Goodbye crap week, hello spring.

Off the plot, it's been a fairly shite week: a broken (painfully expensive) molar*, chicken pox - and subsequent sleep deprivation - followed by nits (not me, I hasten to add.) And last night - with chicken pox finally under control and 'normal' sleeping patterns resumed - the dog woke up at 5am and proceeded to shit out half … [Read more...]

The price of a Christmas dinner

I received  an email this week about where to buy the cheapest veg for Christmas - sprouts, parsnips and carrots all for just 19p a bag.  And 2kg of potatoes also for a negligible 19p. (It's Aldi if you're interested.) I love a bargain as much as the next person, but I'm really not sure how I feel about veg that costs, well, … [Read more...]

Upcycle your old fence

 Happy New Year!   As 2015 gets underway you might be looking at replacing your garden fencing, especially if your existing fence was destroyed in the recent British weather bomb. But before you take your battered old posts and panels to the tip, or burn them on the bonfire, why not think about upcycling them instead? Here … [Read more...]

Competition: win a fabulous wooden playhouse

So a few weeks ago - (or was it months ?) - I made one of these.  Ok, painted it. I didn't actually make it, it came as a flatpack. And now you can win one of your own. To enter, click on the link below and vote for your favourite playhouse.  If you're not sure which one to vote for, then mine is number five!   Good … [Read more...]

The Playhouse Challenge

Two houses in one month!  A week after moving to our new house, another one arrived in the back of a van, not just any house but  a Honeypot Honeysuckle Playhouse. It was kindly sent by shed people Waltons as part of their Make It Your Own Challenge. All we had to do was make it our own! The  6'x5'' x 5'x6''playhouse … [Read more...]