Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Kittens, sunflowers and other stuff...

This week I've got some bits and pieces
 to share with you and not a lot of any substance. 

First of all let me show you four of the five kittens 
the next door wee stray cat has produced, only about 
a fortnight after the first litter of the season 
went to the SPCA - the little bisom.

But they are cute!

And on the other side of the house - 
 remember the hedge that was coming down a few weeks ago?
Well here it is now, or I should say, here it isn't now.
Ready to have a fence put up along the drive.
We're looking forward to that.

 Now all this chopping down of the green stuff
 must be catching because this is what has
 happened at our place in the last week.

This part of the yard was getting all overgrown 
and the bushes were taking up more room than we were.

Now it looks like this, we took out a
bush that had died in the middle, 
and had all the others cut right back.
A lot more room.
 There's still some work to do, 
like getting the rubbish to the dump, 
and fixing up the furniture again before next summer, but all's good.
Actually my youngest and her  husband 
paid for it to be done for my birthday.
Nice one.

Sunny the sunflower
I sprouted Sunny before Christmas and gave it
 to my girlfriend as a 'pay it forward' gift.
She is producing beautiful blooms 
and when I took this I think she had 11 blooms
 and about 20 more to come out.
She is just glorious and a real talking point 
in the community my friend lives in.
'She' being Sunny, not my friend!
And guess what, I never got my own seeds in! 
Ah well, there's always next year.

And just because I can I will show you another one of my teacups.
I tried to find a green one for St Patrick's Day
 but this was the nearest I had.
It looks Celtic but isn't.
It has Phoenix China, ?F&S Ltd on the bottom and is made in England.
It's not quite a full size cup but it's not a demitasse either...

May the saint protect ye-
An' sorrow neglect ye,
An' bad luck to the one
That doesn't respect ye
t' all that belong to ye,
An long life t' yer honor-
That's the end of my song t' ye!
(an Irish blessing)

joining in with:

I'd like to wish you all
a Happy St Patrick's Day,


  1. Looks good,Diana!
    Happy St.Patrick Day to you also!

  2. I am thinking of pulling down some holly bushes in our front garden Diana. They were there when we moved in and I have never liked them. I am trying to go to self maintaining plants as I am not much of a gardener. Love that pretty tea cup!!

  3. The kittens are sweet !!
    Pretty tea cup!
    Thanks so much for dropping by!!


  4. You have so much more room now. Looks good!
    The sunflowers are so pretty. I'm planning on planting some around here this spring.

  5. Loved all your bits and pieces Diana, it was lovely to catch up in your world!

  6. Love the sun flowers looks so nice there. It's been raining for two weeks straight here... I want spring.....

  7. Now you have more room . I hope the plants grow back soon !
    I would rather have a green fence but I suppose the neighbors bushes need to be cut down (?)
    Your heading photo is lovely.

    cheers, parsnip

    1. Hi Parsnip, yes the hedge was so high it blocked off the view of the road for cars coming down the drive next to it. After a couple of near misses they decided something needed to be done. I also think it was getting to be too much work for the people who maintained it. A shame.

  8. Wow, look at the space your birthday present has produced! Lots of room to start planning more colour for next year. Those little kittens are just too cute! Have a great day xx

  9. What sweet looking tabby kittens...strange how waif female cats have so many litters. lol! What a great gift from your daughter...so practical and wonderful results for you. I expect the weather would be cooling down in your part of the world...unlike here where summer is still with us :-/

  10. Hi Diana! Well, I typed a comment and it disappeared! Here I go again. Sweet little kitties and I was wondering if they wandered over into your yard? Glad the unsightly chopped shrub was taken care of. Your back yard looks so nice and glad the weather was good so you could work in it. I'm looking forward to working in our yard if this snow will ever go away! Wish we could have a cup of tea together! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. Belated St. Patrick's Day! Love your sunflower and the photo of the sweet kittens. How exciting to have more room in your backyard.

  12. Dearest Diana; How sweet these kittens are♡♡♡ And happy you could work like that and having sweet daughter's couple. Sunflower is GORGEOUS form your side of the earth :-)
    Happy belated St. Patrick Day; beautiful arrangement, my friend♬♬♬

    So sorry for my recent absence, wishing you are having a wonderful week.
    Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend in New Zealand, xoxo Miyako*

  13. Hi Diana, Going back thru your blog to catch up. Those kittens are really cute! I love the gorgeous sunflower. You had asked on my current post if that is the oven....from what I read, it is. I always answer any questions in the comment section of my post if you ever have a question. I wish you a lovely day.


please feel free to leave a comment, I love to hear from you