Monday, 1 June 2009

Meet the guests ...



We had some guests to stay this weekend. They arrived on Friday, thankfully arriving in time for the end of the half term and have been with us ever since, and, I hasten to add, have not, nor will ever outstay their welcome. You couldn't wish for a more delightful pair of guests, I'm only hoping that Mr Blue Skies and Mrs Sunshine (a marriage truly made in heaven) prolong their visit for as long as they can.



Somewhere in that expanse of blue is a vapour trail. When I was younger I would spend ages trying to work out where planes were heading, imagining their destinations. I must admit on grey wet days when I see those trails up above in the sky I wouldn't mind being up there ... but on weekends like this I've got to say that the view down here is not bad at all!



We finally got to the beach on Friday after days of rain and cold. Egg sandwiches, oreos, favourite reading books and suntan lotion packed in a jiffy and the car on autopilot down to the seafront. A lazy afternoon that saw us stretching and basking in the sunshine, smiling as we relaxed and listened to the waves lapping against the shore and dipped our feet into the briny blue.



That day saw the emergence of our cats into the garden. The Hinge and Bracket of the feline world had decided that is was finally warm enough to venture outside.



With temperatures exceeding those under the piles of eiderdowns they have been sleeping with these past few months they lived dangerously and sauntered into the garden. It wasn't too long before they needed shelter, carefully parting the poppies and nigella and trampling them into a leafy bed.



Just as well the neighbour's cat is doing the same on the opposite side of our garden, for once I have symmetry and order of some kind ...



In shady corners under the fig tree the foxgloves have come to greet our guests. Appearing almost overnight, their flowery stems stand tall and majestic.



We decided on Saturday to head out for the great open spaces. Thankfully Mr & Mrs Blue skies decided to join us. We walked over the Downs with friends, lifting our heads to the sky and lazing in the grass. A good few hours later we rejoined civilization in desperate need of one of these



and sat in the shady park to cool down.



With no sign of getting fidgety the sun shone again and the sky was at its bluest on Sunday. A special day, the first day of the year when we were able to eat breakfast, lunch and supper outdoors. A return to summer food and summer habits. Barbecues, salads, garlic, tomato, homemade pesto, garlic, basil, more garlic!!!!!



A spot of rockpooling on the beach in the morning where I have to say that the sun excelled herself and forced us into a hasty retreat home. An afternoon having water fights and reading the papers in the garden.



I hope you've had similar tales this weekend, I'm doing my best to make the sun and sky feel very welcome round here as I do so miss them when they've gone.

38 comments:

Sew Recycled said...

It has just been heavenly Kim! I like the sound of all that garlic, I can get a whiff of it up here on the hill!
Perhaps when we are doing our detective work you should stay clear of the garlic, we dont want those crooks getting a scent of our shinanagans!

Thyme x

vivi said...

pretty pictures!
i love poppies :)
big kiss from argentina

Simone said...

Lovely post. We have to make hay while the sun shines don't we?x

Pipany said...

Isn't it just lovely Kim? Similar weekend here and much rockpooling too x

Tea with Willow said...

Gorgeous photos!! It's blue skies and sunshine here today too ... long may it last!

Willow x

Sal said...

What a fine time you have been having,Kim. Your garden looks fab too.
I noticed the verges were full of Oxe Eye Daisies all the way up to Wiltshire.We could smell the wild garlic too!
Hope you are keeping well ;-)

Mary Poppins said...

Gorgeous photographs as usual Kim, a real delight for you to be able to share with us.
We headed to the beach for a couple of glorious days, doesn't life always feel so much better with beautiful weather like this.

Hope they are here to stay, for a while yet anyway.

X

Devon Dumpling said...

Sounds like you have been having a great time! Love the garden piccies; beautiful! x

LissyLou said...

I am loving everyones sunshine blogs at the moment!! Great icecream bike xx

driftwood said...

oh what a gorgeous sunny week.
love the cats in the flower beds, I can tell where my cats have been sleeping from what they smell like, it's amazing when they sleep under the lavender xox

Floss said...

What a lovely week, with lovely weather - you deserved that!

Susie said...

Hi, I discovered your blog through links so thought I take a peak and say hello. I love your photos particularly the one of the blue sky! Here's hoping it lasts.

Heidijayhawk said...

kim it loks just perfect there right now! hope they stay a bit longer!

Rowan said...

The weather has been marvellous hasn't it? There's nowhere to beat this country when we get a visit from Mr Blue Sky and mrs Sunshine:) Especially with egg and cress sandwiches and lashings of ginger beer!

Thimbleanna said...

Beautiful pictures Ms. Roses! I'm so happy you had a pretty weekend. Your flowers are gorgeous!

Rubyred said...

Lovely times Kim, those poppies are so pretty!
Rachel x

Tracy said...

This post is redolent of summer...delicious! So glad you had a lovely weekend. :o) Very happy to catch up with you here now we're back from our trip. Many thanks for your lovely comment--so much appreciated. Happy weekend ahead to you all ((HUGS))

Julie said...

sounds like a perfect few days, and the photos are glorious. Isn't the weather heavenly - I do so hope they are right about it being a long hot summer. x

Primrose Corner said...

Wow! That looks like paradise. The nigella in my garden is still only just in bud.

French Knots said...

The sun is indeed a most welcome visitor.
Your cat reminds me of my Dad - it has to be scorching before he risks a short sleeved shirt!

Creative-by-nature said...

Such a cute post! Hope your guests stay for quite awhile longer. It has been unseasonable cold here in Canada and we have not been eating outside as a result. But soon...

Heidi said...

We are having the same weather here Kim. It is a bit colder the last few days but still blue skies. They say next week it will become very warm again. I hope it doesn't get too warm as I find it uncomfortable right now with being ill but I love looking out and seeing how my garden urn is so full of blossoms. It is great fun to sit outdoors with a good book. I cannot do that as much here in our city garden as there is too much noise to distract me but love to do so at Cranberry Cottage. I imagine you have a perfect garden to sit and read in...am I right?

Hugs ~
Heidi

Cowboys and Custard said...

Absolutely dazzling!
Those kind of blues are most welcome, as you say, and chase away the other shades of blue that are not.
I think we both followed those trails in the sky hoping to follow..

Wishing your day is shiny, bright and warm..my dear friend.

Michele x

periwinkle said...

lovely flower pics -- more of the garden pls:-). Roll on the BBQs .
Lisa x

twiggypeasticks said...

Looks like a fantastic weekend, the weather has been fab hasn't it ?
Twiggy

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