Saturday, 18 April 2015

Garden wake up! ;-)

It's that time of year... the grand garden 'tidy up!'

And this year, we're really on top of it!

The grass has had its first cut...and then its second!

The sunny weather has woken the garden and all of a sudden, everywhere, 

there are splashes of colour.

I especially love the area by our greenhouse where the primroses and polyanthus

come into their own...such a welcome sight!

Show a tree a bit of sun and hey presto...

one day it's asleep and the next it's in full bloom!

This Amelanchier is beautiful; we have to look at it frequently as

the flowers are quite short lived. 

So pretty, so delicate.

And what is a garden without a Cowslip?

There are so many things in our garden that live together in perfect harmony.

(...mirroring what goes on inside the house! LOL!!;-)

Even a pile of logs or an old tree trunk covered in ivy

is a treat...look closer and there's more than you realise.

A birdhouse waits patiently as if quietly saying, ' Please pick me!'

A gentle breeze comes along and stirs the silence....not that there's

too much silence in the garden, as the birds make sure of that!

Starting at around 4am and continuing until dusk,

it's a very long day to keep singing! 

I'm not sure that I could sing for as long as that!

It's music to our ears; that's the charm of where we live.

I find myself becoming quite excited at the prospect of

transforming this lovely area...can it be any prettier than last year?

I'll give it a go.

But this year's big project is this:

What was once Nich's garden, has been cleared.

I'll always know it as 'Nich's garden' as he tended it for a few years

whilst he lived here and more importantly, it's where he 'got the bug' !

Now he's carried that bug across town, to his own garden! 

It's always good to have a small plot in which to ply your trade, so to speak!

But things move on and  Mr Snippets has worked, toiled, battled and bent his back

during the last two weeks. He's wrestled with a massive amount of Wisteria

roots and runners, (amongst other things)...boy, what a job that was!

He's worked tirelessly.

And so it's 'watch this space' for regular updates!' 

 Happy gardening, everyone!


Thursday, 2 April 2015

Sink love! ;-) x

Here's a bit of 'sink love' to send some springtime happiness your way! ;-)

The emptying of these sinks was long overdue!

I've had them years and if I remember rightly, Mr Snippets

acquired them when we lived in our previous


I'm especially pleased as the pretty orange and yellow Polyanthus

 survived the winter in my greenhouse.

Happy Springtime!

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Charm personified! ;-)

For many months I have been looking for some unique driftwood models

for my ‘classroom’ in order to use them for some (hopefully!) inspiring creative writing.

Although my budget was limited, I wanted to find something a little different from the norm; 

something unique and maybe something with a story. And then, one day...lo and behold...

I stumbled across  ‘Trysorau Cymraeg'.

I soon found out that  ‘Trysorau Cymraeg ‘ means "Welsh Treasures"!

These designs are handmade in Wales and the artist uses reclaimed materials in order to

celebrate and promote Welsh culture and history. 

I was hooked!

My first 'find' was 'Pembrokeshire Farmhouse'

I read the 'spec' and this is what it said:

'Pembrokeshire Farmhouse - A typical West Wales farmhouse on the coastal path! Set on a base of driftwood from Pendine Beach in West Wales, the farmhouse is entirely made from locally sourced reclaimed materials with a Welsh slate roof.  The 'beudy' (cowshed) has a rusty tin roof and water trough.  The old tree is made from local dried heather.  Rusty reclaimed nails and wire complete the scene for a walk along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Footpath - Welsh Treasure to take home and keep!'

I then added to my first find ;-)

 'Gwalia Bakery and Stores' 

'Made from reclaimed materials and set on driftwood from Llangennith Beach, Gower.  Gwalia Bakery and Stores has a Welsh slate roof. The 'bread baskets' are made from very tiny nut shells and the signpost is made from rusty tin and nails. '

How charming! ;-)

Not content with half a story, I decided to take another look to see what was on offer! 

