Sunny Sundays

Evening lovely readers! Also, a very happy PRIDE weekend to those who have been celebrating – Love really is everywhere. <3

We have spent this weekend basking in the sun and truly enjoying our newly created seating/dining area in the garden. Thanks again Dad & Andrew.

First up yesterday I moved lots of my potted plants into the new planters which not only look fabulous, it’s made more patio space, and has generally made the garden feel bigger.

We then jazzed up those reclaimed stools we bought while Dad was staying and now they look BLOODY AMAZING! It really ties the whole area in together, with the bird box and the bright flowers against the neutral colours of the planter and walls.

Don’t be frightened to inject a bit of colour into the garden, be bold and go for something bright. It can really add a bit of personality to your garden space. Ours now speaks volumes about us!

We still have bits to add, but the stools make such a difference. We also added a bit of interest by putting up some mirrors, one was given to us by my Nan earlier in the year and one I had lying around the house so I painted it up and they both look great.

Adding mirrors to an outdoor space can help create the illusion of more space, and when put at plant level it can reflect view of the garden you might not get to see normally.

Beautiful!

Andrew’s project has been sanding and varnishing our fabulous table, so that its got a smoother finish and is more weather proofed.

He managed to make a good start today, see where he has sanded down half the table?

The right side there has been smoothed down and the edges sanded, it feels and looks so much better.

Then Andrew covered the sanded half with wood preserver, which will keep the table looking nice for years to come.

It’s really brought out the grain, it looks beautiful and it is now ready for its coat of varnish. Can’t wait to see the finished product!

The lovely new space we have in the garden has allowed me to really start appreciating the plants I have.

My beautiful sweet peas are now starting to flower and I have big plans for them next year. Im thinking about sourcing a beautiful statement pot and an obelisk so I have a tower of sweet peas next time around.

I am excited for things to come and to spend more time in our fabulous new garden.

 

Thanks for reading!

Amy xxx

My Week in Words 7/7

Hello folks and Happy Friday to you all! Thank gawd right?!

I was off today with Dad, and we got the last few bits done before Dad goes back home tomorrow, boo!

First thing we did was measured up the bed so we could make an educated guess on how much compost we would need, then we went off shopping!

We bought a selection of bits from the garden centre (Almondsbury, which is on the outskirts of Bristol) including, membrane for the planters, 15 bags of compost and manure (YES 15) and maybe a couple of extra plants…

After that we treated ourselves to a cake at the fab restaurant at Almondsbury, if you live nearby and you don’t like plants (why the heck are you reading this if you don’t like plants) you should definitely go and have some cake in the restaurant!

Our morning of shopping then took us to Ben’s Reclamation Yard, where Dad went yesterday. To a shop called Treaure Island which is on the same site, where I bought 3 reclaimed stools.

This is them…

Finally we went to B&Q for some paint to upcyle the stools and the we headed in home!

Here is Dad emptying the masses of compost and stinky horse shit into the planters. Now they are full and ready for me to transfer plants into at the weekend.

Last job of the day was a trip to the allotment, where Dad built me a compost heap and paved some of the area around the shed and I finally gave in and did some spraying in attempt to keep the weeds down. Fingers crossed it works!

Good days work for us, and now we are relaxing with a Cider in our local pub garden! That’s the life!

Thanks Dad!

Thanks for reading all, there possibly won’t be another post tomorrow as I have truly ran out of words. But the next post won’t be far off! Promise ๐Ÿ™‚

Amy xx

My Week in Words 6/7

Helloo – Sorry it’s late, my stupid bus home was late and then I was grouchy so I had to drink cider before cooking dinner etc, etc, blah, blah!

Anyway, I am much happier now and ready to blog. Mostly because of this spectacular creation today…

Look at that beauty! A chuffin’ wonderful table to match our planter and seating area, made from scaffold planks and a couple of pallets. Once again, a big thumbs up to Dad & Andrew who completed it this evening, in time for us to eat dinner around it!

So firstly, Dad bought the scaffold planks from a local reclamation yard (Ben’s Tiles and Reclamation, Bristol) and Andrew brought the pallets back from work. Finally I bought the cushions from Wilko and hey presto, it looks awesome!

We have worked out that the table cost roughly ยฃ40.00 – THAT IS A BARGAIN I TELL YOU!

So you could totally do this yourself at home!

Shopping list of items as follows and what we paid:

  • Scaffold Planks (ยฃ13 each + VAT, the ones on the table are about half a plank long)
  • Two matching pallets (FREE)
  • Black rectangular planter (ยฃ5)
  • Screws (ยฃ4.60 for a box, we used a handful)
  • Heavy duty coach bolts (FREE we recycled these)

You may wonder why the planter is empty in the middle?? Well… I wont be planting anything in it. When we have BBQs we will fill the planter with ice and keep our cider bottles cold in it… If that isn’t the BEST idea, I don’t know what is!?

