outside – word of the week

Highland cattle

Happy May Day! Perfect weather too. We’ve had plenty of time outside, this week. The weather has been kind, apart from a slight blip, when some much needed rain tipped down yesterday. Just after I put a load of washing on the line too. I don’t mind. The rest of the time has been gorgeous.

We had two bbqs over the weekend and ate outside. I love eating outside. I can’t always persuade everyone, but I did this week. The children spent hours playing badminton as the wind dropped.

Getting the teens outside on a walk

Weekend walk

It turns out that I enthused about the previous week’s walk so much that all three children were keen to go on Sunday. So we went again. It was just as glorious. Added to the joy of listening to the teens chatting away to each other. They seem to reserve the niggling for when they’re confined indoors. There is hope for the future. It really was fun seeing the walk through their eyes.

An empty field from last week, was full of ewes and their newborn lambs. Oh my goodness. Is there a better sight than lambs, with their slightly horizontal, floppy ears, looking straight at you? There were also two Highland Cattle and an English Long Horn. A passer-by told us that the cattle had been rescued.

painted garden table outside kitchen


Busy time in the garden. I honestly could just potter around in the garden all day. Often quite tempted to pack a lunch and disappear for the day. The big greenhouse is filling up with seedlings. I’m looking forward to planting them out.

Mr TTC painted a garden table. It was looking a bit lack lustre, so this time he covered up the old brown stain with sage. I really like it.

The red tulips have opened up and are making a pretty display. My parrot tulips are looking magnificent. The flowers seem bigger than last week. I’m definitely getting more of this type of tulip.

parrot tulip in full bloom


It’s been a busy work week. I’ve squeezed a bit of time to sew my dress, in the evenings, but I’m dog tired. Hopefully, I’ll get more time this week.

I have a confession. A small one. I broke my no-buy fabric rule. In reality, I now see this as just a guideline rather than a rule, as seems to be the current trend. I bought two lots of fabric and a couple of patterns. I blame a dress I saw last week. It was perfect. No pattern, so I had to find something similar and work out how to hack it.

Reader, I need no new fabric or new projects, but here we are.

No more.

Right, confession over.

I’m looking forward to more outside time this weekend.

Joining in Anne’s word of the week.

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10 thoughts on “outside – word of the week

  • Saturday 1 May, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I really envy your country walks with newborn lambs. This time a couple of years ago we were at a local farm enjoying their newcomers. I hope we can get back to that again soon. I broke my no buying wool rule too…ah sometimes you have to (And I have a new nephew on the way!) I love your parrot tulips…mine don’t seem to want to grow…no surprise. But, my trees are growing lovely, I have a willow and a pussy willow and they are both thriving. I’m hoping to add an apple tree soon. I also have a rose bush that is growing. I just had to pick plants that like our horrid soil.

    • Sunday 2 May, 2021 at 9:44 am

      It’s been so dry, I think it’s set the spring bulbs back a bit. Hopefully your tulips will still make an appearance. A new baby is an excellent reason to break your no yarn buying rule.

  • Saturday 1 May, 2021 at 11:19 am

    I love that you are enjoying the outside so much. I would love to be able to see some lambs. Don’t worry about breaking your rule sometimes we need to treat ourselves ;0) #WotW

    • Sunday 2 May, 2021 at 9:43 am

      You’re right about needing to treat ourselves. The lambs were very cute.

  • Saturday 1 May, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    How lovely to have a family walk and see some ewes and lambs – I do love seeing lambs at this time of year. So nice to get out in the garden and have seedlings growing – mine have appreciated having some rain this week though! Hope you manage to work out a hack for making the dress you saw. I think you’ve done well with not buying extra craft material up until now so a small break to the rule isn’t so bad! Love the photo of your parrot tulip – such a beautiful flower. I’ll have to look out for them later in the year when I plant my spring bulbs. #WotW

    • Sunday 2 May, 2021 at 9:42 am

      A small break. I like your thinking. Hope you can locate some parrot tulips. I can definitely recommend.

  • Sunday 2 May, 2021 at 11:16 am

    Love the colour of the table. Your walks sound lovely! Some of my tulips are starting to wilt now, but there are a couple still going strong.

    • Sunday 2 May, 2021 at 2:15 pm

      I’m loving our tulip display this year. I’m planting even more next year.

  • Monday 3 May, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    It is good to get outside. The weather hasn’t been great here over the weekend and today it has rained all day. I’m not complaining, my garden needed it. x

    • Tuesday 4 May, 2021 at 11:08 am

      Oh yes! My garden is definitely benefitting from the rain over the weekend.


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