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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

WOYWW #215

It's HOT!!!!!!! What are we like- moan if its wet, moan if its cold, moan if its hot- just no pleasing us, is there? It is glorious though, isn't it?  A picture of a climbing rose in the garden, Its called 'Spirit of Freedom', from David Austin Roses, which isn't too far away from us. We had a trip there about 3 years ago, and they have acres of ground, planted with their roses, beautiful sight, and the scent from them is awesome.
The blooms are huge, its one of the old fashioned cabbage roses, and has a gorgeous proper Rose smell.This is possibly the first year that the blooms haven't been ruined by rain.

Each flower is really heavy, you can see how they hang over, and each stem has 3 or 4 flowers on it. Both the clusters on here have already had one rose shed its petals.

Hanging baskets are doing well,last year they were a complete washout. Kitchen door in the background, with cat flap. Which Ambrose rarely uses. He prefers to sit there meowing & looking pathetic, until I open the door for him. Which I always end up doing. He doesn't try it with Doug, as he doesn't open the door for him!

Outside the front of the house we have some planters, with Lillies in, amongst other stuff. I love Lillies, one of my favourite flowers.

No real crafting going on this week, too flaming hot.A shot of my PC desk, instead, lol. Taken while writing this post. Littered with stuff. A couple of Simons Cat soft toys, an onyx penguin, with my WOYWW badge. A little teddy in a penguin suit on the right, a mug of coffee.

  A few people were very taken with the Raven stamps last week. I did try & give everyone who asked the links, there are  two versions of the stamp, a portrait version called Raven Background (above), and a landscape version called  Nevermore.     Both at The Stampman.

 Separate subject, has anyone else been seeing the Tim Holtz sneak peak e-mails?  The Distress Markers are coming out in the Limited Edition colours (which are part of the general range anyway now),  love the Laboratorie paper stash, and some of the new dies look awesome. There are Bottles,a Quill pen & inkbottle, a moon & stars and a Wall clock. Some new strip dies, love the railing fence one, and the new alphabet.

 Join us all over at The Stamping Ground, with out hostess Julia, click on the links and see a whole world of crafters desks.


Lunch Lady Jan said...

That rose is gorgeous, mine have been suffering in the heat :-(. How are you coping with sleeping in the day in this weather? I suppose it's a bit cooler when you set off for work!
Hope you and Doug are ok!
Hugs, LLJ 46 xx

Eliza said...

I so love David Austen Roses they are one of my favorites and the flowers are perfect and yes I do know the smell of that one it is heavenly. You do have a beautiful garden, thanks for sharing.

Happy WOYWW Eliza 26

Julia Dunnit said...

i'm not sure how you make time to do it, but the garden is a picture of loveliness, that particular rose is beautiful, I can practically smell it! it is hot, and I do love it..but I wonder how you get on trying to sleep through the hot parts of the day.
isn't it funny, I loved your treatment of the raven but now you show the stamp, I would have walked past it without a second look on the shelf, but now I might have to have the landscape format!

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

Those roses are absolutley beautiful. I can almost smell them. Takes me back to the gardens I played in, when I was a little girl. Picking up the petals and making 'perfume' in jam jars!

scrappymo! said...

Thanks for the wonderful walk through your blooms...Those David Austin roses are so special...I always think their perfumey scent is superb too!

glitterandglue said...

The flowers are stunning - well done. That penguin reminds me of the one in Wallace and Gromit - great fun.
Have a good week.
Margaret #48

Winnie said...

We are on day 6 of a heatwave here in NYC, and they say it will be going through the weekend! I am soooo melting and miserable. I had to get a portable a/c for my stamp room as I wasn't able to do anything for days. Your flowers are holding up great with the heat! I am trying so hard to keep things watered and each day my tomatoes are drooping when I return home. I wish I had your roses!! My liliies are doing ok with the heat, but soon will be praying for rain. I saw the sneak peaks from TH, and want the markers, papers, and a few of those dies (feather, gate for sure...) Winnie#84

CraftygasheadZo said...

Gorgeous roses, I do love to see flowers in bloom. I have a yellow rose that blooms each year and fuchsias that belonged to my nan but after she passed away we re-planted them into my garden and they are a lovely reminder and so pretty. Take care Zo xx 81

ike said...

Oh what gorgeous flowers you have :-) Very beautiful. I have one of my cats that does that too, but only cos he's too bit to squeeze through the cat flap hahaha LoL


IKE in Greece #33

House of Bears said...

Gorgeous stamps, how tempting. We love anything Poe. Must resist though as the want list is longer than Route 66.

Waving hi from The House of Bears @#86

sandra de said...

Your rose and flower pics are so stunning. Thanks so much for the lovely ATC. We are now in our very mild winter and you should hear everyone complaining about the cold!! Have a lovely week.
Sandra @89

fairy thoughts said...

