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Thursday, 3 July 2014




Welcoming garden visitors. Spike visits in the evening, He/she likes slugs and beetles. Much less welcome is the cat who has decided that our front lawn makes an admirable toilet. Am thinking of laying mines under the turf.

Eating leftover sweetcorn and peach salsa with goat's cheese for lunch.

Listening to The Silkworm . Robert Glenister is an excellent reader. JK Rowling is such a good story-teller and her main characters are so engaging.

Counting quinces. Not many this year, less than twenty I think. This is a good thing as there will be enough for jelly, quince vodka and for a few puddings and none will go to waste.

Loving what Megan has to say about cooking and the art of living well here.

Enjoying on Pinterest this beautiful Cider With Rosie board by Karen Meadows.

Picking  posies. Love how the lady's mantle looks in my blue vase.




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25 comments:

  1. I so wish we still saw hedgehogs. It has been many years now. I really miss them.

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  2. I feel your anger at the cats gggrrrr!!! so annoying!!! I'm looking forward to reading The Silkworm, I've not long finished A cuckoos calling - and really enjoyed it so cant wait to see how the characters develop x

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  3. It comes across that you enjoy the art of living well too and write about life's overlapping layers so nicely.

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  4. I love Spike! So adorable. We don't get them here, sadly. Your salad looks delicious and I'm heading over to read what Megan has to say. Thanks for the links Sue and have a great weekend! Mel x

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    1. I put Spike in purely to attract Antipodean readers!

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  5. Lady's mantle and roses - a combination made in heaven......

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  6. I just love hedgehogs too. A friend of mine has had one living in her garden for 3 years now called Elizabeth. Elizabeth has a huge appetite and will go into the house via a cat flap to eat all the cat food. That salsa looks delicious, by the way. (If Elizabeth were at your house she would eat it).

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  7. Love what Megan had to say too.... and the simplicity of Karen's board... both of them inspiring and evocative.
    Which book would you recommend: The silkworm or A cuckoo's calling for the summer?
    Enjoy the sunshine! It's a glorious day today! Pati x

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    1. Oh A Cuckoo's Calling definitely because it introduces the main characters.

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  8. No hedgehogs spotted here for years - very sad.
    I've added The silkworm to my list of books to order from the library. Could someone please find me a few extra reading hours please! :-)

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  9. Spike would live a few cat biscuits.. and a little bowl of water.

    My lettuce beds if not covered with galvanised grids are abused not only by my own 3 cats but the 3 from next door as well....every morning a collect and dispose in a nappy sack a la dog poo.

    I had my very own Duncan Grant hedgehog for several summers -

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  10. How lovely to have your very own 'slug eater' in the form of a hedgehog.

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  11. I loved Cuckoo's Calling and couldn't put it down. I think I'd faint from joy if I ever saw a hedgehog in my garden.

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  12. Seeing Spike gives me hope.................. I haven't seen one for years.

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  13. I just love that acid green colour of lady's mantle and have some in the garden yet I never think to cut some and bring it inside. Thanks for the prompt.

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  14. Oh, those flowers in the blue vase. So pretty.

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  15. Oh my goodness, how gorgeous is your garden visitor!! I love hedgehogs- I've never seen one in real life though- we get echidnas here :)

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  16. I like that hedgehog: his 'fur' looks like it's been trimmed at the top, a haircut like those little West Highland terriers often get. It's been a while since I've seen one either. He looks quite small. Be careful that mining the area could be hazardous for hedgehogs. You're so fortunate to have a visitor like Spike, even though you get an unwanted one too.

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  17. Karen Meadows has some beautiful boards on Pinterest, doesn't she?
    And that hedgehog...! Without sounding too morose I only ever see them when they've been unlucky crossing the road. It must be lovely to have one as a little visitor.
    Sarah.

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  18. My son loves hedgehogs, he'd be so excited to have one visit the garden. We've plenty of old logs in a pile for a hedgehog home and are swamped by slugs and snails for feasting on so I'm sure one would like it here, but I've never seen any, apart from a squashed one further up the street...

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  19. Am rather jealous of your lovely prickly visitor. We definitely have hedgehogs around as they leave little calling cards for us to step in but they're obviously more on the shy side than your friendly chap. Loving the sound of your salsa, it looks delicious and refreshing in this hot weather x

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  20. I wish we had a Spike in our garden - the landlords decking seems to be hide a vast amount of the slimy beasties.

    Nina x

    ps. Cats hate lemons. I spray some on the side of the sofas to stop our one using them as scratching posts. Worth a try. N x

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    1. Good tip, thanks Nina.

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  21. nice to meet you Spike. cats don't like oranges either, I put orange peel in the vegetable beds to keep them out. might look bit odd on the lawn though....

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  22. Your comment about the cat made me smile. I have to keep evicting ours from the polytunnel for similar reasons. It becomes gorgeously warm in there during the daytime, and he just cannot resist - until I switch the water sprinkler on, that is ;-) Perhaps that might work on your lawn (if you're not in an area with a hosepipe ban!).

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