Well, here we are and it’s week 3 of #MyGloriousGardens Link party! As many of you know, I love my Gardens and Gardening! Spring is definitely here and it’s time to celebrate all things garden related! This Linky is to celebrate all garden photos and posts. Anything garden related can be posted. It may be … Read more #MyGloriousGarden Linky
I live in Wiltshire in the UK with my husband, 2 teenagers, 1 bonkers dog and 2 old cats. I love wildlife, gardening, teaching, interiors, up cycling, eating out, reading, writing, travelling, hunting for antiques and growing my own veg…… I blog about the old house, it’s garden, education advice and parenting dilemmas. Enjoy!
My main hobby is gardening and anything to do with nature and the outdoors! My hubbie shares my passion especially since we have lived in the old house! Before living here we lived in a typical new build house with a postage stamp sized garden. I still loved gardening but was frustrated by not being … Read more The old house garden
Well, here we are and it’s week 4 of #MyGloriousGardens Link party! Thank you to all of you that have waited to Link up! It’s been a busy few weeks here in the old house.
As many of you know, I love my Gardens and Gardening! Summer is here and it’s time to celebrate all things garden related!
This Linky is to celebrate all garden photos and posts. Anything garden related can be posted. It may be a post about a great day out with your family, a garden you have visited, your garden, a garden product or an outdoor place you have visited. I don’t mind anything as long as it is celebrating a Glorious Garden! No posts about other Link parties please. I have posted 2 this week just because!
If you have never been to a Link party before it’s easy!
Just link up your post by clicking on the blue Inlink up button. Copy and paste the url of your post/s or photo in the first box. Then click on the second box and it will fill in automatically. Add your contacts or a – and you have done it!
There are minimal rules (and I’m not really worried if you don’t all stick to them!).
1. Add the #MyGloriousGardens Linky button to the bottom of our post. Copy and paste this code into the HTML section of your post. My badge is on my widget -the side part of my blog. I’m having some problems adding this today to this post.
2. Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a Retweet.
3. Follow me on Twitter, on the blog and on Instagram.
4. Comment on my post and one other of your choice.
5. Spread the Blog love by reading and commenting on other peoples posts and I will read all posts and comment.
6. Have fun!
Here is my badge and code to add to the bottom of your posts.
It’s been a few weeks since I posted about The Old House Garden. It goes so quickly! There have been lots of subtle changes in regards to growth of the plants we have and some larger changes too! We have enjoyed boiling hot and dry weather here in Wiltshire with rain coming in tomorrow. I have been using the water in the Water Butt to keep the garden looking gorgeous but we are in need of the rain that is forecast as the soil is so dry.
The Cottage border has changed quite a bit in 2 weeks with the lupins dying back and other plants taking over.
Some of the plants that I planted last year (and forgot about!) are flowering now and look stunning together.
The roses around the archway are flowering now.
The roses around the arch are Felicite Perpetue and Albertine. I also have Compassion and Blush Noisette planted behind, against the trellis.
about a rose called Blue Moon which I am very interested in getting next year. There are so many lovely roses though aren’t there?
The vegetables have been much happier in all this sunshine!
We extended this border and added some new trellis behind it. I used to call this the Blue border until pink foxgloves appeared! I’m happy to let things self seed though.
This also happened this week…
We had a lovely Empress Tree here but it needed to come out because it was rotten and in danger of coming down. In taking it out, it disturbed the Ivy which was growing in the wall and a hole appeared. We decided to take out the ivy so that we could repair this section.
The pond was looking very low, even in this weather and we have discovered there are lots of holes in the liner! It’s obviously degrading and older than we had first thought. I’m quite upset as I had worked hard on this area but it looks as if we need to relay the liner! We shall wait until the Autumn to allow the amphibians that live here to come out of the pond but it’s very sad. We have decided to dig a new pond slightly further to the right to move it out from under so many trees. It’s going to be quite a job as we want to save as many of the plants and wildlife as possible.
I am hoping to attract more bees and butterflies with these meadow type flowers. We shall see.
Each night, I go and have a stroll in my garden and think how lucky I am to live here! In the warm weather at dusk, I have seen so much wildlife. Bats swoop down around the pond eating various insects, there are tiny frogs in the borders, I found a slow-worm living in my compost bin and this little newt was amongst my vegetables. I love it!
THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.
I’ve never had a Unique Blogger Award before so thank you so much to Cherylene from Living Vs existing For nominating me! How fun and exciting!
