Posted in around my home, challenges, decorating, Self reliance, spring

Brightening things up

We’ve been suffering with a dark fireplace ever since we have moved into our house fourteen years ago. We are having a new carpet, so it’s time for a change. I would like the room to be a little bit lighter and therefore feel a bit more spacious.

It’s amazing what a pot of chalk paint does to start the ball rolling!

It’s like a breath of fresh air

The carpet arrives on Wednesday so I’ll keep you posted on how things go 🙂

 

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Posted in Food, Fruit, gardening, Greenhouse, In the garden, Organic Gardening, plants, spring, vegetables

Tomatos

I have just written a postcard to a lady who has sowed up to 150 varieties of tomatoes in one go. Her enthusiasm was contagious so straight away after writing the card I was out in the garden sowing mine. I definitely didn’t worry how many I sowed! 🙂

I sowed 12 different varieties, a couple saved on kitchen tissue so I won’t know the variety of those until they have fruited. Some of these are the ones I got free from a magazine.


I find, with me, extravagance pays. Last year I didn’t sow many and didn’t do very well. I hope this year is going to be different!

I sowed them in organic vegetable compost that I bought. When I pot them on I will use my own homemade compost. I don’t tend to sow into my own compost because of the weed seeds in it.

Posted in Flowers, In the garden, plants, spring

Spring is coming

Walking round my garden recently I have been cheered by the promise of spring. (Not that I’m not cheerful anyway, but you know what I mean!) 🙂

Some bulbs I planted in the autumn,

and some surprises coming up in the lawn.

Lovely snow drops, there was only two flowers when we moved in, I know that was a long time ago but I enjoy seeing a few more each year 🙂

Salvia,

Antirrhinums extending there family by shedding their seed,

and beautiful hyacinths in my back porch!

I hope that has cheered you too! 🙂

Posted in Flowers, gardening, Greenhouse, In the garden, Organic Gardening, Recycling, Reusing, Self reliance, vegetables, winter

Seed trays

If you are like me and it is late winter where you are, you will be thinking about sowing your seed, whether flowers or veggies. Therefore how about re-using the meat or veg trays that sometimes are unavoidable when you are shopping.

I’ve got some here, and some seed trays I made a while ago with wood from a broken fence panel. I also re-use trays that I occasionally get from the garden centre or nursery when buying plants.

It does show that gardening doesn’t have to be unnecessarily expensive, especially when you can get free seeds like I showed you in my last blog post! 🙂

Although, if anyone has any solutions on what can be turned into cloches I’d be greatful!

 

Posted in baking, cakes, cooking, Food, winter

This weekend

I know I’m a bit late in telling you what I did this weekend but, you know, you have to do things to create your simple life! 🙂

Anyway, I made a Battenberg Cake

and a Garden and home journal.

And today I made this plan of our garden with the help of the plans for the garden work!

I now think I deserve a cup of tea (and a piece of Battenberg) 🙂

Posted in gardening, In the garden, New garden, Organic Gardening, winter

New Garden

Well, not new garden really!

We decided that the garden needed to have some sort of design to help me manage it better. So we have had some garden work done to break it up a little. This is partly why I wasn’t blogging last year because there wasn’t much happening other than ground work.

The main thing was to put paths in to facilitate different garden areas.

This also has provided me with some more garden beds.

One of the things I’m most pleased with is my new rose arch!

Starting as I meant to go on, I planted some spring bulbs in the autumn when the work was finished and I am now starting to watch them peep through the soil 🙂

Posted in cooking, Food, home, January, wine, winter

Last Nights Dinner

Wild venison bourgignon was on the menu yesterday, dinner with some lovely friends. I’m sorry if you are vegetarian 🙂 but we try our best to use responsibly sourced meat as a principle and believe it is very healthy and good for you. The recipe was from a magazine I buy called ‘Simple Things’

Wild venison (from responsible countryside management)

Marinated in red wine with rosemary.

Cooked with carrots, red onion, bulb fennel, mushrooms and garlic.

A beautiful Supper for a cold evening, served with mashed potato and peas!

Here’s the recipie, very easy, you just need to give yourself preparation time. 

Happy Cooking 🙂