Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Repotting the conservatory succulents

Hi everyone

Garden jobs are taking a lot of time but they are needed.  We have some low maintenance pots of succulents in our observatory where they love the summer heat & tolerate the cold winter temperatures.

However, they have outgrown their pots & attention was urgently needed.  I recently had them out but had bought the wrong potting soil which expanded & I didn't pot them on enough ...


This was my previous effort but in vain as I didn't repot all the little ones from the bases of the plants.


 This morning, I took advantage of the bright but crisp weather to do the job again by mixing the two kinds of potting soil & by thinning them out a lot more by removing the little ones or the 'pups' as they are called. The little gnomes were a gift from little visitors & they look right in the succulent pots.


This is an additional pot - I still need to find another shallow ceramic planter that will fit in the IKEA ones so the red container is just a temporary home for all these little ones ...


Another that is repotted from a small pot & it now has a bit of space, surrounded by little plants ..


This one takes up a whole planter on its own ...


Six of the previous ones are repotted individually in to pots that are contained in the 2 favourite IKEA planter troughs with their pretty metal work ...


The succulents are repotted properly this time - they look less cramped now in their individual pots & the round containers ...


My Aloe Vera was a gift from my friend Kathy some years back when she split hers - it has a temporary space in a terracotta pot until I can find a glazed pot for it. The medicinal properties of it are alluring though I confess to not using it as much as I should.


These succulents seem to be thriving & multiplying all the time, however, our Midlands weather is too cold for them to be outdoors. They are taking up a lot of space but with the air cleaning properties of the Aloe Vera, our conservatory is the place to go to have clean air ...

Have a lovely week everyone & thank you for stopping by & taking time to read & comment.
Dee ~♥~

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter table settings at home

Hi everyone,

I hope your Easter has been peaceful & blessed.

I shared my Easter Sideboard with you. It always sets the tone for our meals as we love to eat in the conservatory which overlooks our garden.

Easter weekend aways starts off with toasted hot cross buns & coffee ...


Our Good Friday supper was a fish one. Do you stick to conventions by having fish on Good Friday? It is one occasion that I always have fish. My late Grandmother like tradition & I have grown up with such observances so think it is an important one to pass on ...

We inherited this set of fish cutlery from a bachelor uncle & it is not used often however, I decided it needed to be brought out for a change.  The fish bowl is vintage glass, the glass salt container holds tartar sauce along with silver plated & bone vintage fish servers ...


I love white plates & some cheerful Easter napkins ...


 I picked some daffodils & branches from the garden which looked cheerful ...


Simple & inviting - that is how meals should be ...


On Easter Monday, we had all the family home & A Wondering Star  daughter & her hubby, popped out to get some pastries for breakfast ...

She took out grandma Olive's blue jug from the cupboard & that suddenly decided the colour for breakfast - I am fortunate enough to have some lovely blue & white crockery which was gifted to me from Olive's attic years ago - that was coming out for breakfast as it has the various plates, bowls & platters needed.

Hot filter coffee with an assortment of pastries look tempting. Strawberries & blueberries with greek yoghurt for those of us who like it for breakfast ...


Don't the pastries look good? Olive's jug holds orange juice (it was always her custard jug)



I love the cobalt blue of the Blue Danish plates ...


Ready for everyone to just pull up a chair at the table - set in a few minutes by everyone ...


A lazy, catch up sort of family breakfast which is what the spirit of Easter is about ...


Our garden flowers are still doing well, though they should have gone in to a blue jug ...


A wondering stars gorgeous Vizslas joined up - Apollo getting comfortably on the sofa ..


Aura & Apollo watching activities in the kitchen ...



I hope you have had a blessed & peaceful Easter, thank you for stopping by 
Dee ~♥~

Friday, 14 April 2017

Happy Easter everyone ...

Hi everyone

My Easter Sideboard has been ready for a little while due to work & family commitments. It is a lovely calming sight which reminds us of time for family & friends.



Our dining-room sideboard hosts the modern Easter tree with bunnies - a memory of our own bunnies 


However,  my collection of Ethiopian coptic crosses collected on our many trips to Ethiopia, symbolise the religious side of Easter for me.


A wooden cross with handprinted images ...


Along with an inherited / gifted painting of a Cardinal, this corner of our home holds our special collection of crosses - a sign of our faith.


However you celebrate the Easter holidays, have a blessed long weekend & pause amongst it all to just give thanks for blessings asked for & received.

