This is very annoying as there are Gremlins working at typepad as well as their software engineers. This is the second time I have done this post! I have been tagged by Emma at sewrecycled to show you the view from my kitchen window. As she rightly spotted I have a great view from my front garden but not such a beautiful one from the back garden. To the side of the kitchen I have two lots of french doors which lead out on to a tiny strip of tiled garden which is decorated with olives trees and mosaic mirrors.
We have a small roof terrace up on the second floor of the house - no nice view - all fenced off for safety and over looks the rear of the shops at the back of our house. We have a small balcony that does over look the sea but since having children my husband and I hardly ever get chance to sit down unless we are driving somewhere so rarely get to sit out there any more! I will blog about these another time. We have a small front garden which we use to play in, plant some flowers and vegetables (lots of herbs for thyme and mint tea, lettuce, toms and some seed potatoes this year).
I bought the metal fish whilst on the Arundel Gallery Trail (open houses and gardens containing lots of art and sculptures - good and bad!). The man selling them had a whole shoal. I would like to buy some more. The fish moves gently in the breeze, which makes it look like it is swimming along.
I love my beautiful tiles. I can't clean them up though as it makes them too slippery!
My bench is so rickety that I only use it as a bench for plant pots! The trunk next to the bench is full of african daises and an agapantha (spelt wrong and not growing too much either). The trunk was thrifted for £1. It was covered in lovely 1950s sticky back plastic roses paper but it was filthy so I had to rip the paper off and paint it. This year I have used Laura Ashely Pale Teal emulsion. Emulsion is brilliant for outside if you want it to weather and wear. You can also see why my blog is called Lavenderhouse.
This is what we class as our real garden - THE BEACH! We live right opposite it. The sun finally came out this evening so we popped down there - Andrew, me and the three children plus Jo from down the road and her four children! I photographed everyone whilst there were shrieks (literally) of joy when they found crabs, prawn like fish and beautiful sea anenomes. We didn't have wine tonight but it is great fun to go rock pooling with a glass of wine in one hand and a bucket in the other! There are hundreds of children that live locally and we were the only ones on the beach for at least 10 breakwaters. I expect they are all inside watching the television and playing on their computers - GET DOWN ON THE BEACH WITH US!
I hope this blog works out this time - sorry for any spelling mistakes, layout problems etc - a bit knackered!