Monday, 14 September 2009

Pink leaves and bird song

Our Indian Summer continues




















Yesterday I spent two hours in the garden tidying, weeding and making space for little bulbs to go in

All morning I was followed round by a cute fluffy robin. At one point he was only a foot away from me and stayed there for ages. He was chirping away and singing and I told him what a darling he was. It was like having a conversation with him. See - I talk to birds and plants as well as pink cats! The highlight of my day!

I had a bit of a shock this morning, I looked out the window into the garden to see a large grey tortoise! After a strong cup of coffee, it turned out to be a very large grey stone that I had put there yesterday to prop up a sagging hydrangea plant :o)

Today is Gardening Monday and I spent another two hours this morning tidying and sweeping up. It's satisfying to have a tidy garden

I came indoors to put the kettle on (reward time for all that hard work!) and I noticed we have an extra mouth to feed!




















A grey squirrel has been visiting. He seems to think it's an "eat all you like" garden and has been pinching the blackbirds' sultanas!

Go eat nuts or something!




















He is kinda cute - but I'm not telling HIM that!

Over the weekend I did a little natural dyeing with St. John's Wort berries and blackberries



































I describe the process in more detail here

The blackberries produced the most gorgeous colour dye. You can see why I love it!





























The fabrics are still soaking but I will be posting the results soon

I've got a silly song in my head that I've been singing out loud for a couple of days ... arrrrggghhh!
I'm hoovering and dancing around to this:

all around my hat I will wear the green willow
and all around my hat for a twelve month and a day
and if any one should ask me the reason why I'm wearing it
it's all for my true love who's far, far away


Steeleye Span

It could be because I'm really missing ♥hubby♥ ...
... or it could be just a really annoying song in my head ... it will be something else in a few days ...

While I was gardening I found this











Wishing you all a happy week ahead!

34 comments:

Chris Gray said...

...love the red cloth and thread....

..and the squirrel - we've got one that's turned up this year too!...

Watch that letter-box....

.....packet has taken flight ;-)

Chris Gray said...

...oh!...

..and I forgot to say that I've posted Roy Ray pics just now too!...

Gina said...

The pink leaves are beautiful. I was very excited by that blackberry dye. Will that fabulous colour stay fast I wonder?

Jackie said...

So...as well as 'digg'-ing you've been digging. thank you can I dig you back?
You would be truly horrified if you saw my garden. I got that lovely feeling though that I used to have when I was a more dedicated gardener by looking at this post. Its cloudy here but not raining. My husband is trying some exterior gilding!
Just for a practice for when he gilds some castle gates in Wales..we don't have delusions of grandeur.
(But come to think of it,we do have big round balls on our gateposts..just imagine them gilded.... we could call it David Beckham House)

Jackie said...

I can't find your e mail address again so I have to tell you here..you have to join it I think. Just have a look on the site. My son is very sceptical that sewing bloggers will ever get away from the bottom of the digg list but if its there, give it a go.
I'm glad the penny dropped!

Art4Sol said...

Love all the red signs of fall approaching....and the cute visitor.

Diva Kreszl said...

So glad to hear I'm not the only one who hallucinates before her morning coffee!

missy k said...

Hi Carolyn

What a lovely post! You could write a monthly article for Country Living!

I especially love the heart shaped petal.

Have a great week..... keep singing and dancing.... maybe book an eye test?

Love Karenx

Judy Scott said...

you are so funny, now Ill be singig the song too with the dilect of course. Love the dyed reds too and your little visitor youre trying not to be nice to, ha ha ha you dont fool me, so long as hes not sat on the wood burner, in your next photo of your home :) you are a softie.
You have a fab week too, Judy x

Kayla coo said...

I love the natural berry colours.x

Maria Dent said...

Oh nice results with the st johns and blackberries! Iv not even started to think about my garden, shame on me!

Diane said...

Wonderful colours. I had to get rid of the bird seed as I discovered a baby rat enjoying it one day!!! If theres one thing I hate its rats!! Love the heart shape petal.

The Garden Bell said...

Don't hold us in suspense too much longer on that raspberrie dyeing. It's getting so much better with age, just like a good cab.

Couldn't agree more about men and their "toys". All I know is I made sure he striped down before entering anywhere in this house with that sticky stain all over himself.

