My top 10 posts of 2017

Today I'm taking a quick look at the posts which did well last year, and as is becoming customary it features my Ikea hack first posted in 2015, where I showed how I turned a Hol storage table into a laundry basket. Ikea hacks always do well, in fact there's books published on them, but I'm surprised to see it in the top ten again.

So apart from that one - and making a mental note to do more Ikea hacks - here's my top performing posts:

1. More than just a lawnmower

It seems ages ago since I said yes to joining the Press Trip to the Viking factory in Kufstein. You'll remember it was a busy couple of days jam-packed full of information, experiences and fantastic company. I'm really proud to continue to work with Stihl and I hope to share more soon.  If you haven't read this post and are considering a new lawnmower, perhaps not right now but later in the year, definitely take a look the amount of research that goes into one of their products is truly astounding.

ARRIVING IN MUNICH TO CAKE FOR THE COACH TRIP

ARRIVING IN MUNICH TO CAKE FOR THE COACH TRIP

2. Whoops, tulips!

This is definitely one of my oops gardening posts, and it seems to have struck a chord. I'm taking that to mean that I'm not the only one that forgets to plant the bulbs they've bought. They did grow, but were smaller than I'd hoped and let's hope that this year they have a better start.

THEY WERE KEEN TO GROW

THEY WERE KEEN TO GROW

3. French gardens, my garden and on the plot

This post was one of my review posts which I posted early last year, and the one where I said I'd be focusing more on gardens and gardening, so it's good to see this one high up on the list. As you can tell from the title it's got a bit of everything and the photo below is of a peony in the fabulous Chateau de Cheverny. A gorgeous, gorgeous place - but tell me a chateau that isn't!

IN THE POTAGER AT CHATEAU DE CHEVERNEY

IN THE POTAGER AT CHATEAU DE CHEVERNEY

4. Travelling light and stylishly so too

In this post from February I showed off my new Freitag bag made out of recycled tarpaulin. It's surprisingly roomy and still my bag of choice for weekends away.

RECYCLING AT ITS BEST

RECYCLING AT ITS BEST

5. A year in Greenwