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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Simple things pleasing me...

A thief in the garden.....
 
A naughty little squirrel with attitude!  He looks at you lifts his head nods and then continues to eat the birds food, the little rascal.


and a pair of jackdaws that have found a tasty treat this week too.  So much for enticing more of the little birds into the garden....

 
Produce is growing and we've had the first harvest..... the first cucumbers from the greenhouse.
 
 
Broad beans from the allotment....
 

and lovely juicy strawberries, they were perfect with some icecream.
 
 
Lots more lovely sweet peas, the smell is wonderful.
 
 
 
I've been baking .... a little tea loaf to enjoy with a cuppa.
 
 
and someone else has been baking too.  The Book Borrowers celebrated their 2nd birthday this week and we had a little party.  A gentleman who comes along asked his wife to kindly make us a cake.  she did a wonderful job and it was delicious.
 
 
Some crafting at the Craftshare group the last two Thursdays....
 
a notepad and pen holder in the shape of a little apron
 
 
and a felt corsage .....
 
 
Just a little stitching....
 
Y for yarrow and Z for Zinnia added to Elizabeth Designs Nature's Alphabet, my SAL with Gillie. 
 
 
and two more filled in borders on Irish Garden
 
 
Postie came today and brought me a wonderful gift from a blogging friend, that deserves a post all of its own, so i'll take some snaps and show you that next time. 
 
Hope all is well in your part of the world. 
 
{{big hugs}} to friends who are going through some tough times at the moment.
 
 

22 comments:

Milly said...

Hello

What gorgeous garden photos and produce, it looks delicious!
Lovely stitching and the cakes look very tasty!
Pretty corsage too!
I love looking at blogs with garden photos.

Jacquie Morris said...

Your blog is wonderful today... bountiful crop, looks so tasty too. Mmmm lots of yummy things here today! Beautiful stitching too.. coming along nicely :)
Smiles :)

cucki said...

aww such sweet veggies...yummy crops :)
your stitching is looking so lovely too..
sweet hugs x

Mii Stitch said...

Another of your lovely post :) Yummy and tasty treats and great stitchy crosses!

Vickie said...

Good for you! My strawberry crop is pathetic this year.
So very close now on Nature's Alphabet.

Linda said...

Your garden looks wonderful and what lovely rewards you are having both edible and pretty flowers.

Fantastic birthday cake - hope it tasted as good as it looked.

Your stitching is looking fabulous - won't be long before your alphabet is finished.

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Mmmmmm.... your garden produce looks wonderful! And I love the Nature's Alphabet. Is that the end, or are there blocks that fill in the bottom. SO pretty!

Tricia

Mary Ann said...

Lovely stitching!! And, I always enjoy the flower/garden photos!

Christine said...

What a wonderful post Julie!
Lovely stitching and great garden produce. I don't have any sweet peas this year so I'm quite envious of yours.
The book cake is awesome

Maggie said...

A lovely post Julie, your garden looks very pretty :-)

A VanderAsch said...

Julie you are so blessed, enjoy every minute, what a wonderful garden and your stitching is also great. thanks for posting these lovely pictures. its always a pleasure to read your blog. sunny kisses from Rio, Alice

Carol said...

A simply lovely post, Julie! So many beautiful things in your garden--how wonderful to be able to grow your own strawberries. My husband just picked our first peas yesterday--always a treat to have fresh homegrown produce, isn't it?

And I love that sweet cake--how absolutely charming with that tiny bookwork :)

Looking forward to seeing the finish of your Nature's Alphabet--won't take long now!

Sally said...

What a lovely post Julie. That squirrel certainly looks cheeky!

I love nseeing sweet peas. Is that a Hornsea Pottery vase / jug you habe them in?

Your alphabet is looking gorgeous.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

What a great post, it really gives a true flavour of England for our overseas friends.
The cake is fantastic, I love the little bookworm.
I am feeling rather sad that Nature's Alphabet is almost finished, it's been such a lovely design to follow your progress.

Rachael G said...

Oh those veggies look lovely, I love Sweet peas, but unfortunately I haven't the time for my garden.
Lovely new makes, and I must say that cake is just fabulous, that gent must be proud of his wife.

Brigitte said...

Oh wonderful Julie, all the small delights that a day offers. These little squirrels are just everywhere, aren't they. And they are so cute to look at.
Your vegetable garden offers some great produce. And your stitching progress is fantastic. Nature's Alphabet nearly finished!
What a great idea to bake this cake for the Book Borrowers. I'm sure it didn't last long, lol.

Penny said...

I love squirrels. They aren't a bit shy are they. :) Your garden looks like such a lovely place to spend time! It's nice to be able to grow your own fruits and vegetables. My husband plans a garden every year but never quite gets around to planting anything. :) What a creative cake ~ I bet it was delicious! Pretty stitching! Looks like you are almost done with Nature's Alphabet. :)

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Your garden produce looks delicious, it's lovely to "grow your own" and then enjoy eating it. The alphabet is looking good - not much left to do which is a nice feeling. We currently have a really young squirrel visiting daily, I hope a cat doesn't get it.

Mylene said...

A lovely post, Julie!
Beautiful garden you have!!
Hapy week!!

Melanie said...

Lovely post!! Just full of great things.
How I wish I had anything coming out of *my* garden. It's stubbornly chilly here and cloudy and nothing is growing. Even my cilantro died off. *sniff*

Chris said...

Great update. So many little pleasures that make us smile.

Shirlee said...

A lovely post, & what a delicious looking tea bread!