return of the lavender plants

When we moved into this house back in 1991 we had the most gorgeous lavender plant just outside the back door. The smell in late summer was heavenly but it was beginning to get a bit woody in the middle so i cut it all back to what i thought was fresh growth even though i was not and am not a gardener.  Well you can probably guess that i actually ended up killing it and it never grew back.  Lately i have been getting back into gardening again with my small herb pots, strawberry plants and geraniums so yesterday

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WW1 battlefields and fallen ancestors

I have been fascinated by the First World War for over 30 years now ever since i read Vera Brittain’s book ‘A Testament of Youth’ which told of her life as a V.A.D nurse in WW1 and how she tragically lost her brother, fiance and many male friends in the conflict. Since getting involved with tracing my family history I have begun searching for any ancestors who could have been involved.  A lot of the records have been damaged and lost over time and so out of over 30 possible ancestors i have only found a small handful of records

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my mini herb garden and other flowers

Following on from my last post i dragged the hubby to the local garden centre and having decided to start slowly i bought 2 packets of herb seeds. Some basil and some garlic chives. I also bought 3 geraniums which were going really cheap, 2 large bags of miracle gro compost and hubby bought a strawberry plant which had 3 strawberries on it.  I put the geraniums and the strawberry plant in existing planters on the wall of hubbies shed (dont they just love shed’s men?) And then sowed my herb seeds in small pots which i wanted to store

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Grow your own – on a budget

Last weekend we visited my lovely sister in law who has the most amazing veggie garden which she tends every year. Runner beans, tomatoes, leeks, garlic and now this year potatoes and some ginger too and she has inspired me to make a small veggie garden of my own. I’m going to begin with grow bags or large containers of compost mainly because our garden is rather neglected and has no large dug beds to speak of and I don’t think I want to be digging hard, compacted, dry soil this time of year. I’ve identified some veggies that can

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New goodies, new projects, new skills

I’ve been shopping, at Hobbycraft I had so much fun with my treasure chest that I just had have another go, so,I bought this Yes I know it looks creepy. My son saw it and said why have you got a severed hand on your desk?I am actually planning to use it to hold my necklaces to stop them from getting twisted up. I also bought these The only problem is – I can’t crochet!So, I’m hoping some of you wonderful people who visit me will give me oodles of advice and encouragement to make this There is an interactive

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Can you identify this family? Part two

You may recall a post I did a few months back about a photo album I bought at a boot fair which I am hoping to reunite with its owners or descendants. see HERE for link to post. There is a photo of Reg Varney the actor in the album and following a suggestion from someone on Facebook I managed to contact someone in his family tree but they did not know of the people in the album so it looks as though he may not have had any connection with them personally. So it’s back to the drawing board

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Here lies the treasure

Well here is the finished decopatched treasure chest and it was so much fun to do. I just had to stick gems on it didn’t I? They are meant to be studs of course And inside I just used white gesso very roughly painted to give a used feel Now to fill it with my treasure! Gill x   Posted with Blogsy

Friday’s Smiles – Week 25

My smile this week came from the little surprise package of a new little guinea pig baby i found on Saturday morning. It was born to the other would be mum, Cookie, who i assumed was not actually pregnant as she had gone well past her giving birth time. Turns out if they are only carrying one pup they can go well past. It seems as if we have another little girl which is amazing considering all Teddie’s babies were girls too.  She was much larger than the others for having the extra ‘cooking’ time inside Cookie (no pun intended

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Whats On Your Workdesk? Wednesday

Just a brief peek at my workdesk today as im finally doing something crafty again.   I’ve begun decopatching my treasure chest (all say aaarrgh, like a pirate) Its looking good and its such fun to do. Not sure how the rest will go but that will be revealed next time.And, yes i know my blogs look has changed – again! but what can i say? im a fickle woman. Have a top week and if you fancy joining in for a desk nosey go to the wonderful Julia’s blog and all will become clear. Gill x

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