The Fence!

Sometime ago I wrote about my struggle to convince himself that painting the fence was a great idea.

I was certain that I would be able to wear him down so that eventually, he would cave in and paint the fence a glorious shade of duck egg blue.

I also promised to keep you in the loop.

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This weekend, this happened.

The youngest took down the adornments that lined the fence.

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I took ‘before’ pictures.

While Himself stirred the paint – so exciting!

The three of us got cracking with a  brush each.

And before I could shout ‘lunch is ready’………..

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A pretty shade called Elderflower had been lovingly applied.

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I am delighted.

I can’t stop looking at the fence and smiling.

It really makes a massive difference and the lighter colour has opened up the garden.

It is such a small area but it does seem to feel more spacious.

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The fence now also compliments the candle holders that adorn the opposite wall.

As the garden is evolving, I feel it is starting to get a cottage style look to it, that makes me very happy indeed.

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Thank you Jess and Caro  for hosting!

Have a lovely day!

 

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This week I have Loved……. oh I have a list!

I know everyone is saying it,  but I can not believe that it is the end of August already!

The summer has flown, the leaves are already falling from the trees in The Glade.

We have a lovely long bank holiday weekend stretching ahead of us before the mayhem of the school routine begins again.

I have a list of things that I have loved this week, so I will just get on with it.

This Week I have loved and my Favorite Five –

One

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Picnics

We have been enjoying many picnics lately.

It is so much easier when we have Jack, our black Labrador with us.

It isn’t always easy to find somewhere that let dogs in.

However, when we have a picnic, he just sits at the end of table hoping that something falls into his path.

Two

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Orchids

This beautiful Orchid has taken up residence on our landing window sill.

I bought it this week to brighten up that window and every time I walk past it, it makes me smile.

I am having a bit of a love affair with Orchids at the moment and was delighted to find one on my desk at work last week.

However, as much I love them, they don’t love me, I would be grateful for any tips that anyone has about how to keep them alive.

Three

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 Coffee

Not really coffee in general, but Costa Coffee for making at home in a cafetiere.

Bizarrely, I love coffee but since I was pregnant with my second daughter, I have not been able to drink it very strong.

Therefore, this arrangement is ideal because I get to put a smaller measure in but still have the delicious Costa taste.

Four

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The Beach

I love the beach at anytime of year.

On Saturday evening we took Jack for a walk in New Brighton.

We were rewarded with a glorious sunset, followed by a dramatic thunder storm.

Thankfully, we were in the car by the time the rain hit.

Five

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Our Garden

Now I know the weather has been awful and we all feel cheated out of a summer.

However, the flip side is that our garden is still looking lovely and colorful, there are still buds on The Passion Flower and, the Hydrangea still isn’t in full flower.

It is the little things!!

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Thank you Ali and Steph for hosting x

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Thank you Maria for hosting x

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Than k you Aby and Hannah for hosting x

Have a lovely bank holiday weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

If I could…………

The lovely Catherine at Pushing The Moon has tagged me for this ‘If I could…….” meme.

It was started by Jocelyn from The Reading Residence who called it The Walter Mitty Post, which I think is brilliant!

I usually do my day dreaming during my commute, here is a little insight into my whimsical thoughts!

If I could live anywhere

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I actually really love where I live but I wish we had a warmer climate.

I absolutely hate the cold and hope that when I am older, I get to spend a good proportion of the winter in a warmer place.

If I could spend the winter by the sea and even next to a beach, I would be a very contented pensioner indeed.

If I could have any home

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I actually love my home and I don’t think I would want another.

But I do wish that our problems with the builder’s were sorted, we have lived here for fourteen months, it is very frustrating!!

However, I would love to transport this house, when it is  finished, to somewhere warmer – please see above.

Nevertheless, because I am a massive contradiction, I often dream about transporting it to Cornwall – I LOVE Cornwall!

If I could have any garden

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It would be big enough for a She Shed and I would be looking to Sammy from Seize Each Day to help me decorate it. She has the most fantastic beach hut.

The garden would have an orchard and an old fashioned kitchen garden with a door in the wall that leads to a secret garden.

It would be in Cornwall and have a gate at the very end that leads to a cliff top  with,  a secret beach below.

I would still have pots everywhere filled with flowers and  herbs.

I love them.

If I could be on holiday right now

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I would be in Crete, beautiful Crete.

I love the island, the people and the food – it is wonderful!

If I could have any job

I would own a coffee shop.

It would be called the Vanilla Tea Room and himself would work front of house.

I would spend all day baking!

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If I could have any talent

I would be able to work a computer ha!

Then I would not have wasted the whole of Saturday afternoon on the phone trying to be self hosted.

Please note the word try,  I am still not self hosted and, I will never get those hours back!

I would be grateful for any advice at this point ha!

