Remember my mum? She was a guest blogger on my post a few months ago click here to read the post. Well, tomorrow it will be her 82nd birthday and I thought I would post these pictures of her garden as this is where the whole family shall be gathering for the traditional birthday treasure hunt!
Every year, the family are given a list of around twenty items which have been hidden in the garden and everyone has to find them. There are no exceptions - old or young, you have to join in.
It is also tradition that (close your eyes now Mum) halfway through, cheating becomes rife - with a nod in the direction of an item here and a quick swapping of the location of found items there. Of course, this is frowned upon by the Clarke side of the family until with defeat in sight, fair play flies to the wind!
I went to the Chelsea Flower show a few weeks back and I have to say that there wasn't a garden there to match my mum's and she does it ALL herself!
What is lovely, is the creation of so many different 'spaces' - a walled garden, a wooded area, a formal lawn, rockeries and different seating areas.
Of course, the grandchildren love the treasure hunt and the excitement of wandering around all the little paths and secret places.
They love the garden ornaments and statues - around every corner there is something new to see. The fox cubs love them too and Mum will often find them moved around!
All these pictures of Mum's garden, bring me nicely to Patsy Collins' new book 'Up the Garden Path' published by Alfie Dog. It's a collection of her garden related short stories. I haven't read it yet but I have downloaded it and am sure it will be an excellent read.
I shall leave you now as after the treasure hunt, I shall be off to sunny Greece. Even though I won't be here, please still comment as my Mum reads my blog!