Since my Mum & Dad came to stay during the school spring holidays a sense of renewal and a surge of energy has been feeling the cottage. I have felt an overwhelming sense to get things in order and to stop procrastinating.
I am feeling very determined to get as many of my projects done without spending a penny and using or sourcing the materials I need for free. So far I have done well.
I have managed to Cat proof the veg beds with chicken wire, garden canes and string.
I don't really want our veg growing in what they believe to be their toilet beds!
The up cycled pond is progressing slowly.
The brown sink was from my next door neighbours skip and the butlers sink has been very kindly donated from my beautiful Auntie Ruth. I am happy to announce that the lower pond (brown sink) is fully water tight and full of rain water however it is now full of mud due to two mischievous little boys!
I think the lower pond will become a boggy area and I will have the top one as a wildlife pond as they wont be able to reach it when its finished.
Now that the bottom shady bed has been moved and the fabulous up cycled chicken coop has been built in its place, I thought it would be lovely to use the next bed up as a mini wild flower meadow.
So I set about weeding and digging over to remove the seeds and then scattered on this lot
which are an assortment of allsorts from my stash, some from Instagram swaps, old packets and some from my Mum.
(Native Cornflowers, Native Poppy's, Native Wildlife mix, Native Ox eye daises & Desert bluebell)
I then covered it with chicken wire left over from the cat proof to stop the cats from digging it up.
My Creative juices have been flowing and I have been playing with the flowers around where I live to make prints and paintings using a mallet and waterproof paper.
This is my Spring print as it contains all the flowers that were in bloom in April.
I am going to do one for each season with the flora around us and then frame them for the front room. It is also a fabulous way to let off some steam with a mallet in hand :)
I have been doing lots of sewing too but I am not ready to share that yet, as its still in ideas phase.
But I have been building, spurred on by my handiwork with the wooden planter I set to work up cycling my old horrid corner desk which was not fit for purpose and looked hideous in our higgledy piggledy cottage...into this
I used the legs off the old corner desk, left over bits of veg bed boards and an old knackered bookcase to make a custom fit craft desk. I have sanded the desktop down but left the shelve sides rough as I like the contrast between the two. It now matches in perfectly with the bookcase in the other alcove as I have also tried to use the same fabrics for both curtains.
(This is the other alcove)
Mr C hasnt made comment about it but I almost had a heart attack last night when he commented on the garden looking nice (THUMP!!! me hitting the floor)
Mr C has been under a lot of stress with our business still being young and finances very tight and he hasn't really been around the past 6 months emotionally, so it feels my heart with joy and hope that he is slowly returning to us.
I can not wait to show you the pictures of the front garden but this it still a work in progress and a slow one with two boys around. Although they did a good job of helping me dig over and weed yesterday.
We have been trying to restore a sense of calm and fulfilment in our home and we are getting there, big leaps have been made in the last few weeks I am determined that it will continue.
I am grateful that...
this cheeky young pup helps me find calm when out for a walk
My heart soars when I'm around these three
with patience your hard work starts to pay off, the first of my carrot seedlings.