the gentle bucolic ramblings of an English rose, blooming in rural Normandy

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Hello again...........

It's been a couple of weeks since my last post and I wouldn't want you to think that I've been skiving (Dictionary- skive: to avoid school or work by staying away or leaving without permission).
The reason I've not been around is due to a bout of severe pain in my hands and fingers making blogging (and gardening and scrapping for that matter) something to avoid.
When the joints in my left foot started to hurt earlier this week a trip to my medicin traitant (GP) was called for and she confirmed my self diagnosis - I have arthritis. 
Osteo not Rheumatoid, which is a good thing. Right?
Anyway, enough whining......................
During my self imposed rest period I have been doodling around in the kitchen, trying out a few of the hundreds of recipes on Pinterest for tomato pie. 
You may remember that I enjoyed a Southern style tomato pie at Annie O's restaurant in Hilton Head earlier this Spring since when I have been trying to track down a recipe to replicate it here at home.

Many of the recipes have mayonnaise in the topping and of all the ones I tried they probably came the closest to Annie O's pie but we didn't like those, too sickly.

This one is more to our taste, it's more of a quiche though than a pie, as you can see someone couldn't wait to take a piece.

Whilst all the testing and tasting was going on the new green asparagus arrived in the Farmer's markets so I made an asparagus quiche, just for a change!

In just a couple of days I'll be off travelling once more - this time to the beautiful Ikos Oceania Resort  overlooking the beautiful blue Aegean Sea, in the heart of Halkidiki, Greece.

If you'd like to share the trip with me be sure to watch out for travel bulletins coming soon.

Linking to Mosaic Monday with Judith @ Lavender Cottage..

Sunday, 3 May 2015

cherry blossom haiku

seen through a window
cherry blossoms float across grass
drifting in corners

joining Judith @ Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday
with images captured through my bedroom window this weekend
and my first haiku

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

bijou X

Collins defines the word bijouX as 
" something small and delicately worked, such as a trinket"
Back in January Monique @ A Half Baked Notion
along with hundreds of other bloggers was a participant in the
Grow Your Blog Party hosted by the wonderful Vicki @ Three Bags Full.
In her GYBP post which you can see by clicking here
Monique included a give away.

A beautiful pair of earrings and matching pendant 
using beads created by UK artist Jolene Wolfe.

I won the giveaway!
Imagine my delight when a pretty box arrived here at the Presbytere recently.
Inside delicate jewelry handmade by Monique.

X cited, well of course!
Linking to Mrs Matlock's Alphabe - Thursday once again
where everything this week is X rated!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

cherry blossom time

This week despite cooler temperatures
 (or maybe even because of ?) 
our ornamental cherry tree has blossomed into magnificent glory.

I spent some time earlier today arranging some branches into various vases.

Then even more time photographing the delicate pale pink flowers.

another hour or so playing with the images on picmonkey

before finally creating some mosaics using picasa, picmonkey and photoscape.

Linking to
Beverly @ How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday
 Judith @ Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday.

bon weekend!

Sunday, 19 April 2015

what's behind the door?

For Mosaic Monday this week 
some more photographs taken on our trip to Cyprus in February.

A collection of doors and shutters that captivated my imagination as we walked through the ancient cobbled streets and alleyways of Omodos, nestled in the beautiful Troodos Mountains.

The colour blue is synonymous with the Greek Isles of course, 
a different shade on every door.

Weather beaten and faded.
Always closed, sometimes padlocked. 

 The gardens behind them overgrown.
Rusting ironwork. 
Handles and hinges hanging off.
Each one beautiful in it's own way.

What stories could they tell?

Joining Judith @ Lavender Cottage

Sunday, 12 April 2015

early morning in a normandy garden

Whilst waiting for the coffee to drip this morning I was gazing out of the kitchen window and suddenly became aware of how much newness had appeared, seemingly overnight.

I grabbed my lumix and headed out the door to capture the blossoming fruit trees 
and a beautiful blue hyacinth for the soul.

Spring is nature's way of saying "let's party!"
the late, great Robin Williams.

This pretty blue and white variegated primula with a bright yellow eye
could get any party started!

Joining Judith @ Lavender Cottage

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

spring trilogy. #1 Plants

Regular followers will know that every spring three things happen here at the Presbytere 
to mark the season.

 #1. New plants for the potager.

When the sun starts to shine this girl's thoughts turn to the garden and all things veggie.
This morning I played in went to the garden centre.
This afternoon I got my hands in the dirt!
The plants that I bought were all pot bound with straggly white roots emerging from the bottom
 so into larger pots they had to go.
Sean the Gardner will be here on Friday to prepare the potager 
ready for planting out these beauties.

Courgettes/zucchini 3 varieties
cherry tomatoes
choux bruxelles 
(sounds so much fancier than brussels sprouts)
Belle de Fontenay early potatoes.

To add flavour to the herb garden new ciboulette/chives and persil/parsley plants
will go in alongside the thyme and rosemary which have overwintered just fine.
Have you been out planting and got your hands dirty yet?