Some things dotted around my garden that make me smile.
I was given these solar chicken lights as a bridal shower gift from some of the lovely mums at school. They look wonderful glowing softly at night perched at the top of the red brick steps either side of the path.
I just love these old metal worker’s spoons. It has taken me about twenty years to find a place for these, they seem to sit just right on the shed in my new vegetable garden.
These humble buckets do a very practical job in the summer collecting much needed rainwater for the thirsty vegetables. They have just been turned over for the winter, now doing the important job of looking good and giving the bare bones of the garden some interest for the colder times ahead.
My favourite white enamel jug sadly developed a hole in the bottom this year but even though it’s usefulness has ended it still takes pride of place as a valuable ornament. Not worth a penny but a treasure to me.
I bought this metal urn for my house some years ago but after moving it from room to room I finally had to admit it was far too big for my little cottage. It gets better and better each year, out in all weathers it has aged beautifully from grey to mellow rust. The achillea seed heads, faded from their summer bright mustard yellow to autumn brown set it off beautifully in the autumn sunshine. I think it is very happy in the garden.
This little rabbit skull was found in the vegetable patch at the end of my garden. Poor Peter. Any wildlife is a welcome visitor in my garden even if they are considered a menace by many. We have had chickens taken by foxes and silky moles digging up the lawn but to me they they all part of living in the countryside.
These little wooden birds , a mother and her three chicks (I think they are supposed to be pheasants) kept getting swamped underneath a jungle of courgette leaves so they are now secured to the fence to keep them from getting buried.
One of my favourite things, an old stone head that should be fixed on a wall but I like him just opposite my kitchen window surrounded by ivy in the winter. He cheers the place up when the rest of the garden is looking bare.
My favourite bunny having tea in the Spring sunshine.
A little quiet spot in the garden, taken mid May 2015. The alliums are just about to burst into full bloom.
After losing our hens last year to Mr Fox they were sorely missed over the winter and were a welcome sight back in the garden in the Spring.