20 July 2014

Lavender from the garden.

It's Lavender time again and thank goodness I have plenty to pick.
Back in Springtime I didn't think I'd have very much
as we'd had such a long period of rain.
I really will have to think of renewing a lot of my plants.
However I have a good harvest
to be able to make my Lavender posies
Take a look at the old post.



 The 1st picking


 a few ideas of how to arrange some bunches.

 I used fine wire to attach small bunches onto this raffia heart.
A rustic style which I've hung to  dry on the terrace.
Filling the air with it's heavenly perfume.
Which will always remind me of our trip to Provence


Of course there will also be lots of lavender bags.
I hope this will give you a few other ideas
of how to show off your lavender.
I still have a lot to harvest.
so I'll be busy this next week.
à bientôt
Barbara Lilian

09 July 2014

Sketches... painted of my garden during recooperation time.

Poppy painted on my Nepalese hand made paper.
After trials and errors I now realise
 I have to use more paint and less water.

This one was painted on hand made paper from Solange in the Provence.
When I was there I visited the paper mill where you could see
the process of how the paper was made. I wish I had bought the sheets of paper,
but I had only just started to paint with water colours then
and I only bought a pack of postcards, but I still have a few left.

Our pool, which I've only been looking at over the past few weeks.
and now I am allowed to swim, we have dull rainy weather
and as I'm a sun worshiper and not a keen swimmer
I need a hot sunny day to tempt me.
Our new brightly coloured sun brollies for the pool area
Where we sit for morning coffee.

 A corner of the garden that has given us plenty of colour,
especially the poppies on the left. which have now been removed
ready for some herbaceous plants to take their place.
The roses on the right where beautiful, until we had a terrific storm
 a few days ago and now they've all been battered .
Hopefully we'll get a second lot to flower over the following weeks.


This area is work in progress.
However since my back problem it has been put on hold.
The wall was built in the springtime
 and a few cuttings of Buddleia were literally shoved in,
have grown well and now beginning to give us some colour
along with the never ending butterflies that love it.

I'm now feeling much better so I've been pottering about dead heading,
nothing too energetic for the time being.
 I do start to get carried away and get told off by Mr France
 and made to rest, I must be patient
I'll be so happy when I can get my hands in the earth again,.
I've sketched a lot over the past few weeks.
So I'll be showing you some more soon.
In the meantime I hope you are enjoying lots of warm sunny days in your gardens.

à bientôt

Barbara Lilian


27 June 2014

Summer as seen from the terrace.

This is where I've been spending my time, since I've been back home. 
Unfortunately I can't go in the pool just yet. 

Not being able to look after my garden this year
 I scattered some poppy seeds
and this is the result
It's just a shame the flowers don't last very long.
So I've taken lots of photos.
I've also been painting them, in different ways, but you'll have to wait
I'll show those later



Orange Day lilies,
I've tried to get rid of these several times.
but they still keep popping up every year.
Which fortunately is a good thing this year.

I thought you might like to see this corner of the terrace
which has some of things I've found over the years at Brocantes. 

This lovely Fuchsia in a vintage terracotta urn
was given to Mr France by our daughter for fathers day.
I've had this vintage style chair for a long time and never used it to sit in.
It has always been in the bathroom, so had it brought out onto the terrace.
During my short sitting time, I've found it was very comfy and I like it here.
I think I'll leave it on the terrace for the rest of the summer.

Mr France must have taken this while I was absorbed, painting in my sketchbook.

I hope you can find some time to sit and enjoy your gardens.
à bientôt
Barbara Lilian

18 June 2014

Looking back.

It's now early June and I'm resting after my surgery
I've only planted up a few hanging baskets and
I've just had a phone call from 'Le Mairie' ( our local town hall)
It was strange to hear an English voice and also one I recognised,
 informing me that she was now the person in charge of the 'floral committee'
and would I be entering the floral competition as usual this year,
as I had not sent in my application form.
How things have changed since I first arrived to live in my tiny village
 take a look here
During the time  I've lived in France I've always had pots of flowers
on the window sills and by the front door, even when we were renovating our house.
 I felt a little sad having to say NO I would not be entering this year.
If you'd like to look back with me at one of my previous posts  
here  are some of the flowers which have won me prizes.

Little by little I'm getting better.
I'm still having to rest a lot and not allowed to go out in the car yet.
Fortunately we have glorious sunshine so I've been sitting on our terrace
I've done a little sketching, but really not 100% back into it.
Hopefully I'll get my enthusiasm back soon.

 I hope you'll enjoy seeing some of my older posts.
when the pots & baskets where at their best.

Since I've been absent,  I've gained some new followers
I hope you will come back even though my posting will be sporadic
for a little while.
Also thank you so much to those of you who have sent me get well wishes.

à bientôt
Barbara Lilian

27 May 2014

Roses & a few paintings from my sketch book

Since the treatment I had for my back problem
I haven't been very active on my blog.
and now I finally need to have surgery.
Which has made me turn to my favourite things.
My garden , which as I previously mentioned
 is having to look after itself.
But somehow it's not looking too bad.
I've just picked out a few photos I took of the pretty pink rose.



I've been sketching in my new sketch journals.
Every year these poppies bloom in my daughters garden.
I love the big flower, but unfortunately they don't last very long 
so they were a must to paint .

Montana Clematis is in full bloom & climbing everywhere, 
 except the ones I planted to grow up onto my pergola.
for some reason they didn't like where I'd put them.
so I took a photo of some in a friends garden .
Then quickly sketched this into my garden sketchbook.
This was  a sprig of Lilac  which I stole from my daughters garden
I find it doesn't seem to last very long in a vase.
 I painted this on the hand made paper I was given
I  struggled at first using this type of paper
but now I think I'm liking the different technique I have to use.
I glued it in my sketch book.
I would like to Thank all
 my blogging friends who take the time to look at what I share,
especially those who have sent me get well wishes.
I'll be away for awhile.
But I will be reading my favourite blogs
even if I don't make any comments.
à bientôt
Barbara Lilian