My goodness I cannot believe it is Easter already! I have spent little time online over the last couple of weeks having had to look after dear mum following her knee replacement. She is home and well but progressing very slowly in terms of mobility. Last week we had the added trauma of Titch our aged Devon Rex cat having yet another stroke. He has been extremely poorly and we did not think he would make it, but to our amazement he has perked up over the last few days, although he now has the new name of Mr Wobblehead. After his last stroke his head hung at a slightly odd forty-five degree angle to his body, now it just rather disconcertingly bobbles back and forth. This week the little chap has regained his movement and appetite and is once again causing his daily ten minutes of chaos between power naps.
The photo above is of Eros. A long-term family member and Tumbledown garden dweller. Mum and dad rescued him from a skip in South East London more than thirty years ago. He has travelled around with them ever since.
We have a habit of collecting things at Tumbledown. Dad is a collector: a collector of well just about anything. His eclectic collection includes the watering cans below; just don't ask me how many of them we have...you really do not want to know!
The daffodils are all out this Easter. Jolly and yellow. I am usually not a fan of acid yellow in the garden. In fact I have murdered more than one forsythia in my time, but this week has been so cold, wet and miserable that I am clinging to their yellow show as the only sign of hope for sunnier times to come.
The fields around Tumbledown are full of daffodils. This area grows large numbers of them. The farmers have been suffering with the weather this year. The cold spell at the start of the year delayed the flowering season and meant they missed Mother's day. They seem to have been struggling to make the Easter market too. The field next door is full of people busily picking the daffs this morning, frantically trying to get a few more bunches of flowers before the end of the Easter weekend. I hope its worth their while. I must admit I love living in a flower growing area and getting to see whole fields of flowers out of my window.
Forsythia (The one that got away!)
Since the weather has been so horrid this week I have spent most of it like a caged animal inside the house or in the greenhouse. The seedlings are all doing well.
As a bit of fun for Easter I even created a mini succulent garden inspired by the wonderful Kathy Brown. Yes I have been indoors far too much and sadly my laptop has died (I fear I may have overloaded it with photos...sob). I even resorted to photographing some more of the Tumbledown clutter...
Of course it would not be a proper Tumbledown report without the cats. Although it was hideously windy the boys did come for a stroll down the field with me one afternoon. Well when I say a stroll I mean that Leo came on the off chance that there might have been a pheasant or two to catch, but he soon disappeared off into the long grass in search of feathered friends.
Silvi did his best to come and join in, but well he is Siamese and a bit delicate and did not really take to the spring breeze. After a few minutes of shouting he retreated to the comfort of the house and his favourite radiator bed.
Stilton being a true gardening cat was out enjoying the daffodils and keeping an eye out for the Easter Bunny.
Happy Easter from everyone at Tumbledown,