It’s definitely getting colder. I’ve put away my summer clothes & unpacked all my scarves, hats and gloves. I love Autumn. The changing colours of the trees, the excuse to light candles and drink even more chai. It also means we can light our open fire.
On Saturday, we stocked up on some wood & kindle from a nearby wood. We bought 4 bags for £15, which I think is pretty good. We had coal left over from last year so as soon as we’d unpacked it all, I set about building a fire. We opened a lovely bottle of red wine & lit the fire. The wood is awesome – really dry, burns really well and it made a ton of heat! I was proper toasty. Ultimately we’d like to have a wood burning stove, as they are much more economical. Our neighbours have one & they don’t need their heating when it’s lit. One day, when we’ve saved up enough money, we’ll get one. Until then, we’ll keep using the open fire. And that’s fine with me!
We’ve lived in our house just shy of three years – blimey time goes fast. We spent a lot of time & money working on the inside. From insulation & damp proofing to painting & wallpapering. We also had to buy a lot of new furniture & thanks to our taste of one-off pieces, we didn’t have much money left to finish the inside (which we still haven’t!) let alone get to work on the garden. So, sadly, the garden has been somewhat neglected for quite some time. Look at how sad it is 🙁
For those who follow me on Twitter will have read about the constant battle I have with the neighbourhood cats who have confused our little patch of dirt with their litter trays. I get a lot of advice about how to takle this but our aim is to get a dog – yeah, that’ll show em! Sadly it won’t be a pug, unless we win the lottery, in which case we’ll get enough pugs to form an army. But because pugs about £1000 & are rarely up for adoption, we won’t be getting one just yet. Anyway, before we can head down to Dogs Trust or Blue Cross, we need to get the garden sorted.
In order to get the garden sorted, we need:
- A new fence – the length of one side of the garden.
- A new shed – our current one in the picture is being held together with cobswebs & snail trails. (Not kidding).
- A wall repaired – you can see through it in places *sigh*
- New borders dug in – the grass has no boundries & needs to be put in its place.
- Raised beds – so that I can grow lots of veg.
- Plants. Lots & lots of plants.
So. Just a small job then. Combine the amount of work with the cost & the shocking weather we’ve had this summer and you’ll understand why it’s looking a little sad.
We’ve done sooooo much though. All the borders have been cleared, and continue to be cleared of weeds. My OH has removed the collapsed fence & dug up a number of plants & shrubs that were beyond saving. We’ve spent hours clearing it & hurt muscles we didn’t even know we had. I long for the day when gardening doesn’t include aches & pains for a week and that it will just be pottering around, harvesting veg & cutting back plants. I can’t wait for gardening to be a lovely past time, rather than a massive chore. I know it’ll come, but there’s still so much to do. This weekend, while digging up a root ball, I actually wished Ground Force was still around! So if anyone wants to contribute to the Crafty Chai garden fund, just let me know! x
We had a massive lavender bush in the garden that I’ve been fighting to keep. However, I lost my battle & we dug the lavender up. I kept as many of the flowers as I could & finally got around to taking them off the stems. I wanted to do something with them so I made some little bags & filled them with the lavender. I’ll probably give some away as gifts for Christmas but for the most part, this was just an experiment. The most difficult thing was taking the lavender off the stems! It took ages & made the whole house smell of lavender! But it was totally worth it. The lavender bags look, and smell great!
I haven’t been feeling the craft vibe recently, as you can probably tell from my blog posts! I’ve got a few projects up my sleeve that I want to do soon, but for now, I wanted to share this beautiful rose from my garden with you.
This rose shouldn’t exist. It was already in the garden when we bought our house. We didn’t really do any gardening for the first year as we were busy with the inside. The rose still grew. Then my OH, with no real knowledge about how to care for roses, cut it right back. It survived a really cold winter; a really dry winter; a really wet summer. Most recently, it survived after being almost ripped from the ground during a windy storm. Then a few weeks ago, I noticed that it had buds on it. We packed earth in around the base & made sure we watered it during the heat. After a long & wet drive back from Pembrokeshire this weekend, we arrived home to the flower above. Blooming & bright in the darkness.
I have no idea what type of rose it is or how to look after it. But what I do know is, this rose is amazing and is worthy of being featured as my Tuesday Treat. x