Today I am joining with Karen at Pumpkin Sunrise to share what I did this weekend! Do go and visit and see what Karen got up to and the others who join her as well.
This weekend there was:-
Baking of a madeira cake as per GBBO two weeks ago. I got the crack and it tastes OK, but I think that I need more practice at these. This is my first madeira cake!
Plant shopping. More on that in a moment!
The discovery that the BBQ is very dead.
Quick, look away at these beautiful roses to distract from the deadness of the BBQ!
Oh no, it is still there. Really good and dead. The gas burner has completed rusted away. All gone! It is only a couple of years old. We will get a new one next year. Good job that I didn't decide to throw a BBQ for my ladies lunch isn't it! The holes are not from poking, hubby lifted the coals off the rack and this is what he saw, just as he found it! Eeeekkkk!!!!!!
Watching the yucca sprouts! They are getting bigger and there are some more too!
Sorry! Lots of sprouts!
Weeding and deadheading - not that you can tell as these are after pictures!
Planting of new shrubs into the shrub area. A buddleia, a ceanothus and a cotinus.
And the planting of this spiky job!
The addition of two new hostas - the ones on the left - to the hostalrey
Admiring of a beautiful new rose.
And excitement that the bud didn't go missing this time. We are accusing Mr Squirrel of eating the last one. He gets the blame for a lot, but don't feel sorry for him. He digs up the grass and causes a lot of trouble!
Watching the geranium leaves change colour.
What do you see here? Nothing! That is correct. The weeds are gone, gone, gone!
Deadheading. All of the daylilies are gone now and none of them miraculously turned into twodaylilies, despite my best wishes that they would!
Planting of a few things to cheer things up a bit. We have a lot of green, but not much colour!
I have yet to put these wall flowers in.
Watching the leaves change colour on the Rowan Tree already. We have staked it to a more upright position as well, it was leaning rather alarmingly for some reason!
There are berries - currants? - forming on the flowering currant. I won't be eating them, but I wonder if the birds will?
The leaves are changing colour on this as well. It is surely a sign....
That soon the kalanchoes will have to return to the windowsill to keep them safe and warm over the winter. They have enjoyed the summer outside!
In other news, I tweeted my post from Saturday to Rod Stewart - I know, get me! - and - AND! - he replied!!!!!!!! Well, I doubt that it was actually Rod and it was only saying thank you and suggesting that I join their e-mailing list, but still, it was a reply and it was nice to get a thank you wasn't it! I was pleased and glad that I sent the tweet and that I shared the video with you all. I am gladder though that you enjoyed the video so much!
I had a good sort through my blog and made sure that I had caught up with all of those of you who have newly commented over the last few weeks. I think that I am now following you all (via Bloglovin not Google) so I will be stopping by as and when you post. I also caught up on reading all of your posts and comments and replied where I could if you are a replyable blogger. As ever if I have missed you, please let me know!
Oh, and another thing on the subject of blogging, sometimes I just don't get your comments coming through to my e-mail at all, whether you are replyable or not, so if you don't hear from me in reply to a comment I do apologise!
Countryside Tales shared some lovely fabrics that she had bought at Hobbycraft and I had plans to go and buy some myself on Sunday after seeing them, but I didn't make it. Perhaps I will get there in the week. It is probably just as well because I have no need for any more fabric! You know how it is though.
Hubby washed the outside of the windows, cleaned both of our cars and gave mine a good clean inside. It is going for its MOT - annual inspection - on Saturday. Fingers crossed! It usually passes, but it always makes me nervous!
There was reading and sitting around and eating too of course! Oh, and a bit of crochet work on my shawl too! You have to have some crochet don't you no matter how busy everything else is!
I also made a big list of all that I have to do for the lunch which is on Friday. I am so glad that it is nearly here and will be gladder, but sad too, when it is over. This week I have got to wipe down the outside of the kitchen cupboards and the downstairs woodwork - doors and frames etc where there are the odd fingerprinty marks and clean the insides of the windows. After that it is normal weekly housekeeping chores (throw the duster and hoover around and so on) before my big shopping and cooking day on Thursday.
Final tasks will be the food prep, table laying, stuff some flowers in vases and find something decent to wear. You might think from all this cleaning that I have been on about that my house is a tip, but I assure you that it isn't. I am also not a Stepford Wife! The last thing you could ever accuse me of is being a perfect housewife!!! I am just a normally amount of clean (and grubby!) kind of person!! There are though two reasons that I have gone overboard (for I most certainly have gone overboard!).
First is that I am a major panic bunny and like to have everything spotless so that no criticism can be levelled. This is caused by some bad visitor experiences many years ago when a speck of dust was noticed....... A comment was made about the person who spotted it understanding that I didn't have time to do any housework because I was busy working...... I will say no more!!
The second reason is that my best friend who is coming to the lunch has told the others that my house is like a showhome - which isn't true, it is no cleaner/nicer/better than either my friends home or any other average home! But I feel that I have to make it as nice as I can because I dread to think what they are expecting. It was a passing remark by my friend, but now I feel that I have to live up to it!
So, that was the weekend and the plan for the week ahead. I will - I hope they are not getting boring! - have some more travel posts this week if I can. Otherwise I will see you all after the lunch!
Hope you had a great weekend and will have a great week too! Thanks Karen for the what I did at the weekend prompt!