Sunday, December 28, 2014

Season's Greetings

The snow on the mountain (euphorbia leucocephala) makes its annual appearance.
 The new patio at the front of the round pond.

 Remember how it looked ?

Teddy is nursing some injuries.
 Hello and Season's Greetings to all. This month has been a bit traumatic for me. I didn't feel the Christmas spirit at all. This could be due to the Chickengunya virus I had and that Teddy was injured by a car. He went onto the road about three weeks ago and was hit. He sustained a broken radius and ulna on his right front leg. He was bruised on his left hip and had tyre marks on his body. I was scared for him.  He had surgery on December 14th and had a plate inserted. He has to remain quiet for 8 weeks to heal and away from the other dogs. He is locked in the laundry room with access to the back garden. He also has a severe skin problem and was diagnosed with a thyroid problem which may be the reason for his skin disorder.  He is on medication and hopefully it will help his skin. Apart from that he is doing ok a bit lonely at times. I make sure hubby and  I spend some time with him several times a day.  The other dogs come to visit him occasionally. 
The round pond has taken on a new look as you can see in the above photos. The rains have suddenly ceased and the land is becoming parched. I do hope that is not an indication of what to expect next year. 
Wishing all a happy and healthy 2015! See you Next year!

Monday, November 17, 2014

The wedding venue

 The tent where we dined was provided by the planner Lee-Anne from Sanojah's Weddings in a box.
 The serene grounds of Pollard's Mill.
 Guests were seated under the trees to view the ceremony.

 The 18th century sugar mill once used to grind  sugar cane  was the focal point of the ceremony.

 The planner Lee-Anne  was spot on with the decor. 
 Burlap and lace table runners with wooden lantern centerpieces.
 The cakes were placed on wooden slabs that I was asked to procure.
 I had also been asked to decorate the base of the cake slabs. I used begonia leaves and white begonias.

Last Saturday November 15th my baby girl got married.  The venue was at Pollards Mill St. Philip an eighteenth century sugar plantation . The serene setting was perfect and the weather behaved.  The wedding was planned and executed by Lee-Anne and Ralph her husband owners of Sanojah's Weddings in a box. I can recommend them for their excellent work.

 To be continued..........

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day November 2014

 I have become Dame Mesticated.  I have brought the garden indoors with these cushions. I have resurrected my sewing machines after a sejour of over 14 years.

 These begonias are enjoying the rainy weather. They are thriving here at the front entrance.

This morning the pond clarity was unbelievable.

 Faithful pink mussenda always in bloom.
 Chalice vine

Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloomday where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens.  The Chikki virus finally caught me and is still with me. It started out  three weeks before with a painful left ankle. I couldn't remember twisting my ankle but it felt as if I had. Then for two nights I had a high fever and both my feet were painful to walk on. I spent two days in bed. The third day I felt better my feet stopped aching and the mysterious pain in the ankle was no more. I felt great and thought well that wasn't too bad. I still felt a bit tired after doing things like cutting the grass. Then a week later a rash appeared on all body and it was itchy. I got some antihistamine to take care of that. The rash lasted for two days and then the feet got swollen. So I had to rest  but with daughter's wedding coming up I had to have some things done. Then my right hand started hurting so badly it
woke me up at night. Some nights I didn't know where to lay it on the bed. I got some extra strength painkillers for that. Today my daughter is getting married and I will be hobbling along and hoping that the pain will stay away. So far the hand is feeling ok at the moment. Apart from that I will live.

To see more blooming gardens please take a stroll over to Carol's at May dreams gardens. Have a great weekend my friends.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Garden Blogger's Bloom Day October 2014

 Rain on waterlilies

Raindrops coming down
 Garlic vine  showing off her blooms.

 Intense pink desert rose.

Hello and welcome to Garden Blogger's Bloom day where gardeners around the globe post what is blooming in their gardens. 
 The garden is verdant with grass growing by the minute. 
Last weekend I said goodbye to the golden palms surrounding the round pond. They were cut down because the roots were invading the pond causing it to leak.  
The round pond is naked and empty awaiting some repairs.  I am still trying to convince hubby to do a pool but he doesn't want to hear that. The tree stumps will eventually die and will be dug up. I am trying to decide what type of plants I will put to replace the palms. I am thinking some large potted plants/shrubs. 
To see more blooming gardens please skip over to Carol's at May dreams gardens. 
Have a great day my friends!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Rain Rain come again

The rain was torrential and lasted for an hour or so accompanied by thunder and lightning.

The ground pond  filled for the first time this year. Will soon add some fish for mosquito control.
I had managed to get part of the grass mowed before the rain.
Avocados will be ready soon hopefully next month.
Shade house a bit more organized thanks to Kris my gardener. It was a mess.

The ponds were filled to the brim.
Excess water draining from the pond.

 If you can't see the big grin I have on my face then believe me that I have been grinning since yesterday afternoon. We had our very first torrential rain in the north yesterday. This is the type of rain we need to fill our reservoirs for next year. I was becoming worried  because we are a water scarce island with no mountains  lakes  nor rivers. While most of our water goes underground with some run off into the sea.  Many people have installed water tanks and it is now mandated that all new homes have some sort of water collection. 

We now have to be very careful of mosquitoes breeding places because of the Chikungunya virus spread by mosquitoes is increasing. Some neighbouring islands are rampant with it. I have one of those electronic tennis racquets to swipe the mossies  when they get near me. I also rub bay leaves on my exposed skin and I have noticed they don't get near me at all. The sun is out this morning drying out the grounds and hopefully it will remain so because today is laundry day for me. Have a great weekend my friends.