Friday, 15 June 2018

Garden Smiles: After Storm Hector..

Hello Honeys,
Well we survived Storm Hector, with its 70 miles per hour winds and heavy rain.  In the garden we lost a few precious roses but the new fence, which Hubby completed during his recent holiday from work, is still standing.

Garden smiles - After storm Hector the garden is still smiling :)

After past storms he would usually have been outside looking at the wreckage of a fence, and facing days of work repairing it, but thankfully now that he's lowered the height and allowed for those 2-3 times a year storm winds by leaving a slight gap between each of the fence panels to allow the winds to flow through, the fence should (touch wood) survive any other pesky storms in the future.   

I really do feel blessed honeys, with all of the damage reportedly caused by storm Hector, that all we lost this time were a few roses.  The rose shrubs are still standing, there are still pretty roses in bud and I know they'll bloom soon.  As with the limited damage in the back garden, we've been very lucky this time around and I'm so grateful.

Monday, 11 June 2018

Fun In The Garden Part Three: Being Blessed By Our Garden...

Hi Honeys
I hope you've had a fabulous weekend.  It's been a little strange here to say the least.  After over three weeks of solidly (very) warm, sunny days... right up until Thursday when we had a lovely rain shower that lasted around 10 minutes or so and saw Jade and I in the garden loving the soft sprinkle of rain. Well, late on Saturday afternoon we were hit by the most incredible rain storm!

It was torrential and went on for around forty minutes or so, managing to flood my workplace and to include hail stones too!  On a day when the temperature was around 18C we had hailstones ๐Ÿ˜ฒ  It was a shock to the system dear ones but as soggy as everyone, and everything, got.... well I think the gardens must all have breathed a huge sigh of relief to be finally seeing a proper end to the mini drought it's been enduring.   

Fun in the garden part three: We've been truly blessed this year honeys.

Speaking of the garden, just wait till you see what's been happening out there!  Almost (wee shower and then torrential rain storm aside) four weeks of (mostly) unbroken sunshine here in Scotland.... unheard of! ๐Ÿ˜Š  All of that gorgeous sunshine has worked wonders dear ones, it's truly beautiful out there and I'm so grateful that we've been so blessed and can't stop going outside to just stare ๐Ÿ˜Š

As grateful as I am for the beautiful flowers our garden has blessed us with this year, I'm also grateful for all of those lovely, sun-drenched days we've had this past month.  Sunny days mean laundry days around here and you know how much I adore doing laundry ๐Ÿ˜Š 

I know, I'm odd.  I've been told this.  Usually by people who wonder how I can adore doing laundry so much ๐Ÿ˜Š  I've always adored laundry, it's by far my favourite part of housekeeping.  There's not a single part of it I don't love ๐Ÿ˜Š

Back to today's post then dear ones, wait till you see what's been happening in the garden during this very unusual for us (but we're not complaining!) dry spell. Why not grab a cuppa and maybe a cookie (or two) and meet me back here in a few minutes?

Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Fun In The Garden Part Two: Re-Building The Garden Fence

Hi Honeys,
Another beautiful day and I spent part of it doing laundry as usual ๐Ÿ˜Š Carrying on from yesterday's post where I tried to make a start on making our garden a little more bee (and fairy) friendly, I thought I'd share our biggest garden project for a while although, weather permitting, we have a couple of other large projects we'd like to have done outside, such as painting and possibly setting up a new seating area on the patio. 

Our biggest garden project in a while has been Hubby stripping down our badly weather damaged fencing and re-building it.  Wait till you see the results!

This was all Hubby's work bless him (great work sweetheart x) my contribution was to bring him lots of cups of tea and things to eat... and every now and again get in his way with my camera ๐Ÿ˜Š  I can't wait to share what he achieved honeys because the difference to our little garden is like day and night.  I keep going outside just to look at it ๐Ÿ˜Š

There are lots of photos in this post so it might be best to fetch a cuppa and maybe a cookie or two, meet you back here in a couple of minutes dear ones...

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Fun In The Garden Part One: How To Encourage Bees To Visit Your Garden...

