Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Spring has Sprung

Hello,are you well and looking forward to Spring?

We are and we have  had a busy few weekends here at Shingle Cottage,There are still jobs and decorating to be done inside but with the sun shining down we couldn't help but be out in the fresh air.

Outside our kitchen window is our cottage garden filled with perennials,hydrangea,roses and lavender,there is even a pear and apple tree tucked in amongst the flower borders,we tackled this all gravel patch a few years ago and have had a lot of enjoyment from it ever since.


Outside the kitchen door is not so great and a lot of work was to be done so i thought you might like to see the before and then  we can show you how it is coming along as the year goes by.

Steve is building a new door step in the next few weeks and the old path below is to be covered in pea gravel,what you can see as a doorstep is the remains of an old,well i'm not really sure what it was? but we kept a few paving flags so we can get in and out.

I started digging up old bricks and Steve was ready to build a table base with his pile of new bricks for a stone table top and Beatrix? hmmm well you can see her in the top left hand corner mooching about..




There's Steve digging away and we tried the stone table top on his trestles to see if we liked it or not,We get the sun shining here up until very late in the evening in Summer and with it being outside the kitchen door we thought it would make a lovely little spot amongst the flowers to have dinner and lounge with a drink or two..


After the bricks were removed i planted a  pyracantha against the wall which will get covered in juicy berries for the birds come Winter and Steve laid a concrete base for the table to sit on..





Later in the back garden Steve started to build his obelisks for the roses and sweet peas to climb around,The back garden is all gravel too and needs a lot of work,the fence at the back was put up last year and we planted laurels against it so we will have an evergreen wall in time to come,everything takes time and we are ok with that,we enjoy watching things grow and taking shape,we don't want to be in such a rush to get to the end that we miss the journey we are on.


This is a grim picture but it is real life :) four fruit trees in a row,Stella cherry,Braeburn apple,Victoria plum and conference pear were planted,I will be weeding this border this weekend,it is full of daffodils,bluebells and i am going to add snowdrops too which i think will look pretty in Spring under the orchard.



I think dad planted this cherry tree the right way up but i best just check ;) ...I can not begin to tell you how much we love Beatrix she is always there with us what ever we are up to and is so much fun.


Concrete was mixed and lashings of white paint was brushed on to new wood,the sun shone and here and there a few clouds  passed by.


 The table base was built and left to dry.


A  large obelisk was built and painted outside the kitchen door,it is hard to see but planted below is a David Austin climbing rose called 'Falsaff' with rich deep burgundy velvet flowers that smell like heaven,it will in time ramble up and fill the obelisk,Sweetpeas have been ordered from Sarah Raven and are to be planted in the trough once it is filled with new soil and farmyard manure...things are starting to take shape.


The cottage garden is starting to grow and it has been weeded and mulched to give it a good start..There she is little Beatrix ;)


A smaller obelisk in the corner getting a lick of paint,it has a rose planted below that is starting to grow that will climb up and hang blousy blooms through come Summer.



We even had music while we worked from a lovely little robin red breast.



Green things are starting to grow and blooms are opening...ahhh although we are not fully there it sure feels like Spring.



Tea breaks and cake were enjoyed in between all the work outside in the garden..


We watched the traffic pass by the end of the Avenue....


While little planes hummed high above....


As the days wore on plumes of smoke could be seen coming from the chimney while inside the fire roared and hand cream was rubbed in to tired and scraped hands.

The  ducks were on the cliff top at dusk gazing at the sea,such a romantic pair,i wonder if they will nest in our garden again?...


As night fell and the curtains were drawn i dreamt of roses and  sweet peas smiling at me through the kitchen door...



Stars were twinkling and the moon shone on Shingle Cottage as we snuggled up by the fire chatting about what we were going to be getting up to next weekend.



Thank you for stopping by and will you join us next time? for more tales and goings on from our place and yours Shingle Cottage..

XxX

40 comments:

  1. What a lovely life you are leading...It sounds romantic.

    Blessings,
    Amy Jo

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  2. Hi Amy Jo :)
    Thank you,they say life is what you make it xxx

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  3. It's like something out of a fairy tale! I'm sure your garden's going to be amazing after everything grows in:)

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    1. Hi Victoria :)
      Its so exciting seeing the plants start to grow and thank you for being in our fairy tale ;) xxx

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  4. I adore your cottage by the sea, and it is exciting watching the garden being prepared. Your kitchen curtains are beautiful. Oh, how I love English chintz!

    I can't wait to see your garden in full bloom. I know it will be lovely.

    Thank you for sharing Shingle Cottage with us.

    xo

    Sheila :-)

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    1. Hello Sheila :)
      Thank you! i love that pattern on the kitchen curtains too,its Laura Ashley 'Trellis rose' if you ever wanted to search for it,pops up on ebay often,lovely having you stop by for tea,you are so welcome and thank you for visiting us xxx

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  5. What a grand story. The garden will have that same charm as the cottage inside. No spring flowers here yet. The tulips are just breaking through, and more snow/rain on the way. Little Beatrix must be good company. We will miss our old dog in the garden this year. Looking forward to seeing your garden in full bloom.

