Monday, 23 May 2016

In Full Bloom

Cherry blossom at Crake Hall, North Yorkshire

It's been another busy few weeks - a week of preparing for my mum's visit (we only see her about twice a year as she lives so far away), the week of her stay, and then a week of getting back to normal and catching up on jobs as well as being back at work.

Lucy's Cottage garden is now in full bloom. Our clematis is covered in delicate mauve flowers and is providing a little shelter for our scarecrows, George and Georgina (who can be seen sporting their new togs, care of the British Heart Foundation shop in Thirsk !).

Our rhodedendron, which we bought from the garden centre when it was reduced and we weren't sure it would even suit the soil in that part of our garden, has also just burst into bloom. I love the deep pink colour, which reminds me of the peonies which used to grow at our old house.

Just before my mum's visit we also bought these red and white geraniums for one of our fence boxes. They are a burst of colour and very patriotic - we only need a few forget-me-nots scattered amongst them for the full on red-white-and-blue effect !

The girls have been enjoying all this sunshine we've been having.

Lucy & Whiskers

If you're wondering why there's a portable heater in the background when summer is beckoning, that's because we had an evening BBQ when my mum was here with our friends who live across the road. The late afternoon turned to a chilly evening so we had the heater blowing hot air on our legs and a thick blanket over our knees ! A good time was had by all though.

I will leave you with a few photos from my mum's visit, with captions explaining the location etc.

Me and mum at Cod Beck Reservoir, Osmotherley

Whiskers enjoying the sun :)

Mum and Whiskers :)

The Hall at Crake Hall

Playing cricket in front of the Hall, Crake Hall

Mum under the cherry blossom at St Gregory's Church, Crake Hall
Beautiful prayer cushions at St Gregory's Church, Crake Hall

A beautiful quilt inside St Gregory's Church, Crake Hall
A pretty cottage !

Another pretty cottage !

The Bay Horse pub at Crake Hall (behind the tree !)

Lovely Hubby and the girls - the dog on the bench is Emma, the mother of our two

Lovely Hubby and Emma

Have a good week !

Fiona x


  1. Lovely photos and the girls look to be gleaming. My garden is full of promise, and a fair few weeds after all the rain and sun.

    1. Thanks Pam :) This weather certainly makes for a lot of weeds ! The garden is happy though x

  2. Wonderful photos, it looks as if your Mum really enjoyed her visit. Your garden is looking fantastic and I love your scarecrows. xx

    1. Thanks Jan, I'm glad you like George and Georgina ! I hope you're ok - will try to drop you another line soon xx

  3. Looks like you had a lovely time together. Your photos bring back so many happy memories for me of my time living in North Yorkshire many moons ago.

    1. Thanks Anna, we did have a lovely week. Where in North Yorks did you live ? x

  4. wow really amazing photos loved to look at them,flowers are beautiful ,dogs are great ,glad you had lovely time together

    1. Thank you Baili :) I tend to post more in Instagram than this blog so if you liked the photos and are an instagram user, look me up. I'm:- lucys_cottage

  5. Wonderful post and beautiful photos!

  6. Wonderful post and beautiful photos!