My tree’s making babies!!! (and various other stuff)

DSC_0010My beautiful tree is reproducing!!!  I know… seeds on a tree, how exciting can it be?  Well – very exciting to me.  😀

First time it’s ever done so, so I’m kind of feeling like a proud grandma.  😀


And the gate for the pergola is done, and my wee cross road sign for the path is not just finished, but also up.

A few more flowers, and chuffed that my half dead plants (middle pic) in the hanging baskets seem to be very happy indeed.


Of course my two canine girls came to help me take pics….

And then all my girls game to help out (or sniff the grass):


And then playtime started:


Twist in the “tail”


Well, here’s a pic I took of Pot, a few summers ago on an evening walk by the river…

And although I’m cheating by using two images, the twist in the tale is that when coming home and adding the pics from the cameras onto the laptop… I found this pic taken by the other half – a pic of me taking a pic.



Posted for this weeks photo challenge:  Twist –

I am shelf-lessly showing off my shelfie!


What to pick when showing off a shelfie?

I’m one of those that place things on any surface… so nearly everything becomes a shelf.  But I’m not one for ornaments… Instead I will place books, pictures and various odd vintage things about… and the stick in dried roses if I see a spot that’s free.  😀

So… for my shelfie, I picked the one and only place where I actually have an ornament.  *feels like such a pro shelfie-er*  😉

The above is a pic of my homemade console “table”.  It’s not a table at all, bless it.  My hallway is so narrow (and hence the crooked pic, it was either that, or half of the pic covered in the staircase bars), so there’s no room for anything… but we made this so it basically takes up no room at all.  The drawers are all fake, as they’d be so tiny we wouldn’t be able to use them for anything.

But – I am well chuffed with it – it breaks up the long wall, and cheers the place up a wee bit.  There’s also just about enough room for us to throw our keys next to the Bible.


So – what’s on my shelf?


An old German Bible.  It’s got a few paint splatters on the front, but the rest of it has aged to perfection!  😀



This is the one and only thing that I count as an “ornament”…  I got her at a boot sale for £2.  Normally not anything I would go for at all – but her coy pose caught my eye, and the colours fit in nicely, so home she came.  😀



I don’t even know what this is… a barometer?  Whatever it used to be – it isn’t anymore.  It doesn’t work, but I love the shape.  It’s sassy and fun – and I love it.



An old planer!  Oh yes, what shelf is ever complete without some old woodworking tools?  😀



A framed pic of my other halfs parents… looking so young and beautiful.  If I remember correctly the frame is from TJ Maxx (in the US, TK Maxx here in the UK).



A really cheap and tacky globe.   Hahahahaha.  But from a distance it does the trick… as long as we don’t try to lift it… weighs just about the same as feather.



Yet another old woodworking item… well, there was room on the shelf, so I just had to fill it.  😀



An old lantern – this one was a gift from one of my neighbours.  This is my fave lantern (I also got one in the livingroom, and one in one of the bedrooms), and I’m well pleased with such a fab gift.



A lamp.  Hmmm… yes, as you can see I’m not too excited about it.  I used to have one I loved there, but when I got the piano for the livingroom, I decided to use the one I love there instead (considering I spend more time in the livingroom then I do in the hallway).


There’s also the phone, which I try my very best to hide behind the lantern.  It’s not something I want on show, and it’s only there as we need a landline for the internet.

And of course there’s also a few dried roses (I love dried roses!!!  Perfect for sticking on top of frames and mirrors, or on shelves and hanging on the walls).


This is posted for the awesome Victoria Plumb giveaway that’s hosted over on Tots100, so why not hop on over there to have a go (ends 6th of June)… and while you’re at it – give the Great British Home Quiz a go!


The Home Quiz was quite good fun – and yes – I do agree – I so want that bathtub!!!  I would give my right arm (ok… so maybe not my arm – but I’d certainly give somebody’s arm for it!) for a tub like that…  *daydreams*

Here’s my results – and even if you don’t want to show off your shelfie, there’s £250 of vouchers up for grab for taking the quiz!!!  (Ends 30th of June)



 Edit:  I won!!!

Oh my goodness – I couldn’t believe it when I noticed a pingback from the winners page… and that the winner was my shelfie!!!  Eeeeeeeeek!  I am so excited!  Gonna get a new fridge, and quite a few treats too.  😀

Am so incredibly happy.  Our fridge-freezer has been on it’s way out for years (it’s a mircle that it’s still running… sounds like an angry swarm of bees, and half the time the doors won’t shut), so am completely over the moon, as John Lewis sells fridges.  😀

Massive, huge thank you’s to Tots100 and Victoria Plumb!

Scroll down the comments to see the link to the winners page, and have a looksie at the fab runners up!

I got what I wanted… for £8!


Call it what you want… pergola or arbor/arbour… I got what I wanted!  😀

We need a gate to the lawn part of the garden.  We’ve never had one, but always needed one, due to the canine girlies.

They have access to the garden at all time (they fit though the catflap), but when it gets so wet it’s just mud, a gate would have been amazing.  Instead we’ve been putting up boards on the steps to stop them from going out there to roll in the mud.

So – solutions – a pergola.  I wanted a pergola, which we can put a gate on (gate will hopefully be made this weekend!).

Of course, we intended to make one… and I fell in love with the simplicity of this one.  Albeit I want a different gate, and prefered it without all the “fancy bits”.

Boo of course helped me cheer on her daddy as he set out on the task:


And as it came along it did start to look similar to what I wanted:


It looks a little crooked, but it’s not, miraculously we managed to get it straight.  😀


I did however do something incredibly stupid… I felt ok-ish, so I painted the whole thing in one day (two layers, undercoat and gloss).  I’ve suffered for it since.  I gotta learn that everything’s not ok, just beacuse it feels ok for a little while.  Apart from having felt very shitty indeed, I’ve now been rewarded with eye floater in my right eye too.


All that’s needed now is the gate – and we’ll be all set for when it’s handy to keep the dogs out of there for a few hours.  😀

All in all it ended up costing £8…  and that was for the screws.  Everything else we had.  I’ve even planted climbers next to it already.

It was a quick thing to do, we didn’t sand any of the wood, and just used what we had.  It’s not there to be closely inspected, it’s there to hold a gate, and hopefully look pretty with climbers growing on it.  From a distance it looks fab!  😉



Somewhat haiku-free:

The challenge is clear –
Have a read about it here.
I‘m giving rhyming a go –
So here’s my attempt on show:

I normally rant and rave,
Show off my pets, and try to behave:

No deep, thoughtful posts about,
Occasionally some swearing I spout.
The pics are of flowers and pets,

All posts are without regrets.

Here you’ll find lots of spelling mistakes,
And sometimes pics of cakes I’ve baked.
I‘m just me, and if you don’t like what you see –
Kiss my ass – there’s plenty that agree.
Unfit for purpose my blog might be
...but at least it’s somewhat haiku-free!