A Peek at my week. What I’ve seen, where I’ve been….

What I’ve Seen:

This glorious sunset from the lane where I live. We can see these trees from our field gate. 

VISITED  some fabulous gardens at Smeeton Westerby near Market Harborough, open in aid of GEMS Charity. GEMS was founded in June 2012 by Sally and Andy Anderson after they had accompanied four close friends on weekly visits to the Osbourne Chemotherapy Suite at Leicester Royal Infirmary.
  Inspired by the hard work and dedication of the nurses, and the courage of their four friends, they set out to raise funds to make patients and supporters more comfortable during their treatment. The  funds have been used to buy specialist treatment chairs and refurbishing the waiting room. 

This is the view from one of the open gardens, Highfields. Green undulating countryside in the distance. 

Chocolate box thatched cottage, overlooking the allotments in the village. Full of colourful plants including this wine-coloured hollyhock. 

Mooched around the allotments. Got lots of ideas for companion planting.

Mum and I sat in this pretty summerhouse, enjoying the peaceful scene.

Sat on a bench encircled by water, under a shady tree. Heavenly.

Saw this beautiful late summer-flowering Clematis recta. A floppy, sprawling variety which looks good amongst perennials and wild flowers. Bees love it too.

Laughed at this cheerful sight. Even the scarecrows in Smeeton Westerby are posh. This one is wearing Le Chameau welly boots!

Back home to spot two fledgling tawny owls in the wild garden. Made our day to find them in the cherry trees around the horseshoe pond. Watched them until dusk as they bumbled from one branch to another, flexing unfamiliar wings.  

More info on GEMS charity at www.gemscharity.com  

Donate online at virginmoneygiving.com

Email: gemscharity@gmail.com. 0116 279 3814 

24 thoughts on “A Peek at my week. What I’ve seen, where I’ve been….

  1. J >Very picturesque, and interesting too, your excursion – thank you. There’s something I find about such places that makes me feel very uncomfortable: I suppose it’s the way what were ordinary working villages have become monopolized by wealth and privilege. It looks the classic English idyll, but in reality is way out of the reach of ordinary people of average means, who are at liberty to wander and look – but cannot take part. I think that feeling of exclusion was a big driver in moving to the Outer Hebrides, where the countryside is still in the hands of the peasants (no-one of means seems to want to live here permanently – though they’ll spend £1m building an eco-house by the shore). Here we do have the freedom to shape the landscape according to our own ideas – though the extreme weather makes it a quite different proposition to these idyllic English villages.

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  2. How long are you in Norfolk? Have you been to East Ruston Old Vicarage garden? It’s a must, if you can get there. Love the sunset and the open gardens – we have been trying to catch up on visiting other gardens now we are ‘done’ for the year!

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    • Thank you. We did. And the owlets are still here! Feel so lucky they want to stay in this area. They must feel safe here and are finding enough food. Thanks for reading 🙂


    • Isn’t it. Mum and I are in Norfolk now – looking at yet more gardens. It’s so pretty here. Thanks for reading and for getting in touch. All the best. x


    • Hi Gill. That moated bench was my favourite feature of the day. Something I might copy one day. It was such a peaceful place to sit. Thanks for reading. Hope you are ok. In Norfolk with Mum and daughter now. Seaside for daughter- gardens for Mum. Ice creams a-plenty :)) xx


  3. Kathy wonderful sunset. GEMIS charity is a magnificent association. Highfields is beautiful and the wonderful photos: the bench surrounded by water a great place to rest and relax. I love everything Kathy. Greetings from Margarita.

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    • Thank you Mike. Mum and I had a wonderful day out and really enjoyed our cream tea in the afternoon. Great to see some colourful gardens- and raise money for such a good cause. Thanks for reading. Have a good week. xx

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    • We spent a very happy 20 minutes sitting chatting there. Surrounded by dragonflies from the moat and butterflies from the wildflowers.
      Thanks for reading and for getting in touch. Have a good week x

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  4. Such a beautiful garden and precious way to honor friends and loved ones during a devastating time. That sunset is breathtaking. How amazing it would be to bask in something so incredibly beautiful. Have a pleasant evening and morning. 💐

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    • The sunsets have been simply stunning this summer. Thank you for your kind comments. Mum and I were very happy to support the GEMS charity. We really enjoyed our walk around the village gardens and we sat in a very pretty flower-filled front garden for our cream tea. A lovely day out, and raising funds for a very worthwhile cause. Thanks again for reading

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  5. Your photos are so lovely and inspiring. I like how you focus in on ‘the extraordinary’ in the ordinary around the every day. So important to appreciate what most of us have all around us. Love the gardening ideas too!!

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    • Thank you for reading. That’s true. I do appreciate absolutely everything around me. Gardens, nature and gardening people are wonderful. Thanks again for taking the time to reply.

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