta, It is free from wheat, egg, milk, corn, nut as well as gluten-free. As a fantastic bonus all the brown pasta rice is also organic.
Free from Organic Pasta - Rachel Bustin

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