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

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

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

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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Upcycling Tins – From Biscuit Tin to Seed Storage

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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The Ecover Garden at RHS Hampton Court

The Ecover Garden at RHS Hampton Court

On Monday I attended the preview evening and gala dinner at RHS Hampton Court Flower Show as a guest of Ecover, on Wednesday I was back again with Mr TS - I keep pinching myself to see if I have died and gone to heaven! There is no way I can fit everything into one...

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To Hampton Court Flower Show with Ecover!

To Hampton Court Flower Show with Ecover!

If you've been visiting for a while you will know I have a bit of a 'thing' for gardening. I waffle on about my own a lot and I enjoy sharing our visits to others. Last year I worked with World Vision and followed their Chelsea Flower Show Garden from the initial...

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Green Plant Swap – A Brilliant Gardening Idea!

Green Plant Swap – A Brilliant Gardening Idea!

Today I'm showing off my garden again and telling you all about Green Plant Swap - I may be a bit over excited! I plant a ridiculous number of seeds, I can't help myself, planting season starts and I'm like a demon. Then, about six weeks later I find myself the proud...

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Garden Crafts – Meet the Little Folk!

Garden Crafts – Meet the Little Folk!

Half term passed in a whirl of social activity and revision. Surprisingly the weather wasn't bad so we didn't spend much time crafting indoors apart from on that one torrential day when Bonus Boy asked for modelling clay and we spent a happy hour making mini monsters....

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How to Plant A Pizza – Gardening with Kids

How to Plant A Pizza – Gardening with Kids

Bonus Boy and I were set a task  this week. We had to come up with a gardening project, go to Homebase and buy the stuff required, come home and make it - as you can imagine, we jumped for joy! We decided that we would plant a pizza. This is  a fun project for...

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