Month: April 2015

A Week in April

This week you couldn’t help but have noted that the days are getting longer and warmer, everything climbing and green in the garden is galloping up the fences at great speed, and it hasn’t rained for weeks!! Spring is well under way, but no April showers…yet.. It happened to be St Georges Day this week and a great evening was had with my book club ladies at The QOTT enjoying a feast of St George, an eleven dish tasting menu celebrating the greatest English pub classic dishes. Picking a favourite was impossible but the homemade black pudding and fish and chips are the stars of the QOTT and are on their menu quite often. Ladies who Lunch managed to fit in a quick lunch at Filmore & Union, in Wetherby, being healthy it had to be Zucchini Pasta, with goats curd, spinach, hemp and chilli peas, followed by the dessert sharing board with baked dark chocolate brownie, salted caramel popcorn and raspberry and melon smoothie. I have recently discovered this sweet and sexy drink – …

April in the Garden

April has arrived and it’s graced us with several days of fantastic weather and as April is one of the busiest months in a gardener’s calendar it’s just the encouragement you need. In My Garden Spring seems to be a bit late in my garden this year. I’m pretty sure I usually have a load more bulbs in flower by now. My tulips are looking a bit anaemic at the moment and although there’s lots of green stems there aren’t many heads. I have had a lovely garden surprise. Flowering for the first time in two years – Clematis Armandi, which has become a larger than life evergreen climber with leathery, dark glossy leaves and the most fragrant and frothy creamy white flowers. The heady fragrance is of sweet jasmine. The couple of trees I bought recently have added some spring fever to the raised beds, the creamy pink weeping cherry And the weeping willow drooping with branches of sliver white catkins. Thoughts have turned to my perennial beds and what to fill them with…and …

Candy Pink

This week these candy pinks entered my world that have made… me… smile. The colours are so blooming gorgeous and spring has felt like a long time coming! Post Easter now and the sun is out, so I feel the ‘is it nearly spring yet?’ has finally arrived. First up – the duvet coat has now been hung in the back of the wardrobe and its time to wear this candy scoop neck knit from the Love Me Tender, Love Me Forever range by Mint Velvet.  They do the best take on simple pieces, smart but casual and comfy. This top with the exposed stitching down the back, made its way into my wardrobe in autumn and have loved bringing it into spring. Next this GOR-GE-OUS nail colour.  OPI  polish colours are beautiful and this is no exception.  It went on yesterday for the first time and I have to say – I love it as a perfect midpoint between orange and red.  Some polishes look old a few hours after application, however OPI have such a great finish they look …