April in the UK

24th April 


Today is the last Friday in April, frightening thought don't you think.  It is definitely true the older you become the quicker the days, weeks and months fly past.  So with this in mind, I decided to reminisce, please excuse but indulge me.  Grab a coffee or better still join me in a glass of red and view through some of  my month highlights. WARNING, an obscene amount of photographs...


My garden...

April and May are the best months in my garden, after 15 years here, I still have not cracked the rest of the year, ho hum.  Must try harder.

Front garden

Grape hyacinth come back
year after year in this pot

Autumn pansies still going string

Side house view

Love it when the bluebells
come out to play

Blue and white bluebells!!!

I love tulips

Against the striking blue sky

Tall, elegant and variegated





These are stunning

So colourful in April

Yay!  Growing potatoes in a bag for the first time to get
some really early ones, the ones in the ground are far far behind.


My village...
Local architecture, this was until
recently the post office




The size of the twigs and mini branches that
are used to make these nests is truly amazing.

My surrounding area...

So many houses here have beautiful wisteria,
we do have, but ours is white and comes out a little later

The river Thames on a Spring morning

A short walk from the house,
luckily we don't suffer from hayfever





My London...

Living not too far from London, I do try to get into the capital at least once a month, I love being a tourist in our own city, after so many years, I still find new discoveries and of course often visit old haunts.

A firm favourite, this month I
saw the Magna Carter exhibition.

Statue of Isaac Newton outside the library


Beautiful crescents, London is good at that


Always time for a coffee stop


Wonderful sculptures everywhere in London


Looking up at the Shard


Typical London town house


Loved the window box and
the reflection in the window


My makes... 

Couldn't have a month round up without showing some of my months makes...


A new brunch recipe tried and eaten with a little
sock knitting thrown in for good measure

Crocheted Scottie dog brooches

A commissioned piece,
 a funny little story about that  here

Loo roll covers ~ see here
PS he still hasn't noticed?!?!


Enjoying the garden whilst beginning a new crochet project...


It has been a good month despite all the illness in the house.  Hope you have had a great month too.  Joining in with   Amy from lovemademyhome  sharing five things from my world, do pop over and see what others are sharing...


   Hope the sun is shining wherever you are, it's not looking great for us here in Oxfordhire 

42 comments:

  1. It's been a good month. The flowers are looking glorious. I might try my hand at potato growing next year. Those growing bags look a good idea. The area around where you live looks so flat to me - here we are surrounded by mountains. X

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    1. You should try potatoes. Nothing better than newly dug and eaten within minutes. We have lots if rolling hills here, we are in the base if the Chiltern hills. But it's nothing compared to the mountains of Norway that I am used to.

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  2. Oh, I love everything in this post, your house and garden, your village and the surrounding area, your London, and your makes. Wonderful photos!
    Have a great weekend and enjoy the beautiful spring!

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    1. Oh Sara. Thank you. I did wonder if I had gone over the top with too many photos this week x

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  3. Five lovely themes for Five on Friday - have loved all your photos - especially the London views and those of the houses in your village, the bluebells in your garden too:)

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  4. You garden is looking beautiful, a real delight. I love the potato bags we are growing some in barrels at the moment so hopefully we will get some tasty potaoes.

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    1. We grow new potatoes every year but have not ever tried them I bags before. They are so much more ahead than the ones in the ground. Can't wait to eat them.

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  5. Loved your pictures, you're so lucky to live so close to London.

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    1. We are lucky I know. For years I didn't take advantage but now see the error in my ways and am making up for it. He he he

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  6. What lovely photos--your garden especially. Looks like a magical place to find inspiration--and I have always loved tulips, too.

    Also love the crocheting piece you were commissioned to make! That's adorable. Wishing you all the best from the very cold state of New Jersey~your pictures make me want to return to England very soon! XOXO

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  7. Hi Selma, I so enjoyed seeing your lovely photos. Your garden is beautiful. I think there's nothing that can compare to an English garden. And, it looks like you had a fair amount of sunshine. We have your gray skies this week but no rain. Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs, Pat

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    1. This month the weather has been fantastic bit the typical British April showers month at all.

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  8. Lots of lovely things indeed. So many pretty flowers. And those toilet paper covers are really nice. :) Best wishes, Tammy

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  9. Wow what beautiful flowers and I love London so much and miss at I visited a few years ago as I'm from the U.S.! Thanks for a lovely post and for your nice visit to my blog today. Have a nice weekend.
    Julie

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    1. Hi Julie. And thank you so much. Have a great weekend too

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  10. Wow, so many great things!!!! All of your flowers are absolutely beautiful and I love all of your recent makes too. I hope that "he" notices your little Nordic knitting project soon! Thank you so much as always for joining in. I hope that you have a great weekend! xx

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    1. Ella noticed and she is usually ok with all my makes but she says they are so totally pointless why did I bother!! Kids these days!!

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  11. Ohhhh..love your gardens..I like the idea with the potatoes..I may try that..your home looks so sweet and cozy..xo susie

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  12. Everything is looking wonderful. Happy Spring.
    Meredith

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    1. Thanks Meredith this month and next are the best months in my garden the rest if the year I haven't figured out yet!!!

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  13. Your flowers look amazing Selma, what a lovely post. Have a great weekend xx

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  14. This post makes me homesick! My husband and I lived near Watford for 5 years but have been back in the states for 5 years now. There are few things better than a proper English garden and yours looks lovely! Great pictures!

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    1. Didn't mean to make you homesick, sorry. But agree I love Engkish garden too. Especially cottage gardens.

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  15. I love everything in this post. Your garden is beautiful. Your village and surrounding area looks wonderful and I always love to see London. Thank you for sharing such a great month. Have a great weekend xx

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  16. Lovely pictures you are so lucky to have so many flowers blooming already your garden is beautiful, those scottie dog brooches are so cute. :)

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    1. Thank you Linda. The flowers at this time if year are very welcome indeed

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  17. How lovely. So many beautiful things. : )

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  18. You live in a beautiful part of the world! Your garden looks very inviting, I am sure it is still beautiful in June! Have a lovely weekend. x

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    1. Hope you had a good weekend. I am going to try and extend the interest in the garden over the next couple of years. So fingers crossed

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  19. April was a good month in terms of sunshine wasn't it? I think that your garden looks lovely and I've really enjoyed seeing your photos of London - the British Library is one of my faves too. I try to get up as often as possible too - maybe we should organise a bloggers meetup for everyone who can commute into London sometime? All the best, Judy.

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    1. Ooh Judy that seems like a great idea. My email is eclectichomeandlife@gmail.com let's see a mural date and then put it 'out there'

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  20. There's nothing wrong with a bit of reminiscence, especially when the photos are so lovely. Thank you for sharing. (I can't believe he still hasn't noticed the loo roll covers!) x

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  21. Well, I came along but with a nice glass of NZ Sauvignon.... Gorgeous pictures, the rapeseed ones remind me of the view from my sister's home in Northants, very distinctive smell!

    Must check out the loo roll covers!

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    1. Ooh glad you popped over and mulled it over a glass of crisp NZ. Cheers. X

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