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Blooming lovely

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.”

Iris Murdoch, author and philosopher

Since the weather has (finally) been getting warmer we’ve been enjoying watching what’s appearing in our garden because, of course, we had no idea what was lurking beneath the soil.


Peony by the front gate


The peonies are nestled under a stunning Laburnum tree


Clematis keeping the rose company outside the front door


What colour will you be Rosie? (And yes, we shall nuke the bugs)


There’s plenty of Lily of the Valley in the back garden – it smells divine!

So, to have all these things just bursting into life is great, especially as we’re really not that green fingered. Who knows, maybe when we’ve finished with the house we may discover a new passion…..


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An attractive butt

We inherited a plastic water butt when we moved in, quite small and not terribly attractive. Butt ugly, one might say.

Butt ugly

The fabric in the window is Jude’s mum’s old duvet cover – retro 70s tastic!

So, as we wanted to replace it for a larger one anyway we decided to look for something a little more attractive – given we see it all the time and can’t tuck it away somewhere.

A bit of searching round t’interweb led us to oak barrel water butts. We figured that if we needed something practical then it may as well look good – function doens’t always need to win against form.

Our butt was delivered earlier this week and today we got round to unwrapping it.

Roll out the barrel

Roll out the barrel

Oak barrel water butt

Just fits into the corner

Barrel butt

The old whisky barrel not only looks good but also smells ace!

Wooden barrel water butt

Here’s hoping our plants will like the whisky fumes as much as we do…..

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Spring has sprung!

We were delighted when the tree in our front garden burst into blossom.

Since I was a kid I’ve absolutely loved spring blossom.

The boulevard in Weston-Super-Mare, where I grew up, enchanted me from an early age at this time of year. I have many happy memories of walking under the pretty pink blossom trees.

And so it kinda reminds me of my mum, which makes me extra smiley.

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