Monday, 31 October 2011

Happy Halloween!

Wishing all my dear friends a very Happy Halloween!

The Noodle now eight months old.

Alas I have had no time for the blog of late. Family commitments have kept me from it, but The Noodle and I have visited a few gardens this year including Great Dixter (at last). I hope to post a few pics from our adventures just as soon as I have had the time to sit down and look at them myself!

Whilst I have not had the time to visit blogs and forums over the past few months I have not forgotten you all and think about you often,

much love,
RO xxx

Monday, 4 July 2011

Explosive in pink!

July Fireworks - Valerian (Centranthus ruber)

Just a few quick words to wish my American friends a very 

Happy 4th of July!

Hummingbird Hawk Moth (Macroglossum stellartarum) on Valerian.

I nipped out into the garden at 7am this morning before it got too hot to snap a visitor to the garden who is rather taken with the Valerian. The first time I saw a hummingbird hawk month I thought it was a real hummingbird and was a little disapointed to find that it was a moth. However, as it is such an amazing sight to behold I am always thrilled to see it.

Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Valerian.

 Hummingbird Hawk Moth on Valerian.

Thank you for all your lovely comments about The Noodle. He is doing really well, growing oh so fast and keeping me very busy. I love every minute I spend with him even if he does like to keep me on my toes! Last week I took him for his first stroll around a garden. He absolutely loved it, giggled and cooed the whole time; so I have high hopes for him on the gardening front -OK OK I know he is only 4 1/2 months old but you have to start them early right?

 The Noodle in his chariot on our first garden visit together :o)

More to come on our first garden visit together soon...

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

A New Shoot.

It is about time I gave you an update really isn't it? Well that is what I have been told anyway. Lucy asked me for just one sentence. I'm not sure I have the energy for that much. If I was going to be awkward I would type just one word and leave it at that...


I suppose you could add a few very's at the front of it if you wanted to get closer to how I am feeling right now.

What I should tell you about is the arrival of my new shoot. He was late. Enjoying himself too much to come out I guess, but he did eventually arrive on the 24th February in the late afternoon (weighing 7lbs 2oz). The labour is not something I want to dwell on ever again. It did not go well. I don't remember the last 12 hours of it, my mind has completely blanked them from memory. All I know about it is what I have been told by my dear mother who was there throughout to hold my hand. The bit I do remember at the end though is when she quite literally slapped me into consciousness to tell me to wake up for 'skin to skin' with my little boy, Edwin.

He was rather blue and quite grumpy when he first arrived. I know exactly how he felt!

 Then he turned a worrying shade of yellow and had a good snooze.

Unfortunately we did not have the smoothest of starts and for the first two weeks of Edwin's life we moved around the hospital between maternity, the neonatal special baby care unit and the children's ward. We have however been home for just over a week now and are finally enjoying our time together and relaxing into a routine. So I am at last finding time to take pictures of tiny fingers and toes.

Tiny fingers

Tiny toes (huge feet!)

I cannot tell you how over the moon I am with my wonderful little boy. He is keeping me very busy though so I won't be blogging for a while. Love to you all, and thank you for all your friendship and support.

RO xxx

Hello from The Noodle!

Monday, 7 February 2011

Are we nearly there yet?

Well the answer is yes! I am just one week away from the arrival of my little boy. Life as I know it is about to change forever...

Ill health has sadly meant that I have not managed to maintain the blog very well over recent months. I hope that as I adjust to motherhood I will start to post again in due time, but I am afraid I will be very quiet for a while. I still have many visits from last year I have yet to share with you and hope to update you on Tumbledown as the season progresses. It is all rather grey and windy here at the moment and I am currently struggling to get my socks on let alone get outside with a camera! Roll on spring...

Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and well wishes. I will do my best to let you know when the little beastie arrives.

RO xxx

 My little squiggler back in December -he's a lot bigger now!