Saturday, 2 June 2012

{the week that was}

sunshine and showers
a head cold which arrived to visit and hasn’t said goodbye
sniffling runny nose that is rubbed red with tissues
black mascara smudges under sunken streaming eyes
certainly not a good look
I would scare away small children and even bigger ones!
But the good news is
 that because I was coughing,sniffling, snorting and sneezing
I didn't have much of an appetite and so am

Mittens our 16 year old pussycat is still hunting
we had a dead mouse on the doorstep one morning
(won't post a pic of that though)!!!

I'm excited because my peony has produced it's first bud in years
what am I doing wrong with this plant
I just don't know!!

Looking forward to the flower popping though
and will probably have you all bored to bits
with photos of it!

I treated  myself a new pair of  oven gloves
the old ones were an embarrassment
so thought I had better replace them
with something a bit more respectable

 these are the pretties I got
I like the colours and the lovely flowers
now I will just have to start cooking
{well maybe later....}

I learned a useful tip too
 if you put a copper coin into a vase of water
It will stop the flowers from drooping
so I tested it out with my tulips
and it really does work no hangy dangy sorry looking flowers!

Wishing you and your loved ones a week
filled with sunshine and happiness



And said...

Love the house, the flowers but specialy the cat!! xD
I have a black one :)

Nice blog

Riet said...

Lovely photo's . Gorgeous cat and about the tulips, they grow in the vase so you cut them as soon as they get too tall, they will never hang then.

TexWisGirl said...

the copper coin tip is neat! hadn't heard that! yay for peony bud! and sweet old kitty cat!

Anne said...

Hello Fiona! Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your lovely note... and thank you for following! I will follow in return. I hope to see a pic of your peony when it blooms... the color looks enticing... my own peony has buds and i'm looking forward to the flowers!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Peonies don't like to be planted too deep; could that be a reason for just one bud? I hope you feel better soon, Fiona.
I like the oven mitts and the penny tip, by the way.

Anne said...

Lovely photos Fiona! Thanks for the tip about putting the coin into the vase! I love tulips but they never lasted long for me:) Have a great's hoping that rain stays away!!

Romina said...

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Kisses, Romina.

Sofia said...

Oh, my peony is much smaller! Take care! Pretty oven hand gloves! Have a sunny weekend!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Love the tulips and the peony bud. I had heard the tip about the copper penny but always forget to use it.
Feel better soon and have a good week.

♥●• İzdihër •●♥ said...

Lovely pics :).
Great post.

Rosewalk Cottage said...

Lovely post Fiona and thank you for the idea of the copper coin. I can't grow Peonies here where I live. You are lucky to have your bud so there is hope. feel better soon.

Robert Nicolaescu said...

Lovely blog, beautiful series of photos! Best wishes!

Jill said...

I do hope that nasty cold leaves you alone soon! You are so cute. Your kitty is beautiful as are your tulips!

Chatty Crone said...

Lovely photos Fiona! A copper penny works - gosh thanks. sandie

Lynne said...

Love your pottery. Your peony matches my "one bud" peony . . .

Take care of those sniffles and be well soon!

BlueShell said...

GREAT photos...

andrea@townandprairie said...

My oven mitts are trashed, too :( Sorry about your cold. I think you get more than your fair share in cold Ireland!

Anna V. said...

What a lovely post, made me smile on this rainy Sunday-morning (although the coughing and sneezing didn't sound like a good time!) Your new oven gloves are very pretty! I should get new ones, too. No cats in my house (I'd love to but I'm allergic to them) but I think I need to take the doggies out for their morning walk now. Have a wonderful day, and get well soon! :)

SweetMarie said...

Mittens is so pretty and fluffy! I just love Tulips! I didn't know about the copper penny...thanks! Have a lovely week!

SizzleandZoom said...

Thanks for the copper penny tip and photo of your gorgeous cat.
Hope you feel better.

flowers on my table said...

Hi Fiona, so sorry to hear you haven't been well, I do hope you are feeling better now. Good news about the weight loss though! My peony is temperamental too, and although it flowered the last 2 years there are none this year. Have a lovely relaxing Sunday. Oh and I loved all your shiney copper in a previous post, and well done to your son who's finished his exams. Love Linda xx

Thisisme. said...

Hi Fiona! So many lovely photos for us to look at today! Love Mittens - gorgeous! Is that your home in the first picture? Do hope you will feel better very soon from your sniffles! I absolutely adore Peonies, and how exciting that you finally have a bud on yours. You must show us a photo in all its glory when the flower emerges! That was a good tip about the copper coin in the flower water. I will certainly be doing that in future. Miserable and dank here today :( Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Oh! I see that you found Southhamsdarling on facebook. I do find it's nice and easy to read posts directly from facebook I must admit. Byeeeeee!

EM Illustrator said...

Hi Fiona, sorry to hear that you're not feeling too well - hope you will feel better soon.
Beautiful pictures you're sharing with us today. Have a lovely Sunday!


Claudia Moser said...

Such lovely shots, happy Sunday!

Pat MacKenzie said...

So except for the cold it sounds like a pretty good week - pretty flowers, smart cat, new oven mitts, new peony. Could have been worse. Hope you're feeling better.


Sorry to hear you've been feeling miserable. REST and RELAX. Hope better health returns to you soon. LOVE Mittens. Great tip about the flowers and a coin. Those OVEN gloves are delightful. take care.

Emilie's daughter said...

