Another Month….

I’m turning out to be a bit you-know-what at posting recently.  I’m full of good intentions and then somehow I just wander off and get to doing something else.

I’ve been busy of course, Siddy now visits twice a week with his elder care friends – most of whom now remember that they know him, though some need to be reintroduced every visit.  He is learning how to walk beside a power chair so that a) he doesn’t get run over and b) doesn’t cause his friend to find herself suddenly toppled upside down on the grass – now that wouldn’t be good!  At the same time I am learning how to help when required and how to take over if required and of course also how not to run over a puppy or topple a lovely lady out on her ear at any time.  All this so we can go for a walk in the park or take off into town and do a pub crawl – who knows!  🙂

I’m joining in with Sheila’s Secret Santa this year, much to my delight – I’ve been making and hoarding for a while now and today began to wrap up some bits – I remembered to take a photo of this

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A delicious assortment of pure New Zealand kid mohair for the recipient to make something magical with.   I’m having fun making and gathering bits I think my recipient might like.

There’s a garden been planted up last month and it is now starting to come away – when I say ‘garden’ you all know I mean the very tiny courtyard right?  Let’s be clear it’s really not much more than a narrow pathway down the side of my tiny house – but it is all I have that is private so I like it to be pretty every summer.  Last summer was so very awful that it never got its annual make-over done and then a new fence was put in and the whole thing fell apart and we started again.  My wonderful friend Alys kick started me off with a generous gift voucher for my birthday which resulted in a miniature maple being planted up into an up-cycled trash bin which I use as my version of a water-wicking planter

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and lots of daisies – this was the year for going bonkers over daisies.  And Pukekoes – I’m trying to frighten off the slugs and snails with a little flock of wall art……..  Aren’t they the cutest things – rowdy little critters and quarrelsome too first thing in the morning so I’m quite glad mine are made of metal……

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Even the lemon tree which I nearly killed is making a come back and the perfume of those tiny flowers, mixed with the jasmine, is filling the air

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The Senior Sidd is almost disappearing already

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and Junior Sidd has chosen his chair

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So that’s it from me for now, just checking in to let you know I’m still going strong and absolutely ecstatic over our election results.  Oh, and what about this as an idea for our little town that time forgot – do have a look and let me know what you think.   Things are looking up!

Thanks for coming by today, I’m so happy that you did!

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94 thoughts on “Another Month….

  1. I had several dogs visiting my elderly friends long ago, at the nursing home I was their activities director. The people also ironically (unpredictably) liked a guinea pig I wrapped in a soft half baby blanket. I had so many talk to him, he learned to chatter back. 😀

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  2. I am so sorry, here you have been so supportive of my own upsets of this fall and beginning winter season here. I missed this lovely and colorful post!!
    I love Siddy sitting on the pretty cushion like a Prince. 👑
    Thank you for sharing your back yard patio garden which is very cheerful! I like daisies and simple flowers. I am happy your lemon tree is coming along and the sweet mixture with Jasmine sounds heavenly! ❤ 🕊

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  3. That is beautiful what they want to build! I would travel to see that wow what beautiful photos that structure would make when it is done!!!!
    I love your garden!. A garden of any size is good because it gets our hands in the dirt:-) This summer I moved a few clumps of daisies and plan on adding a few more in the back garden. I love daises they just make me smile:-) My garden is ALL brown right now. I don’t see much color these days other than the earthy colors which I love.
    Don’t feel bad about posting, I am awful this year with writing. I hope to catch up but I am finding myself wandering all the time. Shoot, I am usually reading 7 books at one time and it takes me a bit to get them read but I eventually do-LOL

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  4. I love your little courtyard and it seems so much less overwhelming than our biggish plot which can never be made pretty due to hens/dogs/footballs. Love the NZ mohair, too! Someone’s going to be thrilled to unwrap that on Christmas Day.

