Wanting To Get Outside In My Garden Again!

I feel like this has been a long winter. A long, long winter. And given that winter is my least favourite season, I want it to end now. I am itching to get out into the garden again. I am definitely a fair weather gardener, I like to potter about out there when it warms up and then there’s nothing nicer than lounging about on my deck reading a book when it’s really hot. I love the sunshine. As soon as I do start spending time out there, I have something of a list of tasks that I need to Read more >

Word of the Week 23/6/17

Hello and welcome to Word of the Week! If you’re new here, Word of the Week is a nice and simple weekly linky, with everyone welcome to pop by and share. You reflect back on the past week and sum it up in one word. Then share your word with us in a blog post, with as little or as much explanation as you like. It’s a fun and friendly linky, so please do be lovely and visit as many of the other blogs as you can and share with them your thoughts on their words and weeks. I do comment on every Read more >

My Garden, My Extra Room

Now that the summer months are looming, I am excited to spend time in my extra ‘room’, my garden. Since I’ve got into my gardening, I’ve started to view my garden this way. Before, it was somewhere to sit in the sun, for the kids to play out, for the dog to run around. Having spent time redesigning it and better understanding it all, I now view it as an extension of my home, another room to furnish and enjoy. Last year we got most of the major work done. We flattened a shed, created a cut flower patch, had Read more >

A Stroll Round My Garden

It’s been a little while since I’ve shared what’s been happening in my garden here, so I thought that I’d indulge in my ever-growing passion for gardening today and talk plants, flowers and blooms, taking you on a virtual stroll round my garden. Ever since the start of spring, I’ve been obsessing over and noticing everything out in my garden. It now looks so much greener than it did just a few weeks ago, and there’s been plenty of splashes of colour already. I think my favourite so far has been my Bleeding Heart… I’ve enjoyed filling a fair few vases with Read more >

5 Fun Ways to Get Kids Interested in Birds

I love to talk to the children about the natural world around us. There is so much that we can enjoy and learn right here on our doorstep. When I’m out gardening, Boo often likes to help me plant bulbs and seeds and she gets so excited when she sees shoots coming up and blooms flowering. We talk about the names of them, and take a closer look at the colours and shapes. She’s pretty good at identifying them now. Little Man loves being out there, too, though he is more about the digging and insects than the flowers, which Read more >

Lazing on a Sunny Afternoon

OK, so ‘lazing’ could be replaced with the word ‘crazing’ as my kids are pretty active, but you get the idea! We’ve had sunshine – hooray! And proper, warm sunshine at that. So last weekend, we opened the back doors, and let the kids do their thing. There were bubbles… Bikes.. Water play.. And it was lovely to see Boo grab a golf club to ride as a broomstick, as we’ve been reading The Worst Witch together, so it must be sinking in! Of course, Boo insisted we eat our meals and snacks out there, and pretty much every garden Read more >

My Garden in Early May

I’m becoming obsessed. This gardening thingy is actually becoming a real interest for me. I don’t recognise myself any more. I get excited when I spot plant sales. I have opinions on various flowers and garden design. I often catch myself pondering where the gaps are and what shrubs are needed to fill them. I love seeds and cut flowers, but then want to balance them out with some hardy perennials. When I get into the garden, it’s not about sitting down and enjoying the sun, as it has been up until now, no, I’m thinking about what I can Read more >

My Photos – Week 2: My Garden

OK, so second lesson time! I’ve taken on my beginner’s tips, chosen my project of photographing my garden through the seasons, and this week I’ve been thinking about perspective. So here it is, my garden, my perspectives… I took a few photos of the same thing but from differing perspectives to play around with it. I also spent time using different modes on the camera and generally having fun. I didn’t want to come back inside! I was amazed that I could find so many things that I was interested in photographing, and thinking about how I could take them Read more >

The Happyland Hunt

Over the weekend we were very busy organising and clearing out. Though Boo was very much involved in this (she is quite the adept shelf-maker and knows her way around our local tip now!), it’s not the most scintillating of weekends for the kids, so I decided to make it a little more interesting, and get us out into the fresh air. I’ve written before about how we don’t tend to bother with the garden unless it’s warm, but with Project Garden, I’m determined to get us out there more, so here we go! While the Husband took the kids Read more >

My Photos – Week 1

I’ll be learning to take better photos, with the help of guest bloggers in my ‘Learn With Me: Photography’ series. And you’re welcome to come along for the ride and link up your photos and fun with me 🙂 The first lesson is An Introduction to Photography 101, by Em at Snowing Indoors. I’ve read it, digested it, so now I need to actually go and do it! Her 5 top tips almost lifted a weird shroud off this whole area for me. I’m not sure why, and until I started this, wasn’t even aware of it, but I found the Read more >

Project Garden Update 2nd October

I was hanging the washing out the other day (not the most glamorous start to a blog-post, I do recognise), and I was struck by how peaceful the garden was. It was a sunny, crisp autumn day, with a little breeze rustling through the trees. I rushed through my thrilling chore and then popped inside to grab the camera to share with you what my garden is up to at the moment… And here it is, my favourite out there at the moment, my Harlow Carr rose.. What’s that you say? You’d like to see another photo of that rose? Read more >

Open Garden Day

On Sunday I was fortunate enough to be selling my cards in a gorgeous garden local to me, opening for charity for one day only. I was set up in the dining room, with the patio doors opening out onto the garden, so this was my view for the day.. I love the idea of people having these fabulous gardens, and then joining up with a few others to allow people to come and enjoy them while raising money for worthy causes. It does make me wonder how many other hidden gems there are as I drive past houses with Read more >

Our Garden Re-Design – a project underway

I want to make changes to our garden. Quite big changes. I see this as the start of a project that, hopefully, we’ll finish by the start of next summer. I thought I’d share with you our progress over the coming months, not only on the garden itself, but also on my knowledge and enthusiasm for gardening. I’m not a keen gardener. My mum really is, though, so she sorts our garden out for us. I do have input, but I run it past her as she understands what she’s doing and what can be done. I’m hoping that over Read more >