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Friday, 28 September 2018

Welcoming Autumn

Firstly I must begin again by thanking you for your lovely comments and well wishes for my parents. I'm happy to report that they are now settled back in at home and dad, although still very thin, is looking so much better and feeling much more like his usual self. This type of operation takes around 3 months to recover from, so hopefully by Christmas dad will be feeling much better.

Here in the northern hemisphere, we're welcoming autumn in with open arms after a rather hot and sticky summer. I love the changes in season, adoring them all for their different attributes. We started off by giving the garden a good old tidy up. Emptying and cleaning some of the tubs, weeding and lots of sweeping up. There was a bit of a bargain to be snatched up in our local garden centre with their Cyclamen, just the thing to brighten up the garden.


 I put some in the back and a pot in the front to bring some colour.



Some of the other flowers are still going strong, a second Foxglove appeared from nowhere, which we were quite thrilled about. It makes me wonder about what will spring up next year!


Lots of deadheading and weeding helped show off some of the summer's marigolds and geraniums that are still looking quite vibrant.





Some heather and violas dotted about





The physalis is at it's best this time of year, I love the bright orange lanterns



Honey, Alfie and Gary sat outside with us enjoying the September sunshine, but just couldn't be persuaded to pose for photographs. I think this was the best with Gary (in the middle)


Honey in the middle here


this isn't too bad of Honey and Alfie, but Gary wasn't having any of it that time!


After sorting the garden out, I thought it time to update the mantelpiece too. Brought out the Halloween globes so we get the benefit of them for a little while.


I think this little chap may be my current favourite, I don't tend to use him as a time piece as my slowly ageing eyes need to get quite close to him to make it out, but he does carry the correct time.


 Hope you're enjoying your seasonal changes wherever you are.

Take care
xxx



54 comments:

  1. You have plenty of colour in your garden, I plan to tidy mine next week,

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    1. I’m hoping the weather stayd mild so we can plant bulbs over the weekend x

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  2. I'm so pleased to hear that everything is well with your dad, just a case of building up his strength again now. It's nice to see so much colour still around, my geraniums are still going strong. It's hard enough trying to get Archie to pose for me so I can imagine how difficult it is with three.

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    1. The problem is, you call one of their names and they all think they may be missing out and come running otherwise they all ignore me x

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  3. Oh, your flowers look gorgeous! I love Cyclamen. My geraniums are still blooming, too. Flowers this time of year add so much cheer.

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    1. I usually have the miniature cyclamen, but these looked so cheerful and bright x

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  4. Cyclamen are such a good bit of colour for autumn. I was surprised at how the ones here have spread this year despite the drought

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    1. They are quite sturdy things aren’t they and so pretty x

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  5. Good news on your parents. Your garden is looking great.xx

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    1. Thank you, yes, I’m hoping now his home, dad will go from strength to strength x

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  6. I know how hard it is to get photos of Mickey, he will never pose for one either. Glad to hear your parents are doing so well. Wonderful array of colour in your garden.

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    1. Mickey is a lovely boy, I’m sure much better behaved than our 3 x

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  7. You have some very lovely flowers, Cheryl. So much colour!! Meg ☺

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    1. Thank you, it’s nice to see the bright colours as winter looms x

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  8. How wonderful both your mum and dad are home again and your dad is improving...that is the best news. Cyclamens are lovely aren't they; they will add a burst of cheery colour. I love Foxgloves. I love they pop up wherever they please. They grow like weeds down here. Beautiful Autumn up there and lovely Spring down here. Enjoy a beautiful weekend, lovely Cheryl.

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    1. Thank you, it was a bit scary for a while, so having him home and recovering is just so wonderful x

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  9. Cyclamen are so pretty at this time of year.

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  10. Your seasonal changes look so lovely. Enjoy every minute of it.

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  11. Your flowers are lovely and I think I'll go to the plant shop tomorrow and see if there's anything pretty on sale. You've inspired me.
    Such good news about your folks.

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  12. I’m so glad your Dad is doing better and home. I think people heal better at home! I love all of your flowers. Foxgloves are one of my favorites. What a nice surprise. I started bringing in my house plants. ‘‘Tis the season.” Enjoy it!

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  13. Lots of garden work going on here too. The previous owners had let things grow a little out of hand. I think we are finished for now. Thank GOODNESS!

    Love the timepiece bunny!

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    1. It can be tiring can’t it and there’s always something to do x

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  14. Dear Cheryl
    I agree about the seasons and also change decorations in the house to reflect this. Your garden is looking lovely.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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  15. There's still lots of lovely colour in your garden. Mine is looking in an bit of a sorry state. X

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    1. Oh dear, ours was before we gave it a good weed and sorted out some of the plants that were past their best x

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  16. Oh it's so good to hear that your parents are settling back in at home.
    I am welcoming the Autumn too.
    Hugs-x-

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  17. I’m so pleased to read that your Dad is doing better, that is good news.

    So nice to see all of your flowers and those Cyclamen look lovely, one of my favourites :)

    Enjoy this last weekend of September and my good wishes to you and your family for the new month of October … it's really frightening how quickly the weeks pass by.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you, I can’t believe we’re saying goodbye to September already myself x

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  18. So glad that your dad is doing better.
    You still have lots of pretty flowers blooming.
    I like all the seasons. They are all beautiful.

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    1. Thank you, it’s such a relief. Yes, all the seasons have their own beauty x

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  19. I am glad your parents are home again and your dad is doing well. Such wonderful news. Love your White Rabbit.

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    1. Thank you, it’s been a worrying time. He is rather cute isn’t he, and practical too x

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  20. Lots of colour still in your garden to enjoy.
    Mr White Rabbit is lovely
    Good news your dad is recovering well.

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    1. It’s lovely to have the colour with it still being warm enough to sit out there x

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  21. Good to hear your dad is doing well.
    I like to ring the changes on the mantel as the seasons go by, it's nice to see certain pieces which match the time of year.
    Lisa x

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    1. It means I get to use more bits and pieces, it’s nice to be able to freshen things up a bit x

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  22. Hi,fingers crossed for your Dad,hope he goes on ok,so stressful for all of you especially your mum.Loving the photos.I love cyclamen,I have one on the Kitchen Windowsill.Hugs xx

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    1. My mum was so glad to be home, she was exhausted and so glad to back in her own bed x

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  23. Forgot to say I Love the White Rabbit too.xx

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  24. So glad your Dad is improving! I bet that's a great relief for you. I love your plants and flowers. I still have a few wildflowers in my garden - mainly black-eyed Susan's.

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  25. Good news about your parents...

    Oh yes, Autumn was welcomed this year, even more than usual.

    Our flowers are still blooming too. And we can't pull them out, till they stop and are finished. :-)

    Happy October!!!

    🍁 🎃 🍁

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    1. Thank you, always good to hear good news, happy October to you too x

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  26. Oh I just love Mr. White Rabbit.
    Sending best wishes to your family. My father had a heart attack the Spring of 2017. I am blessed to say he is doing well today. He is currently taking two meds and has a few restrictions, but otherwise doing very well.

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    1. So good to hear your dad made such a good recovery, life is so precious x

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  27. Hi thanks for visiting me.I also forgot to say last time,I adore your gorgeous lil dogs and your plants are Beautiful.xx

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  28. This is my favorite time of the year as well, I hope we get some rain very soon.
    Amalia
    xo

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