Friday, 19 August 2016

When you hit a glitch or two!

I'm sorry that I haven't grabbed the time to drop a quick post and let you know I am still here. I am sure you have realised my posts have been a bit hit and miss ..and they have and it has not been intentional.

Life here has been very hit and miss , DH not well for a few months which have coincided with our sweet girl again suffering prolonged periods of anxiety,mental exhaustion,  all of which have diverted my attention and caused many sleepless nights.

So please bear with me , I am not planning to any time soon to leave this spot.  I plan to return with renewed vigour as soon as I  have a few nights of 6 plus hours sleep.  I am reading your posts dear friends and though I am not commenting as I hope , I am here enjoying your posts , sharing your news and thoughts and hopefully too will return with my news.  Bear with me   Maria xx

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Skipping along

hi everyone, where have I been ? I looked at the last post and realised it has been nearly 3 weeks since I last posted!

Well I had a birthday, and that seemed to last a week, lots of treats, lunches and a dinner out . I still haven't got around to putting the "love seat" the children bought me together , but now the holidays are here next week looks like I will be able to do that.

Along with other mum's at the end of the school year I was chasing my tail.  Sports day and days out at school kept being postponed because of the weather and then there was a made rush to fit everything in during the last week!  On top of that there were meetings to do with the children and education due to their disabilities and also routine check ups at hospital for them too.  Little Miss is officially taller than me now standing a whopping 5'9 and she is only 12!!! Her feet are bigger than mine too so on Friday new summer sandals and flips flops were purchased for the summer.

The weather here has been WET.  The kitchen garden has gone "bonkers" and my new flower beds
Well, a friend popped round for a cuppa.  She didn't know about the beds and when she saw them she was amazed ....she is a avid gardener and said she could not believe they were only a couple of
months old as it looked so well established!  I was chuffed to bits....praise indeed.
I have been busy making too during these wet days...and yesterday did a fair that went oh so well.
Thank you for your lovely comments on the last post about Little Miss and her sewing....she has started again and yesterday the praise she got from customers, well I think and hope she is back on track.  She asked me last night "mummy could I make a quilt?" Which as you can imagine made a lovely day even lovelier.

Little man won his age group fancy dress
at the fair yesterday

My stall

These little Zakka style fabric trays I made proved very popular and addictive to make too.  I have lots of ideas around this theme that I am going to try this summer and also for  future fairs, I refuse to say the "C" word just yet though I know lots of fellow crafters are beginning already to make stuff ,  but far too early just yet for me'

Some ever popular mini cushions and lavender satchets 

I am also going to have a great declutter this summer too, well that's the plan in between trips out and the odd visitor or too.

I am so behind with blog reading but hope to catch up soon with all your news

Monday, 4 July 2016

Half way through

Well July and half way through the year already, where has the time gone.  The only day we have missed the rain was Tuesday over a week ago when I finally managed to empty the two large wooden troughs, reposition them, add new compost and plant up the roses and again yesterday Sunday. Unfortunately we had other plans away from home for most of the day.

We bought four new roses in total...these are two of them and the other two, well one was missing a label and the other is call Darcey Bussell, she is the deep Crimson one
they all smell lovely and have taken well to being put in the planters.

! A new love seat a early present from husband and the children has arrived too, but it is too wet to put it together outside!!!

Cucumbers are being picked every couple of days or so...they are thriving in the front porch

The quilt blocks are still awaiting to be finished mojo to do it at the moment....usual ups and downs in life putting a spanner in the works... Looking forward to the school holidays.....the kids are tired too and asking how many days until the holidays begin.

A lady at craft group has suggested I start a ETSY shop.....not sure if it is easy/straight forward enough....????if anyone has started a shop I would appreciate hearing about it and any advice you have.... I have loads I could de stash for sure!!!!

I have picked up a couple of vintage handmade quilts too..... One is very heavy and I am not sure what it is filled before I clean it I need to unpick it a bit and see if it needs dry cleaning rather than washing... Will show next time.

Well extremely unhelpful advice and criticism by mother in law to little miss during her Easter visit has totally demoralised my sweetheart on the sewing machine front.  Little miss has lost all her confidence and I am patiently trying to coax her back to sewing again.  I wouldn't mind but my mother in law hasn't used a sewing machine for over 60 years and makes nothing.......

On a happier note some little finds .....

a strawberry mini dish 

I have stuck magnets under this dish now and it makes a cute pin dish 

could not resist this cheeky chap 

I have a few blue glass dishes 
that belonged to my nan and this 
caught my eye so...

They are repairing the lane outside the house tonight  so 
we may have to play "musical beds " 
later and retire to the back of the house
as I imagine it will be noisey and lots
lights too. 
We are told the work starts at 6pm and is expected to 
Carry on until the early hours!!!

on that cheerful note ..until next time

Sunday, 19 June 2016

So far so good....

it was a soggy old week and I despairing I would get the border done but yesterday the forecast was warm and cloudy so I put on my old gardening stuff and got started

My faithful shadow supervised me

This bed was much harder than the last one stoney and lots of old China and some glass.  I remember my mum telling me years ago old broken China etc  used to be buried in gardens as in
those days rubbish collection was not what it is today and there weren't rubbish tips like today.

I spent hours pottering, pondering  and deciding.  This border has geraniums of all kinds, different fushcia, shrubs, penstrom, iris, bleeding heart, carnations and plants where the labels are long gone. "Colin" my little Cornish gnome is in residence and a,bird table that I drilled holes in and will pin down and add some bedding to.

