Sunday, April 14, 2013

52 weeks of Happy - Week Fifteen

Here are four things that have made me smile this week...........

1.  Little gold bird - on the Chinese Pagoda at Biddulph Grange Gardens - photos taken when we visited on Wednesday 10th April.   See my last post about our visit.

2.  Stained glass window - over the entrance to St Oswald's Church, Ashbourne - photos taken when we visited on Friday 12th April, I have a post about the memorials in the church scheduled for next week.


3. Runner ducks - at the walled kitchen garden at Sugnall Hall which we visited on Saturday 13th April. Post about the garden to follow later next week.There are four ducks two dark feathered ones and two pale ones. One of the paler ducks was confined to its run and shed as it had a small injury to its leg, it was protesting a bit about being alone.



4. Plants and Flowers - The blues of the Muscari and Anemone contrast well with the orange of the primula.  The sweet peas are grown from seed - I'm looking forward to their flowers this summer.

Link to  Little Birdie  where  '52 weeks of Happy' started. Each week you find just four things that have made you happy to share.

28 comments:

  1. Great happy things - I'll look forward to your upcoming posts. We visited Ashbourne on Saturday, but I've never looked around the church before.

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    1. It's a small world. We were there the day before! It is very interesting but at the moment there is scaffolding up in the nave so you can't walk around all the church:)

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  2. It was Sugnall Hall I fancied visiting - looking forward to your post! xxxx

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    1. There are some leaflets in the post for you - it is a bit bare now but it will look wonderful in the late spring and summer with all the lavender and fruit on the trees:)

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  3. Went to Biddulph Grange years ago - great photo. Went to Ashbourne last year - stayed in that area, looking for vintage 'stuff'. Your sweet peas look very healthy. I love muscari - ours are out in the garden now - some pale ones and some very dark blue. Abby x

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    1. We lost the muscari we had in the garden over the winter, that was a darker blue. The sweetpeas are from some old seed so we weren't sure if they would grow but they have:)

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  4. Haven't visited Sugnall for years - I think it's changed quite a lot since I was last there. Looking forward to your post x Jane

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    1. There does seem to be a lot going on there - rebuilding glass houses and etc - I loved the warmth inside the garden walls and the coffee shop was cosy too:)

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  5. Sugnall looks interesting.
    Love the ducks!

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    1. I think the ducks are wonderful - on the notice they called them 'chocolate' and 'lavender' ducks - they were certainly having fun:)

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  6. Signalling Hall is new to me - shall be interested to read your post about it. I'm impressed that you have posts scheduled!

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    1. It is a lovely walled garden! I'm not that efficient normally but I'd written the Ashbourne church post before this one so just thought I try 'scheduling':)

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  7. I do like Runner Ducks - my brother and wife bought some for their pond once but they all ran away!

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    1. Ah, they did a runner did they? They are very cute birds:)

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  8. The gardens look lovely - even in the slow spring we seem to be having. All the best, Jx

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    1. Things are quite late this year but are begining to come into bloom now - won't be long before the lawns need cutting:)

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  9. I love watching runner ducks! The plants are looking nice and healthy! x

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    1. I hope they stay healthy - we've lost so many over the winter. They struggled through one bad winter and wet summer but a second cold winter has finished them off:)

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  10. I too like runner ducks!
    June

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    1. They are great characters aren't they?:)

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  11. Looking forward to your next posts, especially Ashbourne, which I would like to visit some time.

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    1. I always enjoy a visit to Ashbourne but had never been in the church before:)

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  12. The ducks made me smile. I must get back to Ashbourne soon! x

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    1. What is it about those ducks that makes people smile - they are such characters:)

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  13. Runner ducks and Grape Hyacinths make me happy too

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    1. They are certainly very pleasing:)

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  14. What lovely photos, they made me smile too! :)

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    1. I'm glad they made you smile:)

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