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Married to the lovely Geoffrey, my soulmate. I have two fantastic big kids,both married, whom I love and miss every day I'm not with them, but I know they're living and loving their lives and we make up for time when we get together.I now have three granddaughters too...

Friday, 29 May 2009

I've Come Home to......

Yes, I'm back from my travels, still a little subdued, but better.
My photos from Dubai need sorting and it will take time so I thought I'd start small... with a few shots of what's been happening while I've been away.
Firstly, the pots around my back door are stunning, need a little tidying, but I'm not too happy with perfection in a garden!
Here's Geoff, last night, arranging the water pipes that will keep the veg from shriveling and dying in the hot summer months.
This is 'agricultural water', cheaper than tap water and not potable. You can also see the huge pile of grass/weeds etc. that we dug out of this area a few weeks ago. From 1st of May to the end of Oct. it's illegal to have a bonfire or burn anything here so that will have to wait.
It was dusk when I took this photogragh hence the quality is not good, but I think you can see the plants are thriving.We've got tomatoes, okra, cucumber, courgette, lettuce, peas, kohl rabi growing at the moment. we've also got seedlings waiting to be transplanted. We are behind most people but things grow so quickly in this climate,I think we'll be ok.
There's strawberries in another bed, I test them everytime I go down...
The wild hollyhocks are everywhere at the moment adding a splash of colour around every corner.
And these beautiful little campanulas were hidden in a wall crevice by a well.
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21 comments:

FeatherDuster said...

What a lot of work it was to get that garden ready to plant, but it looks like your efforts are going to pay off nicely.

sukipoet said...

interesting about the water. your flowers are all lovely. welcome home.

TIGGYWINKLE said...

Delighted to see you back Jude, and hope you enjoyed your break, and not feeling too sad. The vegetable garden is looking good, and lovely to see all the Summer flowers coming into bloom. xx

Frances said...

Welcome back, Jude. Hoping that visiting with your pals in Dubai gave you lots of happy times.

Your watering system is clever! How wonderful to be able to grow all that delicious produce. I do envy you those strawberries waiting to be sampled.

xo

Exmoorjane said...

Welcome back indeed.... I love that convolvolus (eek, is that spelt right - doesn't look it!)...and your clever irrigation system....

Jenny said...

Nice to see you back Jude, I'm sure the trip has done you good. Garden and plants looking lovely.

Arosebyanyothername said...

Glad to see you back - I've been wondering how you were doing.
The sadness does get better but never quite goes away. I missed my Ginger a lot when we were in France (the last two weeks) because she always went with us and she was not there to share in the things we like to do there. Sometimes it was also nice to remember her and the places she loved and the things she liked doing.
I am sure that it will be the same for you as the pain of your loss fades.

Lynn said...

Welcome home...and so nice to come home to fresh flowers. I miss my hollyhocks. At one time I counted fifty tall spires of them in our yard. now none??? Guess their seeds finally lost their potentcy.
Enjoy all those fresh veggies too.

Jackie said...

What a beautiful place you live in. (But I bet you still wanted to see you know who when you went home.)

katie jane said...

Glad you're back. We've missed you. Your garden is huge! I hope you have a good harvest. Love all your flowers.

Wild Somerset Child said...

What hard hot work but so worthwhile when you eat your own produce. We too only use rainwater on our crops. Glad to be reading your blogs again, and I love that blue flower tucked into the rocky cranny.

ChrisH said...

Jude, lovely to see you back. Time doesn't heal but you learn how to manage.

John said...

I thought that my earlier comments would spur you on .............you should have some lovely home grown veg by Christmas!!

Menopausal musing said...

"Wild" Hollyhocks.... "wild" ones...... OH, you lucky,lucky person. I have been in Crete and seen real gladioli,mini irises and experienced the warmth of the people. Equally, can understand how you might miss "here", thanks for visiting me..... keep coming back.... x

Chris said...

Welcome home Jude. Your garden is coming along quite nicely.

Pondside said...

Welcome back, Jude.
Your garden is coming along - interesting irrigation system, but it makes sense. Such a lot of useable water goes down the drain.

Flowers of Crete said...

Thanks for advice Jude am really only just getting the hang of this blogging. Jen's been giving me some help this morning, so am doing a bit of practising. Julia xx

Faith said...

Oh the garden is coming on lovely, thankyou for visiting my blog, you've certainly got alot of splash of colour there with all the different flowers that are growing!
faithx

periwinkle said...

love your pots and the hollyhocks. Looking forward to your holiday pics.

Cynthia said...

Great garden. I have to get it together and put one in...I want to see things grow! <3

Calico Kate said...

Wild Hollyhocks - stunning. One of my favorite flowers.
Sorry haven't visited recently but lots of lovely things to catch up on!
CKx