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  5. Well done upping the visits to twice a week! Great to see Siddy, have missed him and you blogging. Mind I’m trucking up here a week after you’ve posted, so that may be down to me too 🙂 Garden is looking fab – you’ve made brilliant use of the space and I can smell the lemon from here. Hugs to you and Siddy xxx

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  6. A garden is a garden, no matter how big or small, and yours is absolutely charming. It’s fun see the transformation now that the old wall is down and rebuilt. The tree is lovely as is your clever water wicking system.

    What fun to be taking part in the Secret Santa exchange. Perhaps next year I can take part. I love seeing what everyone comes up with. I show up at all the blogs after Christmas to see the various unveilings.

    Your’e such a great writer, Pauline. I smiled my way through the Siddy paragraph. I’m glad he’s making a difference in so many lives. What a gift you’ve given those women. Sid, you are a wonderful soul, and one that is clearly living up to your namesake. You both look quite at home in the garden.

    I hope the plans to revitalize the waterfront will come to fruition. I love the artists concept and the wonderful intentions behind the plans. Thank you for sharing the video.

    You are a bright light in the world, Pauline. xo

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    • ((Alys)) Thank you for shining your light this way! I doubt I’ll still be around when those plans are a reality but I am seriously happy at the thought they might do so! I think they epitomise everything about this country and that it might be the star of Dunedin – who needs a boost – is a wonderful thought! I put off joining the Secret Santa for years Alys, and am really glad I decided to bite the bullet this year. It has been so much fun trolling through a blog I didn’t know – hunting down clues and hoping I have put two and two together correctly. The little garden is a joy this year! 🙂

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      • Pauline, I’m delighted to hear that you’ve been enjoying the Secret Santa. I hope you were well underway before D’s injury, as I imagine that is absorbing all your time and focus. Best of luck with all of it.

        Here’s hoping the star of Dunedin moves forward for future generations to enjoy. Hugs.

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  7. Lovely post, Pauline! Love your garden, especially the daisies; I like them all, from the tiny ‘noxious weed’ ones we had in Edmonton to the giant Marguerites. Partly, I think, because I remember the summer before I turned six, sitting in a small meadow with my Mum while the boys played. She taught me how to make a daisy chain and we made ‘crowns’ for our heads.

    You do so much with a small space; I am rather enviousm, but in a good way. Siddy looks gorgeous, too. I can imagine the elders looking forward to his visits.

    The yarn is so tantalizing; some of my favourite colours.

    But the best was that video. The shapes at the point are evocative, to me, of clam shells and also of whales coming straight up out of the sea. I DO hope it gets approved; wouldn’t it become a massive tourist draw? and maybe one day a historic area to visit. We have so little of that here, being such a young country in Europaean terms. I hadn’t heard of the election down your way; will have to look her up. She sounds like the sort of woman I would vote for.

    Have a great week, Pauline. Love and Light from a slightly warmer, but still snowy, BC.

    ~ Linne

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    • Hello Linne, it’s nice to hear from you again. I hope life is going well for you and you are settled in your new home. It’s a fabulous design isn’t it, and yes, it would become a massive tourist draw – who wouldn’t want to visit that! I am really hopeful – and giving it lots of air time because where we put our attention is what we get more of …….. 🙂 Thanks for popping in today Linne.

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  8. It’s gorgeous! Will it be ready by the time I get there in 4 months? 🙂
    I’m so happy about your elections results, too, Pauline. What a thrill!!
    Your garden is so pretty. Size does not matter when the place brings happiness.
    Siddy looks so cute in that chair and I’m sure he (and you) bring alot of joy to the elders that you visit.

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    • We both got good election results didn’t we – in your case local, but here’s hoping it’s the precursor of change. Siddy visited his wheelchair friend today and was very naughty – I have no clue why he decided to whine and not want to be there but he sure did! He’s blotted his perfect record 😀

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  9. Hi Pauline. I love your little Sanctuary / Garden. It looks so Serene and lovely. It’s so wonderful to have an outdoor space like that. The daisies are so bright and cheerful. I bet you will really enjoy spending time amongst the plants for their beauty as well as the scents. It was nice to come across your blog today. Hope all is well with you. Hugs!

