Home and Garden

We live in a 350 year old, higgledy piggledy, house right in the middle of a small Somerset market town. Here you will find posts about gardening with children as well as gardening in general. There are tips to keep little hands busy and beginner tips for you if you are starting out on the horticultural road as well as photo posts of my favourite seasonal plants/jobs/garden fun! The house appears every now and then – it’s been a long rescue project to turn it from a run down building with history (it was an ale house, a monkey lived here for a while and back in the 18th century it was a peruke makers) into a cosy family home for the six of us and it’s still ongoing!


Patio Garden Makeover – Moving On

My kitchen has windows at both ends, the garden wraps around the house and in the summer the sliding doors from the sunroom/dining room are always open. Over the last 15 years children have run in and out with muddy boots or sandy feet, showing me a pebble which...

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Flowers in the Autumn Garden

As August ended we sailed back along the coast past Cornwall and Devon, then across Lyme Bay to Dorset and there was a distinct chill in the air. When we returned to our Somerset garden all the exuberance of late summer was fading and autumn...

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My Container Garden Makeover

I have an oddly shaped garden which wraps around the back of the house. We are lucky to have driveway parking in a part of our town where that is like gold dust but it doesn't make for a pretty entrance to our front door and it has  been neglected in favour of easier...

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Five ways to make your garden an Eden – Gardening Tips

With the mornings getting lighter and the evenings becoming longer, spring is well and truly upon us. If you are anything like me, this means getting outside and doing a spot of gardening! But when it comes to breathing new life into your outdoor space, what can be...

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Upcycling Tins – From Biscuit Tin to Seed Storage

I have a serious tin habit. I drool over tins both vintage and new and find them very hard to resist. Once they have been emptied of their contents they are repurposed to hold cakes, buttons, sewing paraphernalia, toys, craft materials, fabric, wool and more. They...

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Simple Things – Spring Springing and Earth Hour

There's been an annoying virus thing hanging around the place at Thinly Spread but this weekend we threw it off and sank into the Simple Things which are guaranteed to make us feel better. Spring is really getting into its stride and on Saturday the garden called. The...

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Rosehips on A Kitchen Table – Seasonal Recipes

Emails asking me to review things tend to remain at the bottom of my 'to do' list for longer than is seemly. I'm not a gatherer of things so I think very carefully before I agree to anything - this time, however, I pinged a reply back so quickly I think Jess, the...

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