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Monday, 15 October 2012

A sunny day

Today is the most beautiful October autumn day . 
After a quick shop in the village and the post office . I came home and decided that I must try to work some more and try different techniques with pick monkey.
Walking around my inner garden, I took some photos of the flowers still in bloom
My collages of a sunny day.



                                        Here are my two bottles of sealed "pot pourrie" with the yellow rose. using the method 's available and trying this and trying that. I think I am advancing!     few months to go before opening the "pot pourrie" ,  maybe for christmas and adding some cinnemon sticks.
 The other flowers are my ever blooming geraniums, I mainly have the pinks and the white.. and my most gorgeous yellowy lemon rose.    The Rose came from Germany. I bought it from a friend who was ordering at the time, she asked if i would like a couple as well. Of course i said yes, I have no idea of its name, but its the most beautiful of yellow roses.  One stem sometimes has 4 blooms on it.
 The other is a budding pink rose.. and the bottom right, seeded itself from the bush at the back of the cottage.  I dont know its name either. its very common around here.. It becomes a large bush.

October is really a lovely month.   It can rain for a couple of days, then its dry for days.  Whilst walking around this morning, I see that I will have to give a good watering tomorrow,as its not rained now for over 2 weeks.
Its a lazy monday for me today.  Catching up on e mail's phoning friends and part planning christmas, sorting books and papers.  Always something to catch up on.

Wishing all my blogging friends a happy Monday.  
Thanks to all of you who leave your kind replies or comments on my posts.  It makes blogging worth while!  
   If I have missed answering anyone.. Its a lapse on my part .. I like to reply to all of you . You all have added something different to my blogging days and even in my every day life.  I learn as I go along from each and every one of you.  Such energy and magic out there..  Thank you again.

                                                                       Happy days

                                                                                 val






34 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures, compiled in a very advance way (!) and all so summery - inspite of October! Looks and sounds wonderful to me! While I sit at the computer I am wearing two pullovers and a scarf - it is COLD here! I am like you - I start thinking about Christmas sorting things out in my head. I have started a folder where I collect recipes, ideas, pictures for Christmas. So when the time really comes I have already a few ideas on hand. Thanks Val, you are a fantastic inspiration and friend too! Christa

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    1. Nina skyped me yesterday.. she told me that there was snow on Pilatus. brrrrr
      Its cooler day's , but still warm during the day.
      thank you for your kind comments Christa.
      xx

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  2. Thank you also for having your wonderful and informative blog, it's nice to see your part of the world. Pic Monkey is great to tinker with, I love it! x

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    1. Thank you Suzy,
      left a comment on your blog
      I still must learn lots more about blogging.

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  3. lovely blooms. have a good week!

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    1. Thank you Tex.
      I am lucky that my roses are still blooming.. less of course

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  4. Hello Lovely Val.
    Your October sounds just wonderful:)
    Bright but very cold here today!
    Love what you have done, with your pictures, Val.
    Such lovely roses..
    Thanks for always taking the time to visit, its lovely to feel the sunshine from your blog...

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    1. Thank you Maria,
      I feel the same when i read your lovely posts.
      Sending you some sunshine
      x

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  5. Your flowers are so beautiful! Ours are all gone now, but the trees are all wonderful colors and that makes up for it. I hope you have a wonderful week.

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    1. Hello Lisa..
      That's the one thing that we dont have here..all those lovely trees with their different hues and shapes.. so beautiful.
      thanks lisa.

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  6. Dear Val, Thank You as always for your kind comments on mine. I think that your pot pourri will smell divine! My camera is a Nikon D5000.
    June

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    1. Thank you June..
      I thought it was a good camera. You take great pictures with it.

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  7. Val,your flowers are so beautiful and healthy !
    You did wonderful job with PicMonkey !
    Here was raining all day ! It is autumn !
    Have a nice week
    Olympia

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    1. Thank you Olympia,
      I worked another 3 hours today on pic monkey.
      We could do with some of that rain.
      x

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  8. Dear Val - picmonkey is very addictive and when you come up with something pleasing and as good as you have done, it is very satisfying.
    We have been having some lovely sunny, blue sky days too, but there is a decided nip in the air too in the early mornings.
    The shrub you were not sure of is called Lantana.

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    1. Dear Rosemary,
      You can say that again, it is addictive.
      I am pleased that you like what i have done. I thought of you whilst doing it. Still lots to learn.
      Thats nice that you are having a little sun and nice weather.
      There is a nip in the air here now of a morning . Can you believe i have a long sleeved top on!
      Thank you for giving me the name of the little bush..its a common bush really, but it fills in.

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  9. Beautiful pictures--I love the collage effect.

    Have a great week!

    Jen

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  10. Hello Val
    Your roses look wonderful, I love way you have displayed them,
    Glad the sun is shinning on you
    Have a lovely week
    Thea x

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    1. Thank you Thea, I am pleased that they came out so well.
      Sun shining today, but a chilly morning.

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  11. Your flowers are so beautiful!

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  12. Lovely happy, sunny pictures! I love roses, Val, but there are none left in my garden and it's raining, as I write. I sometimes like rain, though...

    Well... it no longer is Monday, so> HAPPY TUESDAY!

    XX

    ANNA

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    1. Thank you Anna for passing by.
      We need rain here.
      Its sunny today, but chilly
      long sleeved cardigan on.

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  13. Hello Val, your collages are as beautiful as your roses! You seem to be very organised about Christmas; I am thinking about it but can't get started. I will have to use you for inspiration this year. Usually in October I already have the Christmas tree going up, but I will get around to it some time. Have a good week. xxx

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    1. So pleased that my collages came out so well.. thank you Patricia for you kind comments.
      I can tell you Patricia, its only these last couple of years that i have become more organised with christmas. I have made it easier on myself in regards to gifts.
      Putting the tree up is always on the 12th december in my home.
      xx

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  14. Hello Val Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful blooms with us all on your blog. What lovely photos and I definitely share your love of yellow roses. I am loving succulents as well at the moment. Heading into summer they sure are hardy and will last the heat to come. Happy Autumn to you Kindest Regards Shell - A Darlings Nest

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    1. Thank you Shell , for your kind comments.
      I love my roses, I think my garden would not be the same without them.
      Its getting chillier here.. but the sun still shining
      Best wishes
      val

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  15. Lovely flowers! I have a few left in my garden, but not for long.

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  16. Ηallo Val!I love your collage photo!Your flowers are so beautiful!Im playing to with pic monkey!Its so fun!Wish you my dear friend a happy week full of sunshine!
    Dimi..

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    1. Thank You Dimi,
      Its pleasing to know that you like my flowers ..and the collage..
      hapy week

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  17. Your flowers are beautiful and you post has reminded me of my pot pourri, I copied your idea but need to add some more petals before the roses go over.
    Sarah x

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  18. It's beautiful here, too, Vall, with the most perfect Autumn weather. Cool nights, bright sun during the day, and a little rain now and then just to keep it interesting! I wish you happy days, too! (Your roses are always so beautiful!)

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