I am so pleased...DH well he congratulated me with a glass of wine and a "well done sweetheart , you were right, the borders look really good" praise indeed bless him.  We sat  in the late sunshine, I looked a picture for sure in my muddy clothes, wind swept hair, filthy nails but looking over the
garden I was happy but too tired to even take a picture or put away the now empty pots.  The pictures I took this morning were after a night of rain and no slug or snail damage anywhere so Fred must be
in residence too.

The kitchen garden has enjoyed this rainy week and everything is doing well, but I am so far not impressed with the runner beans variety I chose.  They don't seem to be bushing out and are slow to climb..time will tell I suppose.

Inside my cucumber plants in the front porch are doing really well, I have two plants and have 12
cucumbers ... Now I am starting to feed them.  The chilli pepper are doing well on the kitchen window sill but need potting on..a job during the week.  The cougettes need planting out to and another batch of cabbage and chard too.    Onions are in and I am growing some garlic ... The bees are plentiful, not seen any butterflies or ladybirds yet.

I have been putting some log cabin blocks together using my favourite Lakehouse fabric and a few others.  This will be a large lap quilt which my sweet girl is "eyeing" up.  I am not sure if I will hand quilt, machine it or tie it...... This is it so far

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Patiently waiting.....

Goodness it is cold here in Weat Wales and pouring down that the front garden is again like a bog.

The new flower bed has been prepared and the plants layed out but nothing more I can do until it stops raining so I can get out there

before it was dug out

but it should look nice when 
it does get planted up.

The roses have been purchased too 
But it's too wet to venture 
out to show the names  of
what we have chosen.

We have also 
purchased two new rhubarbs
and these we 
did manage  to plant  
first thing Sunday 
before the rain returned.

A bit of sewing

My first attempt at a fabric bowl.

May be a few more if this weather continues.

Oh nearly forgot
Fred the frog in residence

Friday, 10 June 2016

On a scale......

For anyone interested 2 new swaps have been posted this week.  Kimberley at Creative Chaos and Tracy at Mad about bags are both doing one so if you fancy some fun pop over and join in the fun!

Back to my week.......
on a scale of one to ten I am at about 9..... Post gardening pain that is !!! is entirely my own fault but once I started I just had to go for it and did it all in a few hours.  So the pain is well worth it ..

Here are the before and after pics.  Late Wednesday I decided I just couldn't bare the heather (inherited when we moved here) and the sheer volume of "elephant ears" so I decided Thursday I would "go for it".

This is what the front 
of the border looked like 
before it was extended around the
pear tree to the right of the picture

elephants ears cut severely back,
well the heather 
took ages to cut back to get to the roots, 
which then I dug out,
then new compost dug in
and the fun of planting began

Found this little chap 
and "relocated him under the miniature
he was quite large 
and finding him ...
well it  gave me an idea...

ready to go 

and ta da 

Complete with 
a frog paddling pool...
and frog was,placed,in it 
and I must say looked 
rather surprised...
but I have seen him in it again since

The new border now has hardy fuschia,
(2 varieties) , phlox, geraniums, sweet William, 
snap dragons, astilbe ,  lupin, carnation ,
to name a few
over the months some evergreens 
will be added 

Chris dug the opposite border yesterday for me .
Again it is quite long
but I have the plants for it
and they haven't cost much.
Most will be repotted from planters 
and pots dotted around the garden.
I can use those pots then for 
Annuals and plants that can't tolerate
the heavy soil here.

It's pouring here at the moment 
so more planting may have to wait.

The funny thing is DH is rather impressed
and gardens are not "his thing" 
impressed,so much that is
he wants to go shopping
next week to get some

Wonders will never cease!

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Just pottering

well June has been marvellous so far.  Daily bright, beautiful long days filled with sunshine, though yesterday evening rain and thunder storms arrived and this morning all around us is covered in mist but it is still very humid.

As it was half term last week little sewing has been done , but lots of gardening, days out here and there to the beaches, and just sitting in the sunshine in the garden,  long cool drinks, lollies and ice creams ....happy days.

Outside our kitchen and dining room we have a small patio area and it was here I decided to
locate our little "kitchen garden".  The patio is less likely to be hit by the winds we get here and of course it is ideal to nip out of the kitchen and grab what herbs and veg you need when cooking.  This little space is still a work in progress but it is coming along.  We have lots of 70 and 50 litre tubs which are getting planted up as I go along.  Pots of flowers too of course  to attract the bees needed for the beans, cougettes etc.

I have taken lots of cuttings
as my flower border
plans have begun.
My little stand alone greenhouses, 
also in the kitchen garden 
are getting rather full.


From this 

To this 

This border will have plants
added as I go along as 
I want to have colour through the
I imagine it will take several years to 
"Grow" this border,
shrubs, bulbs and plants
will be added as I go along.
Back in Kent our lovely old neighbour gave 
me this advice which is how I 
planted my old garden and will do so
with this one.
He told me every month visit car boot
 sales, garden centres and see what is for sale in shops.
Look at neighbour and local gardens,
See what grows well,
what plants are grown in tubs
He told me this way I would get 
borders to enjoy all
year round. 
So that will be my plan 

The opposite plot to this is going to have a border cut out this week.
Chris is going to dig it for me 
and I shall do the planting.
A friend sells plants from outside his 
house nearby and he is going to 
bring me some shrubs and hardies.
I am very excitied about this.  
Like doing patchwork with plants.
I still miss the colour and mature garden I 
left when we moved ....

but little by little 
the gardens here are becoming 

All the apple trees 
and our single pear tree
have tiny fruit..

the gnomes are 
back in residence

I found this at a boot fair this weekend.
Now freshly washed it 
is so summery 
will be used on
the garden bench when the
sunshine returns.

Until next time