Joining in this week with Amy and Five on Friday.
Below are five things that have made me smile over the last few days
1. A lovely bunch of daffodils for 99p not a great amount to bring cheer, colour and thoughts of Spring into the house.
2. Thinking about Spring - well it is the 1st of March on Sunday so it was time to think about what we wanted to grow in the vegetable beds this year. A visit to our local garden centre tempted us to buy some seed potatoes Juliette and Carlingford. We also bought some tomato, beetroot, aubergine, courgette and leek seeds and were rewarded with two packs of free seeds, some marigolds to grow with the tomatoes and some small tumbler tomatoes, which was good.
3. Coffee and toasted teacakes at the Emma Bridgewater factory shop cafe. Always a treat with its wonky tables and assorted crockery. This time we had matching mugs - Horatio's Garden ones.
We thought that perhaps they had been expecting us but no the decoration was out to welcome the Duchess of Cambridge who'd visited a couple of days before.
4. Some lovely books to read. I'm dipping into Beside the Seaside in between reading other books. I picked this up at the Brierlow Bar Bookshop a few weeks ago. The other two books have now been returned to the library but I've enjoyed reading both of them. Both set in 1930s Britain 'Mystery in White' was written in the 30s and is set at Christmas, in a snow storm with stranded passengers from a train and a spooky house full of secrets whilst the Maisie Dobbs novel is set in the 1930s and is the latest of the novels about this intriguing character who we first met, as readers, in 1929 and have followed with great pleasure as each book led us through to the latest, set in 1933, which ended on an intriguing note! Will she won't she? I hope whatever she decides she does return perhaps in a new guise? Or are her detecting days over? I hope not.
5 Fluffy monkey, up a tree at Trentham Gardens and visible across the great dividing fence from the woodland side of the Lakeside Walk. I had to zoom in quite a way to capture him or her and its fur coat looked warm on such a cold day.
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