Saturday, 30 June 2012

Project #366 Week 26

Well, here we are- half way through the year already. Where has the time gone?
It's been a quiet week, getting back into teaching after a holiday, and trying to tame the jungle AKA my garden:-)
Sunday 24th June 2012

Today was spent doing the laundry and a bit of housework. After the heat of the previous few days in France it was nice to be back in normal summer temperatures. The weather was actually sunny and I could see that my garden had exploded during the week we were away! My neighbour called in for a coffee, and both she, and my daughter, commented on the fact that 'all must be right with the world' as both cats were cosily tucked up in their baskets. They said that neither one of them had stayed downstairs while I was off island.

Monday 25th

Well, if yesterday was sunny- today was WET! I drove to work in the rain and had to act very upbeat at college so that my students didn't feel too depressed. I explained that we could only have the lush countryside that they all enjoyed if we also had rain sometimes- and anyway it wasn't cold! On returning home I was saved from weeding by the rain. It will wait for another day. I like the pattern of the raindrops on the patio furniture, though.

Tuesday 26th
This cute little piggy is my screen cleaner. The underbelly is chamois leather and the top is really soft plush. I use it to wipe marks off my computer monitor and it does a sterling job:-)
dark purple
Pale blue 
Today I got out into the garden  and picked some of the lavender, which is growing in abundance. One of my friends makes lavender sachets which she sells at local craft fairs. I always give her some of mine at the right time of year. I have a variety of types and colours.
Wednesday 27th

This is my friend's birthday and I haven't seen her since I came back from my hols. We planned to meet up to exchange gifts, and I bought hers from the local garden centre's gift department. Ebony loves bags, and as soon as I had emptied it to wrap the present she climbed in and no-one could shift her. She actually spent the rest of the evening and night curled up in the bag! 
I was delighted with my gift of another cat to add to my collection.

Thursday 28th
Student numbers at the college have been growing year on year and the difficulty has always been finding sufficient people willing to work as host families. In the summer this can be critical to the number of students we can accommodate, so my boss decided to buy a run-down former guest-house to use as a residence. After some work on the property, and with all the stops being pulled out, he invited the staff round for a look before it opens for business in the near future. It was a warm, sunny evening, so Pimms in the garden was a lovely start to the tour.There is even  a peach tree, complete with lots of peaches. I went alone, as my husband accompanied my daughter to the local careers fair for new graduates:-). I hope she finds a job soon, although she is only just beginning to look.

Friday 29th
 Lots of colour in the garden at the moment. My husband is going away for the weekend, so I hope to get out into the garden and do some much needed weeding. This morning everything was covered in a fine red dust, which the weatherman said was from the Sahara:-)
Saturday 30th
 Got up early to drop my husband down to the  foot passenger ferry terminal for his trip to Sark where Helier Morris men are dancing at the Folk Festival. I'm not going because I don't really enjoy boats and the weather didn't look promising at the start of the week. The tickets for the festival have been sold out for weeks, as well.
In Jersey we have our own festival too. This weekend is the inaugural Folklore Festival in St Helier. The headline acts are Ray Davis, Joan Armatrading and Van Morrison, to name just a few.
It's tall!
getting ready to go...
Cairis and I decided to wander into town. At this time of the year there is always something going on, and today was no exception. In the centre, there was a fete to raise money for the armed forces, and some of the young cadets were abseiling from the top of Cyril Le Marquand House.

We then found our way down to the Norman Market, which was full of shoppers testing the bread, cheese, saucissons and other goods the traders had brought over to sell. We treated ourselves to some delicious looking soft fruit, and bought Dad a saucisson:-)


  1. Thanks once again for sharing. That's some line-up!I've been a long-time fan of Van the Man. Know anyone working backstage who could possibly steal/copy a soundboard recording? ;-)

  2. Sorry. I probably do- but I don't know that I know:-) if you get my drift? I think we are lucky that these big names are on tour in Europe and able to all come together like this. I hope the thing is a success, and they'll do it again next year.
    It's almost too much all at once. Thank goodness that there will be other things on next week too.

  3. Hi Sue!

    You know how much I love your weekly posts and photos...I laughed with Ebony's love of bags : )

    Here it has been really hot the past four days...wish it were a little cooler : ( We had too much rain this year though, so we don't want any more ; )

    Good good luck to Cairis - fingers crossed for her. Let us know how it goes : ) I also loved the photo of the Norman market - and all the yummy fruit! That is one of the nicest things about summer - peaches, cherries...

    Have a great weekend!

    Vicky xx

  4. Thanks Vicky. I'll give her your best wishes. Yes, Ebony has always loved plastic bags- since she was a kitten. It worries me that she might get stuck in one when we're not around, so we don't normally leave bags out.
    Cairis and I have a having a food fest today. We're going to make a fruit salad and eat it with some cottage cheese for dinner :-)

  5. Hi Sue

    Thanks for the fab treat of lovely photos as usual! The lavender bushes are stunning and the scent must be divine as you pass by them.
    Love the pic of Ebony in the bag! Cats do seem to love them for some reason...
    Have a great week!

    1. Thanks for dropping by Janet. Maisie never seems interested in hiding away in bags, boxes etc. It's only the little one who likes them :-) The lavender is a fab smell in the garden, especially on a hot day. I often cut some to hang in the kitchen too - it keeps the insects away very effectively.