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    1. Hello Ann :)
      Thank you! i hope you get Spring really soon as i'm typing i can hear the hum of my neighbors lawn mower so its officially Spring ;) so sorry to read about your dog,i can't imagine,she is a sweet heart i adore having her here with us xxx

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  6. What a lovely post....Your rooms are so pretty, colorful and cozy and friendly! Just makes you want to come for a chat and a cup of tea! You are a very lucky lady to live as you do....I would not be honest if I did not say I am a wee bit envious! ♥
    Jil

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    1. Hello Jil :)
      Thank you i love how you described our rooms that is just how i would like it to be thought of especially friendly,the kettle is always on ;) yes i feel very lucky it has taken a long time to get to this part of my life but it was worth the wait xxx

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  7. Just love visiting Shingle Cottage! Thanks for sharing xxxx

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  8. Hello Claire :)
    We love having you visit us <3 xxx

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  9. I love the colors!

    How exciting about the fruit trees! We just planted a row of various citrus trees, because that will grow here.

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    1. Oh citrus trees sound dreamy! it is exciting to think of the fruit to come xx

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  10. Sounds like a sweet romantic fairy tale, but so true...as you state...life is what you make it. Love all of the photos of the sea, the garden, the sky, your sweet Beatrix and the progress of the garden ...can't wait to see it all in bloom!! xo

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    1. Hello Teri :)
      Spring is here i would say and the delphiniums and lupins are already growing so fingers crossed those blooms shouldn't be too long away xxx

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  11. La tua cucina mi piace tantissimo!Il tuo giardino a primavera sarà meraviglioso!Ciao,Rosetta

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  12. Love the little stories you tell on your blog. Your cottage is looking beautiful just like an English country cottage should be...love your garden it's going to look magnificent when it's all in bloom. I especially love the obelisks that your man made for you...they look sturdy and durable. You might like the book, Perfect English Cottage, by Ros Byam Shaw...totally cottage in style, just like your lovely home. Have a beautiful week! Sharon x

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    1. Hello Sharon ;)
      Ah thank you i shall tell Steve you love his obelisks,i love them and think he did a fabulous job,..We have walked around gardens in stately homes on weekends for years and he has always said i'm going to build some obelisks when we get our cottage by the sea..who knew all those years ago it would come true? oh thank you for the recommendation i shall look up that book,i do love home and interior reads,wishing you a wonderful week xxxx

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  13. You have been busy! You are inspiring me to get out and work in the yard. Time to get to it! Your little dog is so cute. I love how they love to "help". Happy Spring!

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    1. Hello Sandy :)
      It was so good to be outside after the Winter,Happy Spring to you too xxx

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  14. Ok! It's only twenty three and a half months til we come for a visit! Really line up the B&B's! And I will get started here on my garden! Love all the Spring Time activities going on. The frogs are croaking so loud now, then suddenly they stop, wonder what night time owl flew by?!

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    1. That is soon going to pass Mary :) Happy Spring and happy Gardening xxx

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  15. Oh...you live in Paradise! Everything looks so romantic. I love your kitchen and the curtains are just gorgeous
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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    1. Thank you Alessandra,it wouldn't suit everyone but it is our kind of paradise :) xxx

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  16. What a beautiful garden, I love it... and Beatrix is just too cute and very involved especially when in comes to picture taking...;)
    Enjoy your garden!! xo

    Sonia

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    1. Thank you Sonia :)
      Yes Beatrix is a sweet heart thats for sure xxx

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  17. hI I always check for a new post from the lovely shingle cottage,I can't wait to see the garden in bloom,the picture of your kitchen made me go wow out loud!!Wishing you a lovely sunny weekend.Kind Regards Pam.

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    1. Hi Pam,
      Thank you! i love how my kitchen turned out,its so cozy,i just planted hollyhocks today so extra flower power come Summer,hope all is well with you xxx

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  18. It all looks and sounds beautiful, I love the outdoor table idea.

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  19. I so enjoyed this post - had no idea you had this much garden to plant and take care of. Can't wait to see what blooms come this spring! Your cottage is absolutely lovely and your posts are such a joy to read, I do so look forward to them.

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    1. Hello lala,
      We have another large piece of land on the gable end that is going to be our vegetable garden later on,its a good job we like gardening isn't it? ;) thank you so much its lovely to have you along with us on our journey xxx

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  20. Beautiful picture of your kitchen! New follower! : )

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  21. Oh my gosh, i can't tell you how much i enjoy watching as you tend and plant and grow your darling cottage garden. I feel like i want to be right there with you guys with my hands in the dirt helping. That is a perfect spot for the table, and i love the obelisks you are building for the roses.... It's just going to get more and more wonderful every year.

    Cindy

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  22. So much was accomplished here - a busy day of "results". Will be darling!

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  23. I hope everything is ok with you. There hasn't been a post in so long. <3

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  24. I would love to see your garden in bloom! Barbara

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  25. I hope you are well in your Shingle Cottage by the sea. I just had to pop in to tell you that I think of you often and miss you so...happy Summer to you my friend. xx

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