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Mid February in the garden after our trip to the seaside.

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We’ve been away for a few days with our youngest grandchildren while our daughter and hubby were working. Isn’t it awkward when schools have diferent half term holidays. We had a lovely time on the east coast even though it was very, very cold. One day we got caught on the beach by a hailstorm.. It didn’t take us long to get back into the dry and warm…. Even T with his Grammy leg managed a decent trot….he couldn’t catch me and the children up though…lol. He said it was because he had to carry the buckets and spades…
We saw a triple rainbow and a double rainbow. The children made a wish…

Quick….run for it….


We took them to a newly built Aquarium in Skegness one day and I found it as fascinating as the children. They loved it as much as visiting The Deep in Hull. I thought I’d put a few photos for you to see. If you get chance to take the children I’m sure you would find it really good too.

Come on Grandma…squeeze in…


They train you up from age 9 to dive too so you can spend half an hour in the deep tank. They can’t wait to be old enough….
But sadly, home we had to come but this afternoon I had time to wander round the garden to see if anything else had popped up while we were away.
The Helebores looked good, I do wish they wouldn’t be so shy and would lift their heads up.


Its a good job the clematis look down though so I can see their lovely shapes..even if they try to hide in the foliage…


Isn’t this Anthemis supposed to die down through the winter?

It’s still trying to flower!!!

These wallflowers are being very brave too….


The sun has just gone down as I write this at 5.30 and the moon is shining really brightly. It looks like it’s going to be really cold again tonight. The moon was evident this afternoon too…

I found the first Leucogem (? Spelling)

And the first fllower on this plant I can’t remember the name for. It does like to spread itself around so I have to keep it in check. I like the variegated leaves.

These have stayed pretty green right through winter…

I’m looking forward to seeing this Magnolia in flower soon. There weren’t half this many buds on it last year.

and this vibernum is just beginning to flower in the front garden. It will smell sweetly and look lovely soon.


That’s about all that is diferent this week out there. There are just the snowdrops by the back door steps that have begun to flower. They are in pretty much all day shade at this time of the year so they always take a little longer to appear. I hope the weather is better settled for you all wherever you are and that you have been able to wrap up and spend some time in the sunshine. Soak up the vitamin D……Lol. to keep those bones strong…..you are going to be needing them soon once we get to sorting those borders out…

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Lovely blog Sheila were you away in your Motor home.

18 Feb, 2016

 

Thanks Kath, yes we were. First time out in her. Toasting warm inside and the children love it. We didn't want to travel too far, so we chose a site with access to the beach on the east coast. Bless them, they didn't want to go home when Gareth came to collect them yesterday evening. So we all went out for dinner and he took them home from the restaurant. Saved a lot of fuss......lol

18 Feb, 2016

 

Fabulous Sheila we hope soon to be going out in our again soon.

18 Feb, 2016

 

What a lovely time you had with the the grandchildren, I quite envy you. I'd like to take Freya to The Deep some time. Your Helebores are all looking great.

18 Feb, 2016

 

Our daughter takes them to the deep every so often. They love it Waddy. They walk round once then eat the lunch my daughter has packed for them, then go round again. They liked the dome up into the small aquarium at Skegness.They thought it was like being in a submarine...lol. The first window into the main deep tank was like a washing machine door glass that reached a good way into the tank. I've never seen one like it before. The Helebores have flowered well this year.

18 Feb, 2016

 

Lovely photos of happy times with your grand children.

You and I were just about taking a photo of the beautiful moon at the same time today! A nice thought.
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18 Feb, 2016

 

Lovely happy blog HB! I envy your motor homes...was dreaming about one today. It would solve all my holiday issues...no flights, no airports, we wouldnt need a dog sitter, I could get to visit all the places I want to see..and take my 'own home' with me. So..perfect eh? Except...Scott hates driving, doesnt like staycations and we dont have money to buy one! Lol! Maybe one day I'll get one just for me and the dogs, and send him off on a golfing holiday somewhere hot! That'll teach him! Lol! ;)

18 Feb, 2016

 

Thanks Wildrose. I am making the most of it before they are too old to want to spend time with an old codger. Yes I saw your photo too and thought how nice it was that we were both looking at the moon at about the same time..

