What a load of rubbish

Actually this post is the exact opposite of its title, it demonstrates how rubbish can be repurposed and with some inventiveness can be incorporated into our gardens, without looking like a pile of old rubbish in the corner.  And if you' haven't already worked it out from the pictures this post is another from Gardeners' World Live, and another of the Beautiful Borders. 

Alliums in flower and a hint of purple

You'll quickly spot the purple theme too.

I’m a fan of the bare lampshade which would be great with plants grown through it.  It's a great way to add some height to a garden in a funky and unusual way.  I think I'll have a hard time of it persuading MOH we should do this though.

A bike and a lampshade make an appearance in this beautiful border

I'm also not sure he'd be too impressed if I gave his bike this treatment.  It is a “proper” bike though isn’t it, complete with basket.

herbs in porcelain

Herbs are great for growing in containers and both of these photos demonstrate that, I particularly like the thyme tea below.

A purple cup of herb tea

And of course for a cup of tea you need a kettle.

Put the kettle on

The purple and rubbish theme continued throughout this border with the red-purple lettuce in a vanity case.

A case for the purple lettuce

I was impressed with the alliums, they're a favourite but mine anyway and mine have long finished, so it felt like a treat to see more in full bloom this year.

the vibrancy of an allium against the dark leaves of the heuchera

The purple gnome made me laugh - and in case you're wondering I don't want one in my garden - but his plant pot, complete with seedling, is fun (I still don't want one).

A purple knitted gnome, of course

Most of the borders in this part of the show were densely populated and that's something I admire and aspire to, I'm sure it's a way of suffocating the weeds too, so an added bonus!





lettuce in a fish tank, what else

The lettuce, another of my favourites - I really should grow some of this - in the fish tank seemed a good idea, although I'm sure mine would have silvery trails of snails and slugs all over it.

What do you think, rubbish or not?

A spot of baking: savoury, sweet and with gin

After a particularly busy week today has been a day of cooking and baking, and that's a great way to destress.  The radio is turned up a notch or two, I have the house to myself and I'm in the process of making a lasagne for tea and while the rosemary focaccia cooks I'm already thinking about what's potentially up next.

It's been a while since I made focaccia though and luckily I had some yeast that was still just about in date and willing to do its thing.  If you've got quick active yeast at the back of the cupboard like me then it's worth knowing that salt kills yeast and sugar helps it.  So if you're not sure if it's going to do anything mix it with warm water and a smidgeon of sugar, if it froths use it, if not throw it away and head to the shops for some more!

I've the rest of the packet to use up so there could be plenty more focaccia to come, or even better pizza oven pizzas.  Making bread always amazes me, so few ingredients but such a lovely outcome.  The kneading is therapeutic too, and go some way to counter the stresses of this week.

I mean, from this:

focaccia dough before kneading

To this, about thirty minutes later:

rosemary and sea salt focaccia ready to go into the oven

It smells good, and I'm looking forward to tucking into it later on. 

The bolognaise of the lasagne is cooking away and there's just the cheese sauce to make.  In the local supermarket earlier I was feeling lazy so thought I'd buy some but it was not to be as they only had carbonara sauce on the shelf.  I was clearly meant to make my own. 

Finishing with something sweet

Now that I've got into the mindset of baking today, I want to continue.  You may remember I have a penchant for cake and would happily eat cake for breakfast.  They do in Portugal, and so that means it's allowed.  It's probably also why I like Portugal so much, in fact I even know the Portuguese word for cake (it's bolo in case you need it)

Thinking about what cake I could make I remembered a cake my SIL made on our last visit - a gin and tonic cake.  I know, it sounds delicious doesn't it, I can tell you hers was and the flavours have been stored away for future use.  There was also a strawberry and prosecco cake which I'm hoping will also reappear when we visit in the future. 



But gin and tonic cakes, they definitely work.  But which gin?  We already have a selection (as you can see) and I suspect that each will give the cake its own flavour, and there's plenty of scope to experiment.  I think this is where miniatures, like these from Just Miniatures could come into their own.  For example I think a more fresh and floral flavoured gin would work well in a cake, but we tend to be drawn to more robust, juniper styles to drink.  Clearly I'd like all the gin, but that's not so practical. 

