Sunday, 25 March 2012

my week...

This week we have had sunshine, and unusually, I had a couple of days off in the middle of the week so I had a bit of a chance to enjoy it. Its really late and I'm tired (and I've had a glass of wine so can't vouch for clarity...) so thought I'd just post a quick 'picture post' of my week...

Mothers day brought two lovely sons and these...

Gorgeous, bright double daffs (bit past it by the time I took this pic). The boys were a bit put out that the woman they bought them from suggested most people were spending a bit more on flowers for their Mums... They, quite rightly, pointed out that these are my favourite flowers - quite right too.

My seedlings are coming up...
I may end up with more giant sunflowers than I know what to do with in my teeny garden! Ho hum...

I made scrummy chocolate cake...
This is called 'Can't go wrong chocolate cake' - they are not kidding either. Trouble is with this baking malarky that I don't really eat it and now I don't have anyone else living with me I don't quite know what to do with it! So I took it to work. Where it disappeared, so I guess it was ok.

I had a bit of a hankering for going to the coast, so on my midweek day off, up as usual at silly o'clock, I decided to just get in the car and drive and was walking at the sea front by 9.15am...

Beautiful hazy sunshine with a bit of warmth, and empty stretches of sand and shingle. I didn't time it very well as the sea was only just going out and it was a bit wet to walk along the beach, so I headed up the sea front path...

Past the boats and sea-side cafes...

Past the colourful beach huts...

And then back through the town past the flint and rendered cottages...

I love the seaside. Always have. Love the smell of it and the taste of salt on your skin. Love it in the winter when it can be wild and scary, love it in the summer when the beaches are full of excited noise. Love the patterns in the sand when the tide goes out...

Love the shiny, bobbly seaweed clinging to the rocks...

And I love the bits you can't capture on a photo - the sound of the waves dragging the shingle, the noisy gulls and the sheer peace of the place. Love it.

Once I'd had enough of the coast (and realising I had overstayed my car park ticket!!) I nipped across to see my sister where the sun was brighter and we spent a pleasant couple of hours in her garden. She has just moved into this house so the garden is a 'voyage of discovery' as things are appearing as Spring properly gets here. Pretty blue periwinkles...

My mum insists these are a weed and I know they can take over a bit but I like them anyway.

Unusual narcissi...

I've never seen one quite like this before - almost looked like it has its petals mixed up somehow - very pretty.

And blue blue sky...

Leaves are definitely beginning to show themselves...

And we were entertained by one very cute 18 month old nephew who was so happy just pottering around looking at mud and ladybirds and whatever else he could find...

This week has been a bit of a struggle at times and has not felt at all positive all week but the sunshine has been a real boost and these simple pleasures have helped.

Oh and there's been a bit of this!!!

I finished my freebie stool makeover yesterday! So when I've taken some daylight photos I'll show you before and after ones!!!

Til next time then


  1. Lovely photos as always! I'm more of a 'countryside' than 'seaside' person but I must admit your pics of the coast looked very inviting! Quiet, peaceful beaches are the best.

    I'm glad the sunshine and simple pleasures have helped to keep your spirits up this week. xx

  2. I grew up in a small fishing town (pop about 300) so I absolutely get what you mean about the sea. I couldn't live inland at all, I need to be within a stone's throw of the water at all times.

    You do know you can freeze cake don't you??? If you absolutely can't eat a whole one by yourself, then just cut it in half or quarters and freeze it. It makes a nice treat later on too when you can't be bothered baking, but are quite happy to defrost! I'm eating a chocolate cake at the moment. It is actually made with left over mashed potato and pumpkin and is really moist and delicious. I must make this one again.

    It was a bit rude of the florist to comment on how much your sons were spending. She ought to be pleased they were buying anything at all from her. Daffodils are one of my mother's favourite flowers too and I always think about buying her some bulbs but I always leave it too late.

    xXx Helen

  3. I think there was something in the air this past week, I have had a bit of a rubbish one myself, from work people not understanding that I am basically doing the work of two people and cannot do EVERYTHING (even tho I am a woman lol)in the time I have. Also got abused in a disgusting way by a male, who I may add was in the wrong, yesterday in a car park. Also when I wake up I still feel tired....pooh!!! Seeing your daffs bought a little ray of sun here. Some people are quite rude, I think they need to put their brain into gear before their mouths.
    Lets hope this week is a grand one :)
    xx Sandi

  4. What a luxury to have that wonderful beach all to yourself. I love the sea, but never seem to get there, so it was so nice to see your photographs!
    Hope you have a better week!

  5. What beautiful flowers from your sons, and it looks like you had a wonderful walk.
    I love the beachfront images!

  6. Mmmmmmm!! Your pictures are yummy!! The cake and the beach pics actually!! I so love the beach and your pictures and description brought it to life!!

    What a treat to get midweek days off!! There's something about it that always made me feel like I was getting away with something!! :) Like, Haha, you are all at work and I'm not!! lol!!! You definitely made the most of it, too!!!

    Your nephew is a doll and your sons are lovely!!! The flower lady was a brat and they need to find a new one, I say!! :)

    Here's to all of us having wonderful weeks!!! :)

  7. That's awful what the flower seller said - somewhere Mothering Sunday has been lost & made commercial like everything else. Gorgeous flowers and thoughtful sons.
    I love your beach pics. I adore the beach too & am lucky enough to live by the coast. When my mum lived on Anglesey I would be out for hours with my two & my nieces shrimping & scrabbling around on the rocks. Happy days.

  8. You post is like a mini holiday! I can feel the warmth of the sun and hear the waves of the ocean...just lovely!


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