Wednesday, 11 May 2011

I really am back now!!

Wow that reorganising work and laptop stuff took some time!! You also get out of the habit of blogging which is weird since it is a habit.

Anyway I'm back and ready to roll again.

So what happened during my laptop absence, well honestly not a whole heap really. I kept forgetting to take photos of stuff cos I couldn't download them anyway, it's so weird how much of modern life is linked to being online or what is on our computer, I have now paid for a back up service, it's not expensive, but the loss of my livelihood is, and I ain't doing that again!!

Well one thing I did do when I didn't have a laptop is totally demoss the garden, oh yes people it was fun NOT!

This is before it's sooooo horrible!



It seemed to take days and I just couldn't see an end in sight and at the end of it, it looked like this, which anyone has to admit is pretty horrible, I was doing proper digging in the hot sun, not something I am accustomed to! Paul described it as looking like a World War 1 garden, I know he's weird!


Yep we have not one smidgen of grass left! It had all been moss and huge weeds, shameful, it's true to say I am not a gardener, and since we moved in we've concentrated on the inside rather than the outside and boy has it suffered!

So I dutifully sowed grass seed, I didn't have a lot of faith, after all I'm no gardener and I also couldn't imagine it would work, I thought I'd had to buy expensive turf, and we're so broke I was hoping against hope we wouldn't have to do that.

There were no results for ages, as we haven't had much rain, in fact mostly it's been hot in the UK lately, so hot the neighbourhood cats have been sheltering under our palm out the front of our house!


So cute eh?

Anyway a few days ago my hard work looked like it was finally starting to pay off, LOOK!


It actually looks better in person, although very patchy I'm rather proud! I thought it would cost a fortune to sort out but no, it just needed some initial back breaking work. We even sat out at our table for a mid afternoon espresso yesterday!

Talking of yesterday I could not resist this from a charity shop yesterday, it's fab, although I will be selling it on as I'm not a regular toast eater if I were I would have this on the breakfast table every day with it's selection of jams, it even has the original glass jam spoons in it, how fabulous eh?




It's so stylish for a combination toast rack and jam pot holder isn't it? We keep looking at it thinking should we keep it, and there dear friends is the reason I don't deal in only vintage stuff but repro because I would keep everything and be bankrupt!

Lastly I had some really sad news last night, my dear Uncle Harold passed away, he wasn't an Uncle by family but I called him Uncle he was a family friend but he was more like my grandad, he taught me to swim, play chess, encouraged me in studying and really encouraged my love of reading, he was an amazing man who had an amazing life but at 94 he'd live a long and happy life. I'm going to do a proper post on him after the funeral, not sure when it is yet so I may be MIA again for a few days but I am back in technical terms at least.

Nice to be back at least! Hope you are all well I have managed to catch up with some of your on your blogs, more exciting and interesting pictures and posts to come now I have got back in the swing!!

20 comments:

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Moss is a nightmare, my mother-in-law was totally obbsessed with remove all trace of it from her lawn. Looks like you have dealt with it - and taken no prisoners by the look of things there! lol!

Loving the breakfast set. Glad you are back blogging!

Kitty said...

It's so hot where I live we never even see moss, in fact I struggle to even imagine it. But well done you, it looks like a sh!t of a job. Sad news on your uncle, it's never the same without those special people, is it?

Miss Matilda said...

welcome back, your garden is going to be amazing!
Sorry about uncle harry xxx

xxx

Vintage Vixen said...

Well you've certainly used your non-internet time well. What an amazing job you've done on your garden, even the neighbourhood cats have moved.
That toast rack is fantastic, it's worth having overnight guests just so you can impress them at the breakfast table.
Sorry to hear about Uncle Harold. What changes he must have seen after 94 years, can't wait to read about him. xxx

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

The funny thing is, I have a small pot of moss which is difficult to grow, and out here, we'd do anything to have a plot of moss!!! I love the way it looks and feels. Different areas of the world, different perspectives!

Sorry about your Uncle. Even people who live good long lives are sorely missed when they go. =(

DearHelenHartman said...

Do not envy the gardening but am green over the serving piece.
Sorry for the loss of your Uncle, it sounds as if he left a loving legacy.

LandGirl1980 said...

So sorry to hear about your Uncle. I look forward to reading your post about him.

The garden is looking grand! I see what Paul means about WW1 - just mud!

THE BIG MAMA INTROSPECTION said...

WOW !!!! Good work !!! Hope the rain and the sun will be with you.

Sorry for your uncle.

Olivia

Atomic Mama said...

Ugh yard work! Im right there with you. The toast and jam thingy is so cool! Sorry to hear about your Uncle. :(

Eartha Kitsch said...

So glad to see you back and your new grass is looking great! I bet it's super soft too. I love new grass (and I sound like a dork). I'm really sorry to hear about your Uncle Harold. He sounded like a really amazing person.

Coedith said...

So glad you are back!

I am sorry about you uncle. I look forward to hearing more about him. One can't live 94 years without some interesting stories.

Oh the yard work, HATE it. Good for you getting out there and getting the job done. I try to avoid even looking at our yard most days.

Miss Magpie said...

It is worth the hard work isn't it? My lawn is still a bit patchy but I couldn't believe it would ever recover, it looked so bad after all the moss was gone.

Sorry to hear about your Uncle, I look forward to reading the post he sounds like a wonderful man.

Tasha said...

Good for you for getting down and dirty with your yard! Looks like the effort will be well worth it. It's times like this I'm kind of glad I live in a condo. LOL

And so sorry to hear about your uncle. Sounds like a great fellow! I look forward to reading more about him. {hugs}

Kim Bombshell said...

So sorry for your loss.

You did a fantastic job on the lawn! Neil and Deb are in town and I will see them tomorrow night and spend the day with them Friday. I will do a proper blog post :-)

delia hornbook said...

Nice to see you back ;-)) But i am so sorry to hear about your uncle Harold. Well done on your new grass you did really well its looking great ;-)) enjoy the rest of your week and i hope the funeral goes nicely as much as it can do, dee x

Zootsuitmama said...

So sorry for your loss. We are never ready to lose someone we love. Good luck on your garden!

Moxie Tonic said...

My sympathies for your loss. I know exactly what you mean though - our next door neighbors when I was growing up pretty much adopted us, and I was always closer to them than I was to my own Grandparents.

The yard is looking great! So rewarding after all of that back breaking work!

Dolly Cool Clare said...

Firstly, sorry to hear of your loss.
Secondly, god I hate gardening! our garden was HIDEOUS when we moved in - it took forever to make it look nice. We dug out all the old soil and grass and got 17 (yes, seventeen!) rubble sacks full of broken bricks and glass(??!!) out of it...nice!

Straight Talking Mama! said...

Thanks for all the lovely thoughts about Uncle Harold.

Tara said...

So sorry for your loss, Fiona. I send my deepest sympathies.

Nevertheless, kudos to you for a lovely job on the garden! Mine needs a proper minding after an icky winter for sure! I keep putting it off but now that the weeds are going mad, I have no excuse.

That toast set is very cute!

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