Roses, Bungle’s 9th Birthday, Makings


Grab a cuppa and come for a wander around the garden while the roses are out. All were chosen for their scent so breathe deeply.

IMG_4625 Abraham Derby

Let me introduce you to Abraham Derby,

IMG_4626 Evelyn

Evelyn (Crabtree and Evelyn make their rose perfume from this rose),

IMG_4627 Souvenir de Dr Jaiman

Souvenir du Dr Jamain (a darker red in reality)

IMG_4628 Reine des Violettes

Reine Des Violettes

IMG_4630 La Reine Victoria

La Reine Victoria (goes grey-lilacs when fading)

IMG_4631 Sophie's Perpetual

Possibly Sophie’s Perpetual

IMG_4632 Rhapsody in Blue

Rhapsody in Blue- an absolute stunner!

IMG_4633 Mary Rose

Mary Rose (bought to commemorate Daughter being at uni near that grand ship)


Rhapsody in Blue and philadelphus under the rose arches.


This is likely to be Mme Alfred Carriere as it is a very upright grower and is more a cream when in full flower.


This old climber was here when we moved in.


Anyone know it?


This too was in the garden before we moved in. A stunning shade of red.


Rhapsody in Blue flowering ahead of the others. Garage in background.

IMG_4643 Roseraie de la hay

Roseraie de l’Hay My fav moss rose.


The red rose at the bottom of the garden.


I planted a hardy geranium underneath it.




This Jasmine is newly planted by a Winter Jasmine.


This long forgotten rose came up when I cleared the area for the Jasmine.


Bungle was 9 on the 6th June. Of course he had to have a cake. As a treat I let him into the kitchen to choose the ingredients.

Ok now this was him not me… above is a smoked fish, cheese, ham, and chicken cake. I don’t think Bungle could make up his mind.

His human friends DID NOT share with him and the girls.


They were pretty good at tidying up after themselves. We let them have a picnic birthday party.

Now for the makings:

After Deb said about hemming her husbands trousers, my conscience was pricked at the huge mending pile.

I can report a new button on a pair of DH’s trousers, a new zip in another pair, (hate that job) and a mended waist band in another.

Finally the huge lilac shopping bag  had it’s handles re-set lower down so they could have a cross inside a square as reinforcement, so they don’t come apart again.

Bags….mmmm I had an idea.


I then felt inspired by a FQ I had picked up to make this bag from Stephanie’s book Uncommonly Corduroy. It is the Ethel and MJ design.

The pattern was easy to follow even though I was making only the one. It has an inside pocket.

I didn’t add the outer flower as I wanted to showcase the elephant fabric.


I had the perfect elephant button waiting, designed by Laurel Burch.


The other side. The handles are in the same elephant fabric. I had a little left, so had a think.



And came up with this little bag mainly in the cream corduroy but with the same floral lining.

Its handles are the same size as the original bigger bag, so it can be used inside it as well as independently.

Two for the Christmas Trunk.

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