The squirrel is too cute. We have a ton of them. This year we also have a lot of Peter Rabbits. If I don't call them something cute I get too McGregor on them as they devours my Hostas. Now, about Pepi le Pew.... that's another story for my blogs.

mimilove forever said...

Aww happy anniversary (bit late but I get there eventually!) hope normal service/hubby home soon...in the meantime don't worry about the rock...only worry if you start trying to feed it along with Mr. Nutkins
x;)
Happy gardening! And I cannot tell you how much I LOVE that song...I feel an embroidery coming on! x:o)

TracyB said...

LOVE your blog background, I need to search for a better one for mine! Great pics of the squirrel!!

Am curious, what exactly IS hedgehog flavored crisps? :)

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

First time visiting your lovely blog...
L.O.V.E your great sence of H.U.M.O.U.R!
Your new friend... is a cutie!

ENJOY LIFE`S SIMPLE TREASURES,
DEBBIE MOSS

Menopausal musing said...

I love the colours in that top photo.... wish i had taken it! x

Lorie McCown said...

wowie, how cool is that berry juice! I love this subject. and I'm going to do more of it too..!~

Pom Pom said...

Your chat with the robin reminded me of The Secret Garden. Of course you love that red! I do, too! xo pp

Tracy said...

Can't wait to see how your blackberry dyeing turns out, I remember so well the stains we used to come home with after a day of picking so you should have some lovely results:)
good to hear the sun is lingering still, Louise is still living in a tent at Perranporth, was worried it might be getting a bit chilly.
A very cute little friend :) who I am sure is going to be hanging around for quiet a while, mum has a family of them that feed from her bird feeder, when it's empty they come tapping on her french doors to let her know it has run out - very cheeky.
I loved your anniversary post, got me to thinking, it will be our 30th next year - gulp - wonder if I can persuade Steve to take me to the same restaurant :)

Fiona said...

Just come accross your lovely blog. Those pink leaves are just gorgeous and as for the squirrel, yes, very cute indeed. That red cloth looks beautiful. I will be back again to see what you do with it. Fiona

Gunnels blog said...

So much lovely pictures in so beautiful colours !!! we have also our indiansummer still here! I will sit in the garden now and drink coffe and maybe stitching !

blueberries in the fields said...

gardening in the fall is very fun. i love to "rework "my beds and clean up for next spring. i just love the picture of pink leaves, this would look gorgeous framed as it is !

Winterwood said...

OMG!!!! youre in St.Ives...Ive just written a post about St. Ives on my blog and then found this one...how coincidental is that??

Ok saving this one ot favourites now! Is the Lifeboat Inn and the Sloop Inn still there??

Jo Ann said...

I just found you through flickr --- I wanna be you; but in Florida. You have a new groupie!!!

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Good Day from Michigan.

Your wee squirel looks like he is very happy eating away in your garden. They would love to eat all my bird feed if I let them.

I am just "Dying" to see the results of your Black Berry dying projects. I bought some black berries and I plan to do some nature dying too. I would LOVE to see your results first!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL

Hugs Judy

Cathy said...

Hi Carolyn, I have been reading your blog posts that I missed on my blog break and have laughed so much. That pink kitty is hilarious and I must say your dad must have done a lot of running when you were a child..haha. Love the autumn leaf arrangement. Are yours that colour already? Ours are still quite green here.

Thanks for the links too especially the art of Kristen Vestgard. I love her beautiful paintings too and like the way the gallery lets you see large versions. I will enjoy having a browse with a cup of coffee.

Sharne's Bit 'n' Bobs said...

I noticed my counter, I wore my cross today!

Life is good! said...

i love that you have all of those visitors to your garden, they must feel safe and comfortable there. i say visit with them, they won't tell a soul!

Amy said...

what a pretty pink color..I love how natural everything is here..nature is everything!!

LoL about the turtle rock.

jan said...

Thanks for your comment. We will definitely return to Cornwall, its so beautiful. Love the red cloth and threads very Autumnal. Best wishes Janice

bad penny said...

gorgeous post aww sweet little squirrel xx

Morna said...

Oh! Your collection of late summer leaves is lovely!

fiona d said...

lovely autumnal post - thank you for sharing your afternoon in the garden, - the iamge of the pink leaves is so beautiful