I missed writing Monday Miscellany yesterday because when I checked my blog in the morning the photos had gone all awry not just on my last post but throughout the whole blog. After an initial panic thinking it was something I had 'clicked' in error I found out that many others were experiencing the same problem. I slept on it and lo and behold things are back to normal today.
Here are a few of the things I have seen and done over the last week.
It hasn't been a week for gardening as it is too wet and blowy. The poppies have been lovely but it was hard to get a photo because as soon as they opened up the petals were blown away by the wind and dashed by the rain.
We have had some garden produce but out of the greenhouse and tubs rather than the raised beds.
The french beans, courgettes and Charlotte potatoes made a lovely meal with courgette bake and steamed beans and potatoes. We need some sun to ripen the tomatoes.
Also struggling this year are the strawberries and this is about the best we are going to get from the gooseberries. Such a contrast to last year's bumper crops.
We popped up to the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery in the city centre to look at the latest exhibition. There were about ten dresses from the television series worn by the Dowager Duchess of Grantham, the Duchess of Grantham and her three daughters, Lady Mary, Lady Edith and Lady Sybil plus paintings of the era and accessories from the mueum's own collections. No photos allowed inside the exhibition.
But there were a selection of hats to try on.
I've always been a fan of Rosy Thornton's novels and I've reviewed a couple of them on this blog. Rosy kindly sent me a copy of her new book which this time is a collection of short stories set in and around the Suffolk countryside that she knows well. At the moment I am reading a book on loan from the library and have to finish that as it is requested by another reader so I can't renew it. I will then reach for Rosy's book with joy and write a review on here as soon as I can. I've already had a sneaky peek and it looks wonderful. Here is a - link - to her website.
We took a walk around the lake and gardens at nearby Trentham last week and the wildflowers are just starting to flower.
We were lucky as the morning we chose to walk the sun came out for a while and it felt lovely and summery and there were some extra planting areas this year.
Last year the wild flowers were amazing and ever changing throughout the summer.
It looks as this year's flowers will be just as stunning.