Tuesday 26th June 2012
Ladies! I have a new bag...isn't it yummy? I bought it at the Celtic Winter Fair in Llandudno last winter (I refuse to say "fayre" and despise fake Olde English). I have been debating whether or not to give it to my daughter Sophie but in the end I just had to keep it for myself..I love its pretty flowers and, of course,it is BLUE! I just started using it last week and already I have managed to get make-up stains on the cloth strap! Oh yes..nothing stays perfect for long in Carol's world!Image of the day
Some of my favourite things about summer are hanging baskets. Mine are coming good at last! I took this pic earlier today. I have about eight baskets:two hanging opposite my kitchen window in front of the garage door (above) and the other six are hanging on apple trees in the back garden. I love surfinias-they're such hard workers and hopefully keep flowering until the first frosts.The other tiny flowers are verbena..so pretty.
On Saturday my daughter Sophie needed to find a birthday gift for her best friend Briony so I took her to Beaumaris. We had a look around this gift shop (below) and other galleries and shops in the town.
We were getting nowhere though so we decided to go and have a re-think and have afternoon tea (any excuse!) in the fading splendour of The Bulkeley..a rather grand hotel whose permanent resident raises both shudders and smiles! He was I think some sort of mountain goat..dressed-up as Sherlock Holmes!I know someone who worked there who says they dress up the goat as Father Christmas every December!
After coffee and toasted teacakes we braved the windy seafront briefly..look how choppy the waves in the Menai Straits were. Well,in the end, we went to a garden centre and bought a spiky cactus which we potted up, with some baby succulents I had been growing myself,into a nice pot (always plant in groups of three).I gave Briony a pretty Cath Kidston mug with strawberries on too...I love those large mugs.I have given away six as gifts in the past year..they're big enough for a good-sized morning mug of tea.I like to take a steaming mug up the garden and potter about first thing,listening to the birds and checking what's going on with my plants,which flowers are opening and so on..time to be calm before the business of the day begins.
Briony had a party a day or two later..Sophie being the only vegetarian present,a friend from Sri Lanka made her a special curry for the party. Unfortunately the unusual "bean-like vegetable" Sophie ate was actually a hot chilli! I wish I'd been there to see the ensuing panic..lots of water and milk were involved!