So yes, I have a fabulous table made for next to nothing by my two favourite men. Lucky me!

So I treated them both with a homemade carbonara, which we ate at our new table (here they are waiting patiently for it to be ready).

Thank you both for your continued hard work – I am overjoyed with our garden so far!

Check in tomorrow for my last post of the 7 day blogging marathon!

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

My Week in Words 5/7

Today sadly I was at work, so Dad had to work on his own, in the scorching heat! He managed to totally finish the structure today, which involved building a prep area for the BBQ and benches for our dining area.

I think it was a little tougher on him today, having had a hard day yesterday and no assistant today, plus the heat was rather intense. Our yarden, we have found, is like a little Mediterranean terrace, it traps the heat and crikey, its hot!

So anyway, back to the progress of today – much like yesterday there will be many photos and little talking.

Dad started off by continuing to fill the planters with the remaining concrete and gravel, as we had started doing yesterday.

He then started work on building the benches.

Then… it was complete!

It’s really stunning and I love the sleepers, we got a good selection. Dad is now planning our eating area, and there are mutterings of a table being made from scaffold planks and pallets. I’m so excited!

Thank you Daddy Willett – a fantastic job! I love it even more than I thought I would.

Looks like Mr Peach loves it too! ๐Ÿ™‚

Chat tomorrow, thanks for reading! xxx

My Week in Words 4/7

HUGE PROGRESS TODAY… YAAAS!

Todays blog will be mostly consisting of the photos I took, as I am too sleepy from all of our hard work to compose many decent sentences. I will try, but bare with!

So first, we had to clear out lots of the gravel, mud and hidden junk (gross) so we could make level spaces for the bottom sleepers. Years worth of buried crap came out of that mud, including bloody loads of crisp packets (why?!) and a lorry tarp… Yeah, I have no idea.

So Anyway, we binned all that and so the first sleepers went in.

Unsurprisingly, and much like the rest of the house, nothing in the garden is flat or straight, so we had to get a bit creative,ย see proof below of Dad consulting the plans!

So, after being rained on a few times, and a well needed tea break, we chugged along and crikey, it was looking great!

You may remember a couple of months ago when Andrew (wearing super safe open-toed sandals) cleared out loads of concrete. Well finally we are putting it to use, and we are filling the bottom of the planter with it so that we don’t have to waste money on excessive compost to fill it up!

So after another tea break (c’mon we are Brits, we are powered on tea) we powered on, and just before Andrew got home from work, we reached this stage.

With the added energy boost from Mr Peach, we finished up the planting area today. Yeah, you heard. FINISHED. Bloody champions aren’t we!?

Well done Dad, Andrew & Me! Now all Dad needs to do tomorrow is make the benches which will go along the front of the planter and an added prep space on one end for the BBQ area. Word on the street is that Dad may also be building us a table too, plus if I’m lucky we might work on the allotment before he goes home too! Crikey – we will have achieved loads.

Brilliant day! Super chuffed with our new planter, it looks wonderful! Thank you to my super Daddy ๐Ÿ™‚

If you want a planter as spectacular as this, and you like in the UK (ideally in Norfolk, so poor Dad doesn’t have travel to the other side of the country) check out my Dad’s Facebook page, and drop him a message!

Thanks for reading – check in tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

xxx

 

My Week in Words 1/7

Evening everyone! I say everyone, like there are loads of you reading this… I actually have no idea how many people read my ramblings. Feel free to comment so I can chat to you ๐Ÿ™‚

Anyway… So this week, as mostly a thank you for sticking with me, and also an apology for blogging so little recently, I will be doing a post every day. For 7 whole days. I’m not sure I even know enough words to fill a weeks worth of blogging, but lets give it a go!

Today, we prepped our yarden, as from Monday my lovely father is going to be building us a monster planter and seating area… EEK!

So aside from moving stuff out of the way and selling some un-needed garden junk on Facebook, we painted our garden wall. We haven’t touched it since we moved in.

This was it before:

Bit gross hey?! It is supposed to be white, but as you can see, our wall was mostly grey. So it was time to freshen it up!

We used huge rollers and about half a tin of white masonry paint. It’s quite pricey stuff, so I would advise making it cover as best you can rather than paint it on heavy!

Well would you look at that! Much better! I swear when that sun poked its head out from behind the clouds, the wall was blinding.

So that was just one coat, and it takes a few hours to dry, so to pass the time we went down to harbourside in the City. I advise you do something similarly fun whilst waiting for paint to dry ๐Ÿ™‚

N.B Buying a dinosaur balloon isn’t the only way to have a fun day, but I do advise it, it works.

