The lovely Karen at Pumpkin Sunrise offers us the chance to share what we did with our weekends, and I never yet managed to join in. Today though, finally!, I am!!! Yay!! Thank you Karen for the prompt and for encouraging us to join you in celebrating the weekends.
On Saturday we got up late, I watched the last episode of this series of The Good Wife - I wonder where the next series will be taking us!
Then I moved out to the garden. I set up camp at the table and spent some time blogging and enjoying a cold drink. Hubby set up the hammock for me to use later on.
The honeysuckle has flowered amazingly. I think that this is the best that I have ever seen it. Combined with the hypericum - still remembering the name! - it looks fantastic. They make a good combination I think.
Hubby got on with some work, a little light hedge trimming and cutting back some of the excess branches on this laurel. It is too early in the year to prune hedges back, but you can take off some of the long bits around the edges here and there as long as you take care not to disturb any nesting birds. There are no birds nesting in this laurel, the squirrels would have taken care of them sadly, but I am sure that the birds have found other more sensible places to nest!
The lavender has now come out in spectacular fashion!! I am so happy to see it again. You know that I worry about all of my garden plants, so I am always happy when they reappear or flower again each year.
Today I am planning to go out and cut a big handful to bring into the house to dry so that I can enjoy it all year long. I only just got rid of last years bunch as it no longer had any scent and was rather dusty. So the lavender has flowered at the perfect time!
There was a light breeze, just enough to make the hammock wave around and to keep me nice and cool, but that was all. The hammock will blow about in the slightest breeze!
Of course I did enjoy looking at some of the other plants as well!
Looking at the hammock made me realise that I could - finally! - show you my ripple blanket actually on the hammock!! It was made to go on the hammock and this weekend was the first time that I could use it for the purpose that it was made for. I have of course been using the blanket ever since I made it. Just not outside!
You can read about the blanket here and the cushion that I also made here.
While I was wandering around I took a look at how the plants in the pots were doing. Aren't they just beautiful!!
Hubby and I then had a lay on the hammock - me - and a sit in the comfy chair - hubby. It was time to do some relaxing!!!
There was eating outside, sitting and doing not a lot. Reading, blogging, and just staring into space. Not a bad way to spend the day at all!!
I finished colouring in my giraffes! No idea what I am going to do with these, but I enjoyed the process.
I might have also flicked through this magazine which came with the new Simply Crochet magazine. There are six blankets showcased, and of course I want to make them all!!! The one on the front cover attracted hubby's attention and I really like the way that it is very graphic in design so perhaps that will one day be in my future.
There was also some reading as I mentioned and having finished my May read, I really cracked on with June's book.
You can see that I am already over a third of the way through! I am loving it!!!!!
On Sunday I had to return to "the real world". No sitting in the garden all day for me. It was rainy on and off and cloudy though so I didn't mind.
The day started leisurely again and then hubby and I headed off in opposite directions on our various duties. Hubby went to visit Man - another unsuccessful visit sadly. I went to a meeting at Basildon Park and then headed down the motorway - freeway - to do my own visits.
I will tell you about those in a moment, but I have to share this first! It occurred to me recently that there is another way to get on with my reading. By listening to my books. The ones that I have on the kindle. I find it hard to read kindle books, something about the weight of holding it and the lack of pages. However it is great for travelling and in the past I have used it to play audio books when travelling. I have never used it for that at home though.
So recently I started to listen to this book on the kindle. It isn't downloaded as an audio book, so you just get the rather monotone voice of the kindle speaking to you, but it means that I can listen when doing things around the house like cleaning. It is a bit of company and means that I am getting through this book fairly well.
The breakthrough though was when I realised that while I am spending all of this time heading up and down the motorway, clocking up hundreds of miles, I could be listening to the book in the car too!
Yesterday I did just that. It worked really well. I turned the book on before I set off, rested the kindle in my open handbag which was seatbelted to the seat and listened away.
Again it was great company and I am now apparently 68% of the way through this book! Yay!
The visits were fine. I saw Lady for the second time this week, she was in fine fettle. I then did my other visit which was much less pleasant. I am never a fan of hospitals and it occurred to me that when I was giving total strangers in the car park advice about where to park, go, pay for their tickets etc that I really have been spending a lot of time there. Especially considering that it isn't even my local hospital. Oh well. There is no new news and the news is in fact not encouraging at all. I made my visit though and am doing the little that I can.
Having been inspired by reading about blankets on Saturday I thought that I really must get on with some of my own crochet. So while hubby cooked me dinner - salad, so not much cooking, but delicious nonetheless! - I finished my crochet garland for July which I will show you in a few days. Then after dinner I worked a little more on my current blanket project. This doesn't have a name yet. I might call it my New England blanket as I bought the yarn in New England last year. We will see.
So that was my weekend! Good, bad and indifferent, but that is life isn't it.
Today is another thrilling day, housework, ironing, meal planning and some list making. I am not complaining though and I will keep listening to my book to keep me company!
I hope that you had a great weekend and will have a good week too. If you want to see what others got up to this weekend go and visit Karen!