Urban Garden Ideas For City Living.

The countryside isn’t for everyone. Here at The Old House in the Shires, we love the wide open spaces and the weird and wonderful smells that waft from the nearby fields. Of course, if you are a big city type, you may prefer the hustle and bustle of people and the constant buzz of the hub. Both have their pros and cons and it’s down to personal choice which lifestyle you pick. One thing that you may miss or envy is a garden or having your own outside space. There aren’t many better ways to relax or brighten up space than with plants.

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6 in Saturday: My Patio has its own ecosystem.

Ok so I’m a bit late to my 6 in Saturday but I’ve been in the garden all day making the most of this lovely, cold yet sunny weather we have enjoyed today in Wiltshire. We are still digging the pond but only attempt it in waves as it’s hard work and frankly, boring. We shall get there but in the meantime let me share with you some photos of my patio. It’s coming up in a few months and will be relaid after all the building work, but it has its own ecosystem!

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How to Create a Relaxing Atmosphere at Home.

The home is a place where you want to kick back and relax  and forget about all the stresses of the world. But everybody knows that it is never that easy to simply find peace and quiet in your home. There are chores to do, tidying, cleaning, cooking, upkeep, and everything in between!
But there are still solutions that you can explore to find the perfect relaxing atmosphere within the home. It’s important; our homes are our sanctuaries after all. There are many ways to create just a little bit more ambience of calm. Consider seeking these solutions to make you fall in love with your home’s atmosphere all over again.

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The Old House Bedroom

It’s taken us a while to do any work inside the Old House as we’ve waiting for planning permission to make some changes. However, the rooms I wanted to be decorated and finished were our bedrooms. The children’s bedrooms are clean and functional but at the moment, lack in storage so when we were thinking about extensions and renovations, we knew we needed to include more storage. Until that work starts, we have made do with what we have and I have painted some of the wardrobes to keep them fresh.

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The Perfect Posture: How can we help our children protect their backs?

Good posture is essential, no matter your age. Failure to master this in your older years could lead to back problems and reduced mobility. As such, many of us attempt, often when it’s too late, to rid ourselves of bad posture habits. In truth, though, posture also matters a great deal when it comes to our children.

We may not think it, of course. The majority of the kids are many years away from back problems, so why should this be an area of concern? But, this should be a prevention instead of cure situation. Those formative years are essential for back health. Fail to get on top of this, and developmental issues could mean back pain much sooner in your child’s life.

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Keeping Up Gardening Through The Colder Months.

We are a nation of garden lovers! Believe it or not, gardening has topped various polls as one of the most loved and engaged with hobbies of a whole variety of individuals. While traditionally, many of us associate gardening with the older generation, nowadays the pastime is drawing in a much wider demographic, varying from children to teens, young adults and the middle-aged too! Now, we are in the midst of winter, so you might not fancy hitting the outdoors for a spot of digging, weeding, and planting. Who can blame us? Temperatures have dropped this week and you don’t get the immediate reward and satisfaction of planting beautiful, bright flowers and seeing them thrive.

However, before you can get stuck into those spring garden jobs you need to carry on with your hard work even if it is freezing outside! If you’re unsure of where to start, here are a few things that you can do to keep your garden in good nick until the sun starts shining again.

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