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I was taking a firm stance with July.
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July needed to know that IT IS THE BEST MONTH OF THE YEAR (my birth month AND the summer holidays) and that it is ALWAYS sunny (apart from last year but I have edited this aberration from my head).
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The month of July is sunny and a time for alfresco living. That is LAW. I was possibly high on paint & shaving foam fumes (more art & craft home schooling paper marbling) but decided that I would not tolerate even the slightest waver from July so day 2 & she needed to understand & buckle down.
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I laid a glorious alfresco summer dining experience, went inside to get my phone to capture this exemplary example (yes it's a tautology but I MEAN BUSINESS) of July Living to teach July simple behavioural patterns & whilst indoors witnessed the poor blessed (& remarkably speedy) DPD driver spot the table and obvious signs of MECC life (I wish I had a better acronym), slat the parcel at the doorstep & leg it like a child with really scary parents on sports day.
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I didn't have the heart to yell after him that it was for the farm next-door, I needed to focus my ire on July, I think a few motivational speeches and "how to July" photos and we should all be firmly back in the slightly enlarged lockdown bosom of THE BEST MONTH OF THE SUMMER.
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Happy focus on sunshine Friday. X
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Head over to my website (link in bio) to look at some beautiful sunshine shots from @flowersandlifestylebymargot and read all about stunning Salvias. I have to buy some today now (no, I am definitely not easily influenced... ok, yes I am).
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Fruits of the Foraging.
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Well, I say 'foraging', we wheeled about 20 foot down the lane grabbed some ditch produce (doesn't sound pretty but aren't the pinks glorious?) then high tailed it back to safety and 'foraged' in the garden which is much safer and actually produced two poppies!!! Yes TWO!!! I am pretty confident that we have now hit poppy payday.
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Much as I wanted to leave them in this vase, we decided to take our flowers over to my daughter's best friend yesterday. Her family have been shielding since before lockdown so it was a pretty special moment. The girls have zoomed but it is not the same as a real life face- albeit through a window!
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I think someone needs to write a new etiquette handbook. I was totally stumped as to what to bring (wine - no- middle of the day, must remember to pick up son from school.... They had invited us for tea and cakes but we shouldn't bring the cakes because they are shielding?... Our gift failed to arrive in time so... flowers? I used gloves to pick them and tried not to breathe on them. Tieing the garden string around the posy with gloves on was interesting!).
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They had laid a gorgeous table for two next to their window, filled with cakes (phew) and a pot of tea and the biggest smiles in the world. The girls played noughts and crosses with masking tape & coloured post it notes on the window whilst we discussed important matters: Mizzle or Pigeon on the window frames?
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It all ended abruptly when my poor friend admitted to a bit of a Carry On situation: that whilst we were sipping tea and munching cake, another friend had arrived as a surprise and was hiding out in the shed. Matron! It was all terribly embarrassing, we stuffed the remaining banana bread into our mouths and spluttered crumbs and apologies and agreed to come back on Friday. Now what is the etiquette for a return visit. It should in theory be us hosting... maybe we will come up with a other window game and bring our best and happiest smiles.
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Happy through the window Thursday. X

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The very last bastion of the Conan roses (fence destroyers).
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Mave &  I went on a covert forage yesterday. Covert because I have now twice been caught in yokel flagrante & I'm not sure how many strikes it is before you get carted away.
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The 1st epsiode was last week, sopping paddling pooled bikini dripping merrily under my voluminous yet unfortunately full of inappropriately placed holes crochet dress. I was showing my husband the flower bed that my daughter & I had dug over & as we strolled towards the bed an actual real life POLICE CAR drove down our lane!!!! In 7 years this has never happened. I had forgotten what they looked like. The 3 of us stopped dead in our tracks, the only thing to move was the water dripping down my legs. We stared, genuinely open mouthed for rather a long time. Eventually my husband pointed out that we must look like proper provincials & then the three of us laughed, somewhat hysterically.
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The police 3 point turned very slowly & very carefully in our drive whilst eyeballing us with serious scrutiny. At the laughter they put the pedal to the metal & sped away in a torrent of gravel, soil & weeds (we had worked very hard on our flower bed). I rather worried for those poor boys.
