Garden · Growing things

Garden update

I’m rather pleased with how pretty it’s looking. 

That pink in the middle on the left was from my last trip to Homebase’s reduced section. Deadheaded and planted it has flower again and cost me 50p. 

I call this new bed the Brexit bed. I dug it the day after the referendum. As I was a passionate remainer family think I’m being a bit odd, but it amuses me. My bench as a sunflower prop…

This evening I stopped by the reduced section in Homebase again. They have so many plants reduced because they need dead heading and also properly watering. I went a bit mad and spent £20 but that probably a quarter of what they would cost if properly looked after. I don’t understand how a business can afford to make such reductions. They just need a staff member to do rudimentary dead heading as they tidy the shelves up and to ensured they’re watered properly. I quite like the challenge of getting stuff in an unplanned way based on which ones I feel sorry for… 

Oh and I installed two bolts on the rabbit hutch with the help of my Mum. I’m a bit rubbish at DIY so I was pleased with myself!

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Where did that week go?!

10 days ago I was coming back from Manchester, and since then I’ve been to a literary quiz (we came second last..), had a crazy week at work, been to my step brother’s wedding (my new sister in law was SUCH a beautiful bride) mowed the lawn several times, and discovered my wretched infection is back again. Which is why I’m sitting in my back garden like a limp rag having just surfaced rather than working. D is off to fetch my new antibiotics in an hour and that should perk me up. Anyway, some photos of my week – I’ve only worked on the second scrapalong hat…

Considering the colours for a third scrapalong hat – and this one for me 😊

Knitting in the garden is such bliss! 

Knitting on dog…

Dog wearing knitting (not impressed): 

A trip to see Independence Day 2 (I love Bill Pullman!) 

Mollie’s friend Bentley visited and D was very honoured to be asked to be one of his Dads’ bestman at their forthcoming wedding. 

Hat progress: 

Some photos of me, D and niece J from the wedding. I love that first one! 

The happy couple: 

Such a beautiful dress. They are both lovely people and we don’t see them as often as we’d like as they live in Abu Dhabi. 

The wedding was held at Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset and I took a few photos while walking round with D & J after dinner. Jess got in as many photos as possible!

An action packed week! 

Crochet · Garden · Growing things · life


Since I decided to stop forcing myself to do specific projects I’ve lost my crafting mojo. It’s coincided with me needing to get the garden sorted out and I’ve been really focussing on that, wanting somewhere nice to sit when I finally get it back! 

So on Friday I added to the border: 

And sanded the bench in preparation for a little make over… Sadly I didn’t take a before picture but as of last night: 
It took me all day to do this! Cuprinol Shades ‘Forget Me Not’. I’m delighted with it! While I was doing that Mum added some annuals to my beds and did my pots. She does them every year, I am grateful and lucky as they’re always fab! This year I’m going with fuschias, petunias and lobelia, both bush and trailing. As you can see we also dispensed with the scruffy rosemary bush and discovered a load of primroses growing underneath it!
As you can see from this pic, the lawn needs a lot of work which my lovely friend Sam has volunteered to do. 

Damon also insisted on buying two hanging baskets when we went to Homebase. This one is so glorious I didn’t want to hang it where I couldn’t see it. 

So today, I only mowed the bit that is still grass (!) and then was free to do this: 

I’ve settled on making a doily called ‘Flirty Fifties’ in the three colours right at the front and the violet and green just behind. They’re the colours I’ve chosen by and large for the garden so they should be fab on my outside dining table! 

I’m hoping they might work as placemats. I’ve still got lots to do in my garden but I’m really pleased with how far I’ve got and hopefully my doily/ mandala will inspire me! 

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Stash diving…

…and finding a WIP…

I had almost forgotten this cardigan I started for my Mum. The back and half of one front are done, the sleeves are integral, so it makes sense to finish it for her birthday. 

I’m not sure that it’s even been featured on my blog I’ve had it so long! The colour is more accurate in the top photo. Posting this for the pattern. 

I’ve also found out what happened to my favourite project bag and first pair of KnitPro Symphonie 4mm needles…

It’s going to be a warm day in Somerset. Before I paint my garden bench blue, lay a few slabs and plant up my garden pots, I’m taking this young lady for a walk! Taken last night when she was giving her best Hard Done By Labrador impression! 

Crochet · Growing things

Bank Holiday Owls!







I’ve sewn the squares together in strips and now I’m attaching them to each other. Next step the border!


As well as all this owling around I’ve also been working on my garden – with the help of my Mum – I’m not a gardener AT ALL! But I am loving how this flower bed looks:



All my pots are now filled, just need to sweep and tidy the top patio.

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Look at these beautiful tulips! They were planted for me by a lovely man last man last October. He’s back on Tuesday to cut my lawn field and to quote for putting down some paving for my bench in the perfect location to catch the last rays of the summer sun and for a new herb bed. I love my garden but I like being in it, not working in it 😄 – even though I just love reading The Landrover Owner’s Wife‘s blog.

I love how these flowers (which have multiple heads on a stalk unlike shop bought ones) are so beautiful and blowsy!







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Child labour

My 11 year old nephew is saving up for a Play Station. In order to raise the funds he is doing jobs for family members and I had said I would pay him £20 for mowing the lawn and weeding the flower beds. This is a fairly reasonable price – I reckoned it would be about 3 to 3.5 hours work, which works out as roughly minimum wage. Not bad for an 11 year old. Today was the designated day for the work to be done and my husband was the responsible adult… I was at work!

As the grass was so long we knew it would need two mows. I had a text message about 11am proving all was proceeding as planned:

The two lads clearly had a brilliant time once some of the work was done, having pizza for lunch and watching TV. I had asked the husband to check the weeding was done and he assured me he had. I got home to discover that all the dandelions had been carefully weeded and all the other ones left! Proving neither of them have any idea what’s a weed and what isn’t!

So, I set to and showed my nephew what to pull out and what to leave. We then mowed the lawn again, gave my courgette a haircut on the advice of the Landrover Owner’s Wife:

Potted up my birthday fuschia, given to me by Dilly the spangold:
who dug up my previous one. This is the new one:

Then we tidied up, deadheaded the strawberry plant and had a sit down. Having done a full day at work with a Curves session at lunchtime and then two hours in the garden I was exhausted but my nephew then volunteered to Hoover the floor! I gave him a pound for his efforts. The husband then took him down to the chip shop to get some chips for dinner, which was new to him as his mother, my sister, doesn’t do takeaway food! He was very happy.

This is the garden right now:
I’m very pleased. Sorry the picture is a bit blurry.

Then the icing on the cake was when my friends Sam and Josh sent a text a little earlier offering to take Mollie for a walk up Cley Hill (a local beauty spot which I haven’t been up for years as its quite steep! In fact I think the last time was 10 years ago, just after Damon and I met.) with their lurcher Bentley. I gratefully accepted as I was feeling rather exhausted after the gardening. 😄 She’s just left without a look back!