Hi everyone – I know I have been away from my blog for far too long – this Summer has been really action packed and after our main holiday in Scotland, my birthday (and a wedding anniversary), a few weekends away and all that unexpected hot weather life here is gradually getting back to normal and I feel I am now able to devote some time to blogging again and here is a quick update.
For most of the time our finances have been up to date and by that I mean bills paid, statements balanced and any outstanding matters attended to (well almost as I believe my to do list is increasing again) I will confess that I have overspent in the grocery shopping and have not been as rigorous as I started out at the beginning of the year, (one or two extra magazines have also found their way into my trolley); the garden has had a good going over in respect of weeding, feeding and watering and inside I continue to examine every drawer and cupboard and justify the contents to myself or else out it goes to spend a new life elsewhere.
During the hot weather I had a mad hand washing day of all my daughters clothes that she had not got around to doing. These have now been pressed and taken back to her own house – so yet another free drawer and Laundry room – I am just loving the space I am creating all around me.
The house is in desperate need of decorating but it is much easier to look after at the moment as most things have been allocated a place and a quick whip round usually gets each room back into a reasonable state. Asking friends around on the spur of the moment is not a daunting prospect now and this is exactly what I did to celebrate my birthday.
Over the Bank holiday weekend we went to stay with my mum who lives in Yarm near Middlesborough and we had a great day out on the Saturday at Eggleston Hall near Barnard Castle. The house isn’t open to the public but there are some well kept gardens and a plant Nursery with good quality plants for sale. The old church is now a ruin and forms part of the garden trail.
There are many graves dating back to the 1600’s with some very young occupants…
Some of the graves stones form a little path which winds through the ruined church. It is a very tranquil place and slightly overgrown like a Secret Garden.
Continuing along winding paths in the gardens and through many archways we eventually came to the Kitchen Gardens and Nursery…
where we spent a long time admiring the beautiful late summer colours. I especially like the Rudbekias and the vibrant Montbretia.
This is a shot of the little stream flowing down through the Kitchen Gardens – the Candleabra Primulas that cover either side of the stream bank are now over but it must have looked quite spectacular when they were in bloom.
This is very much a productive garden and it is no surprise to discover the white painted Beehives in one section of this Walled Garden…
The vegetables are grown decoratively in boxes laid in gravel with espalier trained apple trees forming a low hedge around the edge.
On the Sunday we had a drive over to Saltburn and had a stroll along the busy pier.
Along the hand rail at one side there had been an explosion of Yarn Bombing…with delightful shrimps…
…a keen sunbather…
…and a very pink Octopus.
9 thoughts on “An overdue update…”
Amazing garden, wonderful crations, all in all, a great outing!I,too, try to eat more healthily and summer helps with the abundancy of fruit and vegetables. However, I’m so fond of sweets that on my return for mholidays I started to eat them again…So, good luck with your diet!
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I’m happy all is well with you! I like the sound of that detox weekend. Fasting and cleanses don’t appeal to me at all but I like your style! It’s great you’ve continued with decluttering and tidying. Those yarn photos really cheered me up!
Umm. Eggleston Hall looks delightful! Welcome back.
Welcome back and thanks for the update. Your photos are lovely.
Great job on getting your house in order. So impressive.
Fabulous knitted people etc – I love that! So good to have you back in Blogland.
Good to see you back. Love the yarn bombing.
I often take Bing down to Saltburn beach but Skinningrove is always so quiet. My friend Lorna is the wee lass you see at Real Meals.
I will remember to say hi next time we go to Real Meals and I will look out for you in Saltburn beach – perhaps you are already on some of my past photos!