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    • Ha – I thought of you and up you popped! 🙂 It’s nice to see you too Jan! Have you given up on blogging or just put it on the back burner for now? I am so enjoying this little patio – with all the plants in water troughs care is easier than ever and our early summer weather is mostly amiable enough for me to be out there every day enjoying it. All is well in my little corner – you too? xoxo

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  10. Hi Pauline, It’s so lovely to receive an update again, and I’m pleased to hear that you and Siddy have been making yourselves useful with some older friends. Your wools for the Secret Santa project are beautifully tantalising. And your garden is magnificent. The daisies and their “quiet” friends are particularly beautiful, but the lemon and the jasmine must smell delightful. I’m pleased you’re happy with the election result. Someone somewhere needs to be happy with an election result. The vision for the waterfront is magnificent. I hope it comes to be. While my initial impression was of concrete, the water and plants will make it quite stunning. The architecture itself is innovate and visually appealing. Thank goodness for imagination, creativity, and STEM! 🙂

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    • Hi there Norah! Yes, imagination, creativity, innovation and STEM – and someone with the heart to put the hours in, unpaid, to come up with this remarkable concept. Sydney has it’s Opera House, Wellington it’s Beehive and hopefully Dunedin will have it’s Cockle Shells 🙂 I love it! I’m so happy with my tiny courtyard this year, it looks pretty, is easy to care for and gives me opportunities to enjoy a quiet outdoor space on these lovely sunny days we are having. Our new PM is quite the gal – things are already happening and her inclusive and collaborative style is changing the game from the old boys we’re-chasing-the-money reign of terror.

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      • It sounds like you are in a really happy place at the moment, Pauline, which is wonderful. I hope it stays that way and that your hopes for the garden, Dunedin’s Cockle Shells, and your PM are fulfilled. (I’m amazed that the work on the Cockle Shells design was unpaid. I hope the designer/s are repaid with its construction.)

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  11. Oh, Pauline, your garden is beautiful! Are they coral bells with the purple leaves? I love them. And so good of you to share your Siddy with people. I used to work in a nursing home and the whole place lit up whenever a pup or a baby came to visit.

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    • Hi Jodie – yes they are! A common name for them is ‘Coral Bells’ – aren’t they pretty. They are heucheras and I’m trying them out as fillers and underplantings this year. So far they are doing very well! Thanks for sharing your experience of the lighting up factor when the patients see a pup or baby coming. Either is sure to please 🙂

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  12. Lovely post, Pauline. Especially for us northerners who are dealing with the start of winter. I love all the flowers and the idea of fragrant blooms right now is my idea of heaven. I’m so glad that things are looking up and you’re feeling it. Have a marvelous weekend. 🙂

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  13. What a great gig young Mr Siddy has going ! Who wouldn’t have a better day after a visit with your happy pup? It’s really awesome for you to make time to help others be happier Pauline ! I should do more.
    Your little courtyard garden look welcoming and to have Jasmine wafting through the air must be heavenly. I wish I could grow one here. Around Easter, we can get them at the grocery market but they’re far too tender to grow outside past probably mid September. I’m excited to see it all in February xo I spotted the kitty between the pots 😀
    All the wools are such gorgeous colours. Especially the seafoam green. I wish I could wear wool but I get crazy itchy. Angora feels so soft too. I’m sure you’ll make magic with it all. You’re such a talent with the needles. I work with a gal that knits so beautifully and intricate patterns. Its really amazing. Counting down now! xo ❤ Love and hugs k

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    • I imagine you make many people very happy in your crafting role K and just in daily life too! The kid mohair yarn is a gift for my Secret Santa recipient, hopefully she will create something magical with it. 🙂 Isn’t it amazing how close it is to Christmas which means of course it is close to counting down time isn’t it – oh heavens!! 🙂 Are you booked? I’ve got everyone’s itineraries except yours. Do send me a copy when you are finalised. We are all very excited here (Siddy will be off his head – Orlando will probably leave home!) 🙂 I’ll send an email through soon.

