The weather here in Nenagh yesterday was just beautiful. At 10 o'clock my neighbour and I headed off on our weekend walk - we haven't clocked it in the car yet but it's about 4-5 miles. If we can we try to do on both Saturday and Sunday. We took our dog, Sugar, a yellow Lab, who is addicted to walks. On a Sunday morning it is usually quiet and we go out in the country past the grazing cows and horses - the riding stable and a grove of old oak trees on a hill. We hoofed it yesterday and made it in record time back an hour and twenty minutes - of course yakity yaking the whole way.
When I got home I decided I better get those bulbs I had bought up at the Ideal Home Show into the ground - I bought these mini daffodils called Rip Van Winkle which have kind of ruffled looking petals - so they are all out back along my "hot" wall as I call it as it captures the best sun and everything flourishes there. I had also picked up some allium bulbs - this variety should grow about 3 feet high so I can't wait to see them come to life. I really like only working with perennials and the challenge then is to have things flowering all year round. Actually my lupin is still in bloom out front - not sure what happened there.
Anyway, as I finished out in the garden - pulling out old and dead sunflowers - weeding a bit and refilling the birdfeeder and hanging up new balls of suet for them - I thought I'd just take a few details around the garden. I loved this ivy against the wall and the few rose hips.
The carved pumpkins had to be thrown out but I still have three pumpkins which I moved from the front stoop and put on the blue bench we have out front - clipped some pyracanthea off the front wall and put together this little still life. The big white pumpkin was given to Sophia by her friend from school - we have just loved it.