Cherylene is such a positive and motivating blogger! She describes herself as, “a woman who has refused to let the negativity in my life and the world at large hold me back from pursuing my dreams.” How amazing!
I particularly like Cherylene’s Health and Wellness Fridays. Perhaps because by Friday, I’m looking for a bit of health advice before I reach for the wine!
‘Thanks again Cherylene. I really appreciate this nomination. ❤️
My questions from Cherylene.
1. What do you think is the most unique thing about your blog?
Perhaps my variety? I’m not sure. I hope that readers like the variety in my posts anyway! Use one word to describe your blog. Eclectic! Other than blogging what else brings you the most joy? My family, my class, my pets and my garden and that is in no particular order!
Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
Answer the questions.
In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
Ask them 3 questions.
What do you think is the most unique thing about YOU as a person?
Other than blogging, what takes up your spare time? If you were invisible for the day, what would you do?
I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following blogs, I am able to show thanks and appreciation for the contributions you all make on a daily basis. If you choose to take part, that is fantastic because I would love to read your answers! If not, no worries! Just keep writing… 🙂
OH THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.
I have written posts on how to help your child with reading here.
I have also written a post about schemas and offering stimulating play ideas for toddlers and preschoolers here
I thought I would share with you the most important maths skills that I think your child should learn before the age of 7. Obviously, each child is different so this is for a typical child. Aged 7 is a crucial time for mathematical understanding in my opinion, especially the understanding of numbers. Your child will have enjoyed at least 2 full years in school and will be moving to Key Stage 2. By 7, those early skills will hopefully have been embedded and your child will be ready to move on. Unfortunately, this can be the age when gaps may appear in your child’s understanding and this can affect their confidence with maths. Helping your child with these early stages may prove beneficial as they mature.
I hope you find this post helpful.
The 10 maths skills
Name one more/less than a given number to 100.
Name 10 more/less than a given number to 100.
Understand the number system to 100 (find any number on a 100 square)
Count forwards and backwards in 2’s, 10’s, 5’s
Sequence numbers out-of-order to 100.
Know what each numeral represents in a given number e.g 45 the 4 is actually 40.
Know all pairs of numbers that make 10 and 20. e.g 2+8=10 so 12+8=20
Find a double or half of any number. e.g. double 6 is 12. Half of 12 is 6.
Understand the principle of multiplication and division. Be able to recite 2,5,10 times tables (and others if they are keen)
Know what a fraction is and find 1/2 or 1/4 of a shape or number.
How can I help my child?
Play games in the car. We are all time poor aren’t we? So when we are driving from A to B, engage with your child and ask them questions (if it’s not too distracting!). Learn tables, pairs of numbers that make 10, ask them to name numbers in between, less than, more than etc. I know so many parents who are waiting to collect an older/younger sibling so use this time to engage with your child.
Give them something to count. Food is always great! Use raisins or sweets. Count the group of raisins in 10’s. Group them to practice division.
Laminate a 100 square or number lines to help your child see what it is you are asking them.
We prioritise reading but perhaps leaving 5 minutes for maths each day and 5 minutes for reading may be a better use of our routines with children.
There are so many great Apps and online maths games for children. These can be great in the summer holidays as children do need to practise their maths skills during this long break. I really like Doodle maths, kidsacademy (for younger children) and let’s do mental maths. There are so many with new ones coming out all the time. We use Doodle maths at school and I know other schools use Mathletics. I like anything that children will use regularly.
I have learnt so much as a new blogger in the past 6 months!
I thought I would share my top 5 tips for all beginner bloggers. I hope they prove useful to you!
1. Write, write and write some more! Writing will help you find your style and that is what will help to bring readers to your site. If you are writing interesting or readable posts, readers will come back for more!
2. Connect with other bloggers. I found many on my social media sites. Read lots of different blogs and write comments. I spend most evenings reading and commenting on other people’s blogs as it’s such a great way to meet people! Other bloggers are a friendly bunch and most will offer advice if you ask. Be yourself. It’s great to get ideas from other bloggers but you do need to find your own voice. It has taken me a good few months to feel really happy with the direction of my blog and that’s ok. You may play around with your blog for a while and that’s ok too!
3. Link up at link parties or using Linky badges. They are hosted at other bloggers site (I have a garden one) and you can read a variety of posts from bloggers who have also linked up. My favourites are on my widget (the side panel). They are a fun way to connect with others and I love the fact that I’m connecting with some of the same bloggers each week so you begin to feel part of a blogging community.
