Post Comment Love & Blogger Showcase 17-19 August

Hello there and welcome to this week's #PoCoLo - how's your week been?

If you were here last week, it was great to see you and thanks for sharing some great posts.  If you're new here this week, you're very welcome I'm sure you're going to find some great posts to read, and perhaps some new to you blogs too.  Once again I'm joined by Suzanne from Chicken Ruby who's co-hosting with me while Morgan is on her holidays, so do please also pop over there to say hello.

Last week was just a short post as it was also the day of my FIL's funeral, everything went as well as these things do and the weather certainly made itself known.  People were arriving in the pub completely soaked and we had a lovely afternoon sharing memories, and learning some new ones too.  There is of course, still much to do but this milestone has now taken place, and it was quite a task to get that to happen all told.

white rose

We'd planned to go for a boozy picnic in Greenwich Park on Sunday but it seemed the weather had other ideas (again) and so I dragged MOH cushion shopping instead, with some success.  MOH couldn't believe we needed that many cushions, but as we have three sofas to fill we definitely did and we left with six cushions from a couple of shops.  And a shopping list for two more, one to collect from my mum and another that I want to make from the samples I collected during our sofa shopping.  

It must be said that MOH is gobsmacked by all the soft furnishings - I'm sure he thought the one we bought in Yorkshire was plenty.  I've linked the cushions we browsed on our trip, so you can see the one that MOH chose!  I'll share our purchases soon, as I'm on a bit of a cushion roll.  And that boozy picnic has been rescheduled for Bank Holiday Monday when I'm sure the weather will be no better, or maybe it will...

Blogger Showcase: Kirsten from Obtaining Bliss

1. Who are you?

My name is Kirsten and I have a blog called I write about personal development through depression and anxiety, domestic violence, and everything that helps a person find more bliss in their life.

2. How did you discover blogs/blogging?

I found blogging as a business through a site called She had a few posts on starting a blog as a business and I got interested.

3. Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging as a business because I really wanted to be an entrepreneur. That has since expanded to helping other women who also suffer from depression and anxiety and who may have experienced an abusive relationship find peace and bliss. Hence the name of my blog.

4. What do you find most challenging?

Juggling a full-time job with a full-time business and making sure to keep time for myself and my family.

5. What is your favourite topic to write about?

I have a few, but I love talking about self-care and personal development specifically for those suffering from depression.

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

Oh, I have BIG goals. But I do also write for fun - I think that's the best part of being a blogger is that I get to do what I love (write) and help others in the process. 

7. What is your favourite thing about blogging?

The connections. Meeting other bloggers and readers. Getting feedback from others about my content.

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

Yes, I attended the EBA Live conference. It was the very first conference by Ruth Soukup of Living Well Spending Less. When I first started blogging this was the course I got. This course put me on the right path to setting up my blog and being successful. The conference was awesome! I met so many people and got so much great feedback and learned so very very much. I would definitely recommend going to a blogging conference if you get the chance because it can be so beneficial for your blogging business.

9. What are your 3 best posts?

10. Describe yourself in 3 words.

Empath, tenacious, resilient.

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

Totally a coffee and cake person!

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

Dancing and singing with my favourite people.

13. Your perfect night in?

A good movie cuddled up with my hubby and/or my kiddos.

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

I actually did a survey with this exact question. They all said the same thing. I'm super loyal, have a huge heart and I'm very giving.

Thanks Kirsten - I love that you did some research for that final question!  Don't forget to connect with Kirsten's social channels:  Facebook - Twitter - Pinterest - Instagram.  

If you'd like to be featured as a future Blogger Showcase then please do get in touch.

Across the Board at Gardeners' World Live

It's been a little while since I shared a post from our visit to Gardeners' World Live so what better to share today, than this garden designed and created by Conquest Creative Spaces.  It's one of those spaces that while it looked great, it also looked realistic and one I'd be happy to have.

There were a couple of elements that, apart from its 'realness' appealed to me, which were:

  • Corten steel planters, looking at these again while writing this post, I'm thinking it's a good thing that my recent order for new pots has turned into such a debacle, but more on that another day,
  • A chunky oak pergola that would provide some respite from this summer's heat, and protection from a more usual summer!
A calming tranquil garden space at Gardeners' World Live

And that's even without mentioning the gabion design elements - I tell you, they really are the thing to have, you'll start to see them more and more in gardens, domestic and otherwise and they're no longer just for the sides of motorways.

I think one of the things that gives this garden its everyday feel is the meadow planting, which might at first glance be misconstrued for weeds, or it would it my garden anyway.  But it's nature, and natural, which is always my argument too.

Stepping stones and a swing

It also shows that you can build a swing seat into a small space and do it stylishly so.  I think this swing is more likely aimed at the gentle movement, rather than the climb as high as you can that I remember from my youth - that was quite the challenge wasn't it?  I'm sure mums everywhere would peek through their hands just hoping momentum would keep us on the seats.

But yes, the Corten steel planters, aren't they just great?

Corten steel planters - swoon!

Even MOH is a fan, and this is the man that likes things clean and pristine.  But their beauty really is their markings and age, and I can't help but sigh every time I think about how I could manoeuvre some into our garden.  I haven't worked out how yet, but I'm not prepared to give up just yet. 

Plants softening the structures in the space

I'm also a fan of planting between hard landscape and while that's more usually around paving slabs and bricks, this bolder and more modern take with what looks to be Mind your own business (the green plant) and what could be a fragrant herb - camomile? - shows how traditional ideas can be adapted and given a new lease of life.

Now wouldn't it be good to have a wooden box like this to shelter from either the sun, rain or chill in?  This one is complete with a fire pit and the log store seats look pretty and have a practical use too.  I'm definitely banking this idea for a future garden, it won't work in our garden of circles, but some day I'll have to find a garden that it will.

A corner space to retreat to

The other thing that makes this garden work for me is the mix of textures, not something you think of in gardens generally, and you'll remember that I've mentioned it for interiors on more than one occasion, so it sort of makes sense that a garden with textures also works, doesn't it? 

A cosy corner for whatever the weather

So, what do you think - is this a garden for you, or are there elements that have inspired you?

Cushion crazy

This week I'm sharing more from the Yorkshire interiors shop of loveliness.  Our cushion detecting radar must have brought us here as we keep saying we need to buy cushions for all three of our grey sofas.  The easy, and more traditional way of doing this would be to choose two or three designs and stock up.  But I'm not always a fan of the easy route, sometimes that's a good thing and at others it just means more shopping than either of us are used to...

Stags and fishes

There was certainly plenty of choice here and while many were lovely, and there was the pom pom edging that I've been banging on about for most of the year, many were a bit too pastel and soft for what I was after.  The hare did seriously test me though, isn't it lovely?

we were tempted by the hare cushion
A badger to lean back on

It wasn't all just animals though, there were florals and multi-coloured bobbles. These were getting to more of what I had in mind, something full of colour that could be switched between our main living room and our conservatory, but even so we moved on.

brightly coloured flowers with silk tassel pom poms
A pug to share your chair

The fish cushions were admired, and they're quite obviously related to some of the cushions I've already shared.

fish and bobbles

And then, upstairs in one of the many rooms, we found our cushion.

The orange stag cushion came home with us

Yeap, the orange stag was ours and is now proudly living on our conservatory sofa. I suspect it's quite lonely out there as while we find the right cushions for the main sofa, we've requisitioned the black and white geometric patterned cushions (these ones which have already been promoted from the futon).  But putting these together give you an idea of the bold approach we're aiming for in the conservatory, the living room might be slightly more sedate, but who knows...