Hello, hope all is good in your part of the bloggy world. It's been really lovely reading your comments, I really do appreciate that you spend the time to have a little chat with me. I'm sorry, I've still not managed to reply yet to your comments on my 'Pouring It All Out Post'. I will, I promise, such difficult stories you shared, I need to make sure I've enough time to properly respond.
I've been thinking a lot about the space I've created here. What it means to me, who reads it, and why? I still find it all quite remarkable, and very humbling too, that anyone stops by. I really love this space. Yes I'd like to be able to take better pictures, I'd LOVE to get a new look for my blog, a new header...so many ideas floating around in my head, but zilch technical ability (although notice my blog list is back!). So it will remain the same. But actually, it doesn't really matter, what really matters is that you enjoy popping by, having a little read. You the readers, are the most important. Substance over image. (Although I wouldn't say no to image, AND substance!).
I thought I'd start a new monthly blog series. I'm calling it My Spaces: Studio, Home and Garden. Each month I will let you know what I've been getting up to.
My Studio- something I've been making/creating/reading.
My Home- something I've cooked, rearranged, de-cluttered, decorated.
My Garden- something I've sown, grow, harvested.
I'm not one for planning posts, I didn't even know I was going to do this one until this morning. I'm hoping that by putting a bit of structure into my blog, it will keep things fresh.
I'm managing to squeeze in a bit more studio time now Otto is getting bigger. It's still a challenge! Yesterday he ran up off with one of my slipper boots. He almost couldn't lift it, and kept tripping over as he legged it up the garden. I couldn't chase after him I was laughing so much.
I've given it a bit of a spring clean, and added another shelving unit. My next thing is to sort out my book collection. I've got a one in, one out policy going on with magazines and books, time for a sort out. I'm also going to give my fabric collection a sort out too. I'm never going to sew lots, too afraid of my sewing machine, so I need to ration out what I do have, give someone else a chance to use it.
I've been mantel faffing again. I keep rearranging things, I'm happy with it, but that can change within a moment. I love mantel faffing. I could spend hours mantel faffing. I do spend hours mantel faffing!
I'm also trying to decide about what to do with the conservatory. It's lovely in there now, when the sun shines. It doesn't quite gel though, which is frustrating me. When we had the studio built, I took the sofa from the conservatory down there, so it's made the space look too bare now. I'm thinking of painting the chairs and drawers over the next few months, a shade of grey perhaps, and popping up a picture. Cosy it up.
This is where most of my energies are being spent at the moment, pennies too! I'm really, really pleased how the lower kitchen garden is looking. The raised beds look good, I feel like I'm getting the 'bones' of the space just as I envisaged. I've enjoyed watching it take shape, but now for the fun bit...filling them up!
I've got 6 beds, one will be for strawberries, 3 for vegetables and salads, 2 will be for cut flowers. Well that's the plan at the moment. I've got lots of seeds to sow, sticking mainly to my favourites, but with a new one here and there. I've put shallots, French shallots, beetroot, salad leaves and rainbow chard in one of the beds this week.
I've got some summer raspberries to plant out, I might get another raised bed for those, put it where the herb bed is. Herbs are better near the back door. I'm hoping to use the bottom patio to pot up some fruit trees, the sort you can grow in containers. It gets a lot of shade from the conifer next door, so I'm not sure what will thrive there. Any advice would be most welcome.
On my last post, I mentioned our frustrations over the assembly of our Agriframes arch. Fabulous arch, but a pain to put up. Imagine my surprise when I got an email from Vicky at Agriframes, apologising for our difficulties, and wanting to know how things could be improved! She had read my blog post. What great customer service, they are sending me a Slugbuster to compensate, I think it will come in very handy. (I wonder if they do Sausage dog busters too, he's eating everything, just as they are starting to grow!).
My worms were delivered yesterday, just picking up the box was making me heave, hubbie gallantly popped them in the compost bin...let's hope they do their job. Oh for crumbly, smell free compost!
So what do you think to My Spaces: Studio, Home and Garden? What projects have you got going on at the moment, I'd love to hear...
Amanda :) xxx