Thursday, 24 July 2014

Posh garden in summer

With the weather so beautiful we decided to go back to the local gardens to see how they had changed in just a month. The new show of flowers we saw was amazing. 
Everything was blooming.
The newly planted prairie garden was starting to grow.
The tropical garden was full of broad leaved plants and huge spires. In the conservatory (the orangery) is a cafe so it's a great view to look out at over tea and cake. I feel so lucky to have these gardens to look around on my doorstep.
Sweet peas, lavender, so many shades of pink and purple.
This is the garden around the conservatory where they hold weddings. Beautiful to walk out as newly weds into these pretty gardens full of seasonal flowers. A gardener was very busy here, making sure everything was perfect. 
The pergola walkway was dripping with clematis and roses now.
A row of dahlias I think. This is what I want to do at the allotment next year and have a whole section as a cutting garden.
The Pool Garden, flanked by verbena now - it was tulips last time. 
We had such a peaceful afternoon and I'm looking forward to visiting much more over the summer and into autumn. Officially my favourite garden in Cheshire.

Joining in with How Does Your Garden Grow? at Manneskjur. 


Eco friendly furniture to keep an eye out for

Style your home with eco-friendly furniture

As we become more environmentally friendly there’s lots of furniture popping up here there and everywhere that claims to be eco-friendly.
Buying this type of furniture sure is a great place to start when looking to become more eco-friendly in your own home. We’re on hand to start you off with 2 excellent materials to look out for when searching for this kind of furniture.

Let’s start with reclaimed teak

Teak itself is a beautiful wood and one that’s incredibly durable. Locked into the grain of the wood is an abundance of natural oils, because of this it’s a lot more weather proof than other woods making it perfect for outdoor furniture. Over time, the teak turns from its original honey brown colour to a lovely silvery grey as the oils build up and protect the furniture.
Reclaiming teak is the process where existing teak that’s come to the end of its natural useful like e.g. railway sleepers and canoes, is reused to create something of use.
The product you receive is a beautiful piece of furniture with history, often with marks and dents in it from its previous life which add tons of character to it. The reclaimed teak is as durable as ever and still contains the natural oils it’s loved for.
Reclaiming teak helps towards reducing the rates of deforestation and sustaining the rainforests as fresh teak isn’t being logged from them.
reclaimed teak garden furniture and deer statue

Water Hyacinth

Water Hyacinth is widely recognised as a weed and one of the worst ones at that. It forms thick mats across water surfaces which are incredibly dense and extremely hard to penetrate. This limits access to important shipping, animals and man, causing all sorts of problems.
The hyacinth needs to be maintained to stop these complications from occurring; environmentally friendly programs that are effective over long terms to control its growth have now been introduced in most countries where it causes problems.
The bonus is there is no wastage, the harvested weeds are distributed and put to excellent use such as being turned into furniture. Lots of conservatory furniture is now being made from this weed with beautiful results especially when hand woven. It can be woven into stunning intricate plaited weaves that add style and elegance to furniture.
The tight weave of the hyacinth makes it incredibly strong and gives you furniture that is going to last you for years to come.

If you’re looking to make changes in your home and contribute in helping your environment then making small changes like investing in natural products and reclaimed woods is a fantastic place to start.

From this to this!!
water hyacinth and conservatory furniture

If you’re looking to make changes in your home and contribute in helping your environment then making small changes like investing in natural products and reclaimed woods is a fantastic place to start.  

This was a article from Conservatory Furniture who have an extensive range of furniture for your conservatory.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Carnival time

The Town Carnival
The town carnival in a little part of England, nothing special, nothing grandiose. Just community getting together as they have done for many,many years to celebrate the crowning of the rose queen. It's an annual summer tradition since as far back as the 1920's as far as I can see in the archives. They looked a lot prettier an occasion back then in my opinion - little bit garish for me with princesses sat in car boots and atop cars. 
balloons my boy carnival princess drummersStill we showed our support and ventured along to the centre of town, Found a gap in the railings for one little 4 year old to push his nose through to see the parade.  Bagpipers, costumes, soldiers, a young dance troupe, a fire engine, local business advertising - with somewhat little effort. It was sadly all a bit of a lacklustre jumble as I saw member of our older generation watching, I couldn't help but feel a little sad as I bet the parades were wonderful once upon a time. In fact they were wonderful when I was a child with floats with so much effort. A shame queens carnival princess carnival princesses  lady with basket UK town carnival This local preschool was the best with their pirate ship. A huge effort. Lovely. I fear the rest of the parade perhaps had a lack of interest.....and/or money! I sound so miserable but it was a disappointment and hopefully our town will get its act together next year.pirate ship carnival float firefghters having a jokeLeaving the parade we headed to the park where small pieces of poetry were tied to trees and gates. It was such a joy look for and read.blackbird poem poems in the park
A funny dog show that we watched for a while until Little Bird got restless. I love dogs so much, all shapes and sizes, pedigree and a mix of all sorts. Waggy tails, the best condition coat and the dog that looked like their owner.
The rest of the park had a car boot sale on but I didn't look around as I am trying to curb my desire to fill my house with things I do not need at the moment.
dog show plant sales car boot sale watching Then of course, there was a funfair. Little Bird just likes looking around the fair and is not showing any desire to go on the rides. I love it for the bright colours and snapping away with my camera. The fair was very quiet and rides sat empty. I spoke to people afterwards and many did not know the carnival was on that weekend. Tskk! My council really needs to advertise events more for families. I wish I could work for them :)hook a duck jumping jack fairground donuts water orbs ghost train steeple chase horses fairground food fairgroundSo that was the town carnival . I hope they improve things next year. I felt very sorry for the fair who must have not made much money. This was on the Sunday so perhaps the Saturday was busier but even still it surely should be bustling for a Sunday afternoon. 
Still it made for some good pictures and Little Bird had a brilliant time and thought it was all very exciting so that's good enough for me. 
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall