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A few highlights from Oliveoil's Garden yesterday.

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This week I have been in Lincolnshire, and lo and behold, the Scottish weather came with me! :( At least for the first two days.

As most of you know already, Oliveoil is my Mum and she lives in North Lincolnshire where I grew up. But for 28 years I have lived with my family in Dundee and environs, Scotland. So I hardly ever get the chance to visit England and it is a 7-8 hour drive to get there with stops, so a long long way for me to drive. But this year I decided I really wanted to go. So I found a nice place to stay where I could chill out at the end of each day of busyness…

This is the staircase taking me up to my little loft apartment for the week on a farm…lovely place, I really appreciated it.

…and the view from up there where I ‘lived’. This was on a fairly sunny morning :) As you can see…not that different to the view from my back window at home.

Gainsborough Old Hall. As a schoolgirl I sang in here from the Minstrels Gallery. It’s a beautiful building inside and out, and I think, if I remember right, Henry VIII stayed here a couple of times. It was built in 1460.

Lincolnshire is very different to Scotland both architecturally and historically, but the crops are very similar as the ground is clay in both places. Barley, Potatoes, Soft fruit etc. Lincs. has older, much prettier little villages built of Georgian Red Brick etc. with really old churches and pubs. It really is a pretty place, which I couldn’t appreciate when I was young, but now enjoy. Gainsbourough itself is a Viking settlement, so ancient and very historic, having been at one time the largest inland Port in England (the River Trent flows right along the town border).

I had a ‘Memory Lane’ visit to all my childhood places…schools, my first childhood home, the church I was confirmed in, the vilage church where I was a chorister etc. etc. All a long, long time ago now, but it seems like yesterday to me.

And of course, I also got to see Mum’s lovely colourful garden in real life….with rain dripping on us! Still, I did manage to get a few good snaps of some of the best bits!

Hope you liked my little Lincolnshire Odyssey!

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Lovely blog, Karen, and so nice to see Oliveoil's garden - looking very colourful :)

31 Jul, 2015

 

Lovely blog with lovely pictures, pleased you made it home safely Karen, you must be absolutely shattered with all that driving around. :O)

Snoopdog, you say the lovliest things lol :O) but really Karen has been the inspiration to my gardening. I can never take the credit for that. We are never too old to learn lol :O) pleased you like my creation :O) a dream that came true for me, love cottage gardens and lots of vibrant colour have loved creating it and am pleased it is now finished?......but are they ever finished!!!

31 Jul, 2015

 

The countryside looks glorious, how nice to revisit your old haunts. 'Mum's' certainly got a lovely colourful garden, and like her teapot. Thank you for taking us with you!

31 Jul, 2015

 

Wow Karen. Youve been active. Love your Mum's garden. Enjoyed your blog and pleased you are home safe.

31 Jul, 2015

 

Thank you all! :)

31 Jul, 2015

 

Fascinating places. I remember visiting one of King Henry VIII's & Catherine's homes when I visited the UK. They always kept impeccable gardens.

1 Aug, 2015

 

I wondered where you'd got to and there you were only a hop and a skip away, great blog Karen, I'm betting you got a tad emotional seeing all your old haunts and reliving your memories, its always nice to see your mum's garden, so colourful even in the rain, I won't tell you off about the rain because our gardens were beginning to get desperate, in fact I guess it should be a thankyou, lol.
I visited Gainsborough Old Hall a couple of years ago on the way back from a trip to Yorkshire and it really is a wonderful house, very well preserved and definitely worth a visit, if I remember correctly it has a long corridor that makes one shiver it feels eerily cold even on a sunny day, reading about it afterwards I found its s'posed to have a resident ghost that spends eternity walking that corridor, lol, I wouldn't stay there after dark and thats a fact, I remember we spent ages afterwards admiring and breathing in the herb garden, pinching the leaves and trying to name them all.
Pleased you enjoyed your week, thanks for sharing your lovely photo's...

1 Aug, 2015

 

Glad you had such an enjoyable time, Karen. Lovely pictures. Well done on the marathon drive!

1 Aug, 2015

 

Lovely blog Karen, glad you showed us your Mums garden,which is a picture.I particularly liked the white flower,which I have, and the yellow daisy.My OH loves yellow and I must admit I have very little of.Whats the daisy called, think I might try and get some for him!

1 Aug, 2015

 

Thats Inula Gralew. One of my favourite daisies. I'll be planting some this autumn in my hot border. The white flower is chinese lysimachia..i think thats what Mum said. I love the way it 'moves' in different directions!

1 Aug, 2015

 

Thank you for sharing your visit to North Lincs, Karen ... all looking lovely. Thanks also for naming that white Chinese Lysimachia as my son has this growing in the back garden and wondered if it was poisonous!

1 Aug, 2015

 

Its proper name is
Lysimachia clethroides it is a lovely tall plant in the border pleased you liked it Karen and Gralew. :O) its nickname is gooseneck (I think) lol.

I love the Inulas but of course I love all daisy flowers right down to the little ones that grow in the grass - shall be making daisy chains next year for Lottie. lol.

1 Aug, 2015

 

Daisy chains...wow, doesn't that take you back?

1 Aug, 2015

 

That's right Olive and pussycats tails...

1 Aug, 2015

 

You must be worn out Karen, but thank you for sharing your trip back 'home' with us. You've really captured the area in your photos especially your mum's garden. I love the teapot with the succulents.
She, like you, has such green fingers and has produced a beautiful garden.

1 Aug, 2015

 

What a great blog Karen. Hope you are feeling better. I didn't realise Olive was your mum. Like you I learnt a lot of my gardening from my dad. If he was still with us he would have loved GoY. Your garden looks wonderful Olive. I have the very tall Inula.....it is bigger than me.

1 Aug, 2015

 

I've always loved your Mum's garden Karen and wish I could see it for myself one day !
I love the Inula and have never seen this white Lysmachia before ! I nearly bought a similar whicker tea pot planter today ! I wish I had now ! It looks lovely all planted up !
Now why isn't there a picture of you and your Mum together on here ! x

1 Aug, 2015

 

Mum not keen on photos Rose. There is one of us all on facebook though. I might put it on later. :)

1 Aug, 2015

 

Loved your memories here along with such beautiful photos.

Your mum's garden is such a pretty one and she must have loved sharing it with you. I like the look of where you stayed. What a very long drive to get there and back but hopefully restful in between.

2 Aug, 2015

 

Wonderful blog,Karen,and so many memories remembered,some more probably came to mind as you went around your childhood haunts...Sorry the weather wasn't favourable for you,but you seem to have thoroughly enjoyed your visit..especially seeing your mum,was the most special visit for you both,and I guess it was lovely seeing your new niece:o)
Thanks for the name of the White Lysimachia..Gooseneck is an apt name :o)and I love the Inula too..another name i didn't know..Your mum really has a beautiful garden,and an eye for design and colour..thanks for sharing with us :o) x

2 Aug, 2015

 

So pleased you got to see your Mum, worth the long drive I am sure, she lives in a lovely part of the country, great also to see her beautiful garden up close, and you bought rain tooπŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘B-) what a bonus!!

2 Aug, 2015

 

I'll look forward to that Karen ! x

3 Aug, 2015

 

Great blog, Karen. Olive's garden is a real treat to see. What a great idea the wicker teapot is - I want one! Thanks also for the proper name of the Gooseneck, I had thought it was a hebe so glad to know it's name.
Put this in my favs for future.

12 Aug, 2015

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