Friday, 22 August 2014

Five on Friday

Five little things....

Except I'm cheating today because it is actually seven little things!!

1.  The weathervane that I received for my birthday at the start of the month.  We have yet to find a permanent home in the garden for it yet as it needs a stable support, but it is hanging out in the herb patch for now.  It was a total surprise and is very lovely indeed.  I thought that you might like to see it!


2.  The sedums are starting to flower and change colour.  It is a slow process, but it is beginning!  Any insects flying around will be happy to find these for some nectar late on in the year.


3.  This year the grapes are doing well again.  It hardly seems anytime at all since I was showing you last years ripening grapes and here we are again.  They are nothing like being ripe yet - they are red/black when they are ripe - and may prove to be their usual hard sour bullets, but I am always hopeful!  If they are not nice to eat we will leave them and the birds will love them as they usually do.  We think that they are a wine grape rather than a dessert grape which is why they are not pleasant to eat.



4.  Earlier in the year I planted this verbena, it is the first time that I have grown it.  It has done really well and I am hoping that it will seed around the place and that we will have more next year.


5.  When we moved in to this house a decade ago we had to have several trees taken down so I wanted to add something as a small and more fitting replacement so we chose this Rowan - also called a Mountain Ash.  It is starting to come into its own now and the berries are a lovely orange red colour this year.  I am surprised to see that they are this colour already as they don't usually change until September.  Oh well, I guess that Mother Nature knows best.  I just hope that she isn't planning for a lot of snow!!!


6. While we have berries changing colour we still have a few flowers on the lavender and you might be able to spot that little bee busy buzzing around, he didn't want to sit still for a photo shoot so he is a bit blurry!  That is what you do when you are a busy bee at this time of year isn't it.


7.  And finally.  A bad news good news story.  When hubby got home last night he was so excited to see the gravel had finally been delivered that he had to get right out and start moving it.  All was going well until this happened.



Dead, caput.  Not going anywhere.


So today I went and bought him this.  As you can see, he is using it already!!


The old wheelbarrow was about 14 years old and had taken an awful lot of abuse.  It has moved concrete, rubble, rubbish, garden waste and countless other things over the years.  We will miss you our faithful wheelie servant when you get taken to the dump this weekend.

I wanted to say welcome to all my new readers and commenters as well.  You are very welcome and I love that you visit and leave your thoughts just as much as love all my long time readers and commenters and visitors.  Let me know what you are thinking as it is fun to share.  Thank you for stopping by!

I hope that you all have a great weekend whatever you are doing or not.  It is the Bank Holiday Weekend here in England so no doubt quite a few of you will be planning lots of fun things so I hope that you enjoy yourselves.

Amy

43 comments:

  1. Nothing like getting a new set of wheels even if it's only one x

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  2. Hello Amy

    Thank you so much for sharing your seven little things, I love the weather vane and flower pictures. Red berries always remind me of the forthcoming Winter, and a brand spankig new wheel barrow brilliant.

    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  3. The weather vane is lovely, if the broken wheelbarrow was mine i would be painting it up then using it as a planter with flowers tumbling out of it :-)

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  4. The house is coming right along and the wheelbarrow, poor thing did do its duty up until the very end.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  5. Lovely weather vane, and beautiful garden photos too. Love the flower close ups, and the bright berries. Your new wheelbarrow is a good investment. Like yours, ours will soon be filled with gravel too for onging garden jobs. Wishing you a happy weekend.
    Helen xox

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  6. Ooh, I LOVE your weather vane- what a fab prezzie! The garden is looking good- I grew Verbena last year and it has self-seeded all over the place so hopefully yours will too. That little bee is gorgeous and the berries on the mountain ash are a lovely colour- everything is running about 3 weeks early and has been all year so I guess autumn is starting to come in. Sad re the demise of your wheelbarrow but the new one looks very smart. Ours has been going donkey's years and whenever I murmur about changing it M has a small fit! Enjoy the bank hol weekend- I expect you are shifting gravel?! xx

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  7. I have a builders barrow, can't go wrong with that. That old one was well worn out.

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  8. I love the weather vane, what a delightful addition to the garden. Impressed with the grapes even if they turn out not to be edible they certainly look impressive. Don't work too hard over the weekend.

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  9. I wish we had a garden big enough to warrant a wheelbarrow. One day...
    Your weathervane looks lovely. And our verbena's a pretty forgiving plant. It's gone through stages of looking a bit tired and straggly but pruning it right down always seems to give it a new lease of life. Enjoy!
    Sarah x

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  10. What a lovely weather vane it's gorgeous!! And the garden is looking lovely:) xx

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  11. You know me...I got really excited when I saw the FANTASTIC weather vane (lucky old you, indeed!). I thought that couldn't be topped, but for heaven's sake,that wheelbarrow came pretty close!
    Jane x

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  12. Lovely happies Amy. You could try your hands at wine making :) Your weathervane is fun, I have always wondered what these are called and now I know. Thanks for popping over to mine and leave an encouraging comment! Have a lovely weekend. Cx

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  13. Oh dear the wheel came off the wagon. the grapes look great, it does seem autumnal early this year my Nan always used to say if the Rowan was covered in berries it's sure to be a bad winter, guess we'll have to wait and see.
    Clare x

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  14. I love, love, love that weathervane! Our sedum looks very similar to your. I always enjoy it in the Fall.

