I'll start this post with the meteorological phenomenon that is a rainbow, shot both from the door step and through the rain-soaked loft window. It's no longer news to say that the weather is capable of extremes. However, I've been finding it difficult to sleep lately with my energy levels dipping by mid afternoon, often only revived by a second cup of coffee and a cheeky bit of dark chocolate (90% cocoa 'cos I'm that hard!)
So, in order not to challenge my sleep deprived brain, I'm going to record my memories of the week in conjunction with the colours of the rainbow, as per the old Peggy Lee song: Sing a Rainbow.
Sing along if it helps.
"Red and Yellow..."
Here's a mini photographed at last weekend's British Mini Club's annual Mini & VW Bus Meet which takes place in our home town....
I made a special trip to capture a local poppy field...a week too late. Not to be defeated, I decided to photograph them in their faded grandeur, the red draining from drooping petals, leaving a lifeless pink in its wake.
A flattering shade of pink can also be found in the form of my make-up staple, Dr.PAWPAW's multi-purpose balm in a delicate peach/pink shade.
Vegan, cruelty-free and 100% natural, it's always in my bag. I use it (extremely sparingly) on my cheeks, directly in line with the pupils of my eyes on the apples of my cheeks, gently blending in circles outwards towards the tops of my ears. It creates a wonderful glow for people who don't like the feel of make up. I also use it as a lip balm.
Oh and the original clear balm also makes an excellent moisturiser. I use it on my hands, elbows and to tame frizzy hairs.
I mentioned recently, that I was looking for an unstructured blazer. Admittedly, this is a nod to current trends, but in my defence, I only adopt the ones I like! I am also quite taken with the vibrant pea green colour that is everywhere at the moment (brace yourselves). I was therefore very happy to come face to face with exactly what I had been searching for in a charity shop this week. The jacket was part of a suit but I persuaded the Manager to sell me just the jacket and I've teamed it with the only new purchase I have made this year - a pair of Zara patch pocket denim shorts.
More greenery in the form of National Trust managed property and green space, Dudmaston, where we headed to celebrate our wedding anniversary this week with a shandy and a scone in the apple orchard, just before the rain started.
We had a little look inside at the property's art collection, but the heat inside was pretty intense, so I purchased some vibrant postcards featuring the artwork of Wolverhampton born sculptor, artist and art collector, Anthony Twentyman (1906-1988), who, incidentally, was a friend of the previous owner and was commissioned to create sculptures for the Dudmaston Estate(more info here:-
... and soon headed back outside, where we picked some lime tree flowers to make a calming tea (aside from producing an exquisite fragrance, they produce a deliciously delicate tea).
I also managed to snap one of three resident cats we counted, hunting in an area of wild flowers and taking us neatly into "Orange..."
Dudmaston, shot through lavender.
I rounded off the week with a visit to my friend Jenny's driveway plant sale. Here's a glimpse of her lovely rainbow coloured flower border. I left with an Agapanthus and a couple of foxgloves for our woodland garden.
Gareth has had a chesty cough and streaming cold and so I left him on Saturday night to dose himself up while I disappeared for a while to celebrate my friend Jackie's recent nuptials.
The remainder of the weekend has been spent in the comfort of our front row sofa seats at a number of Glastonbury performances. The view from Kingswinford was pretty awesome! Jack White was delightfully eccentric and loud. Is musical Tourette's a thing? I think he might have it. Sadly he didn't sing one of my favourites from his tenure with The Raconteurs, so I'll leave it here and dedicate it to my husband of 21 years, my Broken Boy Soldier.