Picked this up at the Christian Aid Coffee Morning last Saturday.
Didn't know if I'd read it or not as he has done several of these
collections from his pieces in The Church Times. Luckily I hadn't.
On Monday I saw this very Royal Letter Box Topper outside the Abbey Gateway in Bury St Edmunds
The first roses are my flowers on the shelf this week. The Hare, Blue Tit and Wren are still there but it's nearly June and June means summer so as well as the June plate appearing I'll have to have a change round of the other things here.
Below is the Jubilee Torch Relay passing by on Tuesday afternoon, part of a 588 mile trip round Suffolk which will end up at a Jubilee Pageant at The Suffolk Showground on the 1st June. It went by at great speed with music playing - round the corner then came back and stopped down the road. Where a van picked up the motorised rickshaw and took it off to the next village. The people carrying the torch in each village have been nominated by their villagers for their community work.
The Foxglove in front of the shed door is now flowering
I really enjoyed this book below, one of her books that Dean St Press have republished thanks to collaboration with Scott at Furrowed Middlebrow Blog. Originally published in 1953 it's a gentle story told through the eyes of a boy growing up in rural Scotland, then going to school in Edinburgh , working in London and finally the last windows are in a country cottage for his new wife.
And that was my week.........a bit of an 'off' week - as I've been strangely tired all week. Hope to recover soon as it's the Suffolk Show next week and that means a long day of walking round.
Hope your weekend is a good one.
Great to have the wee wren settling into your nest box. We have Blackbirds in the ivy hedge, House Martins (3 nests now), Swallows (2), and a tiny Blue Tit somehow manages to squish itself flat to get under the edge of one of the tiles on the roof. Isn't it lovely to see them?ReplyDelete
Five Windows sounds a good book.
I have relict plantings coming up all over where I have ripped the ancient tattered membrane up in the garden. Lots of Foxgloves in the lavender bed - I gave about 25 baby ones to my friend Pam, who was delighted. I think it is the only wildflower she recognizes, bless her!
No sign of the wren again, so the box obviously wasn't suitable!Delete
That foxglove looks epic! Thank you for sharing the Post Box topper - they always make me smile.ReplyDelete
The foxglove is growing in a small space between the slabs that are under the shed and the grass, yet is 3 times bigger than one growing in the borderDelete
I'll look forward to more about the Suffolk Show. Speaking of birds, I've had robins investigating a grape vine wreath hanging by the back door. I can see it from my desk window. Yesterday it was two robins as though one told the other about and they both came to investigate, which they did one at a time. No sign of nest building so I guess it didn't meet specs.ReplyDelete
I'm sure there will be lots of photos of the Suffolk Show, hope the weather is decent as it's a long day out!Delete
My foxgloves here are a while off coming into flower, but lovely to see what I can look forward too. I have enjoyed your tour of Bury Cathedral this week. I look forward to hearing about your visit to the Show. I used to enjoy going to it, I shall have to investigate if they have one up here.ReplyDelete
The Suffolk Show is one of my favourite days out! It's one of those things that I've always been to on my own- so much better that way. I'll go back to Bury Cathedral again for more photos sometimeDelete
( Anne Brew ) Another nest box full of chicks, this time starlings, has failed in our garden. This is not usual but Nature's way I suppose. I read somewhere that if all the chicks from a single pair, down the years - and all their chicks too - were to survive for the duration of the original pair's lifespan they would run into millions.ReplyDelete
PS Sorry for the bracketed name - Google is playing silly b*****s again.
It's odd about Google - no idea why it keeps changing. Sad about the Starling chicks. Somewhere around in the gardens behind me there has been a fledging of Blue Tits as they keep visiting the bird table - so teenyDelete
( Anne Brew )ReplyDelete
Rachel, if you are reading this, Google has put up a new firewall making it impossible to comment on yours and many other blogs.
That Foxglove is beautiful, it's one thing I've not got this year, I meant to buy some for the garden. We had hundreds around our Welsh land, I should have saved some seed pods!!ReplyDelete
Isn't it strange that in Cornwall, Devon and Wales they are wild everywhere yet over here we only manage to have them in gardensDelete
It sounds like a very enjoyable and interesting week and I do hope you feel brighter again soon.ReplyDelete
I love the mailbox topper.
Just tireditus! Must recover before Tuesday!Delete
Beautiful happenings in Suffolk and your pics tell a nice story. Your foxglove is beautiful. Isn't it funny how foxgloves randomly pop up unexpectedly. This year a few foxglove put themselves at the side of my driveway. No flowers yet. I hope you feel better soon. The Suffolk Show sounds outstanding.ReplyDelete
Your foxglove is lovely. I can remember having one as a child….it died…later my brother confessed to applying weed killer!ReplyDelete
I enjoy seeing how you change out your shelf for each season! Your plates add so much to the display but I do love all the other items too.ReplyDelete
I have almost all of Ronald Blyhe's books. His incredible knowledge of Nature and religion - and the ability to combine them - brilliant.ReplyDelete
For the first time ever we have a wren in one of our bird houses and lots of finch flying around eating from the bird feeder. Now I need to get busy and get the hummingbird feeder filled and up.ReplyDelete
I really like the topper on the mailbox.
Beautiful foxglove. Love the crown and the queen on the mail box.ReplyDelete