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
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