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Then yesterday whilst attempting to take this shot, I spotted something rusty, on a chain hanging off the fence. I prised it off & wandered across the drive to add it to my collection of antique gardening implements. Just as a very shiny BMW realised that there was no through road & may well get a bit grubby so used our drive to turn round. Again they stopped, watched me striding, lockdown hair flowing wantonly whilst swinging a rusting PITCHFORK & CHAIN. They sped off even more quickly than the police.
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You see why I must be covert, any more deepest darkest countryfolk behaviour & I will be taken away. I still need to marple The Mystery of the Pitchfork & Chain so my wicker basket Mave & I must be stealth like in our foraging.
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Happy wilderness Wednesday. X
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P.S: @lucyhoylecooks delicious Beetroot & Date Brownies recipe on my blog today. Link in bio.
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What a clean and tidy room!
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Yes, the flower fairies skipping & leaping from wallpaper to curtain are darling. Yes, the resting Maileg bunnies & picnicking sprites are charming but who cares??? It is CLEAN!!!!
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The rampaging Barbies were carted off downstairs to play "Playdough cafes & Queen of all who look at her" (not my title but I felt very honoured to serve The Queen Of All Who Look At Her with "as many pastries as your tired little hands can make cafe owner").
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After a good half an hour of servitude I left the plastic fiends of floor consumption to self service whilst I mucked out what was once the fairy dreams bedroom. The fairies are still much loved but by gum those Barbies have a lot to answer for (I was compelled to clean & find floor after stepping on the 3rd pair of Barbie sunglasses, thankfully I am still light of foot if not of weight so they are not broken but the FEAR that coursed through my veins was too much. I realised that I couldn't put myself in the warpath of The Queen Of All Who Look At Her again so put my tired little hands to good use & tidied & cleaned like..a servant. One job ticked off the list for this week servant. I fear this new Queens reign of terror might last sometime. The house may well be spotless by Friday.
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Wish me luck! Happy Terrifying Tuesday. X

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Sunshine, showers and mainly squaliness.
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Perfect gardening weather.
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Actually, it really was. Our gorgeous friends at The Big House in the next village had over Dahliaed. Is this possible? Yes, when you see their garden of dreams, yes it is possible.
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Every other year they open up their heavenly garden for the National Gardens Scheme and I think they were really missing having people to actually enjoy their extraordinary efforts. They work tirelessly and fastidiously to create so many different worlds and shapes and feelings. I just pray that my Hollyhocks don't eat people and that I remember to water the pots... I don't.
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My 8 year old and I braved the real world and ventured up to The Big House to grab as many Dahlias as our delighted but rarely green fingers could manage. It was magical to see our friends and to wander around a small section of their garden, there was a genuinely cleansing feeling (nothing to do with our eyes finally settling upon glory and plants that have actually grown- thankfully I didn't spot any poppies so didn't feel the need to kick them all and growl).
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We left refreshed with my daughter remarking : "I am going to make a lot of money from my bakery/ restaurant/ art gallery so that I can buy a house and garden like this. I will buy it close to you Mummy". Oh thank you my darling, how precious, you don't hate me, you want to stay close... "Yes, and you can visit every 3 weeks".
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After what I have put the poor girl through with home schooling (she had a school quiz and I cheated and helped her with 3 answers, all of which I got wrong) I am happy to be allowed to visit at all.
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We planted the dahlias and a few other plants that I have managed to almost kill in too small pots, runnning in and out of the rain and laughing like loons. I think I might finally have the gardening bug. .
Happy let's hope they stay alive with magic Monday. X
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WARNING! POST CONTAINS YESTERDAY'S SUNSHINE.
It's a very rare day that our 400 year old low ceilinged, dark beamed bedroom is flooded with light.
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The rest of the country may have been melting but I was skipping around (well it is more of a lumber, Mummy skipping on these floorboards may well result in extra light being shone into the kitchen, with the additional interior quirk of Mummy's legs waggling from above) snapping photos of corners of rooms that have long been forgotten in the dark winters of our soul.... Yes, yes, I know we have had decades of sunshine over the past few weeks but it doesn't sound as good. I am probably describing my home schooling experience rather than the weather.
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Yet I remain undaunted, I even went so far as to dust this little corner of the bedroom - my goodness what a joy to uncover long forgotten books and perfume... Perfume? What is this glorious concept? I have perfumed my home with 'Cambridgeshire' @homecountycandleco - my daughter was sitting next to the dresser whilst zooming school and muted herself to ask me what the delicious smell was - I knew it wasn't me... Perhaps I should be focusing less on how glorious my house smells and actually attend to personal hygiene. I definitely showered yesterday
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Happy freshen up Friday. X
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Ps Head over to my website to read @flowersandlifestylebymargot latest gardening blog about hydrangeas. You probably can't tell that they are one of my favourite plants... I was extremely excited to read this blog and am now considering taking a softwood cutting. More! More Hydrangeas!!! .
