Home & Garden archive

DIY, decorating and de-cluttering; home improvements and recipes: anything vaguely home or garden related gets chucked in here.

Stuff I Grew

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I couldn’t think of a more imaginative title, sorry. Runner beans, which have gone a bit mental: Om nom nom… Strawberries (I’ve got 3 plants in this pot and 3 out the front, these are cropping better): The mangetout peas are out of control! One… read full entry →

“My help, Daddy”

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Turf Wars

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In August last year, we bought 21 rolls of turf on a whim to replace a large patch of gravel out the back without a) measuring the garden or b) making preparations beforehand. It took 3 days to de-gravel, de-concrete and then lay the turf… read full entry →

Glorious sunshine

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What a weekend. 20 degrees in March, fantastic. Predictably spent most of it in the garden (and have the pink toasty shoulders to show for it – oops) Tidied up the front garden a bit (although forgot to water flowers – south-facing daffodils are looking… read full entry →

Green Fingers

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Well, actually mostly brown from the mud, but ‘brown fingers’ has disgusting connotations so… Anyway, back in the garden this weekend to make the most of soaring temperatures (well, 15 degrees ish). We have removed the stupid random fence panel and gate that enclosed the… read full entry →

Rain, rain go away

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The British weather (I know, it’s March and therefore quite normal) is dampening my gardening spirits. Har har har (get it … rain, dampening? Groan.) Wanted to get out in the garden over the weekend but could only manage short bursts because of the downpours.… read full entry →

The Good Life pt2

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After our visitors left yesterday (Amelie, Ben & Thingy) we spent some time pottering around nearby gardening/DIY shops and then started back on the garden. This is exciting news because we’ve a) bought a greenhouse now – one of those slightly wobbly click together w/plastic… read full entry →

The Good Life

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Yes, my weekend was like a scene from The Good Life. Plotting, digging, planting, re-potting, etc. We have Grand Plans to turn the garden (right; not to scale) into something both beautiful and practical over the coming year. Fruit, veg, and flowers for the bees… read full entry →

My cheaty leftover-lamb curry

In Home & Garden, Recipe

I will start this post by warning you that I make my curries by throwing lots of stuff into a pan until it tastes vaguely like a curry. You could quite easily add/take away from this without it having a massive effect (e.g. I add… read full entry →

A little bit more meat

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(Because the alternative is telling you all about the fact that Isabel specifically requested my presence in the bathroom yesterday to show off her “BIIIIIIIIG poo!” … oh.) As per previous post, I had my Well Hung Meat meatbox on Friday, complete with a shoulder… read full entry →

Not Impressed by The Well Hung Meat Company

In Home & Garden, Review

This post has several follow-ups: Going Back to Well Hung Meat A little bit more meat My cheaty leftover-lamb curry I am also now a regular customer of Well Hung Meat. Minds out of the gutter, please. I’m referring to Well Hung Meat the organic… read full entry →

Sat in the car…

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…next to Izz, who’s fast asleep in her car seat. Typing feels weird, because the skin on my fingers has been shredded from shovelling gravel and lifting concrete. We went out to try and buy Isabel a slide yesterday, and while we couldn’t find one… read full entry →