Monday 21 June 2021

Some Challenge Inspiration


Good Monday Morning Ladies,

Well the garden thoroughly enjoyed all of the rain that we were blessed with over last few days, everything looks so lush and green and healthy,  especially the weeds!! I can't understand where they all come from! We have 2 compost heaps, 2 wormeries, 2 rotating compost bins and 4 standard compost bins and we still have a huge pile waiting to go in one of the composters, Paul managed to finish pulling a huge amount of ivy out of a border down the side of the house,  as we cut it back the trunk and roots looked like something you'd see in an enchanted forest, all twisted and intertwined, I'm guessing the Ivy has been there years, the border has been completely untouched for years, the piles of roots were huge, the soil was in great condition,  I had a box of RHS Wildlife attracting seed mix that you 'Sow,Rake & Grow', so We have scattered them over the new border to start with to get something growing while we continue to wait for our Collection of 72 perrenials from Thompson &Morgan! We will then have a good selection to choose from, there are plants for all settings in the collection, it will need something that is tall and colourful as the border is in front of a Cotswold Stone wall. I will share some photos when we decide.  

I spent most of yesterday making sure Paul had as relaxed day as possible as all our children were busy working, so I didn’t get any time in my craft room, so today I thought I would share a few different cards that work perfectly for our Challenge to hopefully inspire you all a little bit. I am really looking forward to making some cards for this challenge, I do love when one of you chooses the challenge because it feels like I am taking part too.  I hope that the cards inspire you all a little .

Maria it sounds like you are having a lovely time in Colchester,  I love the Castle Park,  have you been in the Castle too? It has some interesting artifacts and even has a Dungeon too!  Its lovely to hear what you are doing xxx

Well that's all for today my lovelies,  I hope that you all have a lovely day, 

Sending love and hugs to all of you,

Sandra                                                                                  xxxxxx 


  1. Morning Ladies

    Sandra-some lovely cards as inspiration for today. We had yet more sunshine yesterday, I would rally like some rain as we’ve not had any for weeks now. The garden is looking a. It sad as it’s so dry.


  2. Morning Everyone
    HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE. It's the Longest Day today so make the most of the daylight hours. I wonder how many will have made it to Stonehenge this morning for Sunrise.

    I want to make a start on my CC today so we'll see what happens.
    The CAFE is of course OPEN as usual so pop in when you can.
    HUGS are on their way to you all.
    Have a really good day. TAKE CARE AND STAY SAFE.xxxx

  3. Great cards for inspiration I hope to make a start on a card later
    We had a very mixed day yesterday OH’s aunt came to visit We haven’t seen her in over 2 years OH’s sister was here too I won’t say here but something happened that made it a sad occasion too
    Take care all xx

  4. Hi everyone
    Great inspirational cards, love them all 😊
    Raining here again this morning! I wish we could send some your way Michele.
    Hoping to do some crafting today after I’ve got through the pile of laundry!
    Have a good day everyone. Sending hugs to you all xxx

  5. Hello everyone, well we had some rain at last, over night but not much but better than nothing.

    Good selection of card for this weeks challenge, have a load of ironing to do, the I’m going to have a search to see what sentiments I can find.

    Looks like it’s going to be a day indoors today, supposed to be heavy rain later, hope you all have a good day. Lilian

  6. Hi Sandra and all in the Cafe today. Love the inspirational cards today. And the all white one is something that I still haven’t tried even though I love that style of card!
    Sandra, your garden will look beautiful and worth all of the hard work. You also have some gorgeous traditional roses too with their wonderful colours and scent. They are a favourite of mine xx
    Mum and Pop had a lovely rose beside their front door until last year when it died off for no apparent reason.
    Karen, sending hugs xx
    Maria, I hope the weather improves for you while you are enjoying your break away xx
    We have another day of grey skies and rain forecast. If only I could send some up to you I would gladly Michele xx
    Lynda, I hope you get some help from the dermatologist. Sending hugs xx
    Sending love as hugs to you all with extras for all in need. Take care xx

  7. Hello Sandra and ladies,

    Great cards Sandra, such a lovely mixture of inspiration.

    We have yet more rain today, after almost drought conditions a week ago it’s like the monsoon season here. I have some miniature geraniums that need planting but the rain is to heavy to get outside, at least the ground will have had a good soaking in readiness for them!

    Hope you all have a good day. xx

  8. Evening everyone.
    Beautiful cards Sandra. Sound like you have a lot of rotting mulch for the garden that will be good later on. Good Paul got a relaxing day yesterday. OH has been inside the castle but not me yet. We are now in Norfolk and have been for a fish and chips dinner down the sea side. Shopping has arrived so wishing you all a nice evening. Many hugs to you all xx

  9. Hi Sandra and ladies
    We had a very heavy tain and very windy. I should have had physio today but had a phone call earlier saying they have decided to cancel my physio as I'm not going to be walking on my own as they said I can get reafeed again arfer my knee oppression as its only a
    Five week course. So bit fed up today. So just going to carry on with the xercises to build up some muscles.
    Terry had nice day on farthers farthers day Lisa came in morning and Darren Sam & Harry popped in afternoon. He is going to be tall he is 9/10 years cloths
    Have agood rest of week take care Hug's Lynda xxxx