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What a difference a day make. What a difference a week mak... What a difference 5 days make.
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It's not quite as catchy but I cannot believe how much the man eating Hollyhocks have grown. I should be used to it by now but every year they trick me with their innocent green growth, bustling and beginning to burgeon beautifully (yup: it was alliteration yesterday in home schooling). Then boom! Suddenly they block the path to all outsiders (excellent for self isolating but irritating when waiting for Laszlo-Jeno - Ocado's sweetest driver in history). .
He gently high stepped over the baby soft pink but deadly hollyhock with every single bag (and by golly I had stocked up this week). I answered the door to his sweet innocent smiling face, he carefully stood the two metres apart and almost measured the bag distance and even after 82 ups and down the path of danger, he still carefully avoided the safety gate hollyhock and wished us a happy afternoon. .
They are becoming untameable again. I fear for Laszlo-Jeno.
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Happy Triffid Thursday. X
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My dresser has been overrun with my "R&D" - this is very important sales words for 'research & development' (I buy all the gorgeous candles, keep them then just tell people to buy them because they simply smell amazing - I'm not sure how developed the plan is but by golly I am researching hard.
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I had to rush straight to my home office (the dresser) & light the 'Norfolk' after an unbelievably fraught venture into the real world.
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I was eating a chip (salad is never enough) which La Aga had accidentally over crisped & it broke my veneer off (I smashed my front teeth in an act of derring do on my 1st day of school... ok, I was trying to somersalt whilst holding onto two poles & simply let go, toothplanting onto the ground).
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I managed to get a dental appointment but it meant going into TOWN & SEEING REAL LIFE PEOPLE. I was a wreck by the time I reached the dentist, there were young people everywhere, lounging in the park, youths with no tops on, one young missy in a bikini. It was all too much for me, I hurried into the dentists & sat quaking with fear of the outside & fear of the inside. .
I emerged slightly bloody, covered in dribble & bits of cement (I think it was cement she used), I had 'glowed' profusely & soaked my t-shirt & light beige shorts, even my shins had perspired. I was dazed & bewildered as I wove my way back to the car. To the youths on the common I must have presented an excellent lesson in not drinking during the day: a staggering middle aged woman, dribbling blood & (cement?) down her top, weaving in the road to avoid any people, so hammered that she had wet herself, staggering to the car & although practicing excellent social distancing, totally illegally drving home.
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Ah well. Calming Lavender fields are still filling my nostrils & I will not be leaving the house again until September.
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Happy wild lady Wednesday. X
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Ps: @lucyhoylecooks new recipe on my blog now. Link in bio & 15% middle aged natural valium candles with 'myenglishcountrycottage' @homecountycandleco .
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I have no idea how this will look. This is the Professional's camera from @period_living
, I over celebrated again and I am not sure that I can actually see today. .
Yesterday was the first time in 11  years that my husband and son have shared a Father's day... yes, my son was born 11 years ago on Father's day.
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Our wonderful bestest friends in the whole wide world braved the 20 minute drive to sit on a picnic blanket 2 metres from us in our garden.
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My son's glorious Godmother got slightly over excited at the amazing surprise and led the charge of "Happy Birthday", my 11 year old looked up from the kitchen table of infinite small armies and nonchalantly smiled "thank you".
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This was weeks in the planning of careful how do we manage the children at certain distances. I had spent the morning hoovering the garden, dusting the roses and preparing the... well actually the house in case they looked through the windows. I screamed hello, cried in my soul and questioned my son's lack of amazement?
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"I saw blonde hair and just thought it was you mama"... Yes, because I often leap through the garden screaming "surprise"!!!
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Actually I rather love that idea and from now on will be the Cato of the mothering world.
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If Mr Dickens was alive now, it was the best of times in the worst of times. Naturally I over red wined and cried a lot when they left. But the best friends since university got to spend fathers day walking the dog, picking up poo, drinking beer and muttering together. The other best friends from university got to spend the day convincing the dads to go for a walk whilst they were brilliant mums..& oversaw the children staying 2 metres apart whilst chattering like no time had passed.
