Garden Winter cleanup

Isn’t it sometimes funny that we put small jobs off for months! For some reason our brains avoid certain things and us cleaning up the garden for Winter has been one of those things. But in just over an hour today, we cleared as many leaves as possible and emptied all the pots ready for next Spring. It felt good to see it clearer once we had finished, but I just wish we were better at doing the small jobs!!

It actually doesn’t look massively different on these photos, but we filled a wheelie bin and about 10 big tubs full of leaves! I am now of course, just waiting for snow!! Finger crossed.

Fixed Boiler, Broken Dad and Garden Progress

So first of all, I blogged the other day that our boiler was on the fritz, and today saw the 3rd engineer coming to take a look. He was from Ideal, who is the boiler manufacturer and he had come from Ulverston in Cumbria (2 hour drive) and he was BRILLIANT! He was thorough, polite and eventually found the problem – albeit after another 2 hours.

It turns out that a few tiny polystyrene balls (we think from the original build) were stuck in a gas valve messing up the gas/air flow coming into the house. Once he got rid of them, all sorted. He was great and I was glad he sorted it, because at one point, he was going to have to turn the gas off to the entire house!! Phew.

Second of all, my Dad is away with my sister and her family at the moment and it seems that on Day 1 – my dad managed to break himself!  I will spare you the gory details, but lets just say… Playing on the beach, paramedics, much blood, leg bandage. When I got the text from my sister, is scared the life out of me – we went through SO much with mum, that I couldn’t bare it if anything happened to my dad. 

Thankfully though, he is OK and I know my sister will look after him. Phew. 

Third of all today was the progress we are really making with our garden. We finally planted the extra plants we got nearly 2 weeks ago and I have to be honest, I am really very pleased with how it’s all looking. I think though for now, we aren’t going to plant anything else, giving what we have planted time to bed in and grow a little. 

M and I both find our garden a really relaxing place and the trees and park that surround us, make the whole thing feel like we are in the middle of the countryside. OK, that’s enough gloating…. but  well, seeing as you asked, here are the photos…

It pleases me so greatly, as I am not a natural gardener and I am learning as I go along… I mean, who doesn’t love flowers???

G x 

Garden Makeover

So we have been in our house now for almost 12 months! I can hardly believe it. We are still totally in love with it and can’t quite believe our luck. When we bought the house Taylor Wimpey basically just cover the garden with soil and then put a couple of rows of flags near the french doors and then around the side of the house. 

In September 2014 we had the top half of the garden done and the last couple of weeks the bottom half has being done. So without further ado, here are the pictures…. xx 


Credits: Top half done by The Urban Jungle from St Helens and the bottom half done by Alan Bridge Landscapes from Haydock. 

We are dead chuffed. x x 

The joy of sunshine

I’ve had another good day today as the sun has been out and I’ve basically spent the whole afternoon until 7:30pm outside. The sun really does nourish a person and there is nothing quite like the sun on your face is there? We got to eat our tea outside and even try out our sprinklers! 

I realise that I am turning into a complete garden bore, but that’s especially because at the very end of May (in about 2 weeks) our landscape gardener is coming to finish off the bottom half of the garden, as well as re-lay our turf. I am TRES excited.. If nothing else, it will just be good to get it all done.  

I’ve just got 1 more day at home before I go back to work after 3 weeks off. It’s a slightly weird feeling and I am sure the 6:45 alarm will be a real shock to the system! Especially as I am retuning to a brand new office, a new desk and also becoming a train commuter!!

I anticipate a certain amount of awkwardness around mum’s passing, but that’s ok and once I’ve said hello to everyone, I’m sure it will be fine.  

Anyway, I’m looking forward to my last day, as I’m going for a massage at 101 High Street and hopefully that should make me 100% floopy, which is the ideal state for my final day off. 



Good Day

So today I’ve had a better day. I was up early to wait in for the washing machine repair man (washer drum is broken) and after a small nap, I felt ready to rock and roll. 

So here’s what I did; 

  • Mowed and raked the back lawn
  • Mowed and raked the front lawn
  • Filled the bird feeders up
  • Called the garage up to book my car in for repair (unsuccessfully) 
  • Called my dad to come for washing
  • Dad came and we chatted for a while


  • Put up our new washing line!!!!!  

I was especially pleased with my washing line as I had to drill my very first pilot hole. Wanna see??


I am such a nerd ? but do I care?! 

G x  

Yay for the weekend!

Hello everyone, hope you are enjoying your Saturday? We had quite a lie in this morning and then we started the BBQ fun/trauma.  It’s M’s birthday a week on Monday and because the garden is half done, we would like to have a barbecue as his party. M is not one to buy things rashly, he likes to do his research and find us the best product we can afford. As such, we aren’t going to get any old grill, but the doyenne of ALL grills. The Weber Spirit Classic E210 Gas Barbecue . 

We were able to get 9% discount using a gift card thingy that I am able to get through work. So this morning we went to the B&Q website and tried to buy our grill, only to find that the gift card didn’t work!!  We made 2 phone calls to discover that for some UNKNOWN reason, you can’t make purchases with gift card. Grrrrrrr. 

Anyway, we ended up going to our local store and getting them to order it (Yippee!!). It’s being delivered on Thursday (hopefully) However, this did take no less than 5 members of staff in B&Q, but they were very helpful and friendly and we did eventually manage to sort things out. 

Whilst we were there, we also got a few plants and stones and things to try and improve the planting in the front beds and a small bed we have at the end of the drive. The plants that were in, were put there by our builder, Taylor Wimpey, when we moved in in June 2014. They are a bit rubbish and the ground they were planted in is very “building site”. 

Wanna see a before and after? 

So quite a productive day so far 🙂 I am just having a chill now because tonight I am staying with mum so that dad can get some sleep. As she has become more and more unwell, she has been having restless nights and dad hasn’t been going to bed. 

However, she had a catheter fitted yesterday and so with an increase of sleeping medication, it seems that last night was a little calmer. Even so, I think mum just likes someone to be there… I imagine she goes to sleep most nights wondering if she’s going to wake up. How frightening for her. 

Anyway, just a few bits and bobs to do before I go to mum’s for 10pm. I’m not really looking forward to it, I suppose that I am just as scared that she  might die in the night. Not good all round really. 

G x 

My beautiful garden

Wow, this is my very first blog post.

It’s Monday 20th April 2015 and I am sat in my living room feeling pretty nice. It’s been a warm sunny day and I’ve just come in from the garden after mowing the lawn and watering the plants. I’ve never had a garden before, this is my first one. I’ve lived in a few places and of course my mum & dad have a garden, but I’ve never had one of my own.

As a person generally, I’m not that ambitious, but the one thing I did want, was a house with a garden before I was 40, and this I got 3 days before my 40th birthday! Happy Happy girl. 

As you can see from the photos, it’s only half finished and we are hoping to finish it off before Summer totally kicks in. When I was younger, I used to roll my eyes at older people I worked with talking about their gardens, but now I understand it. I just laughed as I typed that as I realised I must be that “older person” now. Ah well, I don’t really care, I love it. 

G xx