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My Interflora Garden

Yesterday I received an email from the lovely people at Interflora, telling me about a competition to win tickets to the Chelsea Flower Show. Every year I watch the flower show on TV. It’s always around my birthday and every year I tell myself, I’ll get tickets to go next year. Guess what? I never have. So, in for a penny, in for a pound, I’m enterting the competition. Not only is the prize awesome, but the compeition itself is very pinteresting! (see what I did there?!) Why? Because all you have to do is create a board on Pinterest called My Interflora Garden, fill it with images for your dream garden, include the competition image, below, and submit it before middday on Friday 16th May. What a great idea! Here’s my Pinterest board:

My Interflora Garden

This is coming at quite a good time too. As the weather is improving, my mind is turning more and more to finally finishing off the garden. At the moment we have one plant and lots of grass/weeds. Once we’ve cleared the borders (again) and decided on some edging, we’ll be ready for planting. I’m very excited about finally getting some plants in the ground and some colour in the garden. I’m hoping that once we’ve got plants in, it’ll be much easier to manage. That’s true, right?! If you’ve got any tips or great plants that grow well with very little maintenence, then please let me know. I’m at a bit of loss as to what to go for!

If you want to enter the Interflora competition, then here’s the instructions. Good luck!

Interflora competition

PS: I’m taking part in Blog Every Day in May this year. So be prepared to have your Bloglovin’ feed filled with my ramblings and slightly shoddy iPhone pictures! Are you taking part? Let me know so I can add your blog to my Bloglovin’!



Tuesday Treat – Summertime

It does seem quite odd, that one of the hottest, sunniest days of the year, most of the UK was indoors watching TV! But it just wouldn’t be right not to watch the Wimbledon’s Finals, which we did over the weekend, ladies & mens. It was a fantastic weekend! Not only that, we christened our brand new BBQ too – there wasn’t a raindrop in sight! We recently bought a Weber Smokey Joe, as it’s small enough for two, which makes it easy to clean, use & store.

BBQI am very pleased that since becoming vegetarian 10 years ago, there has been an increase of products suitable for BBQing veggies. Both Quorn & Linda McCartney do great BBQ burgers & sausages that cook well, brown & taste delicious. Mixed in with corn on the cob & a few veggie skewers, you’ve got yourself a great tasting meal! I just hope that the summer weather continues for us to use it many more times before the Autumn returns!

Lassco Three Pigeons

Stained Glass

I love a good mooch about an antique centre. It’s like a step back in time & it’s great seeing lots of old bits & pieces and imagining them in my home. Last Saturday we went to Lassco Three Pigeons at Great Milton, Oxfordshire. The thing I like about Lassco is that they always have something new, something you’ve never seen before, something that you’d expect to see in a stately home so it’s always a real adventure! We were on the look out for a few things – new tiles for my fireplace, lampshades, birthday presents for me and anything we can find for the garden. We did pretty well!

ButterflyI was drawn to the framed images of butterflies that they had upstairs. I’d seen some lovely ones in Home Barn, but sadly, they were out of my price range. These are much more affordable and really lovely. We also saw a gorgeous set of green tiles for the fireplace but we’re just deciding whether it’s worth replacing the ones we have. We’ve already got a lot of work to do in cleaning it up! Plus it’s missing it’s basket on the front, so it was great to get advice on whether it’s worth doing or not.

Stained Glass

We saw this gorgeous stained glass, which I really love – just wish we had somewhere to put it! We also saw these prison doors, which were really unusual. Walking around outside is a real experience. They have lots of things that are amazing & I think they do a real service by salvaging all that they do.

Prison DoorsThey had lots of great things for the garden. We’re looking for something to edge the borders & they had quite a few things so we’ll be back once we’ve taken the measurements. We’d like to use reclaimed materials as much as possible. Not only is it great to recycle, but it also makes the garden a bit more interesting.


