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It is a gorgeous spot
I agree with those who say accentuate the door as a feature, and I would love to find room amongst the ivy for a rambling rose of some sort too.
As for materials, I would stay as natural as possible - really like Dove's suggestion of grass rather than a hard standing - makes it more of a glade than a "patio"
Let us know how you get on
PS ...I have fairies in my garden too - but they are well hidden and hard to spot. But when they are spotted they always raise a smile
I'm not very good at identifying flutterbyes, but I'm trying to get better, so I did some googling. Found this painting of all three types (Red Admiral, Painted Lady and Tortoiseshell) together ......so thought I would share (apologies if it is not really appropriate on Camera Corner, but I found it helpful)
Ouch Panda - hope you are not feeling too sore this morning. And glad to hear you are feeling much better DD.
Having a cuppa in bed, before I get up and count the birds in my garden. Then out for a walk somewhere.
All this talk of paperwork is making me feel guilty - our "admin" draw won't shut any more coz its too full. I hate sorting it out, but probably should whilst gardening is not distracting me. Or maybe I should find a second "admin" drawer and start all over again. Or put it all in a big box marked 2014/15 and leave it unsorted
Hope you have an uneventful journey home Hosta .....with no unscheduled island visits this time. Glass of vino to celebrate the end of this trip sounds appropriate
Can hear the wind has got up again - sounds wild out there
But on the brighter side .....Hurrah, its nearly the weekend,and traffic is always light on a Friday morning.
Feeling a bit discombobulated without my avatar ..... I've already forgotten what I look like. Good luck to the mods getting them all back
Glad you had such a lovely day Dove - nice to make it special
Pilates for me this evening, then another dose of Winterwatch, which I am enjoying muchly
Beautiful day here today day - lots of my new daffs are emerging (most of the established ones are very nearly in flower. Some of my more woodlandy snowdrops have been slug munched. Guess the weather hasn't been cold enough to keep them at bay.
and a lovely flock of long tailed tits came visiting .....bet they don't show up this weekend though
And just in case the gremlins are about to nick our smilies, here are some random ones, just because I can
Lovely to see how the garden took shape Lizzie. And amazing how quickly you first transformed it ..... it came a long way in just three years
We are promised a sunny day at last. I am at home today, so hoping to find a minute for a garden wander to see what's growing. Had a muntjac deer at the back door last night - new one for us, as we have only ever seen roe before. Bit concerned, as they are reported to be a bit aggresive. Hope I don't corner one by mistake.
Welcome back Pdoc - glad you had a good time. Loved it that you found fellow gardeners on your travels
Happy Birthday to Dove,
Happy Birthday to Dove,
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday,
Happy Birthday to Dove
Have a lovely, lovely day
However - pleased to see that tomorrow's forecast is for wall to wall sunshine ......someone up there must know that its a special day