Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Summertime at Haven

A little life spent. While I was watering the tomatoes last night I spotted this Stag beetle at the bottom of one of my plant pots. Dead:(

I felt the loss because they are endangered and also remarkable creatures.
They pupate for 5 whole years underground before they emerge briefly to mate and then they die.

Did this lad even have time to smell the roses?.. let alone get the chance to signal to a female and 'get it together', before he met his untimely end in my pot?! I so hope so.

I was shocked when I saw that I haven't posted anything since January! 
Life has robbed me of time and then not posting becomes a habit.
I'm breaking that habit and will be visiting you again soon.
I miss my blogging friends.

The garden has flourished this year and is a riot of colour.

Tortoise Fred is in there somewhere....
... Oh, here he is!

... and here are Mr Darcy and My Bingley..
Tails of greeting.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

2015 moves on ...

Thank you for taking time to visit and leave messages over the festive period and New Year. 
We loved them all and thought about you.

Baby Ryliee's very first Christmas
Allow me to introduce you to my gorgeous little God Daughter

the annual 'Cat Conga' around the prezzies has become a tradition...

family gatherings and walks by Old Father Thames

Mr Bingley copes admirably with neighbour Otis's indifference to his festive scarf

Mr Darcy finds a new play mate in Mrs Haven's brother

Over New Year we traveled to Cornwall to clear Aunt's home

The fields looked beautiful in the Winter sun

The orchard green but bare of fruit

I took this film of the view from the orchard with my phone.
Hopefully it will play for you... listen out for the pheasant. 

Love to one and all

Friday, 9 January 2015

"Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin."

 ~ Mother Teresa

how better to welcome in 2015 than through a little one expressing freedom in this way (pic taken walking through the central park in Nice)
Bring on the free spirit!

Ephrussi De Rothschild - a garden to die for.

Hello Mark... a spot of pruning never goes a miss (but this is on a big scale - no house plant in sight!)

Mr Bingley and Mr Darcy are doing what they do best (snooze)

Happy New Year to you all, Take care 


Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Festive Greetings to You

Long time no see. We have missed you, and perhaps you may have missed us a little too. 
(thank you to Brenda for your message X)

We are all well.
Work has been hard. Distractions have been plentiful. And time is always short.


I made myself a snowball,
As perfect as could be,
I thought I'd keep it as a pet,
And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas,
And a pillow for its head,
Then last night it ran away,
But first - it wet the bed!

~Shel Silverstein

Bring on 2015 and visiting you all.

Love Helen, Darcy, Bingley and Fred

Monday, 22 September 2014

wise man and the tortoise

I open this post following such a long period of blogging neglect; 
BUT with a joyful shot of my dear Father on his 92nd Birthday. 
Some of you may recall my previous post which was full of concern for him. 
His pacemaker is fitted and he is once again back to being a marvel!

Hip hip hooray to Dad

.. and now to introduce you to a new member of our family!

meet Freddie!

He is about 30 years old, and I am still trying to ascertain quite what species he is. 
Suggestions welcomed.

I want to say a special thank you to Cathy over at http://whisppy.blogspot.co.uk/  for her support and guidance (she is a wealth of information about both tortoises and cats and a lovely person too!)

Freddie's first day creates shock waves throughout the feline kingdom of Haven House!

Mr Bingley even throws caution to the wind and attempts the 'conga' dance behind Freddie!

I would like to think that Freddie, if he could, might quote Terry Pratchett at this point...

"You can't trample infidels cats when you're a tortoise. All you could do is give them a meaningful look"

a moment of reflection when Fred meets 'pottery' Fred ... 

His Summer shed is built ... a 'Fred Shed'... but it won't be long before he hibernates for Winter and then he will be sleeping somewhere frost free.

Mr Bingley attempts a 'takeover' on Fred's Shed!

But only Fred sleeps in there 
(... well maybe the odd snail, spider, mouse...too)

The wise man and the tortoise travel but never leave their home.

We look forward to visiting you 
and hope all is well your end.

Friday, 25 July 2014

a wing and a prayer

It is high Summer in England and we have had wall-to-wall sunshine and warmth.
Every day is a beautiful one.

 Gathering Sweet Peas

"Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty out values all the utilities of the world"
 ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Picked from the allotment  (but yet to be appreciated by Mr Darcy)

 "I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck"
~ Emma Goldman

(but to be fair, diamonds would also be VERY lovely! ahem)


And then there is Dad, who was rushed into hospital with heart issues. Ambulance with blue lights and sirens and all that, with Mum in the front (in crash position). 
Thankfully he is looking so much better and is having a pace maker fitted. 
His spirit is up which is all about the fighter pilot in him (he is 92 this year and flew Liberators and Lancasters in the WW2.) 
He did say to Mum that apparently the operation would mean that he shouldn't wash up! 
Good old Dad. Ever the survivor.

And here am I, home again after visiting Dad, responding to my commitments as 'chief dual tummy tickler'. 

And loving it!

Take care everyone X

Friday, 27 June 2014

Con Trail Cirrus

I saw this amazing cloud formation from our garden,
it immediately made me think of my Mr Bingley, when he lies out for a brush!

What do you think?

Note: Thanks to Alexander for telling me the name of cloud and why it forms as it does (linked to plane lines, apparently).