Oh! Bless Karen. Maybe one day, when you've both retired like us, Scott will feel more like trying one. I like being able to take off whenever we feel like it. We've seen more of England since we got it than we ever did before. Kath really makes the most of hers and this year we intend to get full use of ours now Terry has his new knee and will be able to walk and cycle further. We are planning visits to all the open gardens we can this summer and hopefully get up to Scotland to visit family. I have never been further north than the Lake District and I am really looking forward to touring around Scotland.

19 Feb, 2016

 

Oh what a happy cheery morning after reading your lovely blog, sitting here smiling
I know skegness/mablethorpe from childhood....that sky, incredibly black

Wonderful memories for your grandchildren.......

Lovely spring flowers too
Thanks Homebird 😊

19 Feb, 2016

 

Oh! Thankyou Pam. I am so lucky to have children who trust me to whisk their children away for a few days. Samuel rang me last night to ask if I thought his sand castle would still be there. Lol. He was printing photos off with his Daddy to stick in his school book to show what he has been doing during half term. The sky really went black that afternoon but the rainbows were brilliant. I'd never seen three together before.
It's a keen frost this morning but we are edging towards the warmer weather aren't we. It's been nice to see some colour in the gardens all the way through the winter.

19 Feb, 2016

 

Lovely blog Homebird looks like you all had a great time:-), and then to come home to all those lovely flowers in your garden what could be better !
Can't wait to go to all the places again we went when ours were little, and we've just discovered our first grandchild (due in July) is a boy!!

19 Feb, 2016

 

Congratulations Kathy! Thats great news...your first grandchild! What a fantastic new door is about to open for you...you'll have joy in abundance! Praying that all goes well for everyone. X

19 Feb, 2016

amy
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What a wonderful few days away Sheila I thought you might have been to our coast we had a battle of the vikings last weekend with a burning of their ship at sea . I love the aquarium photos they are happy pics . and then to come home to find you have some treasures blooming in your garden ,icing on the cake :o))

19 Feb, 2016

 

Aaaw thankyou Karen :-) had a lovely day last week Danielle and Simon couldn't wait to see what sex the baby would be so went for a private scan and both Grandma's got to go too !! It was lovely and quite emotional seeing him,then we went for dinner and to buy a few baby things :-)

19 Feb, 2016

amy
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I'm Very, very happy for you Kathy congratulations its going to be an exciting year for you and your family :o)) x

19 Feb, 2016

 

What a lovely happy blog - but no lazing around in those dunes when its this cold! That sky looks as though its going to tip it down any minute.
Your garden is looking good - you can't blame the brave hellebores for looking down - they want to keep the rain our of their eyes! Your mystery plant is a variegated Vinca Major by the way.

19 Feb, 2016

 

I loved the blog and also envy you going off in your motor home ! You weren't that many miles away from me down the east coast! You were quite brave going out in the cold easterly weather !
Your garden looks good too ! The other plant is Vinca Major, the Periwinkle !

19 Feb, 2016

 

Congratulations Kathy that's wonderful news. So much joy and pleasure you never thought possible when you hold that beautiful first grandchild in your arms. Wasn't that special being there at the scan. It's amazing to see isn't it. You obviously have a lovely close relationship with your children. What a great year you are going to have.

19 Feb, 2016

 

Thankyou Amy. We thought we aught to find somewhere nearer for the children this time as they live near to Hull. It's a pity we missed the Viking thing though. I remember one summer we were walking along the beach following the homemade boats racing from Sherringham to Cromer and a sudden wind got up and sank them all. The wind was so strong we thought we would lose the awning on the caravan. Goodness knows where that wind came from as it had been a glorious day until then.
Thankyou very much Stera and Rose, that photo was taken just before the hail storm. Lol. Yes it was very cold but the children don't mind the cold wind when they are wrapped up. It didn't stop us building sandcastles or playing football. Hot chocolate with marshmallow floating in it goes down a treat when you go back in. Yum....
Thankyou for naming the plant for me. I had a total blank when I tried to remember what it was called.....and they trust me with their children!!!

