I want to start off with some thanks and acknowledgements.
Thank you to everyone who took part last week and for understanding about my lack of commenting the previous week. I am now all back to normal and my cold is gone, so hopefully I will be round visiting and commenting as normal.
Welcome to new followers and new Five On Friday participants. It is great to have you on board and joining in, you really are most welcome here.
I also wanted to say a big thank you to all of those who have found me on Instagram this week and welcomed me. It has been great fun and I have really appreciated your welcome. Yes, I love it and yes, I am already addicted... After less than week!
My thanks too to those of you who have watched the Podcast and let me know that you have enjoyed it. Starting it has been very scary as I have always kept myself hidden as you probably know and this is very exposing indeed. Thank you to those who have followed the Podcast too. If you want details see the Ravelry Group - Love Made My Home - which you can find here. Please feel free to join the group.
There have been a lot of changes this year at Love Made My Home with my new shops, the Podcast, finally joining Instagram and my posts changing a bit. I am sorry if it has all been a bit bombarding for you all, I really haven't meant for it to be! Trust me, I feel rather bombarded myself!!!
The final thing to do has been to set up a new hashtag for Five On Friday. I have been using #fiveonfriday but that isn't THIS Five On Friday. So, from today, there is a new hashtag that no one else is already using and it will make it easier for us to share our Five On Friday posts with each other. From now on the new hashtag is #LMMHfiveonfriday I will be using this from today so feel free to join in.
Things should settle down going forward after that final change! All of the new things that I wanted or needed to do are now underway. From here on in it will be blogging business as normal here with occasional crochet and shop news and then crochet matters will mainly be over on Ravelry and the Podcast.
I will share a bit of news of the blog and crochet back and forth though to keep both sides in touch with the other. Other social media will be a mix and match affair, although I am considering "dropping" Facebook. I have never really understood it or managed to make it work for me and there seem to be other things that am much better at. The account will remain for now, but if you don't hear from me there you might prefer to find me on Twitter or Instagram.
Sorry about that long lot of thanks and so on! I have a quick round up of the week and then, finally!, my Five things to share with you.
On Saturday I went phone shopping and I am pleased to report that everything now appears to have switched over to my new phone and be working. I am still a little wary, but so far so good.
On Sunday we had a day at home - which I needed after the phone escapades!
Monday saw us plant shopping, but they are still sheltering in the little greenhouse as it has been too cold for planting. I also recorded this weeks podcast.
Tuesday was a day out for lunch, but gosh, we had very odd weather. We woke to what appeared to be snow then had terrible rain and hail and more snow during the day, finishing off with brilliant sunshine. Most strange.
After that Wednesday was an easier day weather wise - I think! - I got a lot of crochet done.
Thursday was a day out, the weather was much better!! I will share more in a moment. Then later in the day our new mattress was delivered. I am writing this on Thursday evening as I usually do and I am looking forward to a great nights sleep!
That was the week! We are supposed to be "on holiday" this week, so I haven't done any paperwork, but I have still done "work" crochet and a few other projects besides. The weather hasn't really been conducive to doing much but hopefully it will be nice over the weekend so we can get out and about.
I hope that you have all had enjoyable weeks without too much weird weather.
Anyway, on to my Five things for this week.
As I mentioned, on Thursday we went out and we visited West Green House Garden - you can find more information here. I took nigh on 100 photos, so I have just chosen a five to share today in five different categories. I will also do a longer post tomorrow so that you can see more. It is well worth having a look at the gardens and therefore, hopefully!, my post tomorrow.
The gardens have been on our "must visit" list for many years, but we have just never managed to get there. We had planned to go earlier in the week, but as I said, the weather... Our final push for going was a lovely post shared recently by Crimson Kettle who visited and I realised that we really must go. It was well worth it!! We will definitely return later in the year to see how it has changed.
There are different areas to the garden so that is how I have divided this post. Entry area, Formal Gardens, Water Gardens, Wild Gardens, Oriental Garden.
One - This area is just after the entrance and there are tables for tea and coffee and so on, a really beautiful place to sit and relax.
Two - There are several formal areas to the garden. This is just outside the house. The house isn't open, I believe it is leased to a tenant who also runs the garden, but the topiary is amazing.
Three - Several areas of the garden have water features. This one is quite intricate, but simple at the same time with just a group of small fountains in the centre.
Four - Out in the "wilder" areas of the garden there are some large ponds and we really liked this bridge that went over one of them.
Five - Finally, for today, the Oriental Garden area. There are dragons on either side, most impressive with their leaf designs!
As I said, more to come, but I hope this has given you a taster. We certainly had a good time!
Hope you have a great weekend and do remember, if you can, please go and visit some of the other Five On Friday participants and leave them a comment.