Saturday, 12 May 2012

Small treats for a Saturday

You  really don't have to spend a lot of money to treat yourself if you look around and keep your eyes open :)  My spare money gets spent on wool/fabric, the garden and books mainly - things that give me a lot of pleasure, and long lasting pleasure at that. There is a little roadside plant stall in a nearby village I frequent quite a lot - she has very good cottage garden pants - nothing fancy schmancy, but well grown and excellent prices. I came away with 10 foxgloves, an alchemilla mollis ( can't have enough of that, one of the prettiest things when adorned with fresh raindrops, never tire of it), a campanula and two ragged robins; further west I came across a new-to-me stall, run by a  florist - lots of pretty bunches artistically arranged, and a ew nice perennials too. I bought a good sized heuchera  'Caramel' - with peachy tawny leaves. Funnily enough, I wasn't keen the first time I spotted this when it became available a ew years back, but I loved the colour today, so it came home with me for £2. The first lot of plants were £10, so for the total of £12, a well-filled box of plants that will give me hours of pleasure and lots of babies , and rejuvenate the patch outside the kitchen window so I can look at them all while I wash up  :)

We drove home via Thorncombe Wood (where Thomas Hardy's cottage is), and I sat for a good quarter hour listening to truly beautiful birdsong and looking at the last of the bluebells

Made a detour up and over Bulbarrow to smell the wild garlic, and stopped on the top for a while; my house is just to the left of the yellow rape in the fields there; on a very clear day, with a telescope or binoculars, you can actually see it! The view is right out and over the Blackmore Vale and I never tire of it, whatever the weather

To round off the day nicely, my new-to-me book was waiting for me  when I got home; I'm really looking forward to starting this , and have a feeling it won't be put down until the very last word is read :)


The Barefoot Crofter said...

I love days like that. Your book looks interesting. We have a few crofter posties here too :)

Beryl Ament said...

Why do I torture myself reading your blog and thinking nostalgically of my youth in England? But I will continue to read and allow your photos to transport me back.

Down by the sea said...

I love local plant stalls, the plants are always good value and sometimes you can find unusual ones!
Sarah x