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  15. Loving the weathervane! Your gardens look incredible, as usual; I'm having a hard time keeping up with our grass!
    And finally, congrats on coming up with seven glorious things. I admit, I struggled coming up with my five after the week I've had...but I did it. <3

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  16. I enjoyed seeing all the lovelies in your garden, Amy - especially that very cute weathervane! The grapes are very pretty, even if they are a bit sour. Too bad about the wheelbarrow - we all eventually fall apart, I guess. :) Your new one looks very serviceable, though. Don't work too hard! xo Karen

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  17. Hi Amy, thanks for your recent comments and apologies for my lack of commenting - life is busy right now and I'm not doing too well at catching up with blogs! This is a lovely collection of photos. I bet your husband is pleased with the new barrow! My dad had a framed photo of his old wheelbarrow in his study, my sister made it for home a few years ago - a sepia effect photo of the broken wheelbarrow with the words "Barry Barrow 1987 - 2008 - RIP (Rust in Pieces)! 21 years of hard graft was too much for poor old Barry!

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  18. Snow we can do without. Don't you go putting ideas in mother nature's head!

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  19. That's a great 7 for Friday, Amy. Have a good weekend! :o)

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  20. The weathervane is glorious, lucky, lucky you. I'm glad no-one was injured in the wheelbarrow incident. Good luck with finishing everything off. I hope you have a good weekend too. CJ xx

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  21. Love your weathervane. I mean, love love love :) Oops on the wheelbarrow but I'm sure hubby loves the new one and will put it to good use.

    Hope you enjoy your Bank Holiday.
    Hugs,
    Sandra
    xoxoxo

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  22. Love the weather vane -lucky you. Cant believe you can grow grapes, we'd never be able to ripen them in our one week of summer per year. No shame to the wheel barrow after 14yrs.

    Ps Its your blog so you can have as many things as you want...!

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  23. Poor old wheelbarrow :( But nice shiny new one!
    Your post has reminded me that before we came away on holiday I bought some bargain pus lavender plants but didn't have time to plant them. Hoping they survive til we get back!

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  24. Very nice. How I would love to have a garden myself...well, in a few years, hopefully! Yours looks lovely!

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  25. What a pretty weathervane !
    Good thing you immediately replaced your broken wheelbarrow... What would the hubby otherwise do in this bank holiday weekend ;-) ?
    I'm still keeping my fingers crossed for you to have good weather, so the patio works will advance nicely this weekend !
    Xxx

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  26. Lots of gorgeous plants and blooms in your garden. And that weathervane is really lovely. Enjoy the extended weekend. Best wishes, Tammy

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  27. Love your weathervane! It looks great in your herb patch and you can see it properly there too rather than high in the air. My verbena has done well - I bought it last year when it was a modest size and this year it's grown to triffid proportions and flops all over the place! Weirdly though it hasn't attracted as many bees or butterflies this year which is puzzling. I've noticed the rowan berries are out in full force already too which seems very early - they make a good jelly apparently. x

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  28. The weathervane is brilliant!
    I had to giggle at the wheel barrow, how hard do you work them? Any chance you'll convert the old one to a chair as in Fill Your House For Free? It would be a talking point as a garden chair, and didn't look that hard to do?

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  29. I love the weather vane Amy, it's very smart! Poor old wheelbarrow, though 14 years' service isn't bad at all. Do mind your back, with all that gravel moving :-) xx

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  30. Lovely things Amy, I have a few grapes too but I don't think they will come to much. Had to laugh at your wheelbarrow, the wheel keeps coming off mine and every year when my brother asks what I want for christmas I ask for a wheelbarrow and still waiting maybe this year :)

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  31. I hope the new wheel barrow gives you as good a service as the last one. It looks a manageable, sturdy one. I also hope that you get some time to relax over the long weekend.

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  32. Enjoy the new wheelbarrow. I love new gardening implements and equipment. The job always seems easier, at least at first. :) My sedum is flowering now too; nice to know they're doing it all the world at the same time.

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  33. Much the same thing happened to our wheelbarrow a couple of years ago and we invested in a new one. I love your weather vane. Have a super weekend:)

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  34. Great weather vane Amy, what a lovely birthday present and the grapes may be sour but they look spectacular against your fence. Poor old wheelbarrow - I kept the old one we found in our garden when we moved here and it's been a planter ever since, this year it has courgettes growing in it :o) Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    Jane xx

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  35. AHHHH how did I miss this!!! Just look at those grapes!!! What a harvest you have there friend! And your weathervane is hands down my favorite!!! It is just perfect for your garden!! I have been seeing signs of an early autumn here too....oh boy...not sure if I am ready for snow yet!!!! Glad you were able to get the hubs a new wheelbarrow!!! Now you have a great weekend....beautiful shots from the garden! Nicole xoxo

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  36. What a fabulous weather vane!

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  37. Lovely garden happies! We have a few rowan trees in our garden and a few weeks ago there were covered in beautiful berries but they were very early. There are none left now as the starlings have stripped them all. Bee xx

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  38. Ahhhh, I loved this post Amy. Number 7 did make me laugh! Poor old wheelbarrow, ha ha. I think the weather vane is so cute (and a perfect birthday gift for you, whoever bought it!) Well, the weather hasn't been too bad this bank holiday, mostly dry here - I hope it has been the same for you. We did some National Trust visits - yay! Enjoy your bank holiday Monday, Amy! :)

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  39. Your weathervane is great - love it! We planted verbena in our wild meadow patch this year - quite an interesting flower, I'd not heard of it before. Our sedums are also changing colour - I noticed today! Wow, your grapes look great - I hope they taste good for you!
    Maria x

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  40. Very beautiful photographs. The garden is coming along nicely.

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  41. Lovely pretty things around your garden, the weather vane is gorgeous.

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  42. Beautiful photos. And RIP good ol' wheelbarrow! ;)

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  43. Did you take your broken wheelbarrow to the tip??? .... You could have upcycled it.
    I'm very taken with your weather vane, I'd love one for my shed. I've had a verbena bonariensis for a few years now and in the right conditions it will self seed.

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