Did you watch The Durrells on ITV recently? Alongside from the delectable scenery, I just loved the depiction of Gerald as the nature obsessed little boy with not a care in the world for academia or rules. I wish life, and bringing up children, could always be that simple. The above picture is the view from my kitchen window, by the way.
We’ve been getting out a lot in the garden recently, 90% by choice, 10% by necessity. It won’t come as a surprise to anyone with a garden – gardens grow, and ours has gone absolutely loopy. Our grass is growing four inches a week. Plants I’ve never heard of appear from every crevice. I went up to the wood to pick some flowers and found nettles taller than Tibbs, everywhere. Basically, I’ve now got to become some kind of botanical maniac.
Tibbs loves the garden. We talk about what we’re doing out there all the time (I attempt knowledgeable sounding chat, she listens sagely). Our triumphs of the week include:
- I think I have managed to get her to understand that worms do like conversation and being re-homed, but prefer to arrive in the new home in one continuous piece
- That slug antennae are their eyes, and noses, and hands, all in one
- That watering plants is about watering their roots, not the tips of their flowers, with the hosepipe
- That you most definitely can’t eat Calla Lilly stamens because they are not crisps
My favourite discovery of the week is the fact we have a Wisteria, which was just not getting enough water so hadn’t flowered yet, and that underneath it is a carpet of Lily of the Valley. If you like the smell, you wouldn’t believe how gloriously fragrant the flowers are.
To celebrate all things floral, I’m giving away a personalised name print of up to ten letters, worth over £50.00 from Made by Nell. Made by Nell is a brilliant Bristol connected company of artists and makers who create lovely decorated letter signs and cards. They are so delicate and pretty.
You can choose from their ever-popular animal/flower alphabets or pick one of the newer ranges which include robots and fruit & veg. We chose our surname in bright,intricate florals, and I am so pleased, because some of the flowers that appear also appear in our garden.
I loved this 'The Willocks' piece we did for @the_bristol_parent that I had to take more than one photo of it! I think this angle shows it off rather nicely, don't you?! #MadebyNell #flowerletters #nameart #familyart #family #flowerlovers #flowerloversofinstagram #alternativeangle #happyartist #handmade #etsyseller
To enter, please use the widget below. The competition closes on June 1st.