Hi shaz
You are so right about the moaning I have heard so many people saying its too hot ..... No it isn't its about time for goodness sake .... Sorry rant over it is difficult to craft though I'll admit but there is always something to so
Love your roses it has been a much better year for the flowers even if they are later than usual they seem better for it
Have a good week
Janet @41

Ria Gall said...

your garden is looking stunning with all those beautiful flowers and the weather is now giving you chance to sit out in it to enjoy it.
That is a great stamp I have not seen him before
have a great day enjoy the rest of your week
Ria #75

Caro said...

Gorgeous flowers, especially that Rose...so many petals in one flower! Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#78)

Monique said...

Love those roses and I loe it when they smell. I have some roses in my garden that are very beautiful to look at, but do not smell at all. To me they are not the real thing. The smell, to me, makes the rose.
Happy WOYWW and I wish you a lovely week.
Monique # 70

Fandhmum said...

Hi Shaz
your rose is gorgeous, I seem to have lost a few this winter so need to stock up.
Have a great week
Rosie x

Krisha said...

Hi Shaz,
I'm lucky enough to live where an air conditioner is essential in the summer time, so we can stay nice and cool. Of course when the electric bill comes my eyes bulge out, my jaw hits the floor and the neighbors can hear me scream.
Your roses are so beautiful, such a delicate pink. I love the older varieties. In the small town north of us they have a rose festival every September, and the roses are just gorgeous.
Krisha #5

Danie May said...

Gorgeous Flowers and I wish my computer desk looked as tidy as yours at present. I am yet to try the Distress Markers. Happy WOYWW! Danie #34

gardenpinks said...

I must get that David Austen rose, so love his roses and have aquite a few in my garden. Another lily lover here too especially the Oriental lilies with their heavenly scent. Thank you for the garden tour it is beautiful:)
Lynn x

MaggieC said...

Oh, Shaz, you do set me a terrible example, tempting me with those New distress markers. The roses are very tempting too. I might be taking a trip over there sometime soon to choose some really smelly roses for my one border to mix in with the very spiky lubricants I intend to plant. I am hoping they will finish the main roof tomorrow, leaving just the porch and the dining room roofs to do outside. Then there are a couple of jobs to do inside, hence the rush to clear my craft room so they can repair the ceiling. Isn't it tiring having people round doing work? Hope you are managing to sleep in this heat. xx Maggie #18

Gita said...

Love all the flowers. And those roses....wow! Brigita #25

Queen Lightwell said...

Yes, the sneak peeks are killing me! Because my local craft shop will not get any of the new stuff in for like 6 months, it's so ridiculous! Though it's not like I *need* anything, right? lol :) Thanks for stopping by to see me already and leaving me a sweet comment. Deeyll #50

scrappystickyinkymess said...

Ah - was wracking my brains to recall who was a raven fan and now I know it was you. Check out my blog today to see a slightly cute EAP image, complete with a raven on his shoulder. No stand-alone raven but still.... Love that stamp and thanks for the link :)

Happy (late) WOYWW!
Mary Anne (35)

Debbie Rock said...

Those roses are just glorious Shaz ... I do so adore roses! I'm afraid I haven't time to leave comments on all the WOYWW's I've missed but do have to say I love your work ... such a pleasure to see it all.
Thanks for popping by my blog and leaving such lovely comments. Happy Crafting to you. Love from Debbie (#66)

Spyder said...

WE always get Simon's cat things for sis in law (Christmas/birthday) I've never come across those cute little cats before, I'll have to work out for them. Lovely rose, must remember that name! I can almost smell it!!

Happy WOYWW!!
((Lyn)) 11

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

ahhhh, Shaz, just drooling at those flowers God creation blows your mind so very very beautiful made to bring all joy.. may we keep it that way :D ie in world in general :D

..and yes think the magnificent rose is def my fav.. no did not know of sneak peek!
thanks so much for popping over Happy WOYWW :D Shaz in Oz.x #30

BJ said...

I agree far too hot to craft let alone desk hop as my computer is in the hot room, first chance today to do my replies. Beautiful roses. Thanks for visiting me this week BJ#56

Shoshi said...

What beautiful photos of your flowers, Shaz, especially that gorgeous full-bodied rose! Just fabulous. Very appropriate set of pics for the hot summer weather.

I am suffering in the heat and just wish it would cool down! I have fans on all the time... My new ARTHaven is coming on apace and soon my new work desk will have something on it, hopefully!!

Happy belated WOYWW,
Shoshi #116

Darnell J Knauss said...

Happy Belated WOYWW, Shaz! I'm so sorry that when you finally do get summer, it is broiling hot. I hope it cools off soon! Thank you for the delightful garden tour! And thank you for coming by the Playhouse earlier! Have a wonderful week! Darnell #20

Leann said...

I have some DA roses too and adore them. I'm here for WOYWW and Where Bloggers Create!


Laura said...

Hi, Shaz, your flowers are utterly gorgeous. I love roses and lilies. We have problems with Japanese beetles here that love to eat my flowering plants, dratted things. I may have to get that raven stamp just to make a Halloween card for my best pal from my English major days . . . he's just too perfect. Thanks for visiting my blog -- hugs sent right back to you. ~ Laura #101