Friday, 10 July 2015

Five On Friday

Hello!

First of all I have to say THANK YOU all so very much for the good wishes about for my second Blogaversary and also the anniversary of Five On Friday!  It has been so great blogging with you, and as some of you said to me, here's to many more years!

Sorry about my sudden departure this week.  I was and remain OK.  Thank you to those who got in touch to check on me, and sent me e-mails and kind tweets.  Much appreciated.

I DID read ALL of your Five On Friday posts from last week, but, I have to confess that by the time I got to read them it was Wednesday so I didn't leave you a comment.  So, as I always say, Thank you so much for joining in.  I hope that you did have a great weekend last weekend!  Even if I didn't get to wish you it at the time.

I have spent some time over the last week, when I would normally be blogging, writing about the current situation in our lives and I will post it on Sunday.  So if you are interested you can catch up with our current life situation then.  Otherwise, please feel free to skip it as I will continue with other things on Monday.

On today though with, yes, you guessed it.  Five On Friday!!   Yay!!!

One - I have finished another square on my tapestry/needlepoint.  Only 6 more to go!  I am a third of the way there now.  It is soooooo much easier to do this using my floorstanding frame!!


Here are the three squares that I have now completed.


Two - Hubby treated me - and let us face it himself as he likes listening to these too - to the two new Nashville CD's that accompany the TV series.  I enjoyed listening to them while doing my chores around the house this week.


After I finished cleaning the kitchen yesterday - accompanied by the music from Nashville! - I cast a critical eye over what I have flowering and growing on the windowsill.


From left to right.  Mint, not doing well really, I never do well with mint.  Basil, this is doing much better, it has dried out a couple of times when I haven't been around to water recently but it always picks up.  Sweet William's.  They are doing really well after a week of sitting on the windowsill.  Not too shabby for £2.00's worth hey!

Three - baking.  Some gingerbread Pudsey (a fundraising character in the UK) biscuits turned out well and were very tasty.  They were not made for fundraising.  Just eating!


Four - the garden.  It is doing really well.  The two different sorts of day lilies have been spectacular this year.  Sorry, I don't know the varieties.


The penstemons (right) are doing well too.  So are hubby's hostas.  Still (fingers crossed as I say this) free from holes from little creatures eating them!


Even better though are free plants!  I had a voucher for the garden centre with my points from the reward scheme which equates to money off.  So I bought the little creeping phlox on the top left below and the verbena bonariensis which is top right.

There was also a bonus!  Another voucher for a free patio rose.  You could choose from several, so I chose this one - bottom left - which is called The Fairy.  I have high hopes for all of these as we always do well with free plants!
Five - this is a tease really.  I have finished this months mantel and will reveal all next week!  (that is why it is blurry!)


That is it for this week's happenings and news!  Apart from these things it has been all work, I have slept well though so that can't be bad can it.

As I mentioned in my last post, I am planning a break from Five On Friday during August.  Many of us will be away on holiday and busy doing other things.  So I will do the link up on Friday 31st July and then the next one will be on Friday 4th September.  Which means that we will not be not Fiving for Five weeks, but Four weeks.  Get it?  I will keep reminding you for the rest of the month and of course you will realise because there will not be a link up well, up...

I hope that you have a great weekend ahead of you and that the sun will shine on you whatever you are up to!  Me, I am planning a day of nothingness in the garden and then a day of doing what Hubby wants to do - which will probably be gardening.  Could be worse hey!

Amy

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Thank you - as always! - for joining in last week.  I look forward to reading your posts again this week too! 



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59 comments:

  1. So glad to hear that everything is OK. Love the tapestry work, I find that craft really soothing hope that's the same for you. Have a great weekend and thank you for hosting.

