Monday, June 13, 2011

A photo or two......

 The sky did not fall in. I actually downloaded the photos from my camera, and nothing blew up. A miracle. The living room is in Summer Mode, and the greens and yellow of Spring are packed away. I kept it cool and neutral this time, and I love it.



 And here are some photos of the roses. Just amazing this year.




 As I have said, the garden is really small, but there is a huge amount in it. The top terrace (well, you go up 3 steps to it!!) has most of the vegetables and loads of flowers too, and I keep the patio outside the french doors relatively clear, so granddaughters can play, and washing can dry and watering cans can be filled. Etc etc etc.
 Potatoes on the left, with french beans behind them. Peas on the right, with courgettes, gem squash, cucumbers etc behind them. Little greenhouse with the tomato greenhouse behind it, and more tomato plants in front and beside it. Flowers at the end, on the shelves, on the walls. Everywhere.

More peas on the left, parsley behind the flowers, and sunflowers and cosmos and sweetpeas climbing. Peppers, basil, and more lettuces and rocket in the greenhouse. Smaller ones waiting to be planted. And more flowers.

It looks so much prettier in reality. Especially when the sun shines on it all.

This morning, we went to the gym. Jean, Glynis and me. Jean went to do her exercises, and Glynis and I had out induction sessions. I had the most delightful young man to draw up my plan. He has focused on the balance, and core muscles, and DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY MUSCLES YOU USE TO BALANCE ON ONE SLIGHTLY BENT LEG????

I can feel each and every one of them right now. I told him all my muscles have gone on holiday. He informed me that they had a return ticket and would be back very soon. How nice. I tell you, it took me .0001 second to get that steely glint of determination in my eye. He showed me an exercise which he said I may be able to do in a few weeks. Hah. I did it today. Stood like a stork on a half-pipe foam thingy which wobbled for 30seconds. On each leg. Oh, the sense of achievement. We are not aiming for the Olympics, people. We are aiming for 30 seconds on one leg without toppling off. And I was good. No overdoing things.

Anyway. We have booked an aquarobics class. It is called Liquid Bliss. I suspect that the bliss part may escape us for a while. But onwards and upwards.

I will post more photos tomorrow, and will take some of the prayer shawl too. Flopping time, now.......

11 comments:

Vee said...

So glad that you have someone who will work with you and teach you strengthening exercises and who is easy to look at and pleasant of personality. "Liquid Bliss" they do know how to name their classes, don't they? :D

Your living room looks perfectly cool, bright, and light. A summer room for sure. Wish I could do something for summer in my own. Unlikely as long as I need fleece blankies to wrap up in.

Was granddaughters plural a slip or is there something you've not shared yet?

Enjoy your evening...

Anne said...

I love peeking into other people's gardens and yours is lovely! I love that you're using every bit of available space.

Stripeyspots said...

Keep an eye on the chest that the TV is on. I'm considering stealing it...

Kelli said...

Love the house- so cool and relaxing:) And that garden? Not bad for someone learning to balance on one leg like a stork!

Dawn said...

Your house and garden look so lovely and inviting.

I am glad you're getting going at the gym and pool - very good!

Your roses are gorgeous. Did you see my irises on my FB? They are doing so great this year and are so incredibly tall.

Onward and forward!

Needled Mom said...

I really like the neutrals in decorating too and your room looks so inviting.

The garden looks as though it is doing beautifully.

The exercise class sounds really interesting. I can see that picture in my mind with you imitating the stork. ;~))

Lisa Marie said...

What a lovely garden! How do you do it all? You are amazing Linds!

Becky said...

Another one of your posts that has me smiling at the end of it. I've love knowing I've been in that living room and in that garden and I know exactly where all those beautiful plants are. What a nice memory.

Janine said...

I suspect that you are going to love aquarobics! I went for a couple of years and it was fantastic.

SoulDragon said...

Dear Linds
You have done exceptionally well with your photos - how gorgeous and relaxing it all looks! And my favourite roses in your garden - old english! Nice to see some summer while we are experiencing quite a cold winter here.
Haven't been to blogger for a time, and just knew I'd find something happy and inspirational...it has helped a lot, as today I lost a friend I made whilst in hospital. her cancer was much worse than mine. I only knew her for a little while, but our friendship was very strong. Can't wait to see your pics of the prayer shawl.
Thanks for lovely pics today and for making me laugh
Hugs
Kathleen in Oz x

Helen in Switzerland said...

I love your calm, serene neutral living room - I could do with some of that serenity myself - and your garden is a wonder. I have lots of space, which involves LOTS of work and right now I think the weeds are winning. Oh well, it's the same every year!