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      • Awww, you spoil me mama P ! Thank you for your message dear one ❤ I try to make each day a happy one. Like everyone, it sometimes misses the mark but I'm am blessed beyond measure. We aren't yet booked as we're still planning Australia. We're in Sydney for 8 days and Melbourne for 7 but doing many excursions from each city. Lots of calculating on dates and times to fit in everything. We have a lovely gal we've used for a number of holidays. Will send it along as soon as we finalize though. xoxox k

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  14. So lovely, Pauline. You know how I love spring and summer! Flowers are good for the soul, just change the outlook on life (my opinion). I know the elderly look forward to visits from the adorable Siddy! What a precious thing to do. Water wicking planters, you mean there is such a thing? I need to do research as I live in such a dry place. I thoroughly enjoyed your post!

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    • Yes there is is such a thing I learned all about it from another blogger in Tasmania and have been experimenting ever since. Basically its a trough or planter (trash cans) with small drainage holes punched all around just about half way up. Fill up to the drainage holes with stones and water then soil and compost are added and some form of water carrying object buried in there too (old soda bottles, upside down with the bottom cut off. Add your plants and off you go. The planter size has to fit the root requirements of your plants. The idea is the bottom half stays filled with water and the roots pull it up as required. I have done some without the bottles and am just adding water as required – it’s not a big requirement 🙂

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  15. Siddy Jr is such a handsome therapy dog. I don’t doubt that people love to see him coming. You have done such a wonderful job of bringing out the best of him. Your garden shows how much you love it. For such a tiny space, you have made admirable use of it. Glad to see you here even once a month. I’m not doing much better either. Just the best we can for now. Giant squishy hugs.

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    • Awww Marlene you say the nicest things 🙂 He does such a good job. As well as making their eyes light up he also vacuums the floor 😀 Isn’t the time shooting past fast? You know how they say the universe is moving outwards at an incredible rate, I’m sure we are in the slip stream and picking up speed and that’s why time is racing by. It’s got nothing to do with getting older!

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  16. What a sweet little garden you have created in such a tiny space. Love the trees out there. If you want to keep slugs and snails out of your plants try sprinkling crushed eggshells around them. The eggshells, no matter how small, hurt the undersides of the slugs and snails. I use it in my garden and have no trouble with them.

    Love that Siddy is spending time at the elder care. Being in a wheelchair myself I have to be very cautious with dogs because many of them are frightened by the chairs and will attack. As for getting run over, it seems to only take once for the dogs to learn to avoid being run over. No matter how careful I have been I’ve nipped each of my kids’ dogs with one of my wheels once and after any time I move the chair the dogs give me lots of space. 🙂

    Lovely visiting with you again, now I’m off to see what else you’ve been up to.

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    • Thank you for the eggshell tip Lois, I’ll try that! And for your experience in the chair with dogs – goodness the idea that a dog would attack is awful though. Siddy thinks the chair is fun, but had trouble conceiving the fact that it could move. What he really wants is to sit on his friends knee and ride around with her but of course that won’t work! So we have to practise his walking to the side and staying there, not crossing in front on a whim. He’s getting it slowly – I guess one run in between him and a wheel will seal the deal 🙂

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      • My oldest son had a Golden Retriever that would curl up around my feet on the footrest of my chair and ride around with me when he was little. Tried to do that as he got bigger but I was afraid of hurting him. He was amazing walking with me and we talked about training him to be my helper dog as he took to it naturally.

        I’m sure most of Siddy’s friends wouldn’t mind giving him a ride on their lap, maybe if you made a carrier so he wouldn’t fall off it might work.