19 Feb, 2016

 

Congratulations Simba, what wonderful news, hope all goes well in July.

19 Feb, 2016

 

This is a lovely blog Sheila ! I would enjoy going to that aquarium myself lol. I'm glad you all had a nice break.
It's nice to see the plants in your garden. The one you didn't know is Vinca major (I don't know if anyone has already said it - I never have time to read everyone else's comments)
I love the photo of the branches silhouetted against the sky :o)

19 Feb, 2016

 

Thanks Hywel. I have been told what it was but Thankyou anyway. I don't go through all the comments either. Unless it's a theme....
T had a nasty fall this morning and broke his collar bone. He will be really fed up when he realises that he won't be able to drive for 6 weeks. He's only just been able to start driving after his knee replacement.

19 Feb, 2016

 

Thankyou Amy,Waddy and Homebird I'm so excited :-)
Oh no Homebird that sounds very painful! poor hubby as if a knee replacement wasn't enough! hope he's on the mend soon xx

20 Feb, 2016

 

Oh no HB! That's awful. The poor man. You're going to have to be very patient with him as I'm sure he's going to become very bored. Hope he's mended very soon.

20 Feb, 2016

 

Lovely blog H'bird, that sky in the beach shot looks very dark and stormy, I can remember getting caught on the beach at Ingoldmells with our granddaughter and Malik when she was about 5yrs old, would you believe it was the middle of June, it was horrendous and the hail amongst the swirling sand really hurt, it comes down really fast when it wants to so you were lucky to get away in time, its grand looking after the grandchildren and I miss those days..
The photo's of your garden are a pleasure to see, I have a wander every day to see what else is showing buds.
Sorry to hear your hubby is in the wars again, what is he like aye!! hoping it heals well and quickly for him and also not too painful....

20 Feb, 2016

 

Super blog, Hb! You must have enjoyed your time with the grandchildren - we have recently found out we are expecting 2 new grandchildren, d-i-l is due in June, and daughter in August. And son no1 is getting married a week today. So quite an exciting year, one way and another! You have a lot to look forward to, Simbad. Everyone says how lovely it is to have grandchildren, but you don't realise just how lovely until it happens.

20 Feb, 2016

 

That's super news Mechi. What a wonderful, pleasure filled year you have in store. The time will fly up to June. I hope you can be with your daughter for the birth of her baby in August.
Lincs that's sounds painful, poor little thing, hail is not nice but coupled with sand is horrible. I hope you managed to get under shelter quickly with her. We were lucky that afternoon. Thankyou.
Thanks Waddy and Simbad. It'll all come right given time. It's a good job it happened after our arranged holiday with the children. We really enjoyed that. :o))

20 Feb, 2016

 

Sorry to hear that Sheila. You both must be feeling very fed up. I hope it isn't too painful ...

21 Feb, 2016

 

Aaaaw congratulations to you too Melchi , a lovely time ahead of you as well :-)

21 Feb, 2016

 

May I add my congratulations too Melchi? You're going to be very busy, in the nicest possible way!

21 Feb, 2016

 

Congratulations Mel from me too and also to you Simbad !
I hope your hubby will soon be on the mend Homebird !

21 Feb, 2016

 

Oh I have enjoyed your blog Sheila, loved Skeggie when we were children.....so many happy memories, especially the Aksenstrasa ( I think that's what it was called) with little man made streams where you could sail your boats etc. That looks to be a smashing place for the children to visit how magical! So sorry to hear of hubbys collarbone! Fingers crossed he'll make a quick recovery and be back driving again soon.
Congratulations to you Kathy and Melchi.....lovely news!!

22 Feb, 2016

 

Thanks everyone for the congrats. 4 days to the wedding, and I'm getting excited! We shall be going up to stay in Paisley when the baby comes in August so we can help out as much with William (who'll be four by then!) as with anything else. Son no 2 and d-i-l live not too far away, so we see them regularly - and I have my 22 month-old granddaughter here every Thursday. Busy times ahead!

23 Feb, 2016

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