A Paler Shade of Pink

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Moving trays of flower seedlings from my old garden to a new one right in the middle of the growing season was always going to be a challenge. Some did not cope with the upheaval while others pulled through and performed well. Cosmos ‘Psyche Rose Picotee’ was one of the survivors and has soared to well over a metre in height with a seemingly endless capacity to produce the prettiest pale pink flowers.

Budle Bay

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Sometimes the most memorable places are those that we stumble upon almost by chance and so it was how the enchanting Budle Bay, part of the Lindisfarne National Nature Reserve in Northumberland, was discovered.

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Dark peaty edge at low tide …

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So many castles in Northumberland …

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Sheltered seclusion …

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Testing the water …

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Farne Islands in the distance …

One of those rare summer days at the coast when the breeze was warm against the skin and time seemed to pass slower than usual.

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Camping in the Cheviots

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Camping on a farm in the pretty Northumberland countryside for a few days was holiday time spent wisely; forming a deeper connection with nature and all that surrounds us and, of course, the glorious weather helped too.

‘Cupani’

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Closely related to the fragrant wild sweet pea found in hedgerows in Sicily and Southern Italy, this sweet pea was introduced to the UK in the late 17th century by the Sicilian monk, Brother Francis Cupani.