If I could live any day again

It would be the first day I was a mum!

It was a wonderful but overwhelming day.

I would tell that frightened girl that it was going to be ok, the baby was going to be ok and life would be ok.

If I could have any superpower

I would have an invisibility cloak, I’m not even sure that is a super power, anyway,  because I am actually quite shy in real life until I get to know someone.

However, when I do know you, I would use it to play tricks on people and try to make everyone laugh.

I now have to pass the fun on and nominate (only if you want to of course);

Sammy from Seize Each Day

Clare from Mud and Nettles

Tara from After The Rain 

Haylee Aloada Bobbins

Amy from Love Made My Home

Thank you for nominating me Catherine x x x

Have a lovely day!

Blooming Lovely!

Given that I have been pestering everyone all over the internet for gardening advice all summer, I thought I would show some pictures of progress so far.

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I took the before pictures on a rare sunny morning in February. The updated pictures I took on Saturday.

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The fence remains unpainted for two reasons, we are thinking of adding a double fence to the part behind the table and we cannot agree on a colour.

But when it is painted a beautiful shade of duck egg, I will of course update you ;).

As I have mentioned before, the garden is really small, therefore I chose a mesh type of table to try to make it look less cluttered.

Also, as much as I would have loved a wooden table,  so would Jack, he chewed the last one to bits.

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The 6ft wall is really imposing on such a small space, so I chose to put trellises along it and grow climbers to add a bit of interest and to try to disguise it a bit.

I am amazed at the progress of the Honeysuckle, Clematis and Passion Flower so far!

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The hearts contain LED tea lights that look really pretty with the little fisherman lamp lights.

I have to trim the lavender back to keep it under control. It is smelling gorgeous at the moment.

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Finally, here is a little snapshot of all that was blooming when we left it on Sunday.

We also have 7 apples on one tree but none on the other, does anyone know what that is about?

We are currently on holiday without an internet connection and not that many places offering it.

Given that I have posted this sitting on the steps of a closed restaurant, leaching on last night’s wifi, I will pop and comment as soon as I can link up again.

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Have a lovely day!

 

 

 

In my English Country Garden! 


It’s the first of July and this is what is happening in my garden!

I am delighted because I am clueless and have just picked what I liked. Clearly I like purples and pinks ha!

It’s a short and sweet one today! I’m in Amsterdam airport en route to Geneva for work meetings. Get me!

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Have a lovely day!

Our Garden Mostly in Pictures!

I desperately wanted to join in with Jess from Mummy of Boy Girl Twins & Caro from  The Twinkles Dairies and their new HomeEct linky.

I love houses and homes, we purchased our first house within weeks of my 18th birthday.

However, since I learned of this new new link we have had nothing but miserable rain and dark skies, not ideal for taking interior pictures. Therefore, I have started with my garden because it was lighter out there.

We moved into our house almost a year ago and the garden was a pile of top soil. Of course, we had to sort out some grass pretty quickly because we have Jack (our black lab). However, other than that, sorting the inside of the house was our priority for the rest of the summer.  Side note: it still isn’t sorted, grrrrr……..builders!!

Therefore, this year I have really taken an interest and tried to make the garden a lovely place to escape to after a long day! I haven’t been able to take any full view pictures because the ground was too wet to mow the grass ha!

In the meantime, here are my favourite parts so far:

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I am still undecided about painting the fence, but I love these Fisherman’s Lantern Lights! The wreath is from Ikea,  I like it so much I think I might buy another for the garage door.

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My bright pink Geranium reminds me of when we escaped to Crete for a week last year. The other pots contain mint and the remains of a winter display. The paving was done by a friend, it’s a sort of crazy paving design.

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This is my favourite part as the garden meets the builder’s path outside. It is so neat and exactly to my taste. I am delighted with how the patio and path have turned out.

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Here are my two little Apple Trees, so cute! There was lots of blossom on them a couple of weeks ago so I am hopeful for a good harvest this year ! I got them as presents for my birthday last year. I refer to this bit as The Orchard Quarter ha!

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These pots contain Bay leaves, Thyme and a red Camellia. I have just realised that I seem to have planted a lot of food stuffs- well that’s how I roll!

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This is a completely unfiltered picture of my Hydrangea, it’s beautiful!
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I am hoping that the Honeysuckle and Clematis will cover this trellis in green leaves and flowers, they have both grown considerably already.

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Another Ikea purchase is the two little lamps that are a gorgeous shade of Apple Green, who could resist?!?

It is only a very small garden, which is a good job because I am a complete novice, I am simply choosing things that I like the look of and planting them roughly where I think they might survive i.e sheltered or full sun positions ha!

We do have The Glade across the drive if it all goes wrong!

Do you have any advice for me? Please! It can’t be bulbs though because the squirrels steal them!

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Have a lovely day!