Bringing the piano home

inside a piano - dampers and strings

A couple of weeks ago saw the arrival of my piano.  After living in this house where it was big enough to have a piano for close to 13 years, I’ve finally managed to move it from my mum’s house to ours. The reason it wasn’t moved earlier was because the OH flat out refused to have it in the house, saying it would get used as a dumping ground, clutter the place up and that he’d chop it up… Continue Reading “Bringing the piano home”

Spring cleaning tips for those who hate cleaning

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I hate cleaning. There, I’ve admitted it.  Although most people who know me would know that anyway, given the amount of time I like to spend out and about at weekends.  Anything to avoid having to spend time cleaning. When I first moved in with the OH, we had an agreement that he would do bathrooms and bins (mostly because we had a lodger and I’m not clearing up after someone else), and I’d do floors, hovering, clothes washing and… Continue Reading “Spring cleaning tips for those who hate cleaning”

5 top tips to get a garden summer ready

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Does the winter weather seem to have dragged on for longer this year, or am I deluding myself in wishing for warmer weather?  Admittedly we’ve been lucky and seen only 1 smattering of snow, which a few hours later was gone.  Phew.  But now, the weather’s looking warmer and sunnier.  I’ve seen blue skies and there’s been a (largely) dry and sunny weekend, if not as warm as I’d have liked. So it’s time to get out in the garden… Continue Reading “5 top tips to get a garden summer ready”

How to make personalised photo tile coasters

personalised photo tiles

Last Christmas I was debating what to get my best friend for a present…I’ve exhausted a lot of my brilliant ideas, and the pressure’s on because she’s been really pleased and chuffed with the really thoughtful presents that she’s loved and been totally surprised at.  I had some nice photos of her son and some of the places we’d met up over the year, so thought I’d use those to create a handmade present. Of course time moves on so… Continue Reading “How to make personalised photo tile coasters”

Garden planning – giving butterflies a home

attracting wilfelife with a butterfly habitat

I’ve been saying for years we need to do something with the garden.  The wall needs a bit more compost or soil in so the flowers will be higher up and seen rather than sunken in the bottom of the wall.  We need storage for the outdoor toys and BBQ, last year’s tomato grobags need removing and tidying up, and we could really do with a border or something along the fence.  And then we still need to build the… Continue Reading “Garden planning – giving butterflies a home”

How to clean a smelly shower drain

Clean a smelly shower drain au naturel Bubbablue and me

First time trying to sell a house and it wasn’t even ours.  Well, ours by default after our mum died. We tried to sell my mum’s house for a year.  We were gutted because we had an offer a few months after it went on sale that we turned down – the price was way too high thanks to an incompetent estate agent deluding themselves (and obviously us) into believing that’s how high prices were in our area.  The offer was insanely… Continue Reading “How to clean a smelly shower drain”

Home Truths in decorating: 13 years and still no curtains

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When I heard British Gas had partnered with Channel 4 on some short films about Home Truths, it did make me chuckle.  But then I decided I really should admit that the reason I don’t share stories of our farm house or any images, is because I really am rubbish when it comes to anything DIY based. I am not a fan of DIY.  In fact, I just don’t do it.  I didn’t take after my mum who basically decorated… Continue Reading “Home Truths in decorating: 13 years and still no curtains”

Christmas traditions – dos and donts of Christmas gift wrapping

Dos and don'ts of Christmas gift wrapping

I love Christmas although we do tend to wait to put up decorations, mostly because the OH would rather it went up on Christmas Eve.  But I do as much of my Christmas shopping as early as possible. I tend to make lists of presents I want to get and have bought – we have 5 nephews and 1 niece, although for their parents I usually make a foodie gift, my brother, and in laws. I also buy for a… Continue Reading “Christmas traditions – dos and donts of Christmas gift wrapping”

Brightening and lighting a boys room with Blaze On lights

checking out blaze on lights

N doesn’t really have a decorated bedroom, but I’ve always quite liked the idea of fairy lights for N’s room. So when we were offered the chance to choose a set of Blaze On lights I jumped at the chance. Blaze On sell a wide variety of fairy lights – ranging from wicker hearts to flowers to handmade paper cars, and moons and stars sets.  There’s something for everyone, in every possible colour. We chose the blue tone ambient balls – I… Continue Reading “Brightening and lighting a boys room with Blaze On lights”

A farmhouse kitchen – warm and welcoming

kitchen quote and recipe books

Someone once said “The kitchen is the heart of any home” and that’s certainly true of ours.  I think with farms, that’s generally true across the board…definitely in all the farm houses of my friends and relations I’ve ever visited. At the mother in law’s, it’s where they have their business meetings, invite people to join them for tea, and have even invited the postie in for a cup of tea. Even though it’s the central room of our house,… Continue Reading “A farmhouse kitchen – warm and welcoming”