Category: Home & Garden

Christmas Wish List – Nature Friendly

Christmas Wish List - Nature Friendly

It’s so easy to give throw-away gifts at Christmas. You know what I mean, the type you get because you don’t know what else to get or because they were on 3 for 2 at Boots. So why not be a bit inventive & find something a little more eco-friendly and a little bit different? (Because how many No 7 make-up cases can a girl really receive?!)

Christmas Wish List - Nature Friendly

Top Row: Bee Hotel. Book Brooch.

Middle Row: Dog Jumper.

Bottom Row: Lavender Bunny. Beano Paper Chain.

All these gifts are available from Folksy, as are many other sustainable and nature friendly products. Buying them would also support British makers too. Very ethical all round! I think they’re all really inventive ideas and love the Bee Hotel. We have a similar one in the garden and currently have about 12 Mason bees hibernating in it! How cool is that?!

Christmas Wish List – Bags

Christmas Wish List - Bags

Anyone else starting to think about Christmas? Yep, me too. I’m trying to think about what I need and am starting to look to see what’s out there. So over the coming weeks I’ll be posting a few wishlists that focus on things that I need from Santa.

One thing I do need is a new bag. One that I can take my laptop, notebook, pencil case & other handbag junk in. But I don’t want just any bag. I want something a bit different, unique, smart but cool. So here’s a small wish list of a few bags that are out there. Something that suits both work & casual trips to town. So, have a look at these beautiful bags. Which would you pick?

Christmas Wish List - Bags

Top left: Proenza
Schouler large tan leather satchel. Top right: Dr.
Martens flower Liberty print satchel. Middle: Alexander Wang Black Jane shoulder bag. Bottom left: Dr.
Martens flower Liberty print satchel. Bottom right: Marc Jacobs blue Natasha satchel.

Now this is a true wish list (Don’t worry, family members, I won’t expect all of these!). But how great are these bags. I really like the satchel style ones. They’re in style but quirky too. I think my favourite is the Dr. Martens flower Liberty print satchel. It’s bright, perfect for these dark winter days, & really cool. But then, when aren’t Dr. Martens products really cool?!

What do you think? Which one do you like the best? Have you started compiling a wish list? If so, why not leave a link in the comments section below. Why not start here, in the Liberty Bags section?

I am working with Liberty and this is a collaborative post.

Oxford Botanic Garden

Begonia Augustinei

Saturday was all about relaxing & avoiding doing jobs/chores. So the plan was to head out to Oxford, breakfast at Oxfork & then stroll down to the Botanic Garden. We decided to buy an annual pass as it means unlimited visits to both the Botanic Garden & Harcourt Aboretum, another favourite walking spot. The reason I like both these places is that there’s always something different to see as the seasons change and it means I can take tons of photos to feed my Instagram addiction. We spent ages walking around the garden & were rewarded by seeing some great things & plenty to fill my Instagram page. Below are the pictures I took. Apologies if the names are wrong/missing!

Begonia Augustinei

Begonia Augustinei

Passiflora Alata

Passiflora Alata

Cyclamen

Cyclamen

Dichotisandra Thyrsiflora

Dichotisandra Thyrsiflora

Not sure what this little fella is, but it’s a bundle of seeds

Not sure what this little fella is, but it's a bundle of seeds

Fungus growing on a John Downie

John Downie

Jay

Jay

Now I love all these pictures, but my favourite is the one of the Jay. We’d been looking at some Goldcrest birds, trying to figure what they were, and we spotted a Greater Spotted Woodpecker (my OH has a bird identifier app on his phone!) Then we were walking along & I spotted the flash of the blue on the wing of the Jay. It’s a much bigger bird than I thought a jay might be, as I’ve never seen one before. We followed him around for a bit then he settled on this tree. I never thought I’d get picture of him, but he stayed still for ages! And I just kept taking pictures and walking closer and closer. The picture above is the result. What do you think?! Not too bad for an iPhone picture!

This is why I love going there – you never know what you’re going to see. Plus it’s like a little oasis in the middle of the city. We’re going to go back further into winter to see what else has changed. If you haven’t been, you must go! It’s lovely. And you can always just sit & read on Will and Lyra’s bench and watch the world go by. Let me know if you do go and share any pictures you take! x

I Have a Dream

Ashdown Forest

It’s funny how your priorities change as you get older isn’t it? If someone had said to me when I was 18 that I would thoroughly enjoy knitting, I would not have believed them. But I do. I love knitting. It’s my favourite craft & I am really keen on improving it more and more. I want to be able to look at difficult patterns and stitches & be able to knit them. This was cemented when I looked through my current copy of Knitter magazine. There are lots of beautiful knits in there, that I want to make. I want to have the confidence & the ability to tackle any pattern.

Ashdown Forest

They also had lots of images of sheep & alpacas. Now I have a massive fondness for farmyard animals. I’d love to have chickens & a few sheep. This isn’t going to happen in our terraced garden! So it makes me want a nice home out in the countryside somewhere. Then my day dreaming goes into overdrive! A nice traditional house, with an Aga, and a bit of land for the animals. Then I could spin the wool that we get from the sheep & dye my own yarn, to use & sell. If my knitting skills improved even more, I could maybe do knitting classes & workshops. Then, maybe, take inspiration from George Clarke’s & have a bus or an old camper that we could convert & let out, like the amazing Majestic Bus:

Magic Bus

We could grow our own veg, use eggs from the chickens, try & live off grid. Generally have a very lovely life that’s as ecofriendly & stress-free as possible. I want to live in a way that’s as gentle to the planet as possible. And I also don’t want to pay tons of hard earned cash to stay warm!

So that’s the dream. A house, in the country, that is ecofriendly. A small holding to give me eggs & wool that I can use myself. A veg patch that can provide enough yummy food for us to eat. All that’s left now is to achieve it! Have you got a dream? A dream house? A dream holiday? Something you want to achieve?