Thursday 24 May 2012

The Merry Month of May

Ne'er cast a clout till May be out as we say in Yorkshire, and what a cold  month it has been.

The theme for this session of flower arranging was to use an unusual container

... and this is one I did to grace the table for my granddaughter's birthday lunch.

Enjoyed a circular walk through the fields and back over the cliffs.

In many of the surrounding fields oilseed rape is flowering which exudes a unique fragrance which you either love or hate.  I love it and no photo can do justice to its colour and perfume.

Had a trip to Filey which is relatively unchanged since my annual family holidays, with miles of golden sands and not a bingo hall in sight.

 My sisters and I (my brother wouldn't be seen with us!)

My gardening group were fortunate to be allowed to look round a stunning garden.  The planting combinations and the artisitc touches really made the heart sing.
 One of the summer houses with a wall clock of grasses and a 'light fitting' of dried flowers

I am proud to say that we have been using our homegrown radishes and leaves in our salads.  Delicious!

Had another short story accepted.  Yay! 

Went along to a writing group and had to write a couple of pieces for possibly reading out on local radio.

I have been watching The Bridge on BBC4; just love these Scandinavian crime serials.  Maybe its because the characters look real and not rendered expressionless by botox. Saw Potiche (Trophy Wife) with Deneuve and Depardieu on DVD.    I've been reading Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, which I am told is also a  film,  On the Plot with Dirty Nails: A Practical Guide to Fruit and Vegetable Gardening by Joe Hashman.  I loved this book which had me laughing out loud in some instances; interesting and informative without taking gardening too seriously.  Jo Nesbo's The Redeemer.  All of these come highly recommended.

“The sea is their grave but this Memorial sculpture is, in many ways, a headstone for the lost trawlermen”

I have always been impressed by the architecture in the centre of the maritime city of Hull, especially the old buildings with their carving...