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The birthday boy had the happiest of days simply looking at the other children that he has spent 11 years growing up with and it didn't matter a hoot that we couldn't hug, he went to bed with the biggest grin in the world... rather like the grin his Father sported 11 years ago when his first child arrived into the world.
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Happy make it marvellous Monday. X
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Hi, just me, wafting through the garden. No dribbly toothpaste or seedy teeth.
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Just pure unadulterated linen wafting.
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Oh and a ton of cushions. My latest blog post under my brilliantly entitled, pulls no punches series "What makes an English Country Cottage?" is now up on my website and it is all about plump, precious, pretty cushions. How the humble cushion can transform a room into a haven of relaxation and retreat.
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I have been lucky enough to chat with a variety of my favourite cushion creators who have all contributed to explain how the humble cushion maketh the country cottage.
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Head over to my website to gain inspiration from @kateformandesigns @sugarandspicefurnishings @littlethimble_handmade @maisonbrocante @weaver.green and @countryabodes and leer over designs from @susiewatsondesigns and @cabbages_and_roses and @colefaxandfowler
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Photo © @period_living from May 2020 (remember : my "effortless rural style"?)
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Happy please sunshine Sunday x
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Happy happy Saturday.
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Rain and shine, I don't mind. Well, I would prefer shine please but I am happy with either. If it rains, I might finally be persuaded to tidy and clean the children's bedrooms. If it is sunny, I might be persuaded to sit outside, all day, reading my book and sipping delicately at a very mild Pimms (to start).
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I really don't mind.
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I think I may have od'd on the Norfolk candle, I am completely relaxed: "Birthday chocolate cake? Yes my darling 8 year old daughter, of course you can make the buttercream and ice it yourself. Oh? There's cocoa all over the freshly washed linen tea towels? (Tinkle of laid back giggles), never mind, pop it back in the washing machine. Ah! The icing sugar has split all over the floor and the island..and seemingly most of the kitchen....well it is very pretty, like a scene from Frozen (slightly less tinkly but still some amusement in the fond chuckle). Ohhh... you are covered in butter icing... in fact I can barely see you, is there any actually on the cake? It appears to be mainly in your hair and how did you get it in your eyebrows?!!!!! No laughter. But no tears either.
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Well done me.
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I think I deserve the sun to shine and I will sit here all day. Bring forth the Pimms of patient parents.
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Happy sunshine please Saturday. X
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It's a tiny bathroom with a tiny sink and a teeny radiator but by gum it likes big roses.
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Yes, it is wonky but actually everywhere upstairs is seriously wonky so I would need to channel all my yogic balancing skills (0 - I discovered last week that they have entirely left me - admittedly they weren't excellent to start with but they are now zero, possibly even minus zero if that is possible in yoga). It would require mathematics and balance to achieve a level that could fool the eye.
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I decided against this course of action, stood in the bath, got covered in cobwebs all over my shoulder but valiantly battled it out until I achieved a shot that would cause the least bathmophobia (fear of slopes not baths like my son). I am almost certain that I cleaned the bathroom this week but maybe it was last week... or last month... ah well, at least the spiders are enjoying the bathroom and it's extremely wonky angles. .
Happy thoroughly Thursday but who knows which week. X .
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After a hardcore Joe Wicks work out, spanish lesson denial (I hate the Spanish teacher Mummy, her cheeks irritate me), two loads of washing, parallel lines and symmetry fracas (I hate the maths teacher Mummy, his earring is disgusting), fimo modelling, shadow theatre puppet making, son's 11th birthday preparations and father's day plans (thankfully both not until Sunday- just one cake! Yes!!) , candle selling and blog post ideaering, I did not look favourably upon the butternut squash and tomato salad guilting me from the fridge.
I needed something a little more substantial. I needed a seeded bread cheese toastie, melted beautifully upon La Aga, filled with salted tomatoes and smeared in pesto. Far more satisfying but oh so seedy. .
Naturally I forgot to look in the mirror before school pick up. Obviously I had seeds between every tooth possible. Of course I waved frantically & grinned widely at every parent I encountered.
I appear to have taken social distancing to mean miming. For some reason if you are two metres apart, that is simply too far for my brain to cope and I simply assume that you can't hear me so I mime and maybe throw in a bit of gurning

Gurning and grinning are absolutely great forms of friendly communication however they also bring focus to one's mouth and more specifically seeded teeth.
