My Garden Bucket List Top 5, Spring 2018

There are some lovely garden buys this Spring and there are many that I have my eye on! All would look fabulous in the Old House Garden  or in any garden for that matter! I would love to buy all of these and although at the moment we are saving for the extension, I can still look! Here are my garden bucket list top 5 items Spring 2018.

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Six on Saturday: It’s all about a little touch of sunshine!

Hello everyone and I’m a little late with my Six on Saturday but we have been ultra busy today. We have visited RHS Cardiff this morning, had lunch at Tredegar House on our way home, had a quick look at the house and gardens and then home for some gardening in this glorious sunshine! It’s been 17 degrees this afternoon in Wiltshire so we felt energised to get in the garden for the last few hours of the afternoon.

If you are unfamiliar with the meme, Six on Saturday, take a look at The Propagator Blog for the participant guide.

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Kitchen Extension Decisions

DeVOL kitchens

As you may know, we are about to tackle a large extension which is both exciting and daunting at the same time. We have delayed it slightly whilst our teenagers revise for their exams but it will start in the next month all being well. In the meantime, we need to make decisions on all sorts including kitchen fittings, bathroom fittings, flooring, boilers and what kind of underfloor heating we want! There is quite a bit to do and I’m getting a little overwhelmed at times although Pinterest has been very handy and the Easter break has been a great time for shopping for ideas. I thought I would share some of my thoughts about kitchens with you and perhaps you can help me make some decisions?!

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Grab your tools! It’s time to renovate!

If you came expecting to see photos of our renovation, sorry it hasn’t started yet. I am getting totally fed up and feel like I could probably get on and do it myself! We are waiting for the roof drawings from the Architect at the moment. Without them, we can’t see how much Oak to order and our lovely builders can’t start until that happens. It’s frustrating to be honest but then we knew this wouldn’t be an easy process when we started our plans.

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Clever Energy-Saving DIY Ideas Anyone Can Implement.

Most people would agree that it is important to try and save energy in the home. If you also believe this, then you are probably forever on the lookout for some good clever energy-saving ideas which you can implement in your own home. As it happens, it is pretty easy to save energy in your home without making big, drastic changes. Most of all, it is just about those smaller changes which you will find add up to make an enormous difference. In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the best energy-saving DIY ideas which you can probably easily get behind. As long as you try these out, you will be surprised with how much energy you can really save in the long run.

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Six on Saturday: Spring is here!

Here are my Six on Saturday and finally, Spring is here! We have enjoyed some Spring sunshine this week after such a cold spell. The garden is waking quickly now and you can see the growth each day. I have been busy weeding, mulching and sowing seeds this week. It’s been a busy time as we have also finished the wildlife pond.

If you would like to join in with this weekly meme started over at The Propagator, take a look here.

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Creating a Wildlife Pond in the Old House Garden

We started this project in February when we decided to move the Building that the cats slept in! Honestly, that was all the little house was used for! It also took up room and light so a new area was in order! The old pond liner has degraded so much it is full of holes so we decided to create a wildlife pond in this space. What we hadn’t expected was the cold and snowy weather we had in March which really put our plans behind. However, this Easter we have finished the wildlife pond and it looks fabulous!

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Giving Your Teenager The Best Chance Of Success At University

It’s always a sad moment when you have to say goodbye to your kids as they go off to university. But rather than dwelling on how much you’re going to miss them, a better way to use your energy might be to try and improve their chances of educational success by helping them along in whatever way you can. Certainly, they will be keen to be free of you to a certain extent, that is perfectly natural. But there are non-intrusive ways you can help them – both before they actually leave, and from afar once they have settled into their halls and started studying. Let’s look at some of the best things you can do here.

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Bloggers #Dreamteam Linky and it’s the 100th week!

I hope you all had a super Easter weekend and enjoyed a restful time with your families. 🐣 I love that about this time of year, don’t you? Although the weather has not been kind, we have finished the wildlife pond, celebrated our daughters 18th and eaten far too much cake and chocolate!

I’m soooo excited as I’ve been asked to guest host for the #Dreamteam Linky! Whoop, Whoop!

If you don’t know this Linky then come along and take a look. It’s the first Linky that I joined when I started blogging and there are lots of great blog posts to read. As a linker, you get to join a super community of bloggers. So after linking up, sit back and read some amazing posts!

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Bringing the garden in: Using greenery in your home.

I have recently been looking for inspiration for the old house and I’m loving the trend for bringing the garden inside using botanicals, house plants and using green for interiors. As a gardener, bringing the garden into the house is perfect for me, especially as we are now in Spring. With the Old House garden always in my mind, I thought using some of this inspiration may help me make some decisions about what to use in our renovations.

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