I stopped for a break between planting row upon row of little Spring Onion seedlings earlier on this afternoon, sitting on the patio in the blazing sunshine is so much cooler than working in the polytunnel and this little 'weed' caught my eye.
Isn't it just so delicate and with such a lovely combination of colours. I have no idea what it is but in my eyes it is the most perfect little flower I have seen in a long time :-)
Not quite as pretty to look at but also a thing of beauty to me is this old chest. We found it when we were emptying Mum and Dad's garage of Dad's hoard of old things. Buried deep amongst all the other 'treasures' it was full of bits of junk, I couldn't see it thrown in the skip when it had obviously meant something to Dad, so it's been languishing in one shed after another of ours for the last couple of years. I suddenly had the urge to finally do something with it.
As you can see it's made out of really old and rough offcuts of wood, the sort of thing a woodworker would knock together to hold his bits and pieces, rather than a chest fit to grace the best rooms of a house.
Rather coincidentally it has exactly the same handles as the old drawer I use to keep all my seed stash.
My seed drawer, bought from a car boot sale for £1 off an old guy who was selling tools that were in it .... he was amazed I wanted it, but I thought it was just lovely.
Inside it has the same little ledge on one side that you find in many old blanket boxes.
A neat little touch I thought to make something so rough and ready in the style of fashionable blanket boxes of the time.
I have just started on it's renovation, unfortunately due to the miss match of the wood and the state of it, I can't just sand it down and keep it in a natural state so it will be painted. And as the handles, hinges and catch are so firmly attached with old completely rusted up screws they will have to be dealt with in situ.
I'll let you see it when it's finished :-)