#MyGloriousGardens Linky Round up July 2017.

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Well, here we are and it’s the July #MyGloriousGardens Link party! I know that some of you had to wait to link up but it was worth it as we had 14 linkers this time! This is brilliant and I thank each of you for supporting the linky. I hope by linking that you had or found some new blogs to read and admire. I love finding another blog that is inspirational or a post that is a great read over a cup of coffee.

I had to round up earlier than I would usually as I realised that the weekend was crazy busy with my son’s hockey so I hope you all don’t mind!

As you know, this Linky is to celebrate all garden photos and posts. Anything garden related can be posted. This week it was so lovely to see some garden posts from parents as well as our lovely posters that love to visit or have their own Glorious Gardens! I have decide to keep the Link party for a monthly event so that we can all enjoy our gardens! Feel free to use the #MyGloriousGardens on your social media posts though as then I can find you and comment. It would be lovely to grow this community on Instagram.

As a thank you, I don’t tend to have a favourite but comment on each post. In that way, I hope you all get a few more readers to your blogs. Just a little polite reminder to please comment on as many other linkers posts so that we build our community and spread the blog love.
JULY 2017 ROUND UP

Sprout and Sprig

Lacey posted 2 posts this time. One about her hens with crazy names (Wilhem von Cocklespurs!!) and another about using garlic scapes in her cooking. I must admit that I have never heard of Garlic Scapes in the UK…have I missed something here? yes, it looks like I have, as the sauce for pesto looked delicious! Thank you Lacey! Lacey is doing up an old farmhouse like me so I think we have much in common.

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Hello to Ann who posted about Kalanchoe plants. She is from South California and so these beautiful plants are to be found in her garden. It’s much too cold here in the UK but you may have seen them sold as house plants. They are very pretty little plants and so delicate! Thank you Ann. I hope you can post again next month.

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I have to confess that I am an avid reader of Annette’s blog and personally asked her to join this time! Thanks so much Annette! I love this post about a Bloombox subscription service that looks very tempting indeed! Do take a look if you haven’t already! Plants….delivered to your home! What more could you ask for!

Watching the Daisies

You know that by reading some blogs you know the person? Well that’s what it is like when I read Brigid’s blog. Her post about Bloom, Ireland’s Chelsea equivalent was soooo lovely with stunning photos! Do pop over to her page for a better look. She also has a book…..

All things Spliced

Nicola is a new linker too…hello and welcome! I love that she linked a post about introducing her toddler to gardening. Start them young she says! I couldn’t agree more! It helps that her baby boy is so cute with his watering can! I remember my daughter at this age doing the same thing. It’s lovely to see young children interested in their garden and growing plants.

MSnubutterflies

Hello again Shannon! Lovely to have you. Shannon has been posting about her beautiful garden which has changed so much since we last linked up! Shannon is an inspiring gardener as it’s not always easy for her but her dedication is for all to see. Thank you Shannon for linking again. I hope to see a new post next month too.

Stone Cottage Adventures

Welcome to Marci! Another lovely blogger from the US. Again, Marci lives in an old house and has a fabulous blog about crafting, gardening and her daily adventures. Her post is about creating a fabulously cute fairy garden; something I will be doing in the old house garden in the future! I have made something similar with a class at school once so there is no excuse for me now! We hope to see you again next month, Marci.

30 Days of Wild Parenting

Lovely to see Joshua again this month! Joshua is a teacher like me and also a Daddy. His blog is another I read often because he loves nature and wildlife as well as being an Early Years teacher, like me! This post was about different books he enjoyed. I liked the mindfulness one in particular.

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Cady has been “holding the fort” for me whilst I write reports! She has been busy blogging using the #MyGloriousGardens so has posted 2 posts this time. I have to admit that my favourite was definitely the one from The garden of Ellen Terry and I can see why Cady loves the garden so much here! It is a perfect cottage garden and so pretty! Thank you Cady and I hope to see more stunning garden posts through Instagram.

Candelo Blooms

Jane and I chat over the internet about her roses! Her garden is absolutely stunning so I was so pleased she joined us this time! I think I have nagged her enough! This post is about books that she has found inspiring. Thank you Jane for these great choices. I hope you can link one of your roses posts next month.

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Waiting in the dark for you to come home.

When you were a baby, I would feed you in the dark so that you could learn the difference between night and day. I didn’t want to wake your dad either so would tiptoe across the carpet to get a clean nappy. You would dreamfeed, all snuggled up against my skin, safe and secure in my arms.

