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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

A Catch Up

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post. I've been a bit sporadic with my posting this year, so do really appreciate you all hanging on in there.

Half way through April already, it amazes me, but at least the better weather appears to be coming... I'm so ready for the summer, I hope we have a lovely, long summer this year (not too hot though) and can spend lots of time outside in the garden and at the park.

We've been a bit slow on the garden side of things this year, mainly because of the weather. Andrew went out the other day and used the jet washer on the patio after getting rid of all the bits of grass and weeds that grow between the slabs. He also found this plant growing in one of our containers. We didn't plant it, but it seems to be thriving.



I tried putting the photo into a reverse picture finder and it identified it as Impatiens even though it didn't actually look like the pictures it showed. I know a lot of you have beautiful green thumbs so if anyone can give me any information about it, I would love to know.

My boy has had a birthday since I last blogged. Big year for birthdays this year, Adam and I have had our big ones (Adam turned 30) and Imogen will be turning sweet 16 a week on Friday, then little Zackary will have his very first birthday in August.

Not impressed with Daddy's birthday

I didn't get to see my boy on his actual birthday as he went on a 24 hour fishing trip with a group of friends. He had lovely time even though it was very muddy.



I haven't done as much baking as I planned to, but did use up some left over bananas to make our favourite banana cake the other day.



I treated myself to a couple of new eggcups the other week, I think they're rather cute.



I recently read this book by C.L. Taylor, The Fear. I thoroughly enjoyed it and found myself picking it up whenever I had a spare moment. A good, pacey thriller, I recommend it.



I thought it'd be nice to round off with the flowers on my mantelpiece that my lovely Andrew brought home from the shops today.



It's quite late, so I'm off to bed and will make a start on catching up with everyone else's news.


Take care
xxx

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  1. It's nice to see a new post today.
    Your flowers are lovely. I'm not sure what your mystery plant could be. Google Foxglove and see if it resembles that at all.

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    1. Thank you. I googled Foxglove and saw lots of very similar foliage, so thank you for that too xx

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  2. Happy Birthday wishes to all. 🎈
    Cute egg cups.
    Added the book to my list. Thanks.

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  3. I thought it was a foxglove at first glance! Whatever it is it looks healthy!! Lovely photos you’ve shared x

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    1. I do love Foxgloves, so shall look forward to watching it grow xx

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  4. Foxglove, digitalis.

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  5. It's lovely to hear from you and catch up on your news. Happy birthday to your boy! I love your sweet eggcups and I'm feeling the urge to make some banana cake now. X

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  6. Lovely to have a catch up.
    You've been to Asda! The little rabbit egg cup is cute.
    No idea what the flower is I'm afraid.
    How lovely to have been surprised with the flowers!
    Loving the photo of Zack with the party hat on.
    Enjoy the sun.
    Lisa x

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    1. Yes, from Asda, I bought the fox for my teabags too xx

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  7. Lovely to see you post again Cheryl. Glad you are getting some better weather over there now. That plant is definately not an Impatiens. To me it looks like a foxglove or a member of the digitalis family. If it is, it will grow very tall & have a lovely flower up its stem - they do self seed so may have blown in from somewhere. Happy week to you Cheryl.

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    1. I hope it seeds itself around the rest of the borders too xx

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  8. So nice to see you post today. We have been slow starting on the garden too, not helped by the changeable weather. Beautiful flowers.

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    1. Thank you, it’s always lovely to have fresh flowers in the house xx

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  9. I think many people are behind with their gardens this year, there's been so much rain but the weather we're forecast the rest of this week might help dry things out. I'm not sure about your mystery plant, it looks a little like a foxglove, though I'm not convinced. Perhaps you'll have to let it flower before it can be identified. Love those cute eggcups.

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    1. I’m hoping now for a lovely tall Foxglove. It’s the hottest April day for decades today so a good day to be out in the garden xx

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  10. Dear Cheryl

    I think your mystery plant could be a foxglove - the leaves look similar. If not, then it could be borage?
    Love the egg cups!
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. I haven’t heard of borage, I’m looking forward to see how it grows xx

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  11. I LOVE those egg cups! So cute. Happy Birthday to all!

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    1. Thank you, we probably didn’t need them, but I couldn’t resist them xx

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  12. Great to see your post today Cheryl.
    I don't eat boiled eggs but if I did I would want those egg cups . They are so cute.
    Hugs-x-

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    1. Yes, I’m sure they make the eggs taste even better xx

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  13. Lovely post and Happy Birthday to all your loved ones. Sweet little Zachary in his birthday hat is so very cute. Baby days pass so quickly, don't they? Can't fit in enough of those snuggles and kisses. Love the darling egg cups. I agree with Ellie - I think your plant is a foxglove. They bloom the second year. Hope you have a lovely week. xx Karen

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    1. Oh, so maybe no flowers this year, still a lovely plant though xx

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  14. What a big fish that is, wow! Your flowers look colorful and gorgeous.

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    1. He had a great time fishing with his friends, though was very tired the day after xx

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  15. I hope your plant is foxglove - they are so pretty. Your banana bread looks so moist and delicious. We bought pepper plants to plant in our garden today. I love seeing your family pictures - that is a big fish! Zachary is so sweet. I adore your egg cups. Have a blessed upcoming weekend.

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  16. Happy Birthday to your son. Wow, what a great catch. :-)
    Happy Birthday to Zachary too.
    I am looking forward to seeing your garden.
    Carla

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  17. Happy Birthday wishes, a nice sized fish that was caught.

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  18. That looks a great fish Andrew caught ...
    Happy Birthday to all who have celebrated/will be celebrating.

    Love your egg cups.

    Hope you've been able to enjoy our recent spell of warmer, sunnier weather.

    Take care, my good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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  19. Cute little guy. Andrew has done a good job! Yummy dish! Bunny container looks cute...

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