Last day of June

Not long ago, Jude took us on a delightful tour of her new garden.  It set me thinking, and these are some of the results.

Whenever I possibly can, I’m out in the garden for breakfast.  Keeping a watchful eye and enjoying the serenity.  I thought you might like to share it.


Jude, does this say Essence of Summer to you?


    1. June seems a lifetime ago, but I’ve had lots of breakfasts out there this year. 🙂 Yesterday was glorious and I was in the garden with a book and my foot up all morning, then sitting outside at our marina with a friend all afternoon. Things have changed today though 😦 Damp and misty!

  1. Your garden is so beautiful Jo, what a wonderful place to relax in. Mine is just recovering from a bout of heavy rain and storms earlier in the week. I wanted to post some before I signed off, but no time. So I’ll enjoy yours instead! I wanted to stop by and see you before I disappear, but I’ll look forward to reading your posts via FB if you post them there. At least then I won’t feel so disconnected while I write…*she says optomistically* 🙂 xx

    1. I’ve got half an eye on the tennis, Sherri, but it’s just not the same without Rafa. I hear he’s fit and practising again. I won’t have Wifi in the Algarve but I’ll look for you as soon as I get the chance. You’d better have an armful of hugs in the meantime 🙂

      1. I was gutted to hear Rafa wouldn’t be at Wimbledon. I’m loving Tsonga and the Canadian and Sam Querry beating Djokovic. Bring it on!! Aww…I’m gripping onto all those hugs Jo…they’ll keep me going until you return!

      1. Home now, after a glorious week of cruising. We’ve just been skyping with our daughter in Manchester. Our winter temperature today was 6 to 20 degrees C and her summer temperature is 5 to 17 degrees. That’s not summer. 🙂

  2. Gorgeous, I love clematis in all their forms. It looks like your camera has captured the colours well. Do you garden or M? It looks immaculate, even the hostas are intact! x:-)x

  3. Thank you for brightening up my evening with these beautiful flowers. Wow, you get to have breakfast surrounded by this beauty every day? Lucky you. Nice photos. Thanks for sharing.


  4. Such a perfect retreat. I am doing the same – pulling out one thing (weedy hydrangea) to put in another (lavender.) Hopefully, the lavender will adjust better to the dry, dry climate. 😉

    1. Hi Susan 🙂 Our cloudy days far outnumber the sunny ones, so I make the most of them.
      (haven’t had chance to read your book because we have been blessed with a few nice days- which means that my evenings are spent trying to keep up on the blog 🙂 I’ll get there! )

  5. It is so nice to find the essence of summer in your own garden. I hope you get some sunshine to go along with it, Jo! The reports I get from Europe are not very positive in this regard. I’ll send you some of our summer weather. 🙂

  6. Lots of lovely summer clematis here Jo. I would love to have breakfast (or maybe brunch since that is a little later) with you. What is that first statue then? Looks oriental. And thank you for sharing your delightful garden with me on this last day of June!

    1. I’m not sure, Jude. He looks a bit Samurai warrior but he’s a peaceful soul. Never bats an eyelid when the birds land on his head. 🙂
      I have, of course, focused on the good bits.

      1. Of course. And yes, you are right he does look like a Samurai. I quite fancied a Buddha (not the fat ones) but on reflection maybe a gaggle of geese would be better 🙂

      2. We have a Buddha’s head in the corner, where I go to zumba, and I got told off for sitting on him in exhaustion one Saturday morning. 🙂 🙂 Yes- raffia geese! We saw some lovely ones on the lawn at Burton Agnes gardens yesterday.

    1. I never eat breakfast in the dark, Jill! Even in Winter I prefer to wait till it’s light, but my laptop gets a little more attention then. 🙂 Thanks, darlin’.

      1. Thanks for checking. I returned from my Australian trip on Wed. Still settling into home life again. Had some good times in Australia, and everyone was reasonably okay.

  7. I’m not sure whether it is the warm weather and lots of rain but the garden is the best it’s been for years. Like you we try to eat all our meals outside, bar rain. One summer we were barely inside apart from late evenings and night – pure bliss. Love your photos!

    1. I’m used to spending the first couple of hours of my day on the blog, but at this time of year it’s a struggle. Summer is too short to waste. Thank you! 🙂

    1. They are clematis, Ineke 🙂 Very easy to grow in our northern climate. This morning I was in the garden for breakfast but now it’s pouring down. Keeps it green 🙂

  8. Superb shots, Jo. Love the light and shadow, especially in the pinky-orangey one. Is this your garden? And you’ve been keeping it a secret??? I’m glad your weather’s kind at last. Have a warm blue-sky hug.

    1. I’ve just been messing with it foolishly to add a butterfly that I just captured in the garden- yes, it’s ours- and I don’t like the balance so much but I could go on messing all day. Should have left well alone but if I change it again it could end in tears, hugs 🙂 🙂

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