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  2. Lovely to see a post from you, I hope all is as well as it can be. I love the tapestry Amy, you're making good progress. It's all looking lovely in the garden as well, and yay for free plants! I'm trying verbena bonariensis this year too, at home and at the plot. When I was little we had mint growing in an old Belfast sink behind the greenhouse. It was completely neglected but it always did brilliantly. Maybe that's the secret! I hope you have a good weekend. CJ xx

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  3. Hi Amy glad that you've popped back for Five. I enjoyed your post very much, all the plants are doing well and well done with the tapestry as it takes ages to do but looks lovely. Have a good week. x

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  4. Glad everything is ok with you. I haven't attempted a tapestry before although I do enjoy cross stitch. It sounds like you've had a busy week so enjoy your day of nothingness. x

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  5. Hi Amy, good to catch up with you. I think your cushion is going to be awesome. I always want a quick fix prject that is my problem but I would love to do one one day. Jo x

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  6. Good to have you back. Your tapestry looks wonderful. It's been a while since I did any tapestry but I always find it a very soothing activity.

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  7. Good to see you back again, Amy. My hubby used to "treat" me to CDs and things he liked as well. It came to a crunch when he bought me a tyre pump for my car for my 40th birthday. Funnily enough, after my ungrateful reaction ;o), he's not "treated" me to anything like that since! :oD

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  8. Loving that tapestry in particular x

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  9. Your tapestry is looking fabulous - can't wait to see the finished article - and your hostas are amazing. Mine are practically shredded, maybe I ought to try bark chippings around them?! x

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  10. Good to see you back, Amy - your tapestry looks lovely as do your garden flowers. I had to smile at your basil and mint on your window sill they look exactly like the ones on my kitchen window sill. Take carexx:)

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  11. Love the colours in your tapestry. Maybe cutting back the mint would help it?

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  12. I haven't ever watched Nashville but have just discovered Lennon and Maisie, who play the children in the show, and am loving their music.

    I'm hoping to join in with this when it returns in August.

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  13. The lilies are very pretty.
    Enjoy your upcoming August break.

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  14. Hi Amy, love your five on Friday!, I just love nashville too!, I have the first 2 albums, must get hubby to buy the new ones!, have a great weekend and looking forward to the Mantle!xx

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  15. Good Morning Amy! I'm glad you were able to do your Five :) Love the tapestry squares, such rich colours and beautiful designs. Window plants seem to suffer at my house, but they are usually plants that I try to overwinter from outside. By the time spring time rolls around again, they are on their last legs! Your plants look pretty good in comparison! Looking forward to seeing the next mantel. Your weekend sounds perfect ... my kind of relaxin'!
    Wendy

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  16. I never do well with winndowsill mint either ... perhaps there's a trick to it that we're missing and that one of your readers will share with us :o)

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  17. I love your tapestry squares! So pretty! Enjoy your weekend!

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  18. How wonderful getting free plants, you chose such a pretty rose, a beautiful colour. I must look out for some sweet williams when I go shopping, as you say, they're such good value, usually pretty cheap and they last for ages.

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  19. Gosh your garden is romping away!!! :) xxx

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  20. I do enjoy the Five on Friday posts and might even join in later today if I get everything else done. I'm useless at growing mint on the windowsill, however in the garden there is no stopping it and it has escaped the herb garden... Again!

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  21. Thanks once again for hosting this delightful party. The tapestry you are working on is just lovely, as are all your plants! I hope your weekend is restful and pleasant. I will be visiting my daughter and am happy about that. Blessings!

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  22. Your stitchery is wonderful, Amy. And those gingerbreads! Yum!

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  23. What beautiful tapestry designs, very medieval, almost William Morrisy! I'm very intrigued by the blurry mantle pic, looking forward to the big reveal......

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  24. As always I enjoyed your Five on Friday Amy, particularly the tapestry, it's simply gorgeous. Glad you're ok, I do worry. Enjoy your August break, we'll be in England in August and I never blog when we're on vacation. Hope you enjoy yours.
    You said the photos were of Lake Tahoe, when were you there? We're originally from California.

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  25. I think that your mint would be happier in the garden Amy - the tapestry looks really attractive - lovely colouring and design.

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  26. Ooh, I am looking forward to the grand unveiling of your new mantle decoration.

