So that’s June, over and out. How was it for you? Good, I hope. Here’s what I’ve been up to…
Last year I wrote about gardening in my June round up but described it as, ‘sort of gardening. Actually more like just potting up some plants for the patio and hoping for the best’. This year, I’ve progressed to growing lettuce and tomato from seed and nurturing a patch of wild flowers. I’m happy to say the lillies survived being fed, wrapped and stuck in the shed all winter and are now in full bloom and making my heart happy.
I’m now getting outrageously ambitious and looking into applying for an allotment if we end up staying here next year. I’m also hooked on watching Vivi over at What Vivi Did Next on You Tube. Fun, frugal gardening inspiration and fuel for my crazy garden goals.
I wasn’t actually responsible for this one, it was all Mr THLs idea. I just joined in. And then loved it because it felt like real life Spring Watch. Just call me Michaela Strachan.
This is what happened: Mr THL went on a dog walk and found a load of tadpoles in a fast disappearing puddle. This happens every year in these parts. Tank tracks and rough land floods in Spring, frogs & toads lay their spawn and then Summer weather dries it all out. Sad ending.
But not this time! Suitably equipped- well, we found a clean bucket- a rescue mission was staged. We kept the tadpoles at home for a week or so but let me tell you, keeping them alive is actually quite a lot of work. They’ve been safely released into a local nature reserve where they’ll hopefully find their happy-ever-after.
I did find them strangely relaxing to watch. I’m definitely thinking that I’ll have a water feature in the garden of my forever home. I’ve been thinking about that lately because I am…
Becoming Property Obsessed.
When I’m not wafting about the garden with ideas of being Michaela Strachan or Charlie Dimmock, I’m poring over Right Move and Pinterest whilst channelling my inner Kirsty Allsop. Or Sarah Beeny. Poor Mr THL is working ridiculous hours at the minute and comes home to me waving my phone at him and saying, ‘ Would you fancy this one? what about that one? Wood burner and a little vineyard with this one!’. It’s quite often something like this:
Mr THL and I have decided it’s time to look towards what we’ll do and where we’ll do it post-army. It’s exciting and daunting in equal measure. All the possibilities are possible. It’s very difficult to choose where you’ll live when you could go literally anywhere and you’ve had years of not having to think about it.
We have a few options in mind and I believe that if we keep moving forward with a positive outlook, things will work themselves out. In the meantime I’m mad for details. I have plans for stair rods, staircase finials, door knockers, bed canopies… just need the house to put it all in. And when I do, it’ll have a gorgeous woodland inspired door knocker. Just like the one above, spotted in Langport, Somerset.
If you’ve been around for a little while, you’ll know I love a good church. I’m happy to say I live right next to a lovely little historic church in the form of St Marys. I’m less thrilled to say it’s been vandalised lately, both inside and out. Not nice.
Horrible as the vandalism is, moaning about it won’t help. Action will. So I’m volunteering with the Churches Conservation Trust and a group of other lovely local volunteers to get the place cleaned up, back into use and watched over by the community. I love how many people locally have come forward to support a gorgeous bit of local history. Doing something feels good.
Loving Long Walks in the English Countryside
The countryside puts on a beautiful show at this time of year, and I love it. Best enjoyed on long walks with a four legged friend, I think.
Going to Iceland ( Via Netflix)
Iceland is known for it’s dramatic landscape, but maybe not so much for T.V drama. Netflix has been introducing me to Icelandic viewing in the form of Katla.
Set one year after the eruption of a sub-glacial volcano, Katla is one to watch if you like your T.V a little bit eerie, full of sweeping landscape shots and with a good knotty mystery at the heart of it. Volcanic eruption has shattered the peace and fractured the community in the small Icelandic town of Vik. Now, as a small number of residents hold on to daily life in the shadow of the volcano, secrets are emerging from both the past and the ice. I still have a couple of episodes to go, but I’ve really enjoyed it. Highly recommend.
Also brilliant for knitwear inspiration and Iceland inspired travel lust.
That was my month, I’d love to hear about yours.