Disclaimer: I haven't been paid to recommend any products, just sharing my latest fun filled project in our garden x

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  All well I hope and able to enjoy the glorious weather we've been having.  Hubby was on hols from work all last week and I had last weekend off too so we spent all week busily working very happily on home projects and given the gorgeous weather, we decided to concentrate on the garden ๐Ÿ’ฎ 

Hubby has worked so hard during this holiday bless him, taking down the high garden fence between us and our neighbours (a left over from the previous owners) and re-building a lovely new, much shorter, fence in its place.  I'll share lots of before and after photos in my next post, it looks fabulous and I'm so proud of him he did it all on his own.

I've gone back to de-cluttering cupboards and drawers again and we're building quite a collection of things all ready to be donated.

On Tuesday of last week we went grocery shopping and managed to find a few things to help in two long awaited and very much wished for projects in our garden ๐Ÿ˜Š  Let's take a look shall we honeys?

Fun in the garden: creating a welcoming environment for busy bumble bees and starting work on a fairy garden...

We've all been hearing this past couple of years how the worlds bee population is shrinking terribly and I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that this is disastrous for humans as well as for our little buzzy friends.  Bees play such a vital role in so much of the food we eat.

I very often see bees hovering around our much loved roses in our tiny front garden but I wanted to do more to help them so I set about finding out as much as I could about how to encourage them to feel welcome in our garden.

Imagine how pleased I was then honeys to see this marvellous little bee and insect hotel while grocery shopping...   

Imagine how wonderful it would be if there was a calm place for bees to rest and to lay their eggs in every garden?  I'm sure this would go some way to addressing the disastrous fall in bee numbers.

We spotted it in the gardening aisle in Home Bargains and I was thrilled.  I was even happier to find when we got to the checkout to find it was actually priced at £4.99 (even though it says £12 on the wrapper.)

We took it home and I was so happy with it I asked Hubby later in the week when he took a trip back to our local retail park for some masonry paint to bring me another one back.  Unfortunately Home Bargains didn't have any of the large ones left (although they may well get them back in stock) when he went in but they did have a smaller model...
Little bee hotels all ready for tiny guests to check in and "bee" happy :)

As you can see it's around half the size of the larger bee hotel but as it turns out that makes it perfect for what I have in mind too!

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Future Learn: How To Study & Learn Online For Free!

Disclaimer:  I haven't been paid to promote Future Learn, Springest or any other company, just sharing something fun I found in the hope that you'll think it's fun too x 

Hi Honeys
I hope you're having a wonderful week and enjoying the gorgeous sunshine outside.  I had a very rare weekend off work and I spent a whole lot of it doing laundry yaaaayy ๐Ÿ˜Š  I love doing laundry beyond all reason. I love every little thing about it.

I love the sorting, the actual washing, made easier these days by having automatic washing machines but remember I got married in a time when having a twin tub machine was a luxury ๐Ÿ˜Š  I even love the ironing! Even though I can't stand very long these days I've learned thanks to a dear friend (thank you Francine x) that I can just sit at my ironing board and iron away happily ๐Ÿ˜Š

You can see then why I'm grinning my head off while writing this honeys.  I don't have work today but I do have the most glorious sunny day with beautiful blue skies, lots (more) laundry to do and my little laundry assistant, our furbaby Jade, to keep me company while I'm pegging it outside. I am awash with joy. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Later today I'm hoping to sit down and continue with the coursework on the History of Royal Fashion online course I began last Monday.  I'm getting ahead of myself.  I'm so excited by this and can't wait to share with you.  Do you, like me, love to read and learn honeys?

How to study and learn online for free!

What if I were to tell you that I discovered a way that you could sign up and study online with Colleges, Universities and even to study career related courses with professional providers to help you progress at work?

What if I then told you you could learn everything from languages, to digital skills, including coding and online security, to history, to a first aid course, there are too many courses to list!  Now what if I were to tell you that you can study many of these courses for free?  The courses are open to everyone so international students can study too.  It doesn't matter where you are in the world, if you have access to the web you can study and even earn certificates when you pass the courses you choose. Too good to be true? 

I thought so too honeys but as it turns out it is true!  Why not grab a cuppa and I'll show you how it's possible.  Meet me back here with a cuppa and maybe a cookie ๐Ÿ˜Š

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Beautiful Peony Roses Begin To Appear...

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  I'm sorry I've been missing for so long.  I'm struggling dear ones.  I have eight blog posts in various stages of completion and I just can't sit down to work on them because of the almost constant pain I've been in for weeks now.  I can't sleep, getting to sleep isn't a problem because I'm so drained all the time, it's staying asleep.  I wake up in pain and mostly I'm still sitting there watching TV or reading when Hubby's alarm goes off around 5.30am. 

