31 Jul

For some reason my garden seems to have a few too many flies for my liking and I read that they really don’t like lavender.
I just bought one from our local florist and within seconds the flies were gone and it was covered in bees!
I’m not sure!!

I hope this does work,
however I am notorious at killing lavender, I’ve bought two in the last 6 months that didn’t last longer than a few weeks but I’m working on it……

(This one will be re potted in a much bigger pot tomorrow)




Blueberries mmmmmmm

5 Jul

Hello to my blueberries!

I was a bit worried about my blueberry bush this yeah as the green was being munched but I couldn’t see who by??

Until one day, sitting in the garden my mam yelled “it’s a beetle”
She had seen the little black beetle at work and grabbed it before it could do anymore damage!
Since then I’ve not lost any more leaves but I’m constantly checking for any more!

Oh Radish!

3 Jul

Are these the smallest radishes ever grown??
Maybe so!
My crop this year has been sad :( over crowding I think!
Although I just read that the leaves are edible so the whole lot is going in my juice in the morning!



little dungaree shorts – great british sewing bee

30 Jun

I’ve decided I really want to improve my sewing and finishing skills so not only have I enrolled on a online sewing course but I also bought the book ‘Great British Sewing Bee-Sew Your Own Wardrobe‘ (I’m not a reviewer at all so I’ve linked to someone that has reviewed it pretty well!)

My local craft pop up shop Make/Do was selling it with a discount so I thought I’d give it  a try.

It has some really cute patterns and 5 whole pattern sheets!

I decided to start with a cute little pair of baby dungaree shorts for my niece and they turned out pretty well indeed!

photo 5 photo 4 photo 3 photo 2 photo 1

I just made two alterations to the pattern: the duck instead of the stars and instead of working buttons on the sides I added press studs for ease.

I just hope they fit!

June in pictures

25 Jun

I love a good sunny day and thankfully I’ve been blessed with many during my week off!

Here’s a quick look through what I’ve been up to these long lazy days!

worshiping the sun with a ‘Happy’ Birthday cake


enjoying my new bike with Cycle Routes Map

cycle map

and a cycle to Crystal Palace to see Darwin and the Dinosaurs

dinosaurs dinosaurs 2

perfect weather to roast a chicken 

rotissery chicken

and to work on a new design


pottering around doing some potting

fuscia, salvia, dahlia snow lady, orangina, sunfire

enjoying the fruits of the raspberry bush


and kicking back in the evening summer heat making cushions and drinking local craft beer

beer and cushions

summer postcards

24 Jul

I’ve decided to take a leaf out of Ysolda Teague‘s book and tell it in pictures.








Foca Port


little blooms v cujo

3 Jun

I think we have now had three consecutively warm sunny days in London and without wanting to jinx anything I’m loving the opportunity to sit outside!!!!

We occasionally have an unwanted visitor into our garden in the form of a large dog from a few doors down (affectionately named Cujo) and he likes to jump through/over my trellis fence and get lost and scared for a while before returning from where he came.

As he did this on saturday the fence has been propped up risking another unwanted visit so after work today I got out there and tried to fix it!

Once I did I moved the Honeysuckle to cover the section he jumps over to try and block his view slightly and re-arranged the garden to prevent having anything near the wall that he can use to jump down onto!

Once I did this I was able to sit back anf enjoy the new summer blooms!!!!!




Delicate Lily flower






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