Friday, 9 May 2014

a day like this is a day to be remembered














 



Today I met two friends for lunch. I very much enjoyed their company because sometimes, in the mornings, when all four children are at school and Richard is at work, I get a bit lonely in this empty house of mine.

After lunch I took the long route home through the Botanic Garden to admire the rhododendrons. I just love rhododendrons. I know they are not native to this country but I love them all the same. The colours are vibrant and happy, the flowers are ostentatious, the green of the foliage luscious. Beautiful. Overbearing almost. Amidst the showy bushes, there were some other gems: the pink magnolia for example, lilac and a horse chestnut in bloom. Don't you just love Spring?

On the way to the Botanic Garden I picked up 4 punnets of strawberries from the fruit man on Byres Rd. I love this pop-up fruit vendor and it is almost worth a daily 40 minute walk (one way) just to get a punnet of berries or cherries when the time is right. The strawberries were an incredible 75 pence a punnet and they were amazingly sweet and fragrant. We ate every last one before dinner.

A day like this is a day to be remembered.
 
Have a wonderful weekend! Cx


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13 comments:

  1. The flowers are so beautiful, Christina. I'm really happy that you had the time to walk around enjoying the flowers, go to the fruit man for delicious strawberries and enjoy lunch with friends. It does sound like a wonderful day and I know you made the most of every second.

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  2. A wonderful day indeed. Beautiful photos, I especially like the lilac, I've been exclaiming over some amazing lilac trees round here too. I bought a punnet of strawberries yesterday, the first this year, and funnily enough half of them disappeared before dinner as well. Hope you guys all have a good weekend. CJ xx

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  3. Such pretty garden all the flowers look amazing.

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  4. Enjoyed your bright and beautiful photo's. Sounds like a great day! Nice to find a blogger from Glasgow, I live just outside Glasgow and haven't found any other Glaswegian bloggers out there yet (tho I know there must be lots!). Will enjoy coming to visit your blog. I know that fruit stall on Byrds rd too, and always pick up some fruit if we are ever over that side of town.

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  5. It sounds like you had a lovely day, Christina. I have a similar day tomorrow as I am visiting a very good friend, we normally just chat for hours and it's refreshing to have some adult conversation! I can imagine it does get lonely and quiet when you are in the house on your own and the kids are at school, I felt similar during my maternity leave with my youngest. The peace and quiet is nice, but I also missed the hustle and bustle of the kids running around! Have a lovely weekend! :)

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  6. How funny, I'm reading this post sitting in a coffee shop having just bought a bright red rhododendron! I'm building up to going home to plant it before it rains some more!
    What bargain strawberries, definitely worth the trip. Enjoy your weekend x

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  7. Oh yes, a day to be savoured indeed. I love sneaky mid-week lunches with my friends - it doesn't happen often, and when I do I feel really naughty - but I do love that social time. x

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  8. The best sort of day! I can reply to your last comment on my blog Christina as they appear as a "no-reply" but if you want to email me I can send you the recipe for my Harvo loaf (which doesn't actually have any malt in it!)

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  9. I meant to say I "can't" reply not can!

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  10. The rhododendrons are so beautiful! Sounds a fab day. X

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  11. Gorgeous flowers and a lovely way to spend the day. I love the Botanic Gardens, we were there during one of the warm days in the Easter holidays and it was just lovely.
    Marianne x

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  12. Gorgeous photos of these colourful flowers. And tasty strawberries for just 75p - well worth the walk!

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  13. what a very special and fruitful day it turned out to be Christina. Your photographs show the Botanic Garden in all it's bashful glory. The lilac tree has such sweet memories for me from my childhood, we had such a rambling garden and out front there were three mature lilac trees, two were purple and one was white. My mother would always cut some for indoors and the scent was heavenly. My parents were not gardeners at all, they just let it do it's own thing with a tidy up now and then. We had a gooseberry bush and a border of roses. Out the back were five apple trees, local Worcester eaters and Bramley cookers. There were mature shrubs with hiding places for small children and an enormous Willow Tree (20 foot high)
    It was a mature garden and I suppose they must have inherited all these plants when they moved in, what a treasure the garden was for me, I loved it.

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