Thursday, 7 August 2014

A Snapshot of Time Out

I just had to get away today so I was dropped off at Capel Manor Gardens in Enfield where I spent a couple of hours to myself.  My first port of call was the Meercat enclosure.  I am not sure about animals being kept out of their natural environment but I presume that they were born in captivity.  I could have observed them all day - me watching them watching me!

 I like this idea of shelves being rested on step ladders.  A good idea if you have limited space.

 I have a standard orange Crocosmia in my garden. I much prefer the impact of this golden yellow variety.

 A random recipe in one of the gardens.  I have so many courgettes (zucchini's) that I am sure to try this out.

 One of my favourite plants -Echinacea.

 More of the beautiful Echinacea - I wish I had a display like this one.

Globe artichokes soaring towards the sky.  I feel uplifted and rejuvanted having had some time out.  I bought some Blackfriars Bakery chocolate flapjacks from the canteen to take home and a Salvia, trailing Rosemary and a Dahlia from the plant sales section and picked up a few handfuls of scots pine cones for my craft table display.  It has been a good way to spend a few hours.


greenrabbitdesigns said...

Nothing like a day out somewhere beautiful to lift the spirits and inspire.
Glad you had a lovely time out Simone!
Aren't meerkats so funny. :) Love the ladder idea and the recipe!
V x

Marigold Jam said...

A day out alone can refresh and reinvigotate lifting the spirits and making one feel renewed can't it? Glad you enjoyed your day out and hope the feelings linger on. Hope the flapjacks tasted good too.

Rosie said...

It's always good to have a few hours out to refresh the spirits and it sounds as if you thoroughly enjoyed yourself, Simone. Watching meercats always make me smile:)

Judy Hartman said...

So happy you took a few hours for yourself, Simone! It can make all the difference in the world! The meerkats are such watchable animals and the flowers are lovely. Hope it gave you a nice escape, at least for a while. x

Ethel Johnson said...

Meerkat, oh meerkat,
Who are you looking for?
I don't think he's out there,
He's probably on the floor!


KC'sCourt! said...

Your day sounded wonderful, wish I could have joined you.

I roast courgettes, slice thickly, and slice an onion. Lay the onion on baking tray and cover with sliced courgettes and sprinkle with a little oil (I use Olive, but whatever you have) Lovely addition to a roast dinner, or with with sausages which I also bake in the oven.
Julie xxxxxxx

rusty duck said...

That looks like a brilliant place for a day out, love meerkats.

crafty cat corner said...

I really hate adverts on the tele, they really annoy me, but the one with the baby meercat is so lovely, I just can't help oooooooing every time he's on.

sharon said...

Cheered me to hear you treated yourself to a day out, Simone. Delightful post. Keep those good feeling close. Sending a hug and my regards.

Lisa said...

It's amazing what a change of scenery for a few hours can achieve.
I love the ladder idea.
Hope the courgette recipe is tasty!
Lisa x

Ann said...

Just my kind of day out! Pity its sooooo far away :(

Anne Butera said...

So glad you were able to get away! Sounds (and looks) like you had a wonderful, inspiring, rejuvenating time. What a beautiful place and lovely blue skies for your outing.