Hope your nose stopped dripping! I am never that ill that I have no appetite... ;o) How nice to see your peonies start blooming! Please bore us with photos! I just love them and I also love your oven gloves. Even pretty in the kitchen - after all we are Ladies, aren't we? Let me tell you I am going to Ireland this summer on a home exchange basis and I am very, very much looking forward to that! Enjoy your Sunday evening! Christa

Emilie's daughter said...

Dear Fiona, We are leaving Switzerland on July 24 and return on August 7. The village is near Tara Hill and is called Corey (it is about 5 miles south of Corey - if am remember right). The people from Corey will stay in our house here in Berne during that time. We have done this a few times before and I will soon post about it. I am really excited as I visited Ireland last in 1981 with my brother. I even once had an Irish boyfriend - but that was in another life... ;o)

Bonnie said...

I will not get bored seeing your peony progress! I love peonies but sadly our weather is too hot for them.

Sorry you have been under the weather but know how glad you are with the scale numbers.

Thank you for your very kind remarks about my tablescape. Yes, you can do just as well! This winter I will try lighting my candles. I haven't before. It will be a while because we are having temps in the 90's. You were so encouraging with your kind comments.

Lisa said...

I'll have to remember the copper penny tip.

How nice of your kitty to leave you a present. We used to have a library cat where I work - one day, when many librarians from surrounding towns were coming for a meeting, he decided to leave dead mice on the sidewalks outside. There were two or three of them! I had to find a very large leaf which I picked them up with, and threw them into the bushes!

Nancy's Notes said...

Great copper penny tip! I had forgotten that one, thanks for the reminder. Aww, hate those darn sniffles, everything is not quite up to par when you are in this state of misery. Hope you are on your way to recovering soon. By the way, woo hoo for your blooms that have sprouted out!


Lynn @ UpCountry Olio said...

Hope you get feeling better soon, no fair getting a cold in the summer. Thanks for the penny tip, I can't wait to test it out.

Sandra said...

Lovely photos! Mittens looks so sweet (except for the dead mouse offering!) Well done for the 2.5lb loss thanks to the sniffles! There has to be some bonus for the suffering! Very posh oven mitts, will you dare to use them?! Mine always seem to touch the food I'm removing from the oven! Thanks for the copper coin tip for the flowers. I'm going to try that!
Have a lovely week!

Eileen said...

Hope you feel better soon and congrats on the weight loss! Great photos.

Formerly known as Frau said...

Hope you are feeling better soon. I have had horrible allergies...even with the rains. My peony plant does quite well I just wish the blooms would last longer. Maybe you are cutting the bush down too much in the fall. Love your new oven mits! Thanks for stopping by.

Amish Stories said...

Ive never seen a barn roof like that, wow. Richard

Kathleen Lisson said...

Thanks for the flowers tip! I will have to try that.

Ellie said...

Oh I hope your cold clears quickly - miserable feeling isn't it? Well done on the -2 1/2 lbs.
I didn't know that about a copper coin - I must try that!!
I can't wait to see your peoni flowering - it is such a beautiful flower.

demie said...

Sorry to hear you've been sick. Hope you are feeling better now .
Otherwise your week sounded exciting, colourful and lovely : )

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

Fiona! I certainly hope you have put that cold behind you by now! So much in this post...your kitty is just BEAUTIFUL! Your new oven mitts and the flowers...LOVELY! And I must say that YOU KNOW I am quite fond of Peonies!!! I adore the process of each opening flower...FEEL BETTER!

In My Wild Eden said...

I hope you feel better soon! I will never get tired of pictures of peonies. They are my favorite! And now that you mention it, I need new oven mitts too! Mine have become quite un-presentable!

orchid said...

Dearest Fiona!
Hi! Yes, I DO hope you are feeling better by now☆☆☆ I loved your picture of weight scale, though.
Wow, what a good tip for the flowers, thank you very much.
Haha, I think I need new oven gloves as well. Your are so lovely♡♡♡
I enjoyed reading your blog, night night from Japan.
Love you always, xoxo Miyako*

ZielonaMila said...

Fantastic photographs, the first wonderful view. I am greeting

CameraCruise said...

Dear Fiona,
Beautiful photos.
Thanks for the tip for the flowers.
The same happen to my peonies, but this year mine have buds too.
I asked two gardeners what I did wrong, one said that's the way nature is,
the other said I may have planted them to deep. But this year they'll bloom.
I've given up understanding why they don't bloom every year.
Hope you are feeling better now.

Magia da Inês said...

❤♡ Olá!
Passei para rever o seu blog.
Gostei muito do post e das fotos.
Bom fim de semana!

Allison said...

I wouldn't mind losing the 2.5 kilos. ;) haha. A sweet post as usual. I wish I could come over and meet you! xoxo

Heidi said...

I hope you are feeling better!...Your pics are beautiful, have a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

I will try the copper coin tip! Thanks! I have a peony that I planted 3 or 4 years still hasn't bloomed yet. I've heard it can take up to 7 years to mature enough to bloom. :( Glad yours finally bloomed, that gives me hope for mine! haha

Furry Bottoms said...

I am looking forward to reading more of your blog! :) Hi!

melody-mae said...

New follower! I love peonies. Our daughter has some gorgeous ones in her yard! That first cottage, we have one here in the PNW (Dutch community) that the thatch was shipped from Holland!

Nice to meet you!

Magia da Inês said...


Muita paz e muita luz em nossas vidas, hoje e sempre!!!

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