Morning all tis Friday time to take stock of the last 7 days
First up the beautiful weather we've been enjoying, it is a delight to have a spell of dry weather for more than a few days to be perfectly honest, although it does make office working rather hot and sticky. However, this was the view I saw on my way into the office this week, how beautiful is that shot!
Next up quick baking, I love the fluffy scones recipe that I use to make these, we fancied a sweet treat after tea last week and I had the ingredients in so rustled up a batch, it uses hot yogurt to make them light and fluffy if you fancy making a bath the link is here
Then the pots are coming on a treat, although I'm struggling with a hebe in the back pot - no idea why, I lost it's counterpart not long after we bought them.
We have a local ancient woods, that I used to travel past at my old job on a daily basis, it is full of bluebells and sometimes we head over to take a few pictures. As last Friday was the Tour De Yorkshire in the area and hubby had no way of getting to work as the starting point was virtually outside his building, he decided to be sensible and take the day off. So we headed over to the wood to have a look.
We even managed a bluebell selfie
The carpet of flowers is truly a sight to enjoy
As the weather was fine and said 17 year old had decided on noisy art (string art which involves hammering nails into a board), I sent him outside, he seemed quite happy just hammering and listening to music in the sunshine - although as you can see it was mighty bright out there
I also managed to finish a little bit of arting that I've been making, these were all from gelli plate backgrounds, a bit of stamping, painting, glitter, statements, backing card and I now have 90 of these little beasts - no idea (whatsoever) what I will do with them, perhaps I will just abandon them as I am on my travels.
after the Tour De Yorkshire (roads were busy), had been and gone, me and hubby headed down to Elsecar to take some photos of the fantastic displays that had been created. A monumental task undertaken by a local textile artist and the people that live in the village, they've been working on the items for weeks, so it was lovely to go and sneak a few photos.
The pompoms in the trees and the yarn bombed tree trunks were the first thing we spotted on the way into the village.
I loved the fabric covered bicycles
And the knitted bunting
The giant flowers
And the fabric notice as the cyclists left the village, high up in the tree with a bit of Yorkshire thrown in for good measure.
Hubby decided to make cinnamon buns at the weekend for the first time (my Hygge, Lagom and Lykke books must be rubbing off).
And said 17 year old was on with more arting
after the second proof they were larger than we had expected
but were very tasty when they came out, unfortunately they are better when eaten fresh, so I turned them into a very decadent bread and butter style pudding over the weekend to ensure they didn't get wasted - although they may very well have got waisted as I believe I am definitely still carrying them around!
On Sunday we had some family around for a barbecue, as usual little in the way of photos, although I think said 17 year old took some so I need to get him to send them me.
On Monday me and hubby decided to head out to Nostell Priory as we had never wandered the gardens properly. Hubby was delighted to find wild garlic, apparently it looks very similar to lily of the valley so people have to be careful they don't pick the wrong plant to cook with, although the smell of the wild garlic is something of a give away!
There were more bluebells at Nostell
And we did stop to enjoy the views over the lakes
I found a few dicentra plants growing, also known as bleeding heart plant, the flower is so very pretty
The stone bridge across the lake is no longer operational
And the upper lake was busy with people walking
We found a Victorian Gothic arch on our travels
And the old gardener's house which used to double as a summer house in its heyday
We found some environmental art by a bench, where the magnolia flowers that had fallen had been repurposed
And the heavenly scent of lonicera, also known as honeysuckle, I don't think I've ever seen one with such a profuse amount of flowers
Hubby insisted on smelling the flowers, despite his hayfever
We may try and pop back so we can enjoy the wisteria in full bloom, the trunk was huge and on a cast iron frame on the front, so we can only assume that it has been longstanding!
The more formal gardens were a little bare as the daffodils had died off but I loved the colour of these tulips and the cornflowers to their right always remind me of childhood as we had them in our family garden!
This always reminds me of foreign countries, although the bright green grass is a bit of a giveaway when it comes to guessing where this might be!
The front of the house was busy with people enjoying picnics for the day
and Lisca always ends with a funny so I'll put this one here for you this week Lisca, this was a whatsapp message from hubby at the beginning of the week!
and this was the 'after' shot
I hope you've had a fab week, if you fancy joining in pop a post together, come back link up and we can come and visit.