In my quest to find a recipe I'd use, I've already found the following recipes:

But I'd be keen to know if you have recipe you stand by, or of course, ones to give a miss.

* This is a collaborative post but all views are my own.

Post Comment Love & Blogger Showcase 22 - 24 June

Hello there and welcome to this week's #PoCoLo - it's been a bit of a week here and more so than usual, so this will only be a short post - please forgive me.

If you're new here this week it's great to see you *waves* and if you were here last week thank you for your continued support. It means a lot to both Morgan and I.

My photo this week is from my visit to Gardeners' World Live (as is the post I've linked) on Sunday - they're so vibrant and pretty they needed to be kept behind the rope barrier for their own safety...

Flowers kept behind the ropes at Gardeners' World Live

Blogger Showcase: Janita from Tyler Belle

1. Who are you?

My name is Janita.  I’m a wife and a momma to a baby boy and baby girl.  I’m 21, and live in a small town of roughly 200 people in Manitoba, Canada.  I’m a country girl, a Supernatural and Marvel fan and I cherish family dearly!  I’m a PCOS and anxiety warrior learning to appreciate the small things in life. 

2. How did you discover blogs/blogging?

I first came across blogs when I was 17 for a school project.  I was instantly hooked and couldn’t stop reading.  A few years later, after marrying my husband and having 2 kids I realized I had a lot to say and needed to share it with the world.  Tyler Belle was created in that moment.

3. Why did you start blogging?

A few reasons, I wanted to share my voice and thoughts with the world!  Also as a young mom, I didn’t want to be known as “only” a mom.  I wanted to connect with other people and create a life for my family.  

4. What do you find most challenging?

The most challenging part of blogging is definitely pushing past the hard times.  Low views, writers block, negative feedback etc.  As a new blogger, it can be discouraging but we have to remember to keep moving forward because our voice matters.  A couple other challenges were setting up the “tech” side of a blog.  I’m not a huge technology person by any means! 

5. What is your favourite topic to write about?

Anything and everything Parenting.  Including finances, diy crafts, pregnancy, postpartum and more.  I want to help other momma’s and fellow bloggers with whatever obstacle they may be facing!

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

Both!  One day, I would love for my blog to become my full time income and allow me to be able to stay home with my family.  But, as of right now, it’s a hobby.  And I don’t want to ruin that by thinking about money too much. 

7. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

Definitely the amazing group of supportive people I’ve come across.  There are so many wonderful bloggers out there who are so helpful and encouraging.   I’ve created amazing friendships with people I haven’t even met in person.  I never thought I could feel so connected with someone over social media or through my blog! 

8. Have you ever attended a blogging conference? 

No I haven’t, however, it is definitely something I would love to do in the future!

9. What are your 3 best posts?

  1. 21 Easy Ways To Save Money!
  2. 12 Positive Parenting Affirmations For Stressful Days
  3. 7 Steps To Patient Parenting

10. Describe yourself in 3 words!

Busy!  Anxious!  Motivated! 

As a mom of 2 under 15 months I’m busy lol.  I’ve suffered from anxiety my whole life.  I’m motivated to change my life and provide the best for my family!

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

I personally don’t drink a lot of tea or coffee,  but I’m definitely a cake person!  If I had to choose, I would probably prefer coffee over tea!

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

My idea of a perfect night out would be no children, a nice fancy dinner and going to watch a great movie with my husband.  Maybe a nice walk after!  As long as I’m with my husband it’s a perfect night.

13. Perfect night in?

I love our nights in when we can just lock the door, relax in our pjs on the couch.  Watch our favourite Disney movie with our little boy and just cuddle.  Family is so important to me.

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

My leadership or my work ethic.  I’ve always known how to take charge in a respectful way and I will not stop until my work is perfect.  I believe how hard I work, resembles how much I’m worth.  We are all worth a lot! 


Thanks Janita for sharing more about you and your blog.  You can connect with Janita on her social channels here: Instagram  -  Pinterest  -  Twitter