        It’s a bit frightening to have a large dog come at me, I get the rationale. They see what looks like a person but the person doesn’t use legs to get around so that person appears to be alien and they want to protect their turf. Other dogs are just afraid of the chair moving. I never know which it will be.

        I’m considering carrying bear mace for protection as one of my neighbor’s dogs get out and come right onto my property after me. I hate the idea but besides myself I worry about the grandchildren’s safety if I’m attacked.

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        • With Siddy it’s less a case of him falling off and more a case of him hurting the delicate skin of the elderly. He’s a hefty wee thing! What a shame about your neighbour’s dogs. It’s frightening being on two legs and having a dog come at you – being in a chair and having to deal with it is unthinkable! Could your neighbour not acclimate them to you and your chair? If that isn’t a possibility and they are coming onto your property, some intercession may be required Maybe the SPCA could help out? They should certainly be informed if the neighbour is unwilling to do anything about it.

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          • I’ve had to call animal control and the police so far they were given warnings although I could take it further and take them to court in which they would be fined $500. I opted not to do that as I don’t want trouble with the neighbors. It’s been a few months now since the dogs got out of their property so hopefully I’m good. Siddy doesn’t look that heavy to me in his photos but I know what you mean about the elderly getting hurt.

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    • I love daisies and this was my year for making certain I had them planted up properly. They would look so lovely surrounded by roses! The waterfront thing is a ‘working idea’. It has the major interested parties on side and enthusiastic and it seems a good deal of the population is also onside – the only cold fish that I have heard of are the property developers who missed this particular boat and the Chamber of Commerce – obviously not staffed with forward thinkers and go-getters any more. I just love it!!

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  17. Your tiny garden is glorious Ms P and that maple! I often wish we had only a tiny space to work in as maybe we might actually get something done around here but then that would mean that Frank was practically on our doorstep and I think he would have shot us by now! 😉 Seriously, this is a gorgeous post Ms P. Thank you for sharing your little slice of the world with us ❤

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    • Isn’t the maple just gorgeous – I ran into a young friend who is now working in the garden centre and he dragged me off to look at it – the only one they had and we commandeered a cart and took off with it 🙂 It’s given the area a touch of class I think 🙂 The trash bins are working marvelously well as water wickers and everything else is potted up and sitting in buckets and tubs so they always have water available for the roots and it seems to be working quite well. Wouldn’t have happened without you m’dear!!

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      • Just sharing the wicking love around Ms Pauline. I learned it from another blogger as well 🙂 I adore maples and they are very resilient and don’t mind living in pots so make perfect specimens for small courtyards and your courtyard is splendiferous now. I am envious of how lovely it looks. I have decided that all of the “weeds” on Serendipity Farm are now going to be renamed as “Beneficial pest habitats” and be done with it! 😉

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        • I just came from reading your latest post and watching the film. You have a good steady hand as a cameramanperson – I was most impressed. I saw Ducky, but not Limpy. I saw buttercups and granny bonnets and dandelions – (Ooooh, wine, I thought) and that view is just delicious….. I was thinking about how different our gardens were. And while I would love to have your view and walks and space and variety, I am quite glad not to have the amount of work involved in keeping it. And I imagine that given my tiny space you would be twitching inside thirty seconds and Steve would have taken to serious drinking! So maybe we have the right kind of garden for each of us. 🙂 I like beneficial pest habitats – they are excellent things to have!!

