Following on from my previous post about the building of the shed (that is not really a shed), now it is time to go outdoors and look at the outside of the building with its brand new deck. For this I am partnering with Argos to share with you some easy ways to make the most of your outdoor space with the help of their McGregor range of garden tools.
It’s amazing how a few hours in the garden can be so satisfying, and you will enjoy the fruits of your labour for a long time afterwards! I find that gardening for me is most enjoyable when I tackle it a little at a time. Gradually progress is made and each year has been better than the last. We inherited a garden that had been largely untouched for decades – much like the house – and the first few years were mostly about taming the unruly mess it had become
Oh I haven’t shared any renovation tales for an age and a half! Not because we are finished. Far from it. More because I have felt overwhelmed with the endless ride of renovating a house that hasn’t been shown much love for a long old time. Years, decades perhaps. Not much more than patching up and doing the essentials…
Half way through last year we reached the point of needing a break so that is what we took. And then we moved on to a project that we have been planning since pretty much the day we moved in almost 7 years ago. One that, although intrusive, at least meant the house was mine and not to be shared with builders during the work.
Last week I took a trip west to Devon. On the invitation of Yvonne Coomber, I travelled to Pip Farm to spend time with an amazing group of women, and to be immersed a little in Yvonnes world of joyful paintings and beautiful Devon countryside.
The event was so much more than an open artists studio, more of a two day retreat if you would like a label. We began with lunch around the enormous kitchen table, a chance to greet friends both new and old. Then were treated to a visit to Yvonnes studio, a trip to Totnes and a look at Yvonnes gallery there. Totnes is lovely, so full of beautiful little shops! I haven’t explored much of Devon yet but it’s firmly on my list now.
I have been shopping small for several years now whenever possible. So when invited to Weekend:IN’s slow living retreat, with the opportunity to meet several small businesses, it seemed like the perfect fit for me. A chance to think about the notion of slow living some more at the very least and to meet some brands who embrace the principle of thoughtfulness. I want to share with you a little more about the small businesses involved and hope at least some of this may resonate with you too.
I don’t often attend press events. But what Olivia does with Weekend:IN is to connect small brands with people like me who have a voice to share the wonderful work they do. Looking not just at, but beyond the name and the aesthetic, into the brands stories and ethos. In simple terms why they are doing what they do. And how is that relevant?
February always flies by doesn’t it? Each month I mean to write this post, and each month I don’t quite have time. So I’m taking a moment to actually share it at last. Every month I create my calendar for Instagram and every month I have messages asking – amongst several other things – what font I use for them. Admittedly I find this a huge compliment because it is my handwriting, my not-so-amazing calligraphy, layered onto the wreath photos I take specifically for this project. So I thought it would be fun to film a behind the scenes look at March in the making and a tutorial for creating a handwritten overlay.