April Ending


 Quince blossom


Pink campion


Forget-Me-Nots



Clematis


And my sampler for April 2014.

In other news.....

I have treated myself to some new knives (in addition to my new bread knife). Oh the joy of a really sharp knife. No onion is safe from me and my knife.

I enjoyed our local bluebell wood so much this year I was moved to splurge on a bottle of Penhaligon's Bluebell scent so that I can walk around in my own personal bluebell wood. Pure indulgence.

I was sad to see the last ever episode of Rev last night which is an absolute gem (particularly wonderful was the bishop's kitchen).

On the other hand I will not be sad to see the last episode of The Crimson Field which has been very disappointing. I mistakenly assumed it would be about nursing in a WW1 field hospital and would add to my appreciation of the horror and deprivations of war as well as showing the war from the point of view of women who were in the middle of it. Sadly it has turned out to be nothing more than a soap opera concerned only with the ludicrously melodramatic lives of a few nurses and with plot twists you can see coming from this side of the Channel.

I am eating a lot of asparagus. It's a local speciality and it would be rude not to.

I need new glasses. Varifocals. This, the optician tells me, is a sign of maturity.




Comments

  1. Wasn't the bishop's kitchen wonderful! Although I was finding Rev a bit tiresome by the end, all that heavyhanded religious imagery.
    The Crimson Field has been such a letdown, hasn't it? But did you see that German WW2 series, Our Mothers, Our Fathers? Far more engrossing because you did actually care about the characters.

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    1. I missed it Mary. I'm not feeling up to subtitles at the moment, maybe I'll catch it another time, it did look good.

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    2. I sympathise.I need bifocals and can't get on with them.

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    3. May I join in with the chorus of sympathy about glasses? I have not taken to them - varifocals with at least three prescriptions. In desperation the optician has asked if I have considered contacts. I didn't think that 'mature' eyes could be catered for with those and in any case can't see me liking those any better.

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    4. Oh dear, I hope I haven't just thrown £460 down drain.

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    5. Fear not, I wear tiny varifocals specs, stick with it and you'll get used to them. Just needs a bit of perseverance. Sue.

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    6. I felt slightly queasy (motion sickness?) and stumbled a couple of times until I got used to them. The brain needs time to adjust so the optician recommended wearing them as much as possible and I slowed down - especially on stairs! This was 5 years ago and I can't imagine being without them now. Good luck!

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  2. Anonymous4:53 pm BST

    I thought Rev was wonderful. The 'heavy handed religious imagery' was spot on in my book. It was more truly Christian than most things in my book and all the better for it as it got back to it's roots. (Which are not about posh kitchens which actually I didn't notice so can't comment on). And no I am not a Christian. I am sad that it ended. Last night's episode made me laugh and cry at the same time.

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  3. Well, I must be very mature, then.

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  4. So glad you got the Bluebell scent. I've got the handcream. A little goes a long way.

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  5. hurray to asparagus... and... I might be reaching 'maturity' too... (or blind as a bat as the husband says...)

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  6. I loved the Bishop's kitchen too. I often find myself look beyond the actually scene on TV to focus on the interiors.

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  7. I gave in a got varifocals last year. Best thing ever! the joy of everything being in focus! :) x

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    1. You give me heart Sara.

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  8. I am also maturing but the optician says I don't need the varifocals yet - just have to take the glasses off to thread needles and the suchlike. Agree about the Crimson Field and had no qualms about not watching it on Sunday when Vera had returned to ITV, so I watched that instead, and enjoyed it. Love the Northern landscapes x

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  9. Beautiful photos and sampler ... and varifocals are good!

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  10. it always amazes me how much further on your garden is, no clematis here yet.....

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  11. Every ones eyes are different. However, I manage to use ‘varifocal’ contacts for ‘everyday’ use. No really close work but I can do craft work in a really good light and a bit of painting and drawing. They are a good compromise and I have my varifocals for when I really need to see closely. The good thing about contacts is that I don’t have to have my head at a strange angle to see close up - which really gives me a pain in the neck.. Not good for long-term posture.

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  12. Beautiful flower pictures, and a lovely sampler as always Sue. I hope the glasses work out for you. I have contact lenses because I can't see further than eighteen inches from my nose. I'm hoping that eventually my sight will start moving the other way.

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    1. The optician told me that my distance sight has actually improved slightly, so you never know!

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  13. I started wearing glasses when I turned 50. At first they were just for reading, which was a pain because they were never at hand when I wanted to read something. After about 2 years I decided to get progressives (your varifocals) and I've been happy with them from day one. Over the years the distance part has got stronger so they are never off my face, except for bed. I found them very easy to get used to.