So the wall is now done, one coat was enough to brighten and tidy it up and when we got home it was dry. Dry enough to finally put up my glam bird house I painted months ago! Woo! Welcome birdies to ‘Birdie B&B’.

That’s it for today – check in tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

 

The log store is complete!

After just a couple of weeks, our handmade log store is complete, and what a beauty it is!

It is made from a mixture of old fence panels, decking and pallets. The only new items being ย the felt roof, paint and downpipe gutter. The rest was either found or given to us for free!

I think the total spend was around ยฃ40.00 which included the screws, brackets, felt, gutter fixings and downpipe, a tin of Cuprinol paint and a brilliant old well bucket to catch the water in. Andrew says this is more than he would have liked to spend but I think it was a bit of a bargain! You couldn’t buy a decent log store for that price, well maybe you could if you are in the know, haha, but seriously – how many people do you know with black-market log store connections?!

I’m super pleased with how Andrew’s project has turned out – so much so, I’ve put in an order for a bird box, coat hook storage and a display ladder for my plant pots! Ooh!

Would love to hear your feedback on our fantastic log store!

Progress photos below ๐Ÿ™‚

Amy x

(Hooray – the pallet fits in the car)

(The roof!)

(FINISHED!)

Help from mum & dad

This Bank Holiday weekend we had my lovely parents visit and as normal they helped us out in both the yarden and allotment! Super parents!

Saturday we did a spot of work in the yarden. Mum & Dad brought us up some baby plants and lovely clay pots to add to our current collection!

So, whilst Andrew painted the log store and Dad drew up some plans for our future renovations, Mum & I went planting mad!

First up we moved some of my own Dahlia babies into pots, as well as potting some in the planter by the front door, accompanying them with some of my Cosmos babies too! I felt almost like a proud mother, moving my plant babies from seedling pots to real, big boy pots! *Sniffles*

We used some of the unneeded gravel from half of the yarden to top the pots. Not only does this look pretty but it also helps to keep weeds at bay! Pesky weeds!

 

We also potted up a selection of other bits and bobs, including some strawberries, lavender and sweet peas.

Look at those sweet peas all tied in, they look so smart!

 

We then had a revelation, that after smashing up all the concrete a couple weeks ago, we now don’t need someone to come and take it away! Because it was agreed by our garden designer, Dad, that we could put it all in the bottom of the planters when we build them. So we don’t have to fill the planters to the ground with expensive compost.ย Winning!

The remaining gravel and soil from half of the garden will also go in the planters to help fill the bases. Which will save us money and time. So now the design is all drawn up, dad is going to look at prices for the supplies. We may get our raised beds sooner than we thought! Yay!

Lots of plants potted up, rubbish cleared, designs drawn and log store finished!

 

So all in all – a good days work!

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Weekend of successes!

This weekend has been a brilliant triumph – we got loads of little jobs done, as well as one huge job!

Fence panels have been dropped to stop dust and muck blowing into the yard, garden furniture painted, concrete swept, bug hotel painted, log store started and finally – huge concrete demolition! Woo!

So, the concrete demolition… Our yard had these weird little concrete borders… No idea why. Our next-door neighbour has them in her garden too. They are super ugly, super pointless and super in the way of my grand renovation plans. They had to go!

I enlisted help from my handsome chappy and a splitting axe with a sledge hammer on the back of the blade. The demolition commenced.

*I should add – sandals are not appropriate sledge-hammering footwear. Tut, Tut*

After much smashing, and a couple of tea-breaks all of the concrete borders are out, leaving a ditch between the flat concrete part of the garden and the raised gravel section. Also leaving us with a fair few heavy bags of rubble to take to the tip next weekend.

Now the awful concrete borders are gone we can dig out all of the gravel and soil to level it out and match the concrete floor. There will then be a flat area to look at paving with something a bit prettier!! Phew!

Amy x

Miniature Greenhouse

It seems I am still just about young enough to wangle a gift for Easter, and my lovely mum & dad bought me a mini greenhouse this year! I know it isn’t quite Easter yet, but I have seedlings in need.

This 4 tiered mini greenhouse is from Argos and cost only ยฃ24.99 – so far, so good. I have fastened it to the fence at the top and bottom so that it doesn’t fall over in the wind, and put a couple of rocks on the bottom shelf for good measure.

I will be putting my little seedlings in there in a couple of weeks time when the risk of frost has passed, but I may still tuck them up with some fleece at night.

This little greenhouse is a great addition to my gardening supplies, plus I’ve now got somewhere dry to keep my trowel and gloves!