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          • Limpy headed for the (weedy) hills as soon as she realised that she could get out of her house. The straw filled half hoop thingy is her house by the way. She now sits with ducky and has dust baths and warns us in NO uncertain terms that we need to keep a wide berth of her whenever we are in Sanctuary and to not even THINK of taking her away from her new paradise 🙂 Steve left some footage in the video that he should have cut out but as I wasn’t there to direct him (AWOL watering the wicking beds) I said to just leave it as he had already rendered the videot. We have a tonne of dandelions here and I love them. I want to collect their roots and use them to make dandelion coffee as I am a tightwad and hate paying the HUGE price that it costs in the health food shops. Every time I see your gorgeous little courtyard my heart sings. I so wish that I had only a quarter acre block to landscape and fill with food forest to my hearts content but we have 4 acres of tough land that makes us have to think about everything that we want to do here twice and often we have to come up with some pretty out of the box solutions for the masses of problems living out in the dry Northern Tasmanian rocky, hilly, possum and wallaby infested bush. Steve loves living out in the bush which is strange as until he moved out here he was a city boy through and through. I actually love living in the city but love it here because we have SO much space between our neighbours (lucky really or Frank’s teeth grinding might keep us awake at night 😉 ) and we can do whatever we like. I think we do have the perfect gardens for both of us, I would just be a bit happier if there were about 3 acres less on my behalf 😉

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  18. You sure do make the most of your garden, Pauline. It is a joy to view on the screen versus the scene out my window which is thoroughly a northern November. I love your peek-a-boo cat!

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  19. The yarn is lovely. And your garden! It’s so beautiful. 🙂 The waterfront plans look really interesting. We could use a bit of that in some of our rundown places here.

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    • I’m glad you like my garden Robin, thanks for that. Isn’t it a fabulous concept for the head of a harbour basin – it would totally change everything and lift drab to fab in one fantastic sweep of style and innovation!

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  20. That dark olive green mohair makes me drool–I love that color! You have outdone yourself in your garden space–and can I just say I love seeing your summery images as we descend into winter? Siddy is doing such a good thing with the eldercare visits! The assisted living facility where my mom now lives has a big sweet hound named Roxie who lives there–I think that’s such a great thing!

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    • It’s always lovely to share the different seasons isn’t it Kerry – it gives us a wider view of the world. I’m glad you like my little ‘garden’ – it’s all in pots this year with the exception of the fern and honesty that are self sown in a mound of soil that is all that remained after the new fence was installed. The care facility we volunteer at has cats who are quite stern about their territory and who stalk Siddy when he first arrives. He has learned they are not amiable like his kitty and now gives them a wide berth 🙂

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  21. Lots of yummy goodness here……all that pretty wool, gorgeous daisies and your flourishing garden, not to mention the cute pup posing nicely. Looks like it’ll be a great summer!

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  22. So many beautiful pictures Pauline. The wool is gorgeous. I do like to knit. I love your patio garden. the metal birds are wonderfully quirky. Right up my street and I sued to have your little statue. She broke when we moved but I do have other ones now xxxxxxxx

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  23. The waterfront idea is so imaginative and certainly much better than the horrid high rise buildings which were proposed at some stage (not too long ago, or was it?). But imaginative and lovely as the idea is, I think your little garden gives the waterfront design a run for its money. It’s wonderful to see art and flowers/plants flourishing, and Siddy enjoying the results of your hard work. 🙂

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    • There is still the super big quite ugly multiplex hotel idea around – I think this has come along as an alternative idea – it certainly has me excited! I love how Siddy takes the best seat and enjoys equal admiration with the plantings and outdoor art 😀

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  24. You always do well with your garden. When Becky and Ian rented their flat, the tiny fourth floor balcony was termed a garden by the agent. Siddy’s care work is rather wonderful. Don’t worry about being a you-know-what – your creativity is versatile.

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    • I got two lemons the year I first planted it. I shouldn’t have let it fruit then as the tree was so young, but I couldn’t help myself 🙂 The lemons were tiny and gave a teaspoon of juice each and I was so proud! Nothing last year as the growing conditions were too rough and I nearly lost it – now however we have a new lease of life and I am looking forward to lemonade!

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  26. So glad you’re doing your patio garden this year! I hope your summer is lovely. I had checked out the harbor plan from Twitter and it looks interesting. I like the forms. And all that yarn is beautiful. Some of the colors would make a lovely sweater or … Whatever, depending on weight and all. Glad to seeSiddy looking so trim and happy. Will talk soon!

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