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Spring garden inspiration with Fishpools

April is here, spring is upon us, which means lots of long days spent in the garden are ahead. With Jacob being at school now, and Noah now going to nursery for three mornings a week, I will also have the garden all to myself for a few hours a week – heaven! Well, I will be sharing it with a dog now, also…

We moved into this house one and a half years ago, and have done quite a bit of work on the garden already; but, we still don’t have it near where we want it. I know we will get there eventually though, and I hope we can put some work into it this summer, so it is all ready for us to enjoy completely next year! Read more

Lekto Woodfuels | Review

Lekto Woodfuels review

Now winter is well and truly here, I’m finding that I am needing the heating on pretty much all day. But as I mentioned in this post, we have a solid fuel boiler which means lots of wood and coal is needed for the next few months!

We do have lots of trees that need cutting down, that we can use; but then they need drying out and that takes a long time. We also have lots ‘lying around’ that my father in law left behind  (that’s a whole other story), but this involves chopping too, so it ends up being lots of hard work!

Purchasing from Lekto Woodfuels takes away all of that hard work; the wood fuel is delivered so you can put it on your fire or stove immediately.

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#IWouldMiss | The reality of living in the sticks!

We’ve been living in the countryside for over a year now. It did take me a while to be persuaded to move, as I’ve always been a town girl and lived the ‘easy’ life. The thought of a peaceful life and fresh air was an obvious attraction, but there were negatives I considered too. In the end, it was kind of fate and sad circumstances that swayed our decision to move to the countryside, but I’m glad I changed my mind now as it’s one of the best I have ever made. Read more

A Garden Makeover and Growing Our Own

Garden makeover

When we moved into our new (to us) home last September we knew we had a lot of work to do, both in the house and with the land outside. We inherited a lot of land (including two gardens and another large grassed area), but unfortunately came a lot of junk too which we are still trying to clear – I imagine we will still be doing that this time next year! The main thing I wanted to sort out though was the back garden, as the back door is the one we use most so it is a focal point, and it’s where we relax and the boys play so it was important to me to get it looking nice and have a garden makeover.

It was a bit of a mess but we are slowly getting there. As I have never had my own garden to look after and make pretty, it took me a while to find my green fingers, but they have appeared and I am loving it now! I love going to the garden centre for plants, and we have started growing fruit and vegetables too. Though, that is only in containers and a mini greenhouse at the moment as we still have a little area to sort out for growing more veg.  Read more

Living the country life | Feeding, watching, and discovering birds

As we used to live in a flat with only a small courtyard, we didn’t really get any wildlife but the boys used to love helping to feed the birds when they visited Nanna. When we moved, we promised Jacob that we would buy him a bird feeding station and then feeding the birds could be a regular job for him. Of course, we followed up on our promise and we bought a multi bird feeder which was ready for him one day when he came home from nursery.

Our usual supply of food for the birds consists of seeds, high energy nuts, fat balls, and meal worms – which actually smell awful but the birds seem to like them! I really don’t like touching them so that one is totally down to the boys. When it’s bird feeding time we all take a different food and then it’s time to fill up!

We tend to only half fill the nuts and seeds so they are always fresh but now it’s winter the birds are filling up, so we completely fill up too and almost everything is gone the next day! We have a routine of seeds, nuts (both of which the boys put a handful each and then I top up), fat balls (we all put in one each), and meal worms – two handfuls each from the boys!

I’m pretty sure the birds know when their food is coming as we can hear them chirping (the regulars obviously letting their bird friends know) and as soon as we go inside they always flock to the feeder! Our most common birds are sparrows, we get the occasional magpie too who seem to really like fat balls and meal worms. They will stand there for ages just eating and guarding the food; it’s really fascinating to watch actually.

Do you have a bird feeding station in your garden?

Moving on & new beginnings

Other than a random three or four posts over the last couple of weeks, you may or may not have noticed that I have been a bit AWOL from blogging (again – that’s twice this year!). The reason being – we moved house, and it has been a completely different lifestyle change for us.

We’ve moved into what was my inlaws house; so we have gone from a small 2 bed flat in a town, surrounded by what I can only describe as ‘unsavoury’ neighbours who we have had endless problems with over the last year, to a large 3 bed house in the countryside, with lovely peaceful neighbours and fields!

We originally moved here to help care for my FiL with a terminal illness, and to basically take over the running of the house (and eventually the house altogether) as he just hasn’t been able to manage it by himself since my MiL passed away a couple of years ago. Unfortunately though, a week after we moved in he rapidly went downhill and was admitted to hospital. He was there for three days before he passed away peacefully. So, we’ve had that to contend with too and emotions have been rife with all of us.

Anyhow; as I said above, it is a totally different lifestyle change, for me & the boys anyway. Hubby grew up here so he is used to it, but going from being a town dweller to a country bumpkin has been major for me!
Just some of the changes that have been made for us:

  • we have gone from gas central heating and hot water at the flick of a switch, to having to light the woodburning boiler for it and keep it going. I actually had to learn how to light a fire, at the grand old age of 28…
  • we have gained a whole lot more space; for both living and the boys to play.
  • we have gone from a shared paved courtyard, to lots of land to upkeep and a proper garden for the boys to play in where I don’t have to constantly keep an eye on them.
  • we are no longer in an area with high speed cabled internet – that really is a major for me! (We had to wait two weeks for it to be installed hence the lack of posts).
  • we have completely different views rather than just houses at every angle. Farmer’s fields to the rear, and the river to the front.
  • the peacefulness and no drug smells! That’s the unsavoury neighbours I mentioned earlier…
  • we have to drive to the nearest shop when it was previously a 5 minute walk. It means money saving though as I don’t just spend for the sake of it!

As well as all of the above, we have also taken on a lot of DIY & remedial work so we have that ahead of us for the foreseeable future too. I have visions though of a – I would say quaint, but it’s quite grand, for me anyway – country house and I hope to bring them to life and share them with you.

I could write so much more on some of the things I have mentioned above but we would be here for hours, so I’m going to write some separate posts. I hope you’ll enjoy sharing our country living with us!

Have you undertaken any major lifestyle changes in the past?