Sunday, 20 June 2010

Poppies, Birthdays & Summer Solstice

I adore Poppies, however this clump near my front door is probably going a little too far. My husband, who doesn't share my passion for them, isn't convinced I haven't had a hand in sowing seeds for these, and believe me the photo doesn't do them justice, they're up to my husband's waist and he's 6ft. He's had strict instructions not to mow them, and so far seems to be listening to me, though for how long I'm not entirely sure. I love them, they're so colourful and can stay there for as long as they wish to as far as I'm concerned.

We enjoyed a splendid evening at Les Landes Race Course on Friday night with transport to and from the course being arranged for all the guests; incredible food displayed in the marquee and a bar that catered for everyone's tastes. The view from the enclosure overlooking the track looks out over the channel and as the horses thunder past you look out over the ruins of Grosnez Castle towards the sun as it sets past Guernsey, Jethou, Herm and Sark. A perfect evening.

This week it's my son's birthday the day before he comes home for the summer holidays and next weekend we're having a big family get together at my dad's house. My brother-in-law is over from New Zealand for a few days and it's my mother-in-law's birthday on Midsummer's day, as well as my neice and nephew's birthdays later on in the week. There's so much going on, but it's all good fun.

25 comments:

Suzanne Jones said...

Your poppies are gorgeous.

Happy birthday to your boy and to your mother-in-law, niece and nephew. Have a great get together - can't wait to hear all about it.

XX

Casdok said...

Happy birthday all round!
Love your poppies very impressive :)

Carol said...

I adore poppies and love the fact that there are fields full of them just round the corner from where we live!! They look just stunning!

Sounds like you are going to have lots of reasons to celebrate coming up...I hope you enjoy every minute of it :-)

C x

Chris Stovell said...

Gosh, your evening at the races sounds sublime. How lovely for you all.

Busty time ahead, Debs - you pack an awful lot in!

Phillipa said...

Did my last post work....

Phillipa said...

Ah... just wanted to say, the poppies are glorious and happy birthday to your son! p x

Sarah Callejo said...

Gosh, what a lot of birthdays, I hope you enjoy all the celebrations.

Boonsong said...

It sounds hectic. Hope the family gatherings go well.

All the best, Boonsong

Pat Posner said...

I love poppies and yours look magnificent!

Happy celebrations - sounds like a busy week

xxPat

Jan said...

LOts of happy stuff...and even better in the sunshine. Good to read your blog again...after quite a while!

Karen said...

I love poppies too, we have some yellow ones in our garden :o)

Hope you have a fab week!

Kaye Manro said...

Poppies are wonderful!

And Happy Birthday to your son! And Mother-in-law as well.

Have a great family gathering.

Melissa Marsh said...

Gorgeous flowers! I hope you can convince the hubby to let them stay. :-)

Faye said...

We have some cultivated poppies that are pale pink, but, like you, I love the crimson red ones. Especially in the breeze. What a wonderful evening you had in such a great location. Something for everyone. Looks like summer for you is going to be busy, but happy busy, Debs. Enjoy!

Jayne said...

I love poppies too Debs, they're so bright. Have a wonderful get together xx

Talli Roland said...

Wow, you're busy!

I love poppies too. When I lived in Poland they used to grow wild by the train track and I remember thinking how gorgeous they were.

Happy Solstice!

Susie Vereker said...

Debs, you are a great blogger. Loved your descriptions.

Lane said...

Lots of lovely things going on for your Debs.
And wonderful poppies to welcome you home. Beautiful.

JJ Beattie said...

I love poppies too. I love (and hate) that they wilt so soon after cutting because their beauty has to be where they are in situ and not in a vase in my house.

I'm glad you're having lots of fun.

DJ Kirkby said...

I adore poppies too but for some reason I can never get them to come up on their own on a yearly basis. What am I doing wrong?

Flowerpot said...

I just love poppies - they always cheer me up and remind me of sun drenched days!

Leigh Russell said...

I love poppies. The colours are stunning, especially the red ones.
Happy birthday to your son and have a wonderful family gathering. It looks like you'll have the weather for it!

Debs said...

Thanks for all the lovely wishes for James and the other birthdays. I just hope I haven't forgotten anyone.x

Liane Spicer said...

Hope you enjoyed the special days, Debs.

I love poppies too, although I've only seen them in photos. I used to have them as my desktop wallpaper some time ago. I'll go find some new images and put them up there again when my new computer arrives.

LilyS said...

Oooooh lots of birthdays can mean only one thing.... a lot of cake yummy.

Lovely poppies, my cousin has some growing outside her house which I saw last week. They were the first poppies I'd ever seen that weren't made of paper!