Monday, 20 October 2014

In the garden

It seems a long time since I did a gardening post! Our new garden is very different to our last garden. Unlike our previous garden it currently only has a few flowers.  However, I was pleased to see this nasturtium - something I haven't be able to grow for years due to the slugs and snails. We have already been enjoying eating the younger leaves and flowers in colourful salads.

The greenhouse still has some tomatoes and one of the vegetable borders has salad leaves and a huge crop of parsley. The vegetable garden is made up of six raised beds. It is good that the garden is so different as it gives us an opportunity to try different things.

As well as a greenhouse we now have a potting shed, where hopefully we will be very busy come the spring! We found the yellow enamel sign behind some old pieces of wood that had been left behind. Unfortunately it does advertise Woodbine cigarettes, but the colour just gives a finishing colourful touch to the shed and I am all for recycling!

low water - grasses, mexican sage, succulents // Great Gardens & Ideas // - near front ditch so no-mow natural ball-catching fence!
via pinterest

Wallflowers and bulbs have also been planted. We still are in the process of planning the design for a smaller herbaceous flower border.  A few cuttings from our old garden have accompanied us. We have already realised that our planting plan needs to only include those plants that will withstand strong winds!

Our first border  (in a more sheltered area) has now been planted and I am hoping it may look something like this next year!

 Meanwhile Twinkle has now been let out to explore her new surroundings, she hasn't come across fields before! The top heavy conifer in the garden may have to stay as it provides a cosy look out! We just need to move some neighbouring branches that may attract the birds!

 What is growing in your garden at the moment?

Sarah x

Monday, 13 October 2014

Watching the waves

As we move into our second week of living in a new location our new favourite past time has been to watch the waves. 

We are used to the relatively calm bay of Weymouth 20 miles along the coast, and the waves by West Bay seem huge in comparsion, especially when the winds increase as they did mid-week!

In stormy conditions you can really appreciate the power of the sea and feel how challenging it must be at times out on the ocean waves.

On Saturday morning the sea had returned to a calm state, and it was wonderful to wander along the  sandy beach, with the waves this time gently lapping the shore. These pictures haven't been altered the colours really were this bright!

In the harbour the boats colours and shapes were reflected in the water. At the weekend many of the boats were pulled out of the water for the winter. We stayed and watched this well organised operation. It made the task look so simple and the boats so light!

 I still can't get used to passing the harbour and seeing the boats bobbing in the water every time we go out in the car!

The boat hire by the river on the other side of the harbour was still under water following the heavy rain we received.We will have to wait until next summer before trying this. Based on our skills of rowing it is likely to turn into an adventure!

I am still not managing to keep up to date with getting around to visit everyone. Thank you as always for your lovely comments. Wishing you a good week.
 Sarah x

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Settling in

Thank you for all the good wishes about moving, as you can see we have arrived! Moving day went remarkably smoothly, although we were shocked when a very small removal van turned up!  Luckily a larger van followed a few minutes later. We ended up only needing the larger van ... our decluttering must have helped!

The picture was taken on a walk further up the hill from us, looking back towards West Bay and the Chesil Beach and the Isle of Portland to the right.

Above is the sea view from our  new home - the  ragged edge  of  East Cliff  is eye catching and watching the colour of the sea constantly changing has been a welcome distraction from the unpacking.

Down at sea level West cliff looks equally as dramatic, as many families enjoy some autumn sunshine.

 We have unpacked all the boxes and we are enjoying our new home now we have more time to relax.  Initially it felt like we were on staying in a holiday home but had brought all our belongings and furniture with us!  Twinkle is settling down well in her new surroundings. I don't think it will be long before she is demanding to be let out! Our son and daughter's boyfriend joined the three of us for the weekend and we even found time to visit one of our favourite cafes at Eype, which is now in walking distance.

We have inherited a huge grape vine, spending a few moments sitting underneath it in the sunshine makes me feel that I am in the Mediterranean! We shall be busy trying to convert this crop into juice and wine. Does anyone have any good recipes?

Now the house is sorted we can start to plan where to plant all the cuttings that came with us from the old garden!

We will also be taking many more walks along the seashore, hopefully with you alongside too!

You have to dream before your dreams come true.-A. Abdul Kalam
 Sarah x

Monday, 29 September 2014

Around the world blog hop

Last week I received an email from Carolyn inviting me to join in with the
  Around the world blog hop
One of the greatest benefits for me of blogging, has been to connect and make friends, with so many people around the world. I would love to visit so many countries, but as I don't have lots of time off work or money, it is a great way to see other parts of the world.

 I have followed Carolyn's wonderful blog for many years we have so many things in common....a love of the sea and flowers. Our children too, are of a similar age..She lives on the beautiful island of Waiheke, which is a short ferry ride off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand. 

In the depths of winter it is always wonderful to visit her and brighten those cold dark days, by seeing her summer flowers and feeling the warmth of her summer days. As our spring bulbs are appearing in the garden she is getting ready to pick olives from her trees.

Carolyn is also very talented and produces gorgeous Mohair bears. If you haven't visited her before you can find her at

As part of the blog hop. I have to answer some questions:-

Why do I write about what I do?

I orginally set up my blog to share my love of the sea. I set it up quite suddenly when one of my favourite blogs went off line and I realised that while I had been perfectly content to just read other blogs I had not given anything back. The previous few years we had been going through some difficult times as my Dad's health deteriorated. Visiting blogs had given me a few minutes to relax and switch off during those difficult times and make me smile and laugh and take those worries away!

 What are your earliest memories of the sea? Mine was visiting my Granny who lived overlooking the river estuary in Fowey in Cornwall.  The smell of sea weed still takes me back there instantly. The blog soon included my other interests of gardening, cooking and creating a simpler life and I discovered so many others that shared these interests too.

Our garden

Chocolate brownies

What are you working on right now?

We are just in the process of moving so that is taking all our spare time at the moment! We are moving from a house to a bungalow. The garden too is very different it contains more vegetable beds than flowers. I have been collecting lots of inspiration on pinterest. Although the bungalow doesn't need any major work we shall enjoy adding our own imprint to it.

Taking of gardening do you like our new plant ? We always like to try growing different things!

 This one is a good climber,  happy to be grown inside or out, but demands regular feeds!!!

I now want to introduce you to another blogger, Anne is from British Columbia her blog is She always amazes me with her enthusiasm, inspiration and great self-taught DIY skills and how she has transformed her home and garden on a budget. I have already told her I will be re-reading her posts after we have moved into our new home to identify what improvements we can make. My DIY skills, however, are way behind Anne's!

For details of how to make the potting bench, mini greenhouse and shed, follow this link:-

If you have time do visit Carolyn or Anne. Thank you as always for visiting me.
 Have fun blogging!
Sarah x

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