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Blue Monday: Busy Bee

Blue Monday: Busy Bee

Blue Monday: Busy Bee

The gardens are all just heavenly for bees at the moment! In a few days time Simon and I will be on Kos, one of the beautiful Greek Islands. I’m really looking forward to a bit of Kos Thyme Honey on fresh bread for my breakfasts πŸ™‚ Thyme flourishes all over the island which is also dotted with clusters of Greek-blue beehives! Driving along the roads of Kos with the windows down is a wonderfully fragranced journey πŸ™‚

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Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Shine Between

Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Shine Between

Weekly Photo and Travel Theme Challenges: Shine Between

Haiku: The Bride

Shining between them
Precious day of transition
Resplendent in love

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Lilies For Lou

Lilies For Lou

Every year I remember my friend and former housemate, Lou, with flowers for her birthday. I saw these wonderful burgundy lilies at RHS Wisley Gardens on Sunday and instantly thought of her! Lilies were another of Lou’s favourites and she had a number of them growing in the garden. Lou just loved this time of year for the abundance of flowers. She may be lost to us but she’s not really gone from this world or our lives.

She’s by my side when I’m in the gardens, if I see a black and white cat, when the tennis is on, when I see a yacht, watching the rugby, drinking pimms or rosΓ©, when I see one of her favourite films, listening to 80’s rock music, eating tiramisu, loading the dishwasher (she never could get it right!), if I see a frog (she was terrified of them but Smudge, the cat, used to bring them in as gifts for her) and whenever I pick up the car keys! I was always loosing my keys so Lou brought me a Nemo key ring from Euro Disney. Now I’m always Finding Nemo πŸ˜‰

Lou on the left and me on the right

Lou is always in my heart and on my mind. I have so many wonderful memories of a very special person!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

Weekly Photo Challenge: Extra, Extra

Michelle says “This week, share a photo that has a little something extra: an unexpected visitor, or a tranquil landscape with a splash of colour.”

For Father’s Day on Sunday, Simon’s daughter Charlotte wanted a chilled day out with us at RHS Wisley Gardens. It was a great day with a nice afternoon break at the cafΓ© for tea and cake. The gardens are blooming, the birds are full of song and one visitor had brought along their African Grey Parrot for a walk, as you do!

Simon and Charlotte left me and my camera to it after a bit and carried on with their walk! The joys of going anywhere with a photographer! They’re very patient with me thankfully πŸ™‚

Gracie is a thirteen year old Congo African Grey. These intelligent birds can live for fifty to sixty years so Gracie is still quite a young bird. They’re known for being great mimics but she wasn’t in a talkative mood on Sunday!

They’re very popular pets but anyone thinking of adopting one needs to be prepared for a pet that will be with you for the rest of your life and requires a lot of attention. Gracie is obviously a very happy and well cared for parrot! Meeting her was a wonderful and unexpected extra to a lovely day out πŸ™‚

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Blue Monday: Bouquet

Blue Monday: Bouquet

Blue Monday: Bouquet

Today I have busy processing photos from Alana and Bobby’s Wedding last Thursday! I was really thrilled when Alana first told me of her colour scheme. To have such a beautiful blue within all their photos is just lovely πŸ™‚

This is Alana’s gorgeous bouquet of ivory roses, blue delphiniums and fragrant herbs. Quite simply, delightful!