First of all, I have a new job. Still teaching, but driving this bus full of library books around to 8 little country schools, teaching literacy lessons. It's a 'sea-change' of sorts and very different to being in a big school of 540 kids going to schools now of about 12. Lots of alone time which I like and the most beautiful country views.
When I get home, I like to hang out in here. My hot house is becoming a favourite place to relax after work. Sometimes I even have my breakfast out there. My plants love it too and from inside I get a beautiful view of my garden.
This is one of my daily views as I drive along.
I've done a spot of practical sewing. My church pew got painted and jazzed up a bit, so I got new foam and covered it. With the same fabric, I re-covered the cushions in the hot house on my new second hand couch. Everything old is new again.
I have had spectacular blooms in my garden this spring. I forget what's coming so it's always a surprise. These beared iris are very special outside my back door. I think my neighbour must have given them to me, as they divide each year and share.
I had a big shed tidy up and found these mirrors just sitting around. They used to be part of an old dressing table that was dismantled at one stage. They have been very cleverly installed in my garden to make it look like I can see through the neighbours fence. I just love them and they have added a special dimension to my garden.
In the shed tidy, I found an old cymbal that I made into a bird feeder. I put it where I can view from my hot house. I love watching the birds.
Hmmmm ... which brings me to the next story ...
do you see this little yellow canary? Well I have 4 different rouge ones flying about my garden. They talk to the ones in the aviary and seem very happy living in the wild. I don't know if they were ones that have escaped in the past, or others - they are there every day, so I have put a feeder on the outside of the cage and they happily use that. They bath in the garden bird baths and seem to be friends with the sparrows.