BeyHonda joke – apologies to Gramps for desecrating his pride and joy!

This reminds me of our first house move in 1980 - except we had Morris Minor called Ottoline (after Lady Ottoline Morell) and our contents consisted almost entirely of books and records!
This reminds me of our first house move in 1980 – except we had Morris Minor called Ottoline (after Lady Ottoline Morell) and our contents consisted almost entirely of books and records! Chris looking like the great white hunter – so smug.
It was bad enough fitting the roof bars to my Dad's dearly beloved pride and joy, Honda Civic, but to then add insult to injury by loading a second-hand sofa onto it beggars belief.
It was bad enough fitting the roof bars to my Dad’s dearly beloved pride and joy, Honda Civic, but to then add insult to injury by loading a second-hand sofa onto it beggars belief.
See - it went on easily. Just wait until I cover it and add some cushions. Yes, Chris, more cushions!
See – it went on easily. Just wait until I cover it and add some cushions. Yes, Chris, more cushions!
Never mind Daddy, there's always something good at the end of the rainbow.
Never mind Daddy, there’s always something good at the end of the rainbow.

Other stuff we’ve been up to – bunting, baking and bricks!

Trial run with cranberry scones. These are vegan and totally delicious.
Trial run with cranberry scones. I am hoping that the Barton Allotment Society will have a cooking section as part of their show so I am practising my baking. I have had some pleasing success with a lovely Blueberry and Lemon Muffin recipe. All the recipes I am using are vegan and are totally delicious.
Shallots, sundried tomatoes and mushroom tart - the inspiration came from Heather Parry. Many thanks, Heather.
Shallots, sundried tomatoes and mushroom tart – the inspiration came from Heather Parry. Many thanks, Heather.
195 pennants cut and sewn ready for making into golden bunting to decorate Tina and Nick's garden when we celebrate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Rick and Anne Shortle.
195 pennants cut and sewn ready for making into golden bunting to decorate Tina and Nick’s garden when we celebrate the 50th Wedding Anniversary of Rick and Anne Shortle.
Now all I have to do is fold it up and get it to Kent!
Now all I have to do is fold it up and get it to Kent!

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Indoor bunting has been customised - Anne and Rick's initials are on the pennants too.
Indoor bunting has been customised – Anne and Rick’s initials are on the pennants too.
Waste not, want not - this is really all I had left from the fabric I used. I couldn't squeeze out another flag!
Waste not, want not – this is really all I had left from the fabric I used. I couldn’t squeeze out another flag!
Chimney stack that needs removing as it is only sitting on our floor joists - hey ho!
Chimney stack that needs removing as it is only sitting on our floor joists – hey ho!
Going, going .....
Going, going …..
.... almost gone! Actually as I type Chris is putting in the next set of Gallow's brackets to support the stack that remains in the attic and above the roofline. You can already see one set in situ to the left - Chris has supported what remained of a stack that had previously been taken out.
…. almost gone! Actually as I type Chris is putting in the next set of Gallow’s brackets to support the stack that remains in the attic and above the roofline. You can already see one set in situ to the left – Chris has supported what remained of a stack that had previously been taken out.

Herbarium – mini Chelsea Flower Show style

Potting on. Amongst the mass of tomatoes I have successfully grown thyme, basil and parsley but I am still waiting for the oregano and sage to appear.
Potting on. Amongst the mass of tomatoes I have successfully grown thyme, basil and parsley but I am still waiting for the oregano and sage to appear. If you are surprised that I have five pots with Contorted Willow growing then so was I – over Easter I had cut some of the willow in order to make a display for the dining table but over the next few weeks as the leaves developed so did the roots and suddenly I had several new willow trees growing. Anyone want some in order to try their hand at creating a living sculpture?
I decided to re-use Hannah's metal planter in the garden - parsley and something I bought called Dragon.  Any ideas about this mystery herb let me know.
I decided to re-use Hannah’s metal planter in the garden – parsley and something I bought called Dragon. Any ideas about this mystery herb let me know.
Looking good. I was very pleased with this bit of 'gardening' not only does it look attractive but it is useful. I love the way it complements the other colours on the fence and I co-ordinated the plastic pots in order to carry on the colour scheme.
Looking good. I was very pleased with this bit of ‘gardening’ not only does it look attractive but it is useful. I love the way it complements the other colours on the fence and I co-ordinated the plastic pots in order to carry on the colour scheme.

Stairway to …… nowhere

“Right” said Fred “we’ll have to take the door off. That ‘ere door is goin’ to have to go …” or in this case the window. Kevin from TK Stairs had assured us that our new stairs would fit through this window …
Hmmm,
Hmmm,
Crikey looks a bit bigger than we had anticipated but the guys from Simpson's Delivery were confident. Of course they haven't seen the window opening yet!
Crikey looks a bit bigger than we had anticipated but the guys from Simpson’s Delivery were confident. Of course they haven’t seen the window opening yet!
Hooray - look at that - room to spare!
Hooray – look at that – room to spare!
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‘Back a bit’ – ‘Over a bit – that’ll do’ Within 10 minutes from arrival all parts of the staircase were in and stacked neatly. job done!
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The staircase was measured and made by TK Stairs of Hull – they make and deliver staircases all over the country. Their newest apprentice, Noah, made our staircase – thank you, Noah, onward and upward with your career in stairs!! Check them out at tkstairs.com – we thoroughly recommend them.

Kerbside appeal – but not quite Chelsea Flower Show!

So, despite Wes and Rosa (our new neighbours) being rather surprised at my request for an old metal garden chair as a project for the front garden, they came up trumps when visiting their son who was throwing out an old garden chair!
So, despite Wes and Rosa (our new neighbours) being rather surprised at my request for an old metal garden chair as a project for the front garden, they came up trumps when visiting their son who was throwing out an old garden chair!
Having sanded the chair Chris then measured it professionally by drawing a circle around a plant pot and increasing the size so the pot fitted further into the chair seat.
Having sanded the chair Chris then measured it professionally by drawing a circle around a plant pot and increasing the size so the pot fitted further into the chair seat.
A few minutes later the seat had been cut out and a hole was now ready for the plant pot.
A few minutes later the seat had been cut out and a hole was now ready for the plant pot. Hmmm, I wonder what I can make from that metal circle?
Look how careful my husband is now - he even put down a sheet of DPC under the garden chair in order to paint it. Shortly our shabby chair was resplendently painted in Hammerite black.
Look how careful my husband is now – he even put down a sheet of DPC under the garden chair in order to paint it. Shortly our shabby chair was resplendently painted in Hammerite black.
Eh voila! A trendy outside commode!!
Eh voila! A trendy outside commode!!
Not quite Chelsea Flower Show but a good attempt. As you all know, the RHS has started a campaign to green our front gardens so we are doing our bit - we already inherited a concreted front garden but with the recycled slate from the roof, new paint on the railings and an up-cycled previously unwanted garden chair I think we are making a promising start. Plenty of drive by appeal here.
Not quite Chelsea Flower Show but a good attempt. As you all know, the RHS has started a campaign to green our front gardens so we are doing our bit – we already inherited a concreted front garden but with the recycled slate from the roof, new paint on the railings and an up-cycled previously unwanted garden chair I think we are making a promising start. Plenty of drive by appeal here.