When you were a toddler, I would tiptoe across the landing to your baby brothers room in the night to feed him. I would always check in on you. You would often sleep upside down with your bottom in the air! Or you would be smuggled down with your Dutch dolly called “Lovey La-La,” thumb in your mouth. You looked so small in your new “Big Girl” bed. You would often be surrounded by books. I would move a blond curl from your little face.

As a little girl, you would often tiptoe into my room, press your face up to mine and ask me if there were robbers at the door. I would take you back to bed and tuck you in reassuring you that no one could get in. Your little imagination would run riot. You didn’t like the dark and would insist on a night light. Your teddies and soft toys were positioned carefully on your bed so that they could keep an eye on you. Little soldiers guarding you from nightmares and frights.

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Now, I’m waiting in the dark. I’m awake you see as you are not yet home. I know you will always text me to let me know that you are safe. You are a good girl like that. But you are not in bed. You are not home. You are where you should be, out with your friends. But I’m awake waiting in the dark. I offered to pick you up but it’s easier, you said to stay with a friend. It’s all planned. That’s ok. I love that you are organised like that. It’s just that, I will always be your mum you see and I will lie in the dark thinking of you, even when you are not here. Have fun. Stay safe. My little girl.

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#MyGloriousGardens week 4. Let’s Link up!

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!

Here is a great guide to what a Link party is……what is a linky?

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. Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a Retweet.
2. Follow me on Twitter, on the blog and on Instagram.
3. Comment on my post and one other of your choice.
4. Spread the Blog love by reading and commenting on other people’s posts and I will read all posts and comment. I will share all on my social media sites.
5. Have fun!

 

If you would like to add my button to your posts, the code is on my widget (side area) underneath my social media sites. You just copy and paste this code into the HTML part when writing a post.

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The Old House Garden Round up: 27th June 2017. It’s all about colour!

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.

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The Cottage border
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The Cosmos are flowering madly in this warm weather.

Some of the plants that I planted last year (and forgot about!) are flowering now and look stunning together.

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Salvia, Phlox, Cosmos, Astrantia, Astilbe in pinks and purples.
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Phlox
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Astilbe
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Salvia
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Lillies
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Red Achillea
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Pale Achillea loved by insects
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This beautiful rose popped up in the back of the border too!

The roses around the archway are flowering now.

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I can’t wait to see this all overflowing with roses in a few years time! This is after 14 months.

The roses around the arch are Felicite Perpetue and Albertine. I also have Compassion and Blush Noisette planted behind, against the trellis.

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Blush Noisette

I read in John’s blog here

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!

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The beans have gone bonkers!
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The pumpkin seems happy.
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Finally, some growth from the cucumbers!

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.

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The “not only blue” border

This also happened this week…

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The dry stone wall fell down.

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.

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The pond has lots of holes in the liner.

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.

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I scattered meadow seeds here in April and you can see all the growth!

I am hoping to attract more bees and butterflies with these meadow type flowers. We shall see.

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Is this a Harebell?
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Beautiful colours
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Lots of wildflowers have appeared.

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!

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A newt

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The Unique Blogger Award

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!

The Rules

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.

My Nominees

The Garden Frog
Nature on the Edge
3 little Buttons
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That Travel Lady in Her Shoes
The Tiny Potager
So…what now?

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… 🙂

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10 maths skills a child needs to attain by the age of 7.

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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

  1. Name one more/less than a given number to 100.
  2. Name 10 more/less than a given number to 100.
  3. Understand the number system to 100 (find any number on a 100 square)
  4. Count forwards and backwards in 2’s, 10’s, 5’s
  5. Sequence numbers out-of-order to 100.
  6. Know what each numeral represents in a given number e.g 45 the 4 is actually 40.
  7. Know all pairs of numbers that make 10 and 20. e.g 2+8=10 so 12+8=20
  8. Find a double or half of any number. e.g. double 6 is 12. Half of 12 is 6.
  9. Understand the principle of multiplication and division. Be able to recite 2,5,10 times tables (and others if they are keen)
  10. Know what a fraction is and find 1/2 or 1/4 of a shape or number.
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Encourage your child to use their fingers to count.

How can I help my child?

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Laminate a 100 square or number lines to help your child see what it is you are asking them.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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Tips for New Bloggers

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.

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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.

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Blogging tips from the oldhouseintheshires

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.

Good luck!

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