    Have a great weekend! Xxx

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  27. Lovely stitches. Plant growth of any kind is celebrated at our house! Son was on the Horticulture State championship team. Hugs

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  28. I hope you enjoy your time in the garden this weekend. Like stitching (yours is beautiful), gardening is restful for the mind.

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  29. Amy I LOVE your stitching! Utterly gorgeous and it wouldn't look out of place at your place of work - it looks like it should be residing on a lovely chair in a drawing room! I look forward to sunday's update xx

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  30. Hi Amy. Thank you for hosting such a great party. I love your needlepoint; the design is so lovely. I wish I could do this artistic craft. Your garden is so pretty with all the blooming flowers. Have a wonderful weekend. Pat xx

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  31. Hi Amy! First of all, a very belated blogaversary to you! Wishing you many more years of blogging fun and joy! Thank you for your comment on my post and for letting me know the plants' names. I'm glad I now know what they're called :-) Thanks! Your free plants are great and the day lilies have such wonderful colours. I can imagine your garden full of beautiful plants and colour. Hope you'll have a happy time there this weekend. I watched series 1-3 of Nashville and really like the songs. I only stopped watching because the characters and plots were starting to get annoying. Anyway I have to say your tapestry is so gorgeous. What are you planning to do with it when it's finished? X

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  32. So good to read everything is OK !!
    And I still am in love with your tapestry :-)))
    When I read about the "sweet Williams", I first couldn't figure out what flower it is. Had to zoom in ("hey, that looks familiar !") and google (always the best solution when in doubt), to realize it is one of my favourite flowers !! Here, they're called "duizendschoon", which (very) roughly translates as "thousand times beautiful". I'm trying to make them grow in my garden, but the wild rabbits also really like them... *sigh*

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  33. Beautiful tapestries and intrigued about your mantel piece xx

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  34. Hi Amy - Love the tapestry. I haven't done tapestry for years. Seeing your CD has made me think about digging my CD player out of the cupboard and listening to music. I used to love doing the chores and listening to CD's. Your garden looks wonderful. Joan at www.aviewtothefells.com

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  35. Your tapestries are wonderful, Amy! I do think that having beautiful handwork to do while dealing with life's peaks and valleys is the best therapy on earth! Lovely cookies and flowers! Can't wait to see your mantel, too. Hope that you have a beautiful weekend. Hugs xo Karen

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  36. Hi Amy, I am so in love with your needlepoint! Your stitches are so nice and even! I am also loving the colors in the tapestry as well! Those cookies look, well okay I'll say it, look good enough to eat, LOL! Speaking of cookies I could really use on right about now! :D
    I love, love, love basil. Even if I don't get around to using it as much as I would like I just like having it around for the scent!!!
    Now your flower garden appears to be very happy! I haven't show photos of my two hosta which seem to be very happy where they are. One of my neighbors was surprised that the deer haven't munched them, as he said, "hosta are deer candy!" LOL! I think mine are too close to the house for the deer to feel secure enough to come make them their fav snack.
    You will certainly have to remind me of the August break for Fiving because I will surely forget! :D
    Hugs for now and enjoy the weekend my friend,
    Beth P

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  37. Glad you're ok :) That tapestry is so beautiful! I love Nashville too, I need to catch up with the latest series but love the music from the last two :) And the Pudsey biscuits are great! looking forward to seeing that mantle! xx

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  38. I really like your tapestry. I have one I started about twenty years ago. Embarrassing!

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  39. I am glad to hear that all is ok. Lovely tapestry, very neat and evenly sewn! Your flowers are lovely, such colourful lilies, and the sweet williams on your window sill look pretty too. Happy weekend, Amy.
    Helen xox

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  40. A lovely collection of things this week. Hope you have a good weekend :)

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  41. I think all of your flowers and plants are still looking quite lovely! And my day lilies are just starting to peek out and say hi too- yay!!

    After seeing your cookies I'm not hungry for gingerbread. Lol Hhmmm - maybe have to do something about that.

    I love your tapestry needlepoint. It's looking so pretty. I just love the colors in it. It will be gorgeous when it's all done.

