lilies cages

The weather has been glorious here the past couple of day, yesterday afternoon being so warm that after a couple of hours i had to retire to the house as it was just too warm, we seem to have acclimatised to Orkney temperatures, i ma fairly sure when family are visiting in a couple of weeks they will be saying they are cold :)

 I had cut some branches from our trees a few days ago and have been using them to make various things.
Trees are scarce up here, so it would be a crime not to use all prunings in some useful way.
I constructed these two cage like structures yesterday for the Turks hat/head lilies we have in the front garden, they tend to fall over as they are so tall and heavy, and thought these would look much nicer than last years "piece of twine wrapped round a piece of old pallet affair"
I have also cut a stout branch for a new staff, another for a broom pole, two shaped branches for making woven flags, and another two for making whimsical chandeliers.
i have a buckets full of small prunnings left over from making the cages which will go on a pile to dry out for kindling, and john wants the remaining chunky branches for 'ornamental logs' for the fire place.
plus i have a pile of twiggy branches for pea supports, an i am only half way through the pile :)
 Unfortunately the weather turned late yesterday afternoon and the Har rolled in ( think salty sea fog), and although the har is gone this morning, it is a damp cloudy day, a day for inside tasks. luckily I have plenty to be getting on with as there is less than 3 weeks till the wedding and so far have no dress, no food planned, no decor, no cake, no flowers decided upon, not finalised to ceremony wording, not wrote my vows......
hmmm.... i think i will go hem some curtains :)


  1. Huge Congratulations to both Melanie and John on their big day yesterday. Hope you had a wonderful wedding day and all family and friends enjoyed the celebrations with you.

    Wishing you both lots of love and happiness.

    Auntie Susan and Uncle Terry xxxx

  2. Congratulations on your wedding. Are we going to see any photos of you in your dress!

    I look at your blog quite often and also on CL Forum.

  3. sorry it has taken so long to get back, just trying to get into a routine after all the chaos of organising the wedding :)
    i am hust about to write up a post on the wedding now with piccies :)
    Thankyou !! aunty susan and uncle terry :)



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