It's another Bank Holiday weekend, so it must be raining....

Golly! I hope this weather today isn't the pattern for the rest of the summer; dark, dank, wet and miserable. I'm quite glad I didn't save my garden plans for this weekend on the idea that I would have a week of half term break to do it!
I got a lot done last weekend; gravel, building, planting some of my ideas in the garden. It was a very busy weekend and I had lots of plans for posting all about it, but of course by the time I came inside and sat down it was time to cook and then to sleep. There just isn't enough time in the day, is there?


My garden has been growing wild for about 3 years, since my Dad was ill, and I chickened out of it last year and the year before as Too Big A Job to do. I wish I hadn't sometimes, but I suppose what I really was waiting for was the inspiration and the idea to do something to the area. That came this year, and I have beavered away. There was a lot of cutting back, a lot of cleaning, and a lot of thinking.  And a lot of my brilliant Dad doing so much to help. Thank God for fathers.
I changed my mind several times, kept looking at what I had and then trying to think about what I wanted. And all on a shoestring budget.


The garden has been a play space for so long, it was hard to think past it. We had plans for a summer house once upon a time that proved too expensive, we had all the toys a family accumulates and we had playbark, balls and slides all over the place. This year my garden grew up. I've sold the slide, will sell the play house and I've moved on. My garden actually has a seating area, ready for sewn cushions and crocheted blankets, a fire pit that is pleasant to sit around on cool evenings and now looks like a grown up garden. It took me the whole of last weekend, but it was worth it. I need to buy some logs, get me some cider and await the warm, golden, dry evenings I long for. I still have to photograph some more of the little touches and I'm desperate for hot days to show you the other things that I got for my birthday that will MAKE our summer so COOL!!! but..... I live in England. Be patient. Be calm. The sun will shine again.

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  1. Yes, I hope we are going to get a dry summer. I dont mind that it isnt boiling hot as long as it is dry! I have been looking out at our lawn and cant get out to cut it. Its beginning to look like a meadow!

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    1. Dry but not too hot would be brilliant for me! I'm not a natural heat lover!

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  2. This all sounds fabulous, even though you are such a cynic about the weather-correct obviously but still.....lol!

    Your garden sounds like it is taking shape really well and getting some serious attention to become a grown up place to have fun and relaxation this summer. I do hope you will show us how it shapes up as the time goes along.

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    1. We're probably not going far this year (new businesses don't generate loads of spare cash) so holidays at home are in order! That should give me plenty of time to garden and fiddle.... and loads of time to enjoy the rest!

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  3. It all looks great! It's nice to reclaim a space that has been all about the kids for so long.

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    1. It is! We tidied up the family room recently and tried to make it more grown up. The children are all teenagers, and the way they live has changed in the past 2 years, I really need to accept that and move on...

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  4. I hope your summer is a warm and sunny one. 1 day of real rain a week is always my wish : Waters everything deeply, takes the mugginess away and gives you a rest and leaves you unashamed to spend a day inside. LOL! I always feel guilty when I sit inside on a beautiful day. But sometimes, it just feels good.

    Yes : There is NEVER enough time! :-) I've been feeling the same way for the last few weeks. But soon, all will be planted and growing and we'll start the waiting (and weeding) game. Should make for calmer week-ends.

    Your space looks lovely!

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    1. Thank you! I like the idea of Camelot rain; only between the hours of midnight and 6am. Not like today, when it seems to be raining all day LONG!!!

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  5. My garden is just the same, sorely in need of a makeover to make it a grown up space. I've still got a two storey playhouse, even though Eleanor's nearly 16, and a trampoline which takes over a huge chunk of the garden, so I'm hoping to get rid of those soon and reclaim the space. Let's hope we get a lovely summer so that you can enjoy all the hard work you've put in to your garden.

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  6. The trouble is that change takes effort and sometimes you just can't be bothered... Good luck in the garden update!

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