Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Will it ever stop raining??

I am still on the mend from my pancreatitis last month, taking it easy, sleeping a lot, not doing much and my garden is pretty much taking care of itself these days. Fortunately I guess, the rain has come back; we have had so much rain that the hosepipe ban we were threatened to have to struggle with until Christmas now is likely to be lifted within the next month or so. Good for the water reservoirs, good for our gardens, not so good for sun thirsty people of Britain.

Here is a weather forecast I pulled off the Internet yesterday, we really are due an exceptionally good July and August after all this rain! Is someone saving up for the Olympics? I guess you must be living on a different planet if you have missed that we are having the Summer Olympics and Para Olympics here in London this summer....even if you live on the other side of the world and is as little interested in sport as I am you probably have heard about the London 2012 by now. But something you probably don’t know is that it is my borough here in London that is having the main parts of the events! Every time you hear about ‘Newham’ the next couple of months on the TV it will be where I live they talk about. The three main arenas are in Stratford, only 3 miles from where I live, and a short walk from where my son lives. Shame neither my son nor I are the slightest interested in any of the sportevents :-) I must admit I am dreading the 2 mill extra people that are expected to invade us during the Olympics, the roads and public transport network can’t cope on normal days so how will they cope with all those extra people around?! I get all my shopping delivered and that’s what I am most worried about, will I actually get my shopping at all? As for the rest, I intend to hibernate in my garden, hope for all the nice, warm weather we haven’t had yet and not leave my house until it’s over!

All the rain has had a good effect on my garden, it is lush and green, although still very late since we have only had one good sunny period so far. But there is certainly a huge difference to see from a few weeks back :-)

My Clematis ‘Niobe’ has started flowering.

I bought 3 David Austin roses in January, they have now all got a permanent home and the first one has started flowering. Let me present you to Rosa Susan Williams-Ellis, isn’t she beautiful? True white roses are hard to find (and hard to photograph!), just a shame you can’t smell the lovely scent.

This one is a pot rose bought in a supermarket and planted out after it was finished flowering, it has been an absolute star for years!

Dopey, my dwarf rhododendron is now in full flower, he looks even better than my photos manage to convey.

A close-up of Dopey.

And lastly, my cat hasn’t been here for a while so I thought I would finish with a picture I took of him tonight. I think he is sensing I am ill as he is spending a lot of time lying next to me instead of being outside. He often does that when I am not well, giving me much more attention and asking for more cuddles than normally. He is great company, a good listener - hardly ever interrupts  :-)  See you next time, until then, take care.


  1. Hello Helene!!
    Glas you are well enough to post again. We've had a lot of rain here recently as well - much needed after 3 weeks of drought but enough already! I like it when it rains overnight only :)
    Your rose, rhodos and clematis are very beautiful. Glad you get to see those while you recuperate. And so glad you have your kitty cat to keep you company.

  2. My thoughts exactly ... when?? Your kitty is adorable!! Take care!

  3. Pancreatitis can be really nasty so I hope you are feeling better and getting plenty of rest. At least the rain will make you put your feet up for a while longer :-)

  4. During all that sport, I'd lie back & enjoy your garden. Avoid the crowds and all the madness & maybe do online shopping for a few weeks! hope you're feeling better soon x

  5. You certainly have a beautiful oasis to escape to, Helene! I didn't realize the Olympics were taking place right in your neighborhood. That's exciting and a bother both at the same time, as you mention. Well, take care and rest up. And enjoy the beauty all around you. :)

  6. Hi! Got to know your blog from Bush Bernie's Blog. It's wonderful to know the rain is helping you to be able to rest more. You have a lovely garden! As for the London 2012, I am sure you all are going to face some inconveniences for a while. I don't like to be in the crowd myself.

  7. Hope the weather improves soon, so that you can relax in the garden. There'll be nothing to watch on the TV, not with 16 hours a day of Olympic coverage. Take care.

  8. Thank you all for your kind messages and well-wishes. Welcome to my blog Stephanie, hope to see you around on a regular basis :-) As for the Olympics: I am stocking up on TV programs on my Freeview box’s harddrive, have been doing it for a while so I had something to watch for when the football started, and will be adding programs whenever there is anything remotely interesting. If I run out of things to watch I can always sit down and write a bit more on my rather neglected blog!!

  9. I'm so glad I found a moment to stop by. So sorry to hear you've not been well, and I do hope you're recovery is coming along nicely. It sounds like you've been doing all the right things though, and have been resting up.

    Your garden is looking beautiful after all the rain. Love, love Rosa Susan Willians-Ellis. She is indeed beautiful. But not only beautiful, she has a perfume. Fantastic. I must say the supermarket-bought pot rose is quite lovely too.

    Fingers crossed that the shopping gets through and that the extra traffic and crowds won't prove to be too much of a problem. I think I'd be retreating to your garden too until it all blows over.


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