After a good look around, we stopped in the cafe for a bite to eat. I ordered scrambled egg on toast and a pot of tea. I was very impressed when my pot of tea came with a second pot of hot water. I loved this! I remember this happening a lot when I was younger but it seems to have gone out of fashion. As a massive tea addict, I want my pot of tea to last as long as possible so this was a real treat. I was even more impressed when my lunch came out – the eggs were piled high on thick cut toast. There was so much of it, I couldn’t finish it. Very tasty, great value for money & service with a smile. We’ll definitely be heading back!

The Poppy Diaries – Week 4

On Sunday we celebrated our first month of being Poppy’s owners. She, and, we have come a long way! Poppy is much more settled in the house & is gaining in confidence about the place. For example, earlier on in the week, she discovered the bin in the bathroom. It has a swing lid, which she poked with her nose. When it swung back at her, it made her jump & bark! This continued until she pulled the bin over & ate part of a wrapper from a bar of soap. Tasty eh? Last night, she found the bar of soap, tried to eat it, barked at it when we moved it out of her reach & then cried when we shut her out of the bathroom. All because the lady loves the taste of soap!

Here are a few of my favourite pics of Poppy:


We were just about to go for our evening walk. As I switch everything off & move out of my study for the day, Poppy is learning the signs of when it’s time to head to the park! She’s pretty well behaved during the getting ready process, she’s quite happy to sit & wait while we get shoes, coats, treats, poo bags etc!


This was after one of evening walks this week, when the weather has been so much warmer. Because Poppy’s on lead behaviour can be quite frantic, she wears herself out quite easily. And don’t forget, she’s only got little legs… well, little front legs at least!

Giant paw

I love this picture of one of Poppy’s giant paws! Poppy isn’t the easiest dog to photograph because as soon as you move to get the better camera or to get into a better position, she’s all over you! She doesn’t want to miss out on anything! So if you want a picture, you have to be quick.

These are some of the things I’ve learnt about Poppy this week:

  • While her hatred for pigeons seems to have calmed down a bit, her loathing of squirrels has increased. Poppy will go crazy when she sees a squirrel – so much so that she’ll stand on her hind legs, scrabbling away at the tree, trying to climb it to get the pesky squirrel!
  • Poppy has weird tastebuds. Recently she’s been eating dandelions from the garden. While we’re doing up our garden, it’s fair to say that we’ve been a bit lax on weeding the borders. Fortunately, we now have Poppy who is eating the heads off the dandelions. Never known a dog to do this! Her love of used chewing gum is increasing  so much so that she’ll try & pry it off the pavement, no matter how old it is! She also managed to eat some of the suet bird food over the weekend. Gross!
  • Poppy likes to chase butterflies. There was a really cute moment on Saturday when we were all in the garden, with the warm sun on our backs, when a butterfly danced across the garden. Poppy then proceeded to dance across the garden too, chasing the butterfly! So very cute!
  • Her distrust of the ironing board has also increased, so much so that when I put it up she runs out of the room!
  • Poppy is very stubborn. If she wants to stay on the sofa when you want her to get down, she takes a long time to give in. If she wants to try & nudge open the food recycle bin, then trying to get her away from it is really difficult. It’s almost like she has selective hearing & you have to get her attention first before she’ll even acknowledge that you’re there!

We’ve also had a firsts this week, not all good! Firstly, we had a few night time accidents. We’re not quite sure why, it certainly wasn’t because we had mammoth lie-ins or anything! I wish! Over the last few days we’ve been getting up a bit earlier and that seems to have settled things a bit. Poppy was also sick in the house the other morning. (So grateful we have wooden floors!) Both my OH & I heard a strange noise, both of us assumed it was the other, then came the shout ‘Poppy’s been sick!’ Well, now we know what to look out for!

In other positive news, Poppy has really nailed the stay command this week. I got her to sit & stay on the mat at the back door, while I walked to the front door. She stayed where she was until I moved to give her a treat! This is great news & I think we’re ready to try it out in the garden where there are more distractions. We’re still working on play and a few other commands, but I’ll be sure to update you!

We took Poppy to visit my OH’s family on Saturday & she was really well behaved. She didn’t bark or get frustrated, and pretty much did what she was told. Good girl Poppy! It’s fair to say that we’re proud parents!