Post Comment Love and Blogger Showcase 20-22 July

Hello there and welcome to another #PoCoLo - if you were here last week it was great to see you.  If you're new here then you're very welcome.  Either way I just know you're going to find some fabulous posts to read.  There's something different for you this week and for the next few weeks, as while Morgan is away a couple of our regular linkers will be guest co-hosting with me. 

For today and for next Friday my co-host is Nikki from Something Strange, so as well as checking out our Blogger Showcase, please do pop over and say hello to @MrsTubbs.

I'm also sharing my photo much earlier than usual in my post.  Sadly this week the blogging community lost the funny, kind, generous and inspiring Kate Sutton from WitWitWoo way too soon.  Her two sons are fundraising for her funeral and even though they've already smashed their target it would be great to raise as much as we can to help in some little way.  You might have already read the hashtag #BeMoreWitWitWoo on Twitter, if not take a look, it's a fitting tribute to a great lady.  



The photo is the first time I met Kate at a golf blogging evening - like you do - and she couldn't have made me feel more welcome.  I remember laughing the whole evening, and not just at my spectacularly bad attempts at hitting the ball.  I met her several times afterwards at blogging conferences and events and each time she made time to stop and have a chat, and not just with me, with plenty of people. 

We should all definitely #BeMoreWitWitWoo 

Before I share this week's Blogger Showcase, would you like to be featured in a future post?  If so, send Morgan and I your answers to

Blogger Showcase: Jayla from My 23rd Year

1. Who are you?

My 'pen name' is Jayla Reeves. I like to keep my writing life separate from home life, even though I write at home mostly. It keeps me honest, believe it or not. I also don't believe in having a niche. And if I were to pick though, I'd say I'm my niche, simply because I write what interests me. Nothing more, nothing less.

2. How did you discover blogs/blogging?

I would have to say Myspace in the early 2000s.

3. Why did you start blogging?

I just wanted a place to hold all my thoughts.

4. What do you find most challenging?

Building a following. I'm endlessly pursuing more readers.

5. What is your favourite topic to write about?

Currently, stuff related to pop culture. I expect that to change. I want to get into some crime writing at some point. I'm a huge fan of true crime, among other things.

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

I have goals. Hopefully attainable goals.

7. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

I love having a place that's all my own to express my thoughts.

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

I have not because I'm fairly new to this, but I think it would be quite interesting. A good learning experience.

9. What are your 3 best posts?

  1. My top 5 podcast picks
  2. 5 habits of successful bloggers
  3. R. Kelly removed from Spotify playlists

10. Describe yourself in three words!

Driven.  Creative.  Witty.

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

Coffee and cake!

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

Anything that involves music and dancing. I love you dance!

13. Your perfect night in?

Take out. I love me some food. And movies. Specifically horror movies.

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

I think they would say my best quality is my sense of humour.

Thanks for answering our questions Jayla and for sharing more about you and your blog.  Before we get to the link party, please do pop over and take a look at Jayla's blog and connect with her on her social channels:   Twitter  -  Tumblr 

Reflecting on my week #43

I thought I’d just about recovered and managed to get back onto London time and speed after our week away in Yorkshire.  But this week has thrown its own curveballs, and the worst kind of curveballs too.  But I'll come onto that.

I've finally given in and watering the garden has become a thing.  Some of the plants were looking decidedly worse for wear, some even going so far as looking a little crispy, which isn’t good. The rosemary I brought back from the allotment is a casualty of the weather, but I’m hoping I won’t lose many, if any, more.

My tomato plants are continuing to grow above the length of their canes, so I really mean they’re starting to flop around the greenhouse when things get a bit warm for them, so buying new - and longer - canes is on the list. I think I've sorted the new pot layout for the garden vegetable area and need to get on and order them.

Sunday MOH was due to do one of his silly length bike rides, but sensibly opted for a shorter distance - just the 68 miles then. On the face of it a sensible choice, but still slightly bonkers, especially in the heat.  Rather than spend the time baking in a field I took myself off to RHS Hyde Hall, and parts of that were looking a little parched too.

parched grass at RHS Hyde Hall in Essex

I'm not sure if this is so if there is rain it doesn't run straight off, or pool on the surface or another reason, but it wasn't what I was expecting to see.  My visit was also a good reminder that a lot can happen in a year. On my last visit I'm not even sure their roof was peeking over the hoardings.  Now they're fully operational with a cafe, learning centre and an exhibition space.

The rooftops of the new buildings - quite different to a year ago

The other new addition since my last visit was the new vegetable garden which has that knack of looking like it's been there for a while already.

hot feet in the vegetable garden
A pew with a view and a great place to enjoy some shade

It was a great place to stop and pause and enjoy the view of the vegetables and the dahlias, which were a-ma-zing.  Expect a post just on dahlias soon.  The ones below reminded me of the ones my dad grew many years ago, although I think the colours are a little wilder.

falling in love with dahlias at RHS hyde hall

There was a riot of colour in the old vegetable garden with a Thomson & Morgan fiesta of colour.  Every type of flower, every colour, everywhere you looked.

A riot of colour on the site of the old veg plot at RHS hyde hall

Would you believe my luck, the exhibition space had a Cacti show on and I've several more cacti photos now.  And, it gives me an excuse to talk about cowboy's bums again here, or lithops if you want to be more formal.

A cacti show at RHS hyde hall with lithops - or cowboys bums

They're still making me smile.  I left armed with armfuls of herbs with the plan to pot up a herb pot for the patio, and a replacement rosemary plant amongst the haul.  They're still enjoying a good drink in the pink trug, as my plans to get them planted didn't quite work out.  Sadly Tuesday was a day for bad news, the blogging community learnt of the sudden and shocking death of Kate from WitWitWoo who was taken far too soon. It was also the day my FIL lost his battle with cancer too, so you see it's been a funny old week.

my next job - finding a new home for the herbs

Take care, and as Kate would say: Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Bright. Be Big. Be Beautiful.

Let's all be a #BeMoreWitWitWoo


The Round Garden

This was one of the gardens I'd seen on Gardener's World before arriving in Birmingham, and as you might expect the circles appealed to me.  There was also a garden based on squares but somehow I missed that one, I'm not quite sure how. If I remember rightly there was a competition between the designers of the square and the round garden, and I'm pretty certain this one won.  Or if it didn't, it was definitely my favourite.  

But having my own garden full of circles that really didn't surprise you did it?

The Round Garden at Gardener's World Live

I love how the theme is repeated throughout the garden.  Since we added a raised bed of sleepers it has become my favourite place to sit and I think these benches would be relatively easy to replicate.  MOH thought so too as I caught him working out how to make these, perhaps for a future garden, who knows?  I'll not hold my breath though.

I also liked how the decking was flush with the stone circle, and how the lines matched up. I bet you didn't notice that did you?

A round seating area in the The Round Garden at Gardener's World Live

Clever huh?

I was less keen on the statue or stacked circle ornament, but I understand that the area needed some height and this was an effective way of ensuring that stayed throughout the year.  I did like the corten steel finish though.

circles everywhere in The Round Garden at Gardener's World Live

The planting was interesting too as it was mostly shrubs, but not boring shrubs at all. The variegated and coloured foliage made sure of that as well as the different shaped leaves. 

planting in The Round Garden at Gardener's World Live

So what do you think, are you a fan of circles in the garden yet?