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Air dried clay – In the craft room

While researching for our next crafternoon I discovered a whole new world of Air Dried Clay. Wow! I have used the purchased clay before, but found it quite expensive, and really never found anything super useful to make with it. Making your own clay allows you to mess up while you learn, as it is […]

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Mulch – how important is it? – In the garden

The pine bark mulch at our local supermarket was on special, so I rushed in to get 14 bags. I tend to switch what type of mulch I use in the garden over time. Last year I used hay mulch, and the time before it was peanut husks. Of course, all the time I also […]

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Kokedama! – In the craft room

A couple of weeks ago we had an amazing crafternoon, and learned to make kokedama! As expected, the very next week a few of us got together to make more! A wonderfully addictive craft – have you tried it? We used a recipe of 7 parts peat moss to 3 parts bonzai soil with enough […]

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Memories of my travels in Serbia – In the kitchen

Friday evenings you can mostly find me snuggled up in my recliner with a pot of tea, watching Better Homes and Gardens. A couple of weeks ago my ears perked up when Fast Ed commented that he was making burek. Memories came flooding back of the trip I did with my daughter and her husband […]

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Aerated compost tea – In the garden

Most of my gardening endeavors start with amending the soil. Even though I have a small garden I compost as much as possible, in as many ways as possible. My tumbling compost bin is my favourite, since everything is contained and vermin cannot get in, and also tumbling keeps everything nicely mixed. Recently I heard […]

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Intense planting – in the garden

My policy, since I have a small garden, is to use every inch of soil to grow plants. Empty areas seem a bit of a waste, so I sow seeds intensely, and then start to harvest as microgreens. This way I can often eat the food I have grown before the bugs find them! I […]

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Bath bombs – In the craft room

As I mentioned in my last post I had a lovely afternoon of craft in the garden, making comfrey salve. One of the other things we made was bath bombs. I had read about them, and used them, but in fact never made them, so I was keen to give it a try. Moms made […]

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Comfrey salve – in the craft room

For a couple of years now I have hosted crafternoons in my garden on the first Saturday of the month. I am a bit of jack of all trades, so like to learn to make something, and then move onto to something else. I like what I make to be useful, so making something in […]

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The buzz of beeswax

I have been making and using beeswax wraps for about a year now. Reducing plastic in our lives is so important. Plastic never goes away, and it is really worrying to think about that fact. Micro-beads of plastic are showing up in the fish we eat, and the only way we can stop this occurring […]

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Compost awareness week

Well, there you go! – it is compost awareness week once again! I have been using in ground worm buckets for a couple of years now. Both my compost bin and my compost tumbler are full to the brim, so I decided I would insert a worm bucket into my herb spiral. I dug out […]

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Wonderful things I grow in my garden

I managed to source some seeds this week from a fellow gardener who grows and sells microgreens, and seeds. She delivers them to peoples homes, so I felt very blessed to get my delivery placed into my cooler box outside the front door. I planted the corn into a plastic container with a lid, and […]

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A to Z blogging challenge – H is for Home, habits and Happiness

My hubby said the other evening as we were watching some mindless TV that he loves being stuck at home with me. That definitely gelled with today’s theme. Today I started making a batch of his favourite sourdough olive bread, this could or could not be related to that warm fuzzy feeling I had when […]

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Contentment

Developing the capacity to enjoy less Having recently retired I have made a conscious decision to enjoy what we have, live with less, and live simply.   I love this quote, and I cannot find absolute proof that Socrates wrote it, but whoever did write it has encapsulated the way I would like to live […]