Post Comment Love and Blogger Showcase 25-28 May

Hello there and welcome to another Friday, another #PoCoLo and another Bank Holiday - yay!  If you were here last week, thank you - it was great to see you, and I will pop over to read your post shortly; if you're new here *hello* you're very welcome, and I'm sure you'll find some great posts to read.

We're in to the third full week of our conservatory work and the past few days have been a dust-fest, but yesterday topped it off.  They're onto the making good part, and that involved plastering, and yes more dust.  And builder's clearing up. The plastering looks fantastic though, and we know the dust will continue to settle for a little while yet.

Thankfully their building skills are way better than their cleaning up skills, although you'll have to take my word for it as the newly painted radiator may not feel quite the same way.  We're cleaning the kitchen each night and sweeping the downstairs floor, but the conservatory is their space to put right.  I'm sure they will, and without too much persuasion from me, and it will look great when it's done. 

 

A newly painted radiator complete with plaster

They were due to finish this week, but as they started later than planned will be here for a bit longer - but even so completing next week might be pushing it as the floor sander isn't coming until Friday.  I'm keen now to get the house straight again, and not to clean the kitchen every night, having builders in the house gets tiresome after a while...

Blogger Showcase: Jacqui from Mummabstylish

1. Who are you?

My name is Jacqui Berry I'm a 53 year old fashion and lifestyle blogger who runs the blog www.mummabstylish.com I post twice a week, mainly outfits I have worn, a little of my lifestyle, sometimes I post about health, car or beauty products.  

2. How did you discover blogs/blogging?

I knew about blogs, but none in particular, mainly watching vlogs on make-up and hair tutorials, both I'd love to do, but don't have the knowledge.  Blogging seemed to click for me.

3. Why did you start blogging?

I had wanted to do 'something' for a few years, since my children are grown up, along with the fact I don't work, but help my husband out with his business.  I still have three children at home, and two gorgeous grand-children to look after and spend time with.  I wanted to do something I could stay at home with being able to pick up and put down when I wanted to.

4. What do you find most challenging?

The technical side, and I still do!  

5. What is your favourite topic to write about?

Clothes and fashion I love talking about.

6. Are you blogging for fun or do you have goals?

Blogging for fun, but I would love to make some money from it, maybe in the future.

7. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

Seeing other ladies of all ages but mostly mine sharing their fashion ideas - you can find out anything on a blog.8.

8. Have you ever attended a blogging conference and if so, what did you think?

Have never attended a conference, but I'd love to, maybe i'd learn how to do some of the more technical things.  I've met three blogger friends which was fantastic and we all felt the same.

9. What are your 3 best posts?

I love many of my posts but here's some i'm very proud of:

  •  Lotus shoes, let me share a shoe boot. This was my first collaboration, which I was so elated about. (little things eh?)
  • I love the photos in this post, three wonderful outfits, that all look really great.
  • Another collaboration in which the backdrop for these photos is a very special place.  Managed to meet my best friend and her daughter (my god-daughter) there at the same time and she took my photos. (GD took the pictures.). Stunning scenery.

10. Describe yourself in three words!

Sympathetic, caring and thankful.

11. Are you a tea and biscuits or coffee and cake person?

Tea and biscuits, but I love cake too - coffee only one cup a day!

12. What's your idea of a perfect night out?

Meal in a restaurant with fabulous food and great company, oh and a bottle of prosecco.  So long as I'm with my hubby I'm happy!

13. Your perfect night in?

Oh, watching a really gripping film, with a curry, oh and a bottle of prosecco.

14. What would your best friend/OH/mum or kids say is your best quality?

I think they would all say "I'm just a nice person"

 

Thanks Jacqui, it's great to hear more about you and your blog, before we link up connect with Jacqui on her social channels:  Twitter -  Instagram  -  Facebook.

 

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Highlights of my Chelsea (part 2)

In this second highlights post from my visit to the Chelsea Flower Show on Monday I'm sharing my highlights from inside the Great Pavilion (read part one to see my highlights from the show gardens, artisan gardens and the space to grow gardens).

The Great Pavilion is huge.  Two football pitches worth of flowery gorgeousness.  I started off with a methodical up and down each row approach and then got distracted and that plan went out of the window.  I *thought* I'd seen everything it had to offer, but I've since realised I didn't - not sure how, but I did see a lot...

One of the corners was dedicated to floral displays, there were floral thrones and floral arches, and there was a definite nod to the Royal Wedding.  I'll share more in a future post, but for now there's a close up of one of the arches, which also had a heart-shaped "window" built in.

 ALLIUMS, AGAPANTHUS, TULIPS, ROSES AND MORE

ALLIUMS, AGAPANTHUS, TULIPS, ROSES AND MORE

 THE HEART SHAPED 'WINDOW' WITH ADDED SUCCULENTS

THE HEART SHAPED 'WINDOW' WITH ADDED SUCCULENTS

There was the usual display of neatly arranged alliums, and instead of the more usual purple ones I thought I'd share this pale pink version.  Even looking at this picture I'm making a mental note to get more alliums for my own garden next year.

I think this floral horse and cart was one of the areas where my logical plan went awry - I was quite literally drawn to it, it's beautiful isn't it?

