Tuesday, 11 June 2013

WOYWW - At Last

... I've managed to put pen to paper (or whatever the computer-speak equivalent of that is!!)

Sorry to have been MIA for two months now, but life has been a bit of a roller coaster.  You might remember my Mum (88) from recent posts.  Well, the long and the short of it is that she has come to live with us.  As you can imagine, that means quite a life change for all of us.  DH has been a star - he is lovely with Mum, and said at the weekend that he really enjoys having her here - such a joy (not to mention relief!) to hear that, as you can imagine.

Anyway, Mum has been here for just over a month, and we're busy planning yet another house re-shuffle, as we try to squeeze in a downstairs shower/loo and bedroom for her.  At the moment, she can still manage the stairs but we need to look at her future needs so watch this space for progress.

So far, we've decorated her current bedroom, which will revert to the guest room when she migrates downstairs.  At long last, the paper bought over six months ago got pasted up.

It was only about £4 per roll from H-base, and I'm really pleased with it.  Although the pattern is quite busy, it's light, fresh and modern, and the colour is subtle so doesn't make the room seem small, but restful for a bedroom.

The toile de jouy-style bedding is lovely (and uber-cheap!) from Ik--, and you might recognise the little table I 'shabby chic'd' a few months ago - just right for by the bed.

The en suite shower room has been painted Caramel Cream, a good, warm tone, again from H-base, and I put the same border in here and the bedroom, to bring them together.

At the mo, there is a little desk in the bedroom, and I eventually plan to 'shabby chic' that and the mirror standing on top.

The chest of drawers peeping in on the right will go downstairs in Mum's new room, along with her bed and wardrobe from her own house, to help her feel more at home.

Although Mum is great, and not at all demanding, she is very frail, and used to a more regular lifestyle than our flutterby habits.  This means that I'm having to craft in short bursts rather than losing myself in it, as before.  With all that, and trying to keep on top of things in the garden, there's not much to show for my indoor crafting efforts, but here are the latest.

I've been experimenting with a yarn busting idea for a log cabin-type crochet cushion but I'm not keen on the colours so it's been sitting in the basket for quite a while now - not sure if I want to bother finishing it.

I patched and re-lined another hessian farm shop bag, having done a similar one a few months ago.  These are too sturdy to waste, but the hessian develops holes and the plastic lining breaks down.  To be fair, I have had them for several years now so they don't owe me anything, but in true frugalistic fashion, I can't bear to just throw them away.

The lining is old upholstery fabric from my stash.

Finally, here are some pics to show the latest state of play outside -

 Please ignore the couch grass that keeps muscling in on the action!

 Looking at these pics, I've realised how much purple there is - must introduce more colour for next year.

 My new alliums - I'd like more, and perhaps putting a clump of shorter chives in front would look good.

 I just love the colour of these poppies.

'Drumbeg* corner', a six foot square pergola, is filling out nicely now, with the solanum reaching the top of the trellis, and the two clematis underneath, one early and one late flowering, settling in after planting a couple of months ago.

The hook on the post is for the hammock that hangs diagonally across the pergola for use during those hot summer afternoons I'm hoping for!!

(* So called, after the tiny village craft/tea shop we always went to, when on holiday in the far north west of Scotland, which has the most fabulous fairy-type hidden garden. My version just has a tiny table and 2 chairs, or the above-mentioned hammock!)

At the far end of the lawn, the pond area is also filling out nicely, with Flossie just peeking out.  The pond houses lots of water boatmen, and dragon flies, and the birds - and foxes - come and drink here.  A friend has offered me some newts, and I'm hoping that frogs will find their way here, or that I can get some from another friend.

Fortunately, there is a splash of yellow down at this end, with the day lilies - maybe I'll be able to split and spread them around for next year.

Between the pond and the veggie end, strawberries and gooseberries are fattening up nicely in the front bed, with white, red and blackcurrant bushes on the step up behind.

Then the veggies - they look a bit sparse in this pic, but the first bed is full of spuds which have been earthed up once, but probably need doing again.

The next one has the runners - planted in a straight row this year - not sure if this arrangement will stand up to any strong winds, but we'll see.  Tucked in behind them are the broad beans.

The third bed has squashes and courgettes.

And finally, the end bed has onions, garlic and brussel sprouts.

Right at the top of this area, our 4 hens make short work of the weeds I dig up.

Phew! That was a lengthy one - it will teach me to wait so long before posting!

I'm putting this up over at chez Dunnit, for WOYWW - http://stamping-ground.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/whats-on-your-workdesk-wednesday-210.html - so when you've time, make a cuppa, put your feet up and mosey on over to Julia's place to see what everyone else has been up to.

Bye for now, Chris xx


  1. great post about your mom! Love all the pictures of your garden. Hope you have a great week and thanks for sharing. Vickie #26

  2. I really enjoyed reading this today, Chris. I hope you get to craft more as your mum becomes more settled with you - living on my own I realise how flutterby (to use your term) I am once I get in from work... do what I want when I want... so you must take time to adjust too. Helen, 13

  3. Wow, that's a big life-change for all of you! Her room does look lovely and fresh, though! And I just adore alliums - I had a vase of fabric ones when I was in college - just love the colours!
    Happy WOYWW and have a wonderful week :)
    no. 3

  4. Life has been up & down for you at the moment , but i hope your mum get more settled . It must be difficult at time from you all. Would you mum like to start with some crafting . Have a good day , Jill #30

  5. What a beautiful garden. It must be a whole lot different having your mum to live with you but I'm sure it's great fun too. Her bedroom looks lovely and I bet she really appreciates all the effort you've put in to make it so lovely for her. Hugs. Pam#26

  6. Hi Chris
    so good to hear your mum has settled in and what a star your DH is.
    I am sure given time you will get back to a bit more crafting but right now you feel you need that time for mum. Who knows you might get mum crafting
    Happy WOYWW and I hope you have a great week
    Ria #42

  7. I'm glad your mum is getting settled. Love the flowers and garden pics. happy crafting #7

  8. So glad you can be there for your mom. Glad you're keeping the crafting in perspective during this transition in your lives. Wonderful garden you have!
    Have a great WOYWW,
    Lisa #125

  9. Well done Chris..having your Mum, however much of a pleasure, is a big thing, and I'm sure you've both had to do a lot of adapting. Your garden looks absolutely gorgeous. I know a woman (LLJ) who would happily take the cushion cover off your hands for her chosen charity if you can bear to finish it, or do you have a fab idea for the colours separately?!

  10. Lovely garden. I like the way you patched the shopping bag as I have some with holes in might patch or cut up for an art piece.
    It must be lovely having your mum.