Thursday, May 25, 2017

Randoms from May

Loving this little drink mat.

I was sitting in the back of the Landrover amongst all these things we brought at auction!  The wood is the planter which is now put back together in my front garden from my last post along with my free clothes airer which cost me £1.

This china pot was amongst my auction buys and is dated 1927.


I went to a Wellbeing Festival and had this henna done.  I also had a soul reading and it was so good, I felt brilliant afterwards.  There were interesting workshops and I took part in one about vibrations with exercises like tai chi.  I also listened to a very interesting talk on hemp, amazing stuff.  Had a really good day out with friends.

OH made a mesh frame to protect my vegetables and seeds from all the cats next door.  I've heard about putting rock salt on the gravel to try and deter them.

Son made me a pallet planter and we now have some herb seeds growing in it.

The garden is really filling out now and this peonie is lovely.

Wild garlic poking up under the hedges.

Plenty of flowers on these strawberries and the plants are 4 years old so I was going to get rid of them.  Glad I didn't.

Reading this book for our bookclub.  Its the first in the Outlander series.

Cooking Slimming World meals and this is the quiche I took to the taster session.

Try this slimming recipe, its very yummy.

Just to show that my diet is working!

I am ordering a pen to do this on the pebbles in my garden.

I have put a few pictures up on my green wall.  They are all collected from charity shops.

Desperately sad about Manchester this week.  My heartfelt sympathy to all those families affected by this terrible act.

Terri X

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Adding Colour to the Garden

When we moved here two years ago I thought this house was so ugly on the outside.  Its lovely inside but outside was just so brown!

A splash of blue on the railings and the brightness of the orange has transformed it to make it so much more cheerful.

It is early for the plants yet but I can imagine my yellow daisies which grow 5 foot tall along the back wall will add further cheer.  The pebbles collected from the beach make a good edging for the gravel.

The tubs planted last year have been tidied up and are growing away nicely.

There is still more to do.  The bench needs painting and I plan to make a couple of pallet planters to go against the fence.

My bargain buy was the planter in the middle.  It came from the auction and is 4 ft square.  I bid the grand price of £1 and it came with a free clothes airer!  Of course getting it home was a bit tricky as it wouldn't fit into the back of my friends Landrover.  It took 3 of us to take it to pieces and squeeze it in but I knew OH would be able to put it back together again.
Its rather bare at present but I planted a cooking apple tree in the middle and a friend popped round in the week with two courgette plants.  I was also given some basil so thats in there too.  I am going to plant more seeds but first I need to get some mesh to protect it from next doors cats using it for a toilet.
Last is a pic of my little interest table.  There are fossils that the Grandchildren found and a rusty owl which came from Hampton Court years ago.  
Passers by are stopping to say how cheerful it looks now and once the plantings done it will look even better.

Terri X

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Green Room

I have been thinking about changing my lounge around for a while and this photo gives you just a peak of the new colour choice for my feature wall.

Before I show you more, at my last craft fair I was able to get hold of another dining chair that matches two of the others.  I got it for a bargain price of £5 so I now have two of them to transform at some point.  I spent a little while crocheting some feet so they dont scratch the painted floor as the felt pads i tried kept falling off.

The wooden chair with the gingham seat pad is Bonnie's favourite place to sleep.  

I took a while choosing the new paint colour, eventually matching it against a skirt i had on at the time. Its probably just me but I have to like its name too and this paint was called Bohemian Bliss which was just perfect for me.  So here is my ta-dah moment ......



I love its dramatic colour against my floor. This pic was taken at 6pm but as its in a south facing room, the sunshine lightens it more in the day.  I have little bird fairy lights around the cupboard door for the darker evenings.

This pic makes the wall look olive colour but its deceiving as its brighter in reality like the top pic. I've found that the darker colour brings out the colours on the tv better too.

It took OH a day to get used to it but he now says he likes it.

It should make the room cosier in the Winter now as it was too light and bright before and i felt colder.  I am one happy bunny when an idea comes into fruition, with the hard work done by OH and Son so thanks boys :-)

Terri X