Wednesday, 20 May 2015


Been a busy week. Ann has wanted to go and find a small garden centre she'd  heard of in a  nearby village, so yesterday afternoon, we decided to give ourselves a mini outing and drove over there. A mile or so out of town we slowed down so that Ann could take the above photo out of our offside window of a small farmhouse that we've long admired.

Fifteen minutes later we arrived at the garden centre, took the above photo of a pink flowered conker tree under a threatening sky, then had to run for cover, as the sky did more than threaten. It was a small, but very well stocked garden centre, with a helpful staff. If they hadn't got what was wanted they told us of other local suppliers who might have. We bought several bits, mainly herbs, in which they seemed to specialise.  The main problem of having such a small garden as ours, is that we have to choose the things to go in it very carefully. In other words we have to be very sparing of  the space that is available.

Drove home across a fairly low lying bit of Suffolk, under some lovely cloudy skyscapes, but now with lots of sunny bits as well.

Couldn't resist a photo of this small herd of cattle, being led by a rangy, long horned bull, with whom I wouldn't have cared to get into a political argument if I'd met him in a bar parlour.

And last of all, a few miles from home, went through a typical Suffolk lane, with cow parsley hanging from either bank. Stopped for a cuppa and sticky bun a couple of miles from home. Thoroughly enjoyed our (fairly) productive afternoon out.


Rog said...

It seems to be a spectacular year for cow parsley. I've grown to love the stuff!

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Rog.As I've just mentioned to Liz, my Norfolk Grandfather always called cow parsley 'headache plant', and said that too much exposure to the scent of the stuff caused headaches. I've always found the scent not unpleasant, though.

Maggie said...

It's been a wonderful year all round for wild flowers so far hasn't it? I don't think I have seen such an abundance of primroses, wild garlic, bluebells, pink campion etc, absolutely stunning, feel really blessed!

Lori Skoog said...

Thanks for taking us along! I would love to drive down one of those country lanes. We are not getting serious about planting the rest of our vegetable is warm enough. Fortunately we have plenty of room and already have 2000 garlic plants that will be ready by July, strawberries that can be picked in a month, 150 leeks and 48 cabbages that have just been planted, started some asparagus, and will put in much more in the next week. Gary is the gardener.

Thank you for your comments. I've been asked to do an article for a local newspaper, whose theme is going to be "Linked Together in Friendship." The editor knows I have a Journal and wants me to write about it..."how I have grown friendships with people I may never meet, yet know."
Would love to really meet you and Ann.

Mike and Ann said...

Hello Lori. Thank you for your suggestion. Would love to meet you both, but my Doctor (and Insurance Company) have advised against 'long haul flights', and we do appreciate that livestock is rather a tie. I hope you write the article, and I do agree with you, and you may quote me to the Editor, that it is perfectly possible to "grow friendships with people you may never meet, but get to know".
Ann joins me in saying that if ever you do find yourself this side of the water, we will always be able to find a room and bed for you both.
Warm Regards, Mike and Ann.