Wednesday, 25 April 2007

Open Day....

Today is the start of the National Garden Scheme where people open their gardens to the public.
Now my garden is just not in the same league as those that open to the public so, I thought I'd share some photos of my favourite garden - Monet's. You can find the following paintings, and more, here.

Japanese Bridge

Probably 1918-24 (280 Kb); Oil on canvas, 89 x 116 cm (35 x 45 3/4 in); The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Japanese Bridge
Courtesy of Ariane & Alain Cauderlier

Green Reflection, Left Part 1916-1923; Orangerie, Paris

Courtesy of Ariane & Alain Cauderlier

I found a lovely site called The Lilacs, a house to let near Giverney, France. This is a place I'd like to visit in the future, so I can see for myself Monet's garden and the inspiration for his paintings. Not only do I love gardens I love Monet's paintings.

The owners of The Lilacs, Ariane & Alain Cauderlier, have a page of their own photographs showing Monet's Garden as it is today, like this photograph. Do take a look at the link, the photographs are beautiful.

My knee
Wednesday 25th April
Giant Leaps today. I had a shower all by myself! Although I still have to use the bathboard to get into the bath I was able to stand and do everything for myself. MWM is almost redundant!
Also added an extra exercise to my regime - stepping!!


Anonymous said...

Well done, Mum...reckon you'll be dragging Father up dancing next time you're in the club!

Akelamalu said...

Hi Babe
Not quite that good yet!:)

CG said...

Beautiful gardens :)

Am glad the knee is doing well :)

Akelamalu said...

Thanks. :)

Bankerchick said...

After so long with someone helping or worse going without a shower,that was one of my giant steps too. Congratulations! The pictures are classic. I love the links for the vacation house, just beautiful. Thank you.

Akelamalu said...

MWM has been wonderful but I just want to be independent again. Glad you liked the links.

CS said...

"Scheme" is a funny word for it, to my American ears. Sounds almost sinister, for such a loevly endeavor.

Akelamalu said...

Mmmm I thought the same but that's what it's called. Garden Open Day would have been better I think.

Natalya said...

So good to hear your knee is doing so well! After 3 months of strip washes ONLY and the odd 'sneaked' shower/bath, I was finally allowed a bathboard this week, it's so nice to be allowed to do what is really just a task we normally take for granted! Am glad you'll be able to lose your bath board soon!

Lovely gardens too! {{HUGS}} x

Akelamalu said...

Oh I've been lucky then - showers from day one!! As soon as I can climb in the bath the bathboards will be no more!

Glad you enjoyed the garden.

Melanie said...

Beautiful pictures!

Akelamalu said...

Glad you like them and welcome to my blog. :)

Catch said...

Beautiful gardens,so peaceful andsuch pretty colors. Congrats on the knee!!! You are stepping right along! Keep up the good work!

Annelisa said...

Go girl!

(YWM will never be redundant, though - I'm sure you will think of much better tasks for him to perform :-) )

I always thought it such a shame Monet destroyed so many of his paintings... I would love to have compared his earlier and later work more, and seen how different it looked to 'real life'!

ps - thinking award post to be up soon... just taking a break :-D

NY Bathrooms said...

I need more bathroom reviews, do you have any to send?

Linda said...

Beautiful pictures of beautiful gardens!

So glad to hear that your knee seems to be improving by leaps and bounds! Soon you'll be leaping and bounding all over the place!

la bellina mammina said...

am so jealous of you guys with beautiful gardens! Thanks for sharing Las Lilacs. Since I'll be in Italy & greece soon, it would be nice to (try) to check out the place. It looks so calm.

ron said...

Evening Akelamalu!

Just thought I'd stop by for peek!

I LOVE your photo selection. It REALLY puts me in the mood for Spring! I especially enjoyed the Asian looking one. Reminds me of Japan!

Here in the U.S. the weather has been so unpredictable. One day HOT and HUMID...the next day RAINY and COLD.

I'm NOT a summer the cooler weather feels good to me.

I hear that the U.K. is getting MUCH warmer summers. Thank God for A.C.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and for visiting my "Thinking Blogger Award" blogs!
I LOVE them dearly!

Be well,

Elween said...

hi thx for visiting my blog. actually you had visited once, remember? :)

oh i love lilies, because they are one of the most beautiful monocot flowers in the world! :)

lettuce said...

gorgeous pics - i'd love to visit Giverney too. wonderful art AND gardening - both good for the heart.

Akelamalu said...

Glad you enjoyed the photos. Stepping right along - I like that! :)

Other jobs for MWM - I'm way ahead of you there. ;)

Yes such a pity about the Monet paintings, but there are still some beautiful ones left.

ny bathrooms
Not at the moment but I'll keep you in mind!

Hopefully I will be leaping and bounding soon!

La Bellina Mammina
If you do get to France before me and check out The Lilacs please let me know what it's like.

I'm definitely a summer person - love the hot weather and thankfully our summers are becoming hotter. Glad you enjoyed the gardens.

Oh I'm glad I've visited you before I couldn't remember - it's age you know!
Glad you like the photographs - I love lilies too.

I will get to Giverny some day - hopefully in the not too distant future.

Claire said...

Gardens look gorgeous and so glad knee is improving.

Internet went down for a day, so i am now further behind my to do list!

Akelamalu said...

You'll catch up - eventually! :)

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

oh they really are lovely aren't they? thanks for sharing them!

smiles, bee

Akelamalu said...

Glad you liked them honey.

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