Dee ~♥~

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Springing in to action in the garden ...

HI everyone

Do you find that your garden suddenly needs a lot of attention as the weather warms up for Spring?

My list of garden jobs just seems to get longer & longer each time I look at it. I am on my Spring / Easter break so it is time to get started ... I love our hanging baskets at the front door - they are reproduction ones that I bought at a reclamation yard  & they hang on each side by our door so it is important that they are colourful & welcoming; mine had not done well this last Winter & this was how they looked - ragged ...


A trip to our local garden centre & I was ready with some of my favourite coloured plants ...


They are awkward shapes so I cut a coir lining then added in the previous ones to support the plants & help to slow down drainage. I am mixing the front compost with is light weight & expands, with normal compost for drainage.

I was taken by these very pretty 'strawberry & cream' pansies - how delightful are they?


 Progress the baskets are returned to their positions - I always add trailing ivy for effect  ...


The second basket hangs next to a plater of honeysuckle that it now coming in to leaf ...


The corner pots on the covered porch have been repotted too - this one has scented wall flowers, again in complimentary colours as they are all in the same place ...


My two very large pots that flank the door are looking well & their pansies are from last year & they are looking splendid ...


The one basket & the pot look very good together ...


A job well done, one more ticked off my list! Thank you for stopping by & for taking time to read & comment.
Dee ~♥~

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

It is time to think of an Easter sideboard at home ...

Hi everyone,

How has your Lent resolutions gone?  I had a tiny slip up this past weekend when I took an offered chocolate from a friend's Mother's Day selection - in fairness, it was a tiny one but just a thoughtless moment.

However,  a tiny slip up has reminded me that Easter is on the horizon so thoughts turned to changing the sideboard to reflect this. I know that many of you love your seasonal changes as much as I do ...

Some previous Easters at home -

Easter 2012 at home

Easter wishes in 2013 

Happy Easter 2014

Happy Easter 2015

Getting ready for Easter 2016 

I cleared the sideboard then started to put some Easter things on it but somehow it was just not working for me so I left it for a day while I thought about it. Are you like that?


I love the colourful Spring garland that is draped on the drawers - it is bright & cheerful.  The two colourful rabbit pictures are screen printed on a woven fabric; I saw them in a craft shop in Riga last year & just knew that they were coming home with me. They are beautiful original prints I put in to simple IKEA frames which are just right - they are definitely staying.  



This stunning plate which was a gift some years back would stay - what to put with it?


 At last, some inspiration & I know what to do ... the creamware Spode Chelsea Wicker plates are needed to balance it all & so out they come. I love their simple pattern & their elegance ...


 This platter was a thrift shop find - it compliments the Spode plates with its elegance & is a perfect backdrop for the vintage glass sweet jar ...


A simple Easter nest & some eggs go under the glass cloche ...


I love this little blue ceramic bunny with its basket - this year it will hold the Easter forks & spoons which will be needed for a cake, as will the Oliver Bonas cake stand which was a gift from my girls.


I bought this quirky teapot some years back; it is has such character & the colours are lovely at Easter


A vintage glass jar holds a selection of chocolate eggs to nibble on.  The grey &  brown bunny are a gift after the loss of our bunny Vivaldi, they are perfect at Easter. The two tall felt bunnies have not  been out of the loft for some years - oops, I forgot about them; progress at last on the sideboard.


 A woven basket front from Hobby Craft & some bunnies join the candlesticks on top ...


Bunnies trying to escape their holder - these felt bunnies are favourites of mine.


 At last, it is working. The table is ready too - the colourful flask will remain, along wiht the silver water jug & the pink Ikea lantern that I love ... The fluffy bunny was a gift from my Godson


The cake stand is ready for an Easter cake - forks, cutters, plates & napkins ready


The bunting that I made last year has come out again for our inglenook fireplace in the living room



These Easter baskets make regular appearances at Easter - one was a gift from a German exchange students some years back ....


This photo from a previous year when Vivaldi was seen rearranging the Easter eggs ... 


 Because we use our conservatory at night too, I have added some battery lights to the sideboard ...


I have a busy time ahead with students finishing off this term.  We always have visitors, friends & family over during our Easter holidays so I know we are ready to welcome them in to our home ...

Thank you for stopping by & for taking the time to read & comment, have a lovely week everyone,
Dee ~♥~