Sunday, 29 September 2019


It's come way too soon ! We're just had two wonderful weeks off and must return to work tomorrow! No I didn't win the lottery or the premium bonds, so it's back to the rat race Monday!

Mind you I'm to old to bother with racing any rats and I do enjoy my job , when left alone to do it! But we all know what it's like with  bosses, always something they want you to do different or more of, these days the staffing gets less but the work more? Anyway that's all for tomorrow but now a mini catch up!

At the very start of my holiday I bought something for the garden off  Etsy ,which didn't arrive until the second week.

The parcel that arrived was much bigger than I expected! The poor USPS man complained about the weight! He'd carried from his van !! Knowing what it was I'm surprised he didn't do himself an injury!

It was well wrapped!! at least six layers ! and the item inside getting ever smaller!

A lovely stone trough for my alpines.

now I just have to decide where it's going! Of course I needed to buy some alpines for my new trough plus the old sink from the kitchen which we are also turning into a garden trough. We visited a couple of local garden centres but nothing!
So we went online and ordered a lovely selection which arrived while we were away and our daughter put on the shelf in garden out of Rufus, or ruthless as we call him, reach!

some of them !

We did plant up the old kitchen sink, we just need to get another couple of bags of grit to finish the top and use for the other trough etc.

and this is now out in the curve by the front door. The brown areas are where the grit is still to be placed.

Paul also replanted the border where the new pot was placed. He needed to move his Dicksonia's so they could get more light and be in a place where the frondes could be clear and not caught against the hedge.

So we've gone from this....

to this ....

To this ! The Dickonia's are already looking much happier.

After last nights long rainfall the frondes are starting to stand again, it's been fenced off for the winter while the plants establish and the dogs mature.

On the clearing out front, the shed, we are giving to our neighbours, is still full of boxes but due to the rain and going away we have yet to clear them. However I have sold three of the pieces of furniture which are being collected today, so that is making some space but still a lot more space is needed.

But I'll need to spend the next few weekends sorting out the Chat n Snap, so things may come to a halt until the end of the month, but a good starts been made.

We had a couple of worrying days with the dogs! first Rufus decided he didn't want his food, now Rufus loves his food and also Casper's or the cats if he can get hold of it, so this was not normal and then was sick then he just slept and could not be bothered with anything and seemed quite sorry for himself. Next morning right as rain!
So then Casper goes off to his training only to return early because one of his paws seemed to be hurt, Paul washed it checked for any seeds or cuts scratched etc nothing. Then it was his turn to want to just sleep, his nose was warm and again he just was not himself.
Then next morning, wet nose and back to himself ! So whether they both had the same virus and Casper's sore foot was a red herring who knows, not us! Just pleased they both appear to be over whatever it was and I can get a proper sleep without needing to go check on them to see all's well!

On a doll note, I did receive ,just before my holiday, four boy scout outfits, which I'd commissioned from Ginny of A Passion for Sasha. Which I need to dress the boys in because they are desperate to on some adventures before the truly cold weather sets in.

So I need to go change these boys before they mutiny !

Wishing everyone a lovely healthy week ahead and a reminder for those who would like to send a photo in for doll shelf day in October... that month starts on Tuesday ! Yes It's coming round again and so soon!



  1. That stone trough and urn are really beautiful. I also just love the terra cotta edging. I've looked high and low for it in the US, and you simply cannot find it. Actually you really can't find much in the way of quality garden ornament here. We're still very much the land of plastic pink flamingos! I can't wait to see the boys in their scout uniforms!

    1. I am really pleased with the trough and urn. A tip, the terra cotta edging is in fact 18 by 9 inch paving, on it's edge half buried in the ground.
      You may be able to find something suitable in the US.

      The boys are fighting over long socks at present I'm hoping they'll be dressed by the weekend!

  2. Oh my goodness, those poor boys, I would have been frantic...I think I have become an over protective doggy mum since the summer when we lost Choco. :(
    But I'm glad they are better now!
    The garden is looking good and my goodness that is a big old heavy trough for the guy to bring to your door!!!

    1. It was very worrying at the time, as you so understand :(
      I couldn't believe when the lad who delivered it said he'd carried up the drive!! lol xx