I'm a fan of the wire mesh type sculptures and the figures on this stand were fantastic.  The planting was evocative of a journey through a pretty meadow, and the smell here was fantastic.  As I've been editing my photos I've realised that a sure fire way of seeing just how much I liked a stand was by the number of photos I've taken, and I've a few of these, so you can expect to see more of this at a future date.

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You knew there'd be cacti at some point didn't you?  And you're right a highlights post wouldn't be mine without some, these ones have the added bonus of having brightly coloured flowers too, so a double win in my books.

While we're talking bright colours, just look at the colour of this plant in the greenhouse, which I snuck myself into. The leaves have an almost waxy, succulent like look about them, but the flowers have a touch of asters about them don't they?  I'll be doing some detective work on this one I think.

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Actually while we're on colour this Flower Market made me smile, as where else would you have blooms laid out to resemble veg (and with real veg there too)?

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I mentioned in my first post that there was a fair bit of corten steel on show and in the Stihl inspired garden by Hillier Nurseries, there was more - and I'm really not complaining. 

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I quite randomly appear to have chosen both sides of these pots for this post, but doesn't the blue of the ceanothus look great against the steel backdrop in the photo below? 

This iris, and those around it also caught my eye, isn't the colour exquisite?  Almost golden. I think I might need some irises in my garden at some point...

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The planting at Chelsea is often dense and that's a style I love - I'm not keen on seeing earth between plants - I was pleased to spot these upturned, and crooked sleepers, and it reminded me that this was very much our preferred approach to our gabion basket area on one point, now though I can't imagine anything other than our quirkily filled wire baskets.

 

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The Great Pavilion was also good for some celeb spotting, the lady of the left is Beverley Knight and she was a good sport trying out the Steel Drum, she admitted after the photos she had no idea but quite enjoyed herself. I bumped into her a few times around the show and the lady next to her was always with her.  I don't know who the man is on the end of the photo, but I did recognise the man with the medals.  Me being me had no idea of his name until later, it's Johnson Beharry who in 2005 was awarded the Victoria Cross for valour in Iraq, and was the first living recipient of the award in thirty years.

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He was, as you'd expect, super nice and I was proud to shake his hand and in fact he was one of the few people (or celebs) that I spoke to.  I also learnt later on that he was born in Grenada which explained why he was at the Grenada stand. I'm not a fan of the celebrity culture, and I do think that we should aspire and recognise people that achieve great things, rather than those that don't, if you know what I mean.

Anyway, back to the flower show.  As you can see I'm back at the greenhouse from earlier, but this time it's a much more refined affair, with greens and succulents for lunch, and a soft cushioned chair to sit on.

Actually the chairs reminded me of something similar from my 2015 visit - remember my Bumping into Alice in the Chelsea Wonderland post, if not pop over and have a look, it's definitely fairy tale.

I've a couple more photos to share in this post (and plenty more for a few other days) but I couldn't end without a peony shot, and not just any old peony shot, the colours of the petals here had me fascinated.

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As did one of the clematis displays, there were wave after wave of clematis on these structures lapping at the beach.  It was a great way to display them and fun too, and yes you've guessed it there'll be more of these photos at some point too.

So there's my highlights in sixteen or so photos, I tell you narrowing it down took quite some doing!  

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Conservatory news - and progress!

You might have been wondering what's happening with our Conservatory work, and you're right I have been rather quiet about it, other than telling you work has started.  And there's been a very good reason for that, which I can now explain.

[It really isn't that exciting, but my security conscious head prevented me from sharing before now]

The day the builders started work, I arrived home to this.

Our conservatory doors in the drive

Yes, that's our old, exterior conservatory doors in our drive.  I knew that the new doors weren't due to arrive for a week or so, so I was curious as to what I'd find (or not) inside.  But before that, when I left for work that morning, I'd left them taking out the window that needed replacing.  That had already given them some gyp, it was heavy - well it is a big window, but they also discovered it wasn't toughened glass as they struggled to break the unit.

The white dots are actually where it's been hit with a hammer

The white "dots" are where the window had been hit with a hammer (by the builders) in an attempt to smash the glass.  Not only was it heavy, but it was stubborn, but they did manage to get it into the black sacks show in the first photo. 

So there wasn't too much left of our conservatory...

Our new "open" look conservatory

It certainly had an open feel, and it did amuse me that our doormat had now moved to the other end of the conservatory, in front of some of the only doors we had left.  Thankfully the internal doors did lock, but nonetheless we did feel kind of exposed, which is why I've not shared more before.

A new home for the doormat

So this is where the window used to be: 

Where the window used to be

I also noticed a new lump of wood on the outside, this no longer looks like this after, but is the way our builders have devised of adding guttering to our structure.  Our conservatory has been up since 1996, and not had a piece of guttering even waved at it I'm sure in its lifetime.  That's not great and has contributed to the damage on the window and windowsill.  

A new addition to the exterior in preparation for guttering

And this is where the doors used to be.

Where the doors used to be

And the final piece of work for day one, was adding these roof bars where the laminated glass joins were starting to fail, as MOH and I were in agreement that there was little point in doing this work - and spending the money - if the roof were to start leaking soon (or relatively soon) after.

Repairing the roof

So that's the first day's work completed - great - which left us with no conservatory doors for the first Bank Holiday weekend.  Hmmmnnn, there is obviously more to come - and don't worry, there won't be a day by day update, the next update will cover all of the second week - and at least that was four days.

More soon..

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