This little blog means the world to me and it's awful that it's suffering because of a bunch of aches and pains.  I'm sorry honeys, I really am.  I'll try to do better ๐Ÿ’‹

Today I went to the back door to let our furbaby Jade out into the garden and was surprised and happy by what met me ๐Ÿ˜Š Other than helping my arthritic joints to torture me, it looks like the almost constant rain recently is working wonders in our Garden ๐Ÿ˜Š  Look what's happening to our much loved peony roses...

Beautiful peony roses finally begin to appear...

So many leaves! All of that foliage feels as if it's just appeared out of nowhere.  As if I looked away, turned back and.... there it is!  So beautiful as always.  I do wish peonies stayed in bloom longer.  They'll be here and gone again so fast but I still look forward to seeing them each year ๐Ÿ˜Š 

Do you remember honeys, back in January, I got so excited to see these little buds begin to push their way through the earth in search of the sun to warm them...

Peont roses begin to push up through the earth looking for sunshine to warm them.

Well, it wasn't terribly warm but still they kept growing.  By late January they were under snow but by the time late February arrived the snow was gone again and it looked as though we were on the right track for spring.....

By late February it felt as though Spring had truly (almost) arrived with warm sunshine and the garden waking from it's long winter nap...

The sun was warm, we had blue skies with the occasional fluffy white cloud bobbing along and just as I was starting to look forward to warm soft breezes, sunny spring days and laundry pegging in the back garden... well this happened...

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Beginnings And Endings: Farewell To Polyvore And New Rose Shrub Planted!

Hi Honeys,
How are you today?  I've spent most of this week hanging onto the walls to get around our home because of the worst pain in my spine.  You know, I've decided dear ones that I'm fed up of arthritis now.  I'm fed up of not knowing what, if anything, I'll be able to do each day.  I haven't been able to sleep more than an hour or two each night this week and it's all getting to be a little too much is all so just ignore my complaints honeys.  Regular happy-Rosie will be resumed in no time. Even the worst pain can't keep me down for long.  I'm too stubborn ๐Ÿ˜Š   

So, arthritis aside, having longed for and counted down to Spring for months and in spite of having reached almost the middle of April, it's raining here.  Not just a little either.  It's literally "chucking down" outside, which is fine because as the old saying goes "April showers bring May flowers" and I do adore our garden ๐Ÿ’ฎ⚘๐Ÿ˜Š

Now usually, when I'm feeling this awful one of the ways I cope is to hide away from the world and distract myself by creating my dream closet on the Polyvore site.  Do you remember my singing the praises of Polyvore honeys?  I even shared some of my sets here and also here.

Polyvore was a little like having access to every fashion piece, and household items too since Polyvore wasn't only for fashion fans but also would-be interior designers too.  Did you notice just then I said was honeys? 

Endings & Beginnings - Farewell to Polyvore and back to the garden to plant more roses!

It's true.  Polyvore is gone.  Without any notice the site was sold to a clothing supplier and all of our collections, sets, the friends we'd all made there, all of it has disappeared.
Goodbye Polyvore, you'll be missed terribly!  These are some of my sets, created during my time as a member of Polyvore.

As you can imagine honeys, there has been quite an outcry of disbelief and unhappiness on social media over the way the closing of the Polyvore site has been handled.  No one knew it was going to happen, there was no email sent out to warn members. 

I checked and up until the day before it happened I still only received the usual marketing email from Polyvore with no mention that the site was being sold and our sanctuary from world overwhelm closed with the loss of everything created over the years.

All is not lost!

Well honeys, they seem to have heard because they've set up a link to request a download of your sets & collections. You can request a download by going here logging in, using the email address you joined with and the password for your polyvore account. 

Important: You only have until May 15th to request a download of your sets & collections!  At this page you can also opt out of your information being passed to the company who have taken over the Polyvore site. 

When you request your data download it will take a day or two to prepare and then when you go back to the above address there will be a link to download a zip file containing all of your sets etc.  

It's beyond sad to lose Polyvore honeys, it was a little oasis of calm for me on less than calm days and I'l miss it terribly but I'm also so grateful to Polyvore for providing this wonderful little platform for all of us for so many years.  It was provided free after all and meant a great deal to those of us who relied on it. Thank you Polyvore, it's been awesome ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’–

On then to happier thoughts honeys...