Saturday, 30 August 2014

Mint....

 The genus name Mentha comes from "Minthe", a charming nymph in classic Greek mythology who was much adored by Pluto. This so angered Pluto's wife Prosperine, that she took her revenge by metamorphosing Minthes into the humble, downtrodden mint plant we now call Mentha. Pluto, unable to undo the spell, was able to soften it by giving Minthe a sweet scent which would perfume the air when her leaves were stepped on - the aromatic herb mint.....





this is on my wish list !! courtesy of pinterest...


oh and this too...


mmmm this also ! 






The apple-mint flowering in the garden is so nice...it is covered in insects gathering late summer nectar ...and because mint spreads rather heartily it doesn't hurt to pick a bunch to bring indoors....
Have a nice weekend !
Gail x

Friday, 22 August 2014

Savour the moment....


So it's late summer and the weather has been so stormy for the last couple of weeks that I haven't done much in the garden .....it's gone a little wild !
There is no point in trying to pull it round, best just to let it be and enjoy!
It was actually chilly enough on Sunday for us to light the coal fire and some candles for a cosy late summer evening.
I have been painting the woodwork inside the house which always freshens things up....and picking a few sedums from the garden to go with shop bought roses ...they make a nice late summer bouquet !








And of course it's time to make jam...plum jam, gooseberry jelly, rhubarb and ginger jam.....


and time to pick hydrangeas from my sister's garden...






And  time to buy brambleys from a local small holding...






sensory perception....
baking the brambley apples in the oven with organic raisins and muscovado sugar and a good shake of cinnamon...the delicious smell wafting through the house (sense of smell) ...getting them out of the oven the steam rising and hissing a little (sense of hearing) ..picking them out and placing them in a dish (sense of touch)...pouring a little custard over them and setting the table (sense of sight) .....eating them and discovering the flavour (sense of taste) ...
pouring a little glass of moscatel ...(it would be rude not to !!)

Might be a bit obvious that I have been reading a book on mindfulness ?? it's a good way to slow down and enjoy the moment...how many times do you find yourself doing many things at once ? for me that's the usual , and I think that's one of the reasons I enjoy yoga because it slows me down and makes me savour the moment...

have a lovely, peaceful weekend everyone !
Gail x





Friday, 8 August 2014

Hi-fi and hogs....

I have been looking for a cupboard to (hide) store the hi-fi stuff in for ages ...
I found an old dark wood piece and up-cycled it with good old chalk paint....
I took the door panels out and replaced them with wire mesh..... 
It makes the corner look so much tidier ...
The box underneath is an old railway box that I "rescued" from my dad's allotment, it cleaned up pretty nice too.....



my little hedgehog ....
we have a local lady who rescues hedgehogs and often needs gardens in which to release them ....


so cute !


I feel the weather has changed a little now and is feeling more like late summer, the colours in the garden are more mauves and purples....

"Just as a prism of glass mitres light and casts a coloured braid, a garden sings sweet incantations the human heart strains to hear.  Hiding in every flower, in every leaf, in every twig and bough, are reflections of the God who once walked with us in Eden."
-  Tonia Triebwasser, The Colour of Grace 

Enjoy your weekend !
Gail x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

************ Lavender ************


It's time to gather lavender....
one of my favourite pastimes !

The History of Lavender stretches back to the early days of civilization. There is evidence that the ancient Egyptians used lavender oil in their mummification process.
Those responsible for preparing the Pharaohs for the afterlife probably knew of the healing properties of lavender as well as appreciating the wonderful smell....
one legend claims that lavender was brought out of the Garden of Eden by Adam and Eve.....
the Romans added lavender oil to their famous baths and women have often in the past, laid out their washing on lavender bushes to dry ......
soldiers in the Roman army carried lavender oil to clean wounds.....
the aroma is very calming and relaxing and so perfect for helping you get off to sleep at night....
its also wonderful for treating burns including sunburn....
in my aromatherapy book it says....

"when deep sadnesses cover the spirit like a suffocating blanket , lavender gently lifts the weight
when the inner tears fall, lavender wipes them away
when depression clouds the psyche, lavender blows it asunder"

Me, I like everything about it...the way it looks in the garden, how it attracts bees, the wonderful smell , the fact that I can dry it and make lovely lavender bags for gifts or use around the home......what's not to like ?!!





so tonight when I breathe in the lovely aroma of my lavender bag on my pillow I will be reminded that...

"lavender awakens harmony, it has a vibration that brings the angels of compassion closer when we are in need of comfort, companionship and recognition that help is always available to us, and that we are never alone"

sending you all hugs wherever you are !
Gail x







Tuesday, 22 July 2014

A taste of summer......






















Summertime and the living is easy....

roses are blooming and the days are perfect for washing and drying all the linens....
a fresh bunch of sweet peas on my desk weave a sweet fragrance around the whole room....
and then there's the trifle.....

Rhubarb Trifle

stewed rhubarb (sweetened to taste)
fresh custard (homemade or shop bought)
trifle sponges (I used madeleines)
fresh cream (whipped)
flaked almonds

Place the sponges in the dish, cover with a layer  of  rhubarb so it soaks up the juices. 
Next put in a layer of custard, 
then a layer of rhubarb and another layer of custard.
Top with a layer of cream and sprinkle on the almonds.
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Delicious !
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Happy summer days everyone !
Gail x





Friday, 11 July 2014

smells like hide and seek.....







Certain smells evoke certain images or memories ...
my sister and I were walking under some privet in the garden when she said to me....

"that smells like hide and seek"

the privet had taken us back in time to hot summer days when we would play hide and seek in the local park.....and the smell of privet would pervade the air...

lovely nostalgia captured in scent molecules....

Happy weekend everyone!
Gail x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Rhubarb cordial.....






It has been such a lovely summer up to now...the days are long and warm and the garden is sighing.....it's been one of those summers you hope for ....lots of sunshine and ...when the rain has come it has been at night time.....so that the day awakens feeling refreshed...and it is only July ...
I finally made some rhubarb cordial which I've been wanting to do for a while but each year the rhubarb gets made into the usual crumbles and jam. 
I am not disappointed, it is delicious !! The next recipe I want to try is rhubarb trifle...watch this space !

Wishing you all a happy sunny day !
Gail x







Friday, 20 June 2014

Happy summer solstice !


June days.....









June days...
beautiful sunshine...
light nights...
eating al fresco....
summer dresses.....
early morning walks.....
late evenings watching for bats and hedgehogs to come out......
and for me...saying goodbye to one of my lovely little cats ...my little Sprite 18 years old ...such a good sweet friend....missing her so much....

better to have loved and lost....

so they say.....


hope you are all enjoying some beautiful sunshine...
Happy summer solstice...
Gail x





Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Flowers in June....

We went to the local flower show at the weekend...
it's not as if I have any room for any more plants but who can resist ? 
there was a wonderful Victorian helter skelter ....



vintage vehicles...


a beautiful horse from a local working farm....


chrysanthemums by the wagon load ! 

























June is such a lovely month... I love the long, light days..... and the garden has so much to offer...every day a new flower opens .... 
and the garden is full of fledglings...

wishing you all a lovely week !
Gail x






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