    And I can't wait to see your mantle!! ::squeal::
    Glad that everything is ok dear Friend. Keep hanging in there and know best thoughts keep getting sent your way.
    xoxo

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  42. Free plants indeed that can't be bad at all! The Lillies are both gorgeous colours. I love your tapestries Amy, they are beautiful. Have a lovely restful weekend and take care xxx

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  43. Tapestry and garden both looking good. The "Pudsey" people are very quaint and I bet very tasty. Good old Yorkshire for Pudsey, where I got my hair cut last time in UK. Are they like a gingerbread? Take care.

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  44. Your needlepoint is beautiful! Love the patterns, and you are doing a beautiful job! The CDs look good...what a sweet hubby! Beautiful daylilies too. And those gingerbread men made my mouth water! What a cute cookie cutter for them. Also, I'm glad you gave us a head's up about the break in August, after the party on 31 July. Tanya should be back in business by then and I'll do Willy Nilly Friday Five that month , then when you return I'll do both of your memes again. I love you both because the memes are a little different in focus, and with different people joining in. Hope it's a great break!

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  45. Just love Pudsey ... and those look great.

    Happy Weekend Wishes

    All the best Jan

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  46. Your needlepoint is just beautiful! Herbs...if you grow mint outdoors in a pot, it should do well. I made the mistake years ago with planting it in the ground. You talk about overtaking a garden. :-) My daylilies are in full bloom right now, too. I sure wish the blooms would last longer - they're so bright and cheery!

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  47. Boy would I ever like to eat one of your cookies right now! Yum! Your tapestry squares are lovely and having something to keep our hands busy is a godsend when our hearts and minds are troubled. Your garden looks great. I had a fairy rose but it was a big bush rose , beautiful little pink roses but it grew and spread! Have a good weekend!

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  48. Hi Amy, I loved your Five on Friday this week. Such lovely needlepoint work and you have such a pretty garden and flowers. Enjoy the weekend.
    Julie xo

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  49. Your tapestry is beautiful! I really like the colours ! I hope your new plants thrive nicely :). When I'm not so busy, I'm hoping to join in your five on Friday. Have a lovely weekend. X

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  50. Love the tapestry Amy!!
    Hope you have a nice and lively weekend
    xoxo

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  51. The tapestry is coming along great - I love the color scheme, very classic.
    Amalia
    xo

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  52. Glad all is well with you. I love your tapestry. It's good to see the flowers in your garden. I hope you have a restful weekend :)

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  53. I really love the tapestry Amy I would love to do a Christmas one but have never found one that I really like yet the search has been going on for many years haha, your flowers are looking lovely, enjoy your weekend, I'm going to cut some hedges before it starts to rain. :) xxx

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  54. I have that same Pudsey cutter and "The Fairy" rose in my garden too! You'll love those flowers, they're very small and delicate and smell fantastic. Glad all's OK with you xx

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  55. Hope everything is ok with you and your family, I'm trying to catch up from being so sick :-) Can't wait to see the mantle revealed. I find mint does really well in a garden or a large container out in full sun. In fact it likes to expand and take over! LOL The tapestry is just beautiful! Have a wonderful weekend.

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  56. Hi Amy, Glad to hear things are OK. I like your tapestry. I have a floor frame with tapestry ready to be stitched, if only I could find the time to do some more. Have a super day in your garden, which is looking great. Looking forward to the unveiling of the mantle! Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog. Barbara xx

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  57. I do hope you are ok Amy x Your tapestry is coming along so well, it's beautiful. We grow mint in the garden, but in a container as it spreads like wildfire. Our basil is sitting in an ornamental birdcage in the garden at the moment. I love this herb so much. Have a wonderful Sunday my friend xx

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  58. You create the most intriguing things...love the tapestry. My colors! Hope that you have spent a happy time together gardening...sounds very companionable. You asked what I would grow on the arbor...nothing! Sadly, the tree canopy has filled in nearly completely. All my poor plants are struggling for sun. (They are not my trees so there is precious little I can do about it.)

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  59. Lovel post the tapastry is looking good, Nashville is one of my favourite shows.
    Clare x

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