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I don't want to be the toothpaste dribbly seeded teeth lady. I want to be the elegantly dressed linen wafting lady who gently sips tea whilst enjoying a moment of calm under the gloriously scented rose bower.
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Pretend I am that lady. Ok?
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Happy what will she be covered in today Wednesday? X
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It's a Saturday sinkie!!!!
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Ok, no, it's a Twyford's Tuesday.... Erm...ok, I give up. I am always just that little bit behind everyone else.
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Last year I got the invite to the Peony party in July.
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This year I might swing a poppy party invite but I will be late, over dressed and bearing cheap wine.
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I have spotted the gluggle vase invites spewing out like water from a... well a fish's mouth, unfortunately I am absolutely terrified of fish (yes, actually) which means that even though I have managed to spot a trend relatively early on, I can't join in, it would genuinely make me feel sick.
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My father rather relished telling the wedding party all about my ichthyophobia (I swear I didn't make up this word) and then my husband truly almost wet himself with laughter when I seductively wafted my way through Seychellian waters in a small white crochet bikini on our honeymoon, only to be attacked by vicious tiny white toothsome fish, naturally I fell over, couldn't get up, floundered in the gentle surf screaming for help whilst he fell to his knees crying "I thought your Father was exaggerating, this is hilarious".
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I still haven't forgiven him. You probably can't tell because I am such a forgiving soul ordinarily. (I took out two pigeons with my death glare yesterday). .
I am pretty confident about the hollyhock hullaballo though, three are now open, I reckon we will be partying wildly and reliving old times in a couple of weeks... that time that Steve the postman was missing for two weeks and I thought they had eaten him (he was on holiday in Wales), that time Hermes Darren disappeared... and no one ever saw him again..... Hum, maybe I should embrace the Gluggle vase. .
Happy Twyfords Tuesday. X
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Two Poppies?
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Just two poppies?
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Erm.. yes.. it seems that I over glared and scared the rest of them away.
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I know that this might seem to some to be a nose cutting face spiting scenario but I am actually rather pleased.
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I shall be putting my dangerous glaring skills to good use today. I fully intended to glare at the rooks at 4am who are attempting to take over the neighbouring field. My smashing of cricket bats has not scared these blighters off permanently but sadly I realised that they can't actually see my deadly stare when it is almost still dark.
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No matter, I shall take my morning tea and wander through the garden, eyes ready for rooks or pigeons. Yes, I am even fed up with the 'wrestling' pigeons. They are massive and they leave massive poos EVERYWHERE. I would like to enjoy a game of badminton that doesn't involve "mind the fox poo Mummy" or "Oh Mummy, more pigeon poo smeared up your leg, you must have kicked it up when you slipped sideways. Daddy did tell you not to wear those flipflops...".
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I will sheath my medusa eyes but be vigilant, the first sign of flapping and I shall whip off my sunglasses and perform the stare of death.
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Be warned rooks and pigeons... oh and squirrels... and probably motor cyclists actually.. I do try to think "the countryside is for everyone" but when several of them come zipping past, very loudly, it is tempting to unleash the eyes of mortality.
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Happy murderous Monday. X
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Just capturing the final demise of my beautiful roses.
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Actually there are lots more buds but it doesn't sound as dramatic so I have conveniently left out these newborns.
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I gazed with love and thankfulness at my prized spring into summer glories, thanking them for their colour and scent and then wandered through the paddock to glare very hard at the places where there should be plentiful poppies. Three more appeared but were driven back down by the torrent of rain last week (again, it probably wasn't quite torrential but there was definitely rain).
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I am hoping that my very fierce Paddington glare will have scared a few more poppies up tomorrow. The poppy count so far is 9, this is unacceptable for an afternoons wafting seeds into the long grass. I even found one tiny poppy in my now no longer freshly weeded driveway. I think it might be some sort of mafiosa insult. I am not certain but I think the Poppies might be laughing at me.
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No matter, two Hollyhocks flowered yesterday, I shall assemble my team of delivery driver eating triffids and I will have the last laugh (not that I laughed about Hermes Darren's disappearance last year, I still have a Darren shaped hole in my heart from his potential death by giant hollyhocks and not a little sprinkling of guilt).
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Happy Sunny Sunday. X
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Ps Head over to my blog (link in bio) to read the second in my series about what makes an english country cottage. Funnily enough, it involves candles!!!! Mwoah a h ha.
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