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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Thursday snaps

Thursday morning.
walked around the garden, with the dogs and i was delighted to see some blooms. We really are experiencing an early spring. My roses are already getting new leaves and shoots. Its so dry here, that i now have started to water every day.
Just a few shots of around the place
To my surprise i found this rose hiding between the Oleander trees.. I was amazed.. its one that escaped my pruning.
I am no expert on names of bushes.. but this bush gives a tiny little light lilac flower, all the year round..









To add to my morning.. my son sent me this absolutely great photo of my youngest grandson Max. It speaks for itself. He is adorable and i love him to bits.. He turned 2 this month.

Happy Thursday everyone, from me and Max

17 comments:

  1. What a cute little boy!

    ♥ Franka

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  2. What a delightful little boy Max is - I hope he managed to get out of those wellington boots.
    I used to have a couple of Oleanders, but sadly lost them one really severe winter.

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  3. Val I sense how much you love and value your life and it's contagious! I love it now too, and especially your adorable little grandson. The good life indeed!!

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  4. Dear Val, I love your first oleander bloom. Oleanders were part of my growing up, in Italy. They were everywhere, in the city. So many of them, you didn't notice how beautiful and scented they were.

    One of the first things I did, when we bought the house in Italy, was to buy a beautilful red oleander which would be just "mine!" It's growing and becoming more beautiful every time I see it.

    I can just imagine how lovely it must be, seeing the first signs of nature's rebirth on a large scale.

    We have daffodils here, and my huge camelia (it's as big as a tree) will be covered in hundreds of red flowers, in the next couple of weeks!

    Your grandchild is absolutely gorgeous. Like my oleander, he will grow up to be even more gorgeous than he is (if that's at all possible!)

    Abbracci carissimi

    ANNA
    PS:( WORD VERIFICATION HAS BECOME A REAL PAIN IN THE B*M, don't you think? )
    xxx

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  5. Abraços carinha Anna,
    I have many Oleander trees.. white, pink, and red.. I love them. I had them in my home in Africa.. maybe i will write a blog one day about their origin..!
    The flower you see there is a rose.. i thought the Oleander was blooming but not yet.. They do indeed make a magnificent array.. they take very easily Anna.. you can grow more.. just take a cutting and put some fertilizer and it will grow..but it must be done before mid march..
    Thanks for your lovely comments.. my little Max is so so cute.
    Beijos.. abraços amiga val x x x x

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  6. Abraços carinha Anna,
    I have many Oleander trees.. white, pink, and red.. I love them. I had them in my home in Africa.. maybe i will write a blog one day about their origin..!
    The flower you see there is a rose.. i thought the Oleander was blooming but not yet.. They do indeed make a magnificent array.. they take very easily Anna.. you can grow more.. just take a cutting and put some fertilizer and it will grow..but it must be done before mid march..
    Thanks for your lovely comments.. my little Max is so so cute.
    Beijos.. abraços amiga val x x x x

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  7. Foxglove Lane..
    I do very much enjoy life. There is so much that this wonderful life has to offer us.
    I enjoy living here in the Alentejo countryside..
    Its a simple life and i like that.
    Thanks for your kind comments.
    best wishes val

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  8. Dear Rosemary,
    Is'nt the photo just priceless.. My eldest son Manuel, took it while visiting friends at their country house in Dorset.. its Carnival holidays here.
    I want frame it..
    I will be pruning the oleanders this next weekend..
    Mine are always full of blooms. sad that you lost yours..they dont like too much cold (i think)
    val

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  9. Danke Franka..
    He is adorable.
    Have a happy Thursday

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  10. So exciting to see your flowers. It's still a bit early here but I can't wait for spring to come. The picture of your grandson is wonderful. What a cutie!

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  11. It is exciting Lisa.. I had a hop,skip and a jump feeling this morning.. The sun is bright.
    Thanks for your lovely comments.. Max is a cute fellow.

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  12. Good Morning Val: First I must thank you for your very kind comments to me this morning. I always love hearing from you. Isn't it fun to see the buds popping up. My garden is a little slow, always, as we live on the downside of a hill and things seem to grow differently than just those on the other side of the street. Oh, Max is so darling. In those big wellies. I got Jake some when he was about that size. His are so small that I use them as a decoration on my back porch shelf. Great, great memories in the making...Judy at GoldCountryCottage

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  13. Dear Judy,
    What a lovely idea to keep the boots on your back porch.. !
    Gardens are tricky. I have one side of my garden with too much clay and the other is soft and fine.. always a challenge. We have to find the right plants to adapt to the area.
    best wishes
    thanks for your comments always appreciated
    val

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  14. Can't believe what your garden looks like! It must be summer there! Here still snow BUT I have seen some little tiny flowers in a meadow today! That boy is over the top! And I love his name! My son is called Moritz. Do you know the story of Max and Moritz? Lots of love, Christa

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  15. Dear Christa,
    Please tell me the story about Max and Moritz..
    I used to know a Moritz in South Africa.. !
    My three boys names begin with M.
    Manuel, Miguel, Maximus.. now we have another M.. Max.

    The photo of Max is really so cute.
    We seem to be entering an early spring.. Its been the most beautiful weather here today. I can feel a change in the air.

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  16. Max is adorable Valerie.

    Those boots are a riot

    Love your rose bloom and oleanders are great.

    Wishing you a great weekend

    Helenxx

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  17. Dear Helen,
    Is'nt the photo just hillarious.. he is a darling.
    enjoy your weekend too Helen.
    Waiting to see the outcome of the barn painting..

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