Tagged: garden

A Little Black Dress for the Garden

Every woman knows (and a lot of men) that a clothing closet is not complete without at least one Little Black Dress (LBD) in it. Why? Because that’s what we are told. Just kidding… It’s to do with being able to use that one item of clothing for any occasion. Add a fancy pair of shoes and necklace and it’s evening wear; add a throw or wrap for day-wear; flat shoes and sensible ear-rings and you have work-wear; etc. etc. A couple of years ago I remember hearing that every woman actually needed a little orange dress. A season later and the LBD was back and even more important than ever. Not that I know anything about fashion. I’ve been wearing the same style of...

Balcony Sunshade in Pale Blue (Or a Story About Invention)

Necessity is the Mother of Invention Once upon a time not so long ago, an old man and his older wife were sat on their balcony enjoying the sunshine. Except that the sun was oh so bright that every day, after only ten minutes, they would shuffle back inside to avoid the glare. “What we need,” says she “is a sun-shade.” “Right ho” says he and he shuffles out the apartment, down the four flights of stairs, along the highway for a mile and to the store. “We want a sun shade as it’s too hot to sit out on the balcony.” The salesman rubbed his chin, and disappeared to the back of his shop. After much muttering, clattering and the occasional grunt, the salesman...

Recycled Plastic Porch Swing

I have just spent a pleasant three nights decorating my 11 year old son’s bedroom while he was away with my parents. We did warn him that this would happen so it wasn’t a huge surprise when he got home, and we even told him what color we were using. Although maybe we missed a chance there… “Hey son, welcome home – look I’ve painted your room. You do like pink don’t you?” Mind you he’s so laid back that he wouldn’t have reacted too much. Especially as anything is better than the purple he’s been living with since we moved here 5 years ago. “Don’t worry son – we’ll be moving soon. This is just a short term let…” I’m always confused by the...

Multi Purpose Patio

Family life, well any life of co-existing, involves a lot of sharing – of space, of stuff, of conversation time. For example – sharing who has the remote control to pick the next TV program, sharing the bathroom (don’t get me started on that disaster… ok, as you ask) There are 3 rules to using the bathroom… SHARE – others need it too so don’t hog the mirror or have a three hour shower CARE – clean up, tidy up, respect the space USER BEWARE – Ideal world when care has been done, but with kids… need I say more. Digression over There are lots of things in the house that need sharing. Due to the size of our not very big patio (she laughs…...

Where do you put your Coffee?

It’s only the beginning of week two of the holidays and already I’m starting to need just five minutes to escape. Now don’t get me wrong, I love my boys with a passion that is quite scary… but, by golly somedays… Today was a someday. And even though they were both playing so beautifully together, and yet apart, I just got that school holidays claustrophobic feeling. You know the feeling… That need to breath my own air (not helped by junior having beans for dinner), that need to think an adult thought or two (like what’s for dinner, what’s on TV tonight, what happened in the book I was reading), that need to sit in absolute silence without even hearing the sound of anyone else...

Big Tents

Every couple of years or so, my mum will decide to have a ‘bit of a do’ and invite close family and more distant family over for a buffet meal, chat, coffee, etc. which will always be held in the garden. She tends to do these on years when the garden is looking particularly lovely, and when the roses are smelling sweet and the grass is at its greenest. And why not, I say. Anyhows, part of this routine involves dad erecting some kind of giant sun-shade over the trestle tables to keep the sun off the diners. In truth it usually serves to keep off the rain, or protect people from the falling acorns thrown by the rather angry squirrels that live in the...

That Tune Just gets Under your Skin

Do you ever find yourself stuck with a tune going round and round in your head? Don’t know why I asked, really, because I know you do. And it’s usually one of the following. The last song you hear before you leave the house; The annoying one off an advert; The one your husband sings in the shower; The one where someone says a word and your crazy brain finds out a song that has that word in it and… you’re doomed. The worst thing is… It’s always, without fail, the worst song ever. Nothing that you would actually ever confess to liking. And it just Won’t go AWAY! I’ve been looking at garden chairs, and in particular swing seats and rocking chairs a lot...

Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden

There are fairies at the bottom of my garden. Well no, not really, that’s a total lie. But there could be… I can, however, tell you exactly what is at the bottom of my garden (in the loosest possible use of the word “garden”) as I can see the debris from where I sit and write. If you are interested it is… A lilac tree that is half dead, with branches that are exactly at smack you in the head height; An upturned wheelbarrow over a bag of five year old compost which was once the home of a hedgehog, but who had the sense to move out last year; Several broken pieces of concrete road slabs, scattered ‘artistically’ to give the impression of a...

Sunshade Weather and Umbrella Gardening

It’s been a definite sun-shade day today here in the UK. We only get about 5 days a year like this, so it’s a debate whether you sweat it out and turn bright red while you can, or whether you go for the sensible sun-shade option. If you haven’t got a sunshade option, then my review on sunshades (click here) will give you some ideas and pointers on what to look for and the styles available. Although not exactly about sun-shades, thinking of these has reminded me of my Grandma and her beautiful garden and her umbrella. Grandma’s Garden Grandma’s garden had some of the most exotic, rare and gorgeous flower examples you could wish to see. I’m sure that it would have been amazing...

A Garden with a View

There are lots of reasons why we choose the houses that we live in… Location, price, amount of rooms. etc. For my parents the only reason they bought the house they have now lived in for 25 years was the garden. The house itself is so boring, and the area so nothing-special that the first two times my mum took my dad to look at it he refused to get out of the car. But she knew that if she could get him through the wooden gate squeezed between the house and the garage then he would be sold on it. And, when he was finally dragged through just to shut her up (believe me – mum wrote the book on nagging!) well, he still...