By now, I was following the said artist on Facebook and watching her creations grow...

and grow. This caught my eye:

The artist asked:

'Do you remember when the local petrol station actually meant someone came out to put petrol in your car for you! In those days, the local garage covered everything from repairing your car to fixing your petrol mower! The one in our village started life as the village hall and still looked like it should be one long after it became our treasured village garage! 
"Pen y Dre" - village life in the 1970's!

I love Pen y Dre as it really captures those days gone by, perfectly.


"Burry View Cottage"... set on the North edge of Gower overlooking Whitepoint Lighthouse.  
The driftwood base was collected from Llangennith Beach, Gower! All made
 from recycled materials, the cottage has a Welsh slate roof and the "wisteria"
 growing up the cottage wall is made from dried heather from the Brecon Beacons. ' 

I'm delighted to have discovered these beautiful pieces!

I often marvel at home simple materials can be re-used and re modelled

in order to produce something extraordinary but, in this case, it was so 

much more than that!

These little models take you back to the past and transport you to these 

quaint and charming Welsh settings. They inspire you to want to find out more

about the history and culture of not just these delightful places but also to delve 

a little more into your own environment, be it a seaside town, a countryside idyll

 or a busy and bustling city. 

After all, history is all around you if you only open your eyes! 

If I'm inspired then I know that the children whom I teach will surely be too!


Trysorau Cymraeg can be found here:

Saturday, 14 March 2015

Happy Birthday to my other half...make mine shaken, not stirred...and with a twist, please! ;-)

It all began, back in early February, when I woke up early; I set about

trying to win an auction, on eBay. As the seconds counted down to zero, I knew that

 I had to beat off some stiff competition!

 There's nothing worse than those last few seconds as your heart pounds

 and you hope that you've done enough to win! 

I had!!!


Of course, this wonderful win isn't the 'real thing' ; it's not the original.

The original would've cost me silly money...thousands, in fact!

Yet, even the facsimile is very sought after!

I know nothing much about cocktails, I hasten to add!

And the book wasn't for me; Mr Snippets had been

showing an interest and although I knew little about the subject, I knew that

this was THE book to buy.

Little did I know that this would be the beginning of something much BIGGER!!

Thus, it didn't stop there!! ;-)

A week or two later we were stalling at the Tavistock Vintage fair.

Having set up my stall, I was mooching around, as you do before opening time!

Suddenly, my heart stopped, my jaw hung open and

I froze, briefly.

There, in front of me, was one of the loveliest cocktail cabinets

that I've ever seen!

I suppose what made this really special was the fact that it was

 surrounded by all the right accessories, which set it off to its best.

But my golly, it was a real beauty!!

Marching back to my stall, like a woman on a very important mission,

I summoned my other half.

' You just HAVE to come and see this!'

I didn't tell him what it was and I think he was probably quite reluctant to

get up from his chair, having settled down with a cuppa

after carrying all my boxes from the car.

But up he got....(which is strange as he's not 

usually THAT obedient! ;-)

To say that he was as 'taken' with the said item as I was, would be an understatement!

But he had to act quickly!

 This was not a time to dither or prevaricate!

Oh no!!

  'And you do have a very special birthday coming up!'

I concluded.

Decision made.

Had we left it an hour, this little beauty would no longer have been on offer.

And, at the end of the day, we were told that the stall holder, 

'could've sold it ten times over!'

I'm not surprised!

Needless to say, it's settled, quite nicely, into its new home!

It's charm personified and it adds a certain something to our surroundings.

Oh yes, we've made it very welcome indeed!

And in the evenings, it springs into life and adds a very

warm feel to the lounge.

There are three of us in this marriage now! ;-) ;-)

All that Mr S has to do now, is to learn to be the perfect bartender!

I'm sure that he'll soon get the hang of it!

And all that remains for me to do is raise my glass and say,

 'A Very Happy Birthday, Hally! 

I hope that this gives you many years of mixing, shaking and stirring...

 not to mention the flipping, the spinning and the throwing... oh and whatever else

takes your fancy!! 


;-) xxx