4. Do you like this badge? I know the bicycle has nothing to do with blogging! I just love the photo! I made this using Canva. This is a graphic design service where you can drop and select pictures, photos and texts to create badges, social media graphics and invites. It has lots of layouts already so it’s really simple and slightly addictive!
5. Find free photos at unsplash a great site if you need a free photo. There are loads on this site and you don’t have to worry about copyright. Photos do make your post more interesting for your reader. I have also learnt that if you click on the photo, you can add a comment to it.
I hope you found this useful. Please do contact me if you want any help. I will give it if I can. I’m still learning too but I would be interested if you agree with my 5 tips.
My blog is not self hosted yet. I will attempt this one day but for now I am with WordPress and am very happy with it. There is a great community using WordPress so you could also pop along to the Community pool to meet other bloggers.
OH THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.
I’ve committed blogging suicide apparently. According to every “How to get ahead in blogging” type post you must have a niche. Well, I don’t.
I’m not really a Parenting blog. Yes, I blog about life with my teens or the occasional post about when my children were younger. But that is not all I blog about.
I’m not really an Educational blog. Yes, I blog about educational things. Being a teacher means that these things do come up but I wouldn’t describe my blog as an educational site.
I’m not really a Gardening blog. I love gardening and gardens but I don’t only blog about these things. Gardening is my hobby and I love it.
So, this has left me with a dilemma.
Do I carry on as I am and blog about all the things above or specialise in just one? I’ve been blogging for 7 months now and I’m still finding my way but do I really need a niche?
Well, I’ve decided that I love all of the above so I’m now renaming myself an “in between” blogger. I’m ok with that! Are you? If you like what you read, keep visiting the old house!
This old house blogs about gardening, garden visits, parenting dilemmas, mamas randoms and educational tips.
My blog has had a make over! What do you think?
There will be a new link party starting the first week of July -come and join in! #MyGloriousGardens
Our son was training in Bristol this Sunday so we decided to make the most of the lovely weather and take a trip to Tyntesfield, near Bristol. We went to look at the gardens but you can’t go somewhere like Tyntesfield without visiting the house too!
Tyntesfield was bought by the National Trust in 2001 with help from the local community. It was extended as a family home in the 1860’s by William Gibbs who, at that time, was the richest commoner in England, having made his fortune from the sale of guano which was used as fertiliser. When it was sold, the owner of the time, Richard Gibbs was living in just 3 rooms as it needed so much work doing to it. The work that the National Trust has done is clear yet impressive. The house is a Victorian Gothic Revival House of wonder with over 50,000 pieces of interest. I was chatting to one of the guides who said that nothing was ever thrown away meaning that this unique property and it’s contents have been preserved in their entirety. It certainly feels as if you are stepping into a bygone age at Tyntesfield and it an absolute joy!
As you walk towards the house, you can take the route through the Rose Garden. I was really interested to see this as we want to try to create something similar in the old house garden. It was stunning, built on a slight hill with lovely views.
We arrived quite early so missed the crowds but there were many people enjoying the classic car collection for Fathers Day.
We were lucky to get to see the house. They restrict the number of visitors so you do need to get here early. The house opened at 11am and we went in before the crowds!
Inside is truly a masterpiece of Gothic craftsmanship. The interiors are not to my taste but you can not fail to be impressed by all the detail. The ceilings are ornately carved and the fire places are large stone affairs. From the Billiard room, a masculine space designed for leisurely pursuits to the grand dining room with it’s table laid for dinner, it’s a beautiful place to wander.
The family also added a grand and frankly, enormous Chapel. It was completed in the 1870’s just after William Gibbs died. It is larger than most village churches and has all the original chairs and altar furniture.
We then wandered to the Kitchen garden which was huge! The garden produced enough for the entire estate and the family even had produce brought to them weekly when they were at their London residence.
By this time we were boiling hot and had to get back to collect our son. We stayed about 3 hours but this is definitely a place that you could stay all day. I feel I need to go back to see it all again as I expect we missed quite a lot! Being National Trust members means we can easily go back whenever we wish.
Tyntesfield has got to be the most impressive house I have visited recently. It deserves more attention and I’m so glad the National Trust have done such a great job in preserving it.
I will leave you with some more beautiful photographs of a fabulous few hours!