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.
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 -
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!!
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