Revelations not resolutions: Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year to you all!

What are your plans for 2018?

Do you make New Year resolutions?

I don’t.

I used to but I never stuck to them to be honest. In fact, why make unrealistic promises that always get broken?

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5 reasons why doing nothing is important.

Today, I will mostly be doing nothing. Well I will eat, make the odd cup of tea and complete a few household chores but apart from that, I will do nothing and actually that’s ok. Normally, I am so busy that having half an hour to myself is sacred so a whole day! Well, that is unheard of but here I am, starting to do nothing and it’s bliss and actually, quite important and here are 5 reasons why:

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How to create a family friendly wildlife garden

I make no secret of the fact I love gardening and helping local wildlife in my garden. I love that we have hedgehogs, toads, frogs, newts, slow worms, butterflies, bats and bees in the old house garden. I do not use chemicals at all and always try to find other, organic ways to overcome pests or problems.

A bee visiting a peony in the old house garden

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Do you EVER sit still? How being active can help your child.

I have a very active family. We never seem to just “Be”. We are always busy. Busy with work, sport, hobbies….just busy! I remember my mum asking me when I was younger, “do you EVER sit still??” And now I ask the same of my own children!

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Lovely Spring sunshine…..

I love Spring! I love the sunshine and the slight chill to the air. I love the colours in the garden in the beautiful, crisp light that we get at this time of the year. I love the emerging new life as the whole garden seems brand new. My favourite place during Spring is my garden so I haven’t had much time to write! Instead, I have been hard at work, digging, building, weeding and planting.

Here are some photographs I took today:

I have peonies appearing which I love. The tree peony did not flower last year (our first year at the old house) so I have left it as I believe the buds were cut back last year which was why it didn’t flower? I am happy to be corrected on this and if there is a peony expert who would like to advise me, I would be grateful!


The first tadpoles have emerged in the pond. I did see newts eating some of them but I expect that is what newts eat!


We haven’t made any major decisions on the middle garden but we did add these Box plants around the edge of the vegetable beds. The Box on the left was in an old planter and was obviously desperate to spread its roots so we reused this. The new Box plants look very small in comparison but I expect they will catch up eventually!

The animals seem to be loving this lovely Spring weather!

Happy Wednesday everyone. I have got some new ideas for blog posts but equally, I’m enjoying this fabulous Spring sunshine…..right back outside!