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  14. Anonymous4:09 am BST

    Really delightful photos. Can't get enough of spring flowers, real or digital. Somehow the first Forget Me Not photo really tickles me. I'm fond of taking close-ups of flowers, too, and I love that out of focus background effect as a contrast. I did some fun shots looking up into cherry trees last weekend where the background was layers of out of focus blossoms. Anywho, appreciate the comments on your TV shows because eventually they come across the pond where they generally are way better than TV available in the US. I'll keep my eyes open for Rev. When I was searching for info about it, I saw "Silk" on the sidebar. Just rewatched that show on DVD and loved it every bit as much as I did the first time I saw it. I want to know this woman in real life.

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    1. The forget-me-not photo is my favourite of these, I absolutely agree about the out of focus background effect.

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  15. I love forget-me-nots!
    Yes I gave up on Crimson Field after episode 1, and Rev must be on when I'm not about ad I've not noticed it had been on recently!
    Varifocals are weird at first, it took be weeks to get used to them. But they are great for knitting while watching TV or map reading in the car or reading a guide book while looking around a castle! You just have to learn to walk down steps while wearing them :-))))

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  16. I missed both programmes Sue thanks to Dave's need to start watching Homeland. It's good, but not as good as The Good Wife. New knives are indeed a treat. Your bluebells are way ahead of ours this year which have only just really got going. I am planning some trips for the weekend, hopefully to the wonderful Parc Enys which featured on my blog last year.Not long now toill you arrive on Cornish shores! xx

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    1. I didn't take to Homeland, it was a mistake to read up on the plot before watching I think.

      Yes, yes, counting the days until Cornwall!

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  17. Your flower pictures are beautiful Sue, I love how you capture such detail in them. I was rather dissatisfied with the end of Rev as I didn't feel that it was a very good finale somehow, but I have found that with several TV shows that have ended recently, they just seem to come to an abrupt stop. I haven't watched the Crimson Field, but have recorded it - might give it a miss as it seems from your description that it isn't going to be what I thought it would be about either, I wasn't expecting a soap opera! xx

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  18. I am railing against varifocals, but they are looming on the horizon. Is there ANYTHING good about getting older? Must make a mosaic...

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  19. A soft and gentle sampler you've made.
    Always has to be Vera, especially now we're missing Endeavour.
    Cooking over the Easter weekend, for a big family meal, I used your cobbler recipe, dolloped on top of beef in beer casserole. It was perfect. My daughter pinched the recipe afterwards, writing 'Quince Tree Cobblers' (I removed the s, she had no idea) and has since made it, so many thanks from both of us.

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    1. I appreciate you removing the s!

      I haven't seen Vera, not sure why as I like Ann Cleeves' books although I prefer Jimmy Perez to Vera. I am missing Endeavour a lot especially after it ending on so many cliffhangers. They surely can't have killed off Fred Thursday - he is my favourite tv policeman ever.

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    2. Fred's the best! Biting nails stuff at the end. Love Vera, she's so grumpy.

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  20. Hmm.. I think I see varifocals in the near future too! I'm sick of wearing my reading glasses on the end of my nose so that I can function in the real world!! I've become your latest follower, via Jennifer's Thistle Bear blog. It's funny that I actually live to the north of Worcester!! Jx

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  21. Sue, thank you for bringing us those pretty bouquets...the forget-me-not flowers are perfection!

    You've reminded me to sharpen up some of my knives...even if they are "right-handed."

    Your television critiques and those in the prior comments intrigue me. Perhaps Rev will get transported to the States in a year or so. We have had the pleasure of seeing earlier Endeavour episodes, so I hope those you all have just seen will also be broadcast over here.

    At 68, I am still managing okay with my "drugstore" non-prescription glasses. Lots of folks I know have graduated to the varifocals or bifocals. I know my time will come!

    As always, it's been grand visiting here, Sue. xo

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  22. Good to see spring in full swing on your patch and yay for quince blossoms - it could be a bumper year for tree fruits this year! You've just reminded me that I had bought a packet of forget-me-not seeds last year and I'd forgotten them until now - will have to go and put them somewhere prominent so I can sow them next year!

    Maturity in the eye department sucks! I'm just waiting for delivery of a new pair of glasses - 2nd time of remaking and after 4 eye tests that all came out differently. I hope your experience with varifocals is more positive!

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  23. Like Ali I'm holding out against varifocals but they'll become a necessary evil soon I think. Oh to be the right side of 40 again rather than just tipped past 50!

    Your garden is looking rather splendid!

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  24. Oh what beautiful photography...I am jealous of your skill and love your effect of out of focus background. It brings the subject into such strong contrast.
    Spring flowers and spring light is wonderful. Enjoy your warm weather after your cold and long winter.
    Alexa from Sydney, Australia
    Blogging at http://www.Alexa-asimplelife.com

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