At last I can start planting things. After a lot of effort digging over the vegetable patch, removing two shrubs and a tree (just one more stump to go) and a LOT of stones (despite the fact that even more … Continue reading →
My aim is not to have a beautifully coiffured lawn and an immaculately maintained garden (which is lucky as Tess the dog has no such ideas either), but now the season is growing warmer and the ground is no longer … Continue reading →
I don’t class myself as a girly girl. I don’t have loads of make-up, shoes, handbags etc, but even I was shocked at the amount of bottled STUFF I have amassed over the years. I hardly dared show you any photos, it’s pretty embarrassing.
Plastics in the cupboard
And that’s not even all of it. I’m tempted to just tip it all onto a big pile and take a photo (but also scared).
Plastics in the shower basket
Bottles of shampoo, conditioner, trial moisturiser pots and HOW MUCH body lotion? We all get suckered in by ads from time to time, claiming this potion or that cream will enable your hair to be super shiny, or promise the end to dry skin, greasy skin, combination skin…you name it. I’m no different. It’s a waste of resources and a waste of space! I’m pretty sure that women are more susceptible to this kind of advertising; there is so much pressure on both sexes to look perfect all of the time, but I definitely feel it’s worse for women (but I am biased obviously!) Let’s face it – I don’t have boxes, bags and cupboards full of pasta, for example!
Plastics in the cabinet
But from today I am making a promise and a challenge to myself that I won’t buy anything else until ALL of the pots/bottles/sachets/jars are used up (and recycled obviously!). Plus – it’s a great time for a spring-clean!
My strategy is to use all all the small stuff first, which I figure will start to de-clutter straight away and probably give me a slightly gratuitous feeling that I’m hoping will tide me over when I start to get tempted by whatever the latest fad is. Watch this space and I’ll keep you updated with hows it all going, and let you know when I have reached the end of my stash!
It’s so relaxing to spend a day at home for a change, especially when it’s not raining so I can get outside and start to sort out the garden which, frankly, looks a mess! The strawberries, broad beans and garlic given to me by my lovely green-fingered friends Hannah and Kirsty have all been planted. I hope they survive the next few months of cold. The snowdrops and crocuses that I planted last year are already starting to show their green tips above the soil and an anemone bud is out rather early!
I also took the opportunity to transfer two shrubs that were in the patch of garden that I’ve earmarked for my vegetable patch to an area which will screen off my compost bins. I know its probably not the best time of year to move anything but I made sure I kept as many roots intact as possible and will keep them well-watered until they settle into their new homes. I noticed that one of them already has new buds. I still have a rather woody buddleia and a 10 foot tall conifer to move. If anyone has any tips, please let me know!
I love the way that everything starts greening up in the spring and can’t wait to see how the garden works out over the rest of the year.
Inside, I made garlic and rosemary bread, although I have to admit I cheated by using ready made bread mix rather than starting from scratch, but I added garlic and rosemary and it was delicious! I have pastry making hands, rather than bread making hands as they are generally too cold, so I was surprised it came out so well. I also had some leftover carrots and coriander that was past its best, so that got made into carrot and coriander soup and thickened with lentils, for freezing and quick lunches another day.
Garlic and rosemary bread
Interesting factoid: Garlic needs a period of one-two months of cold to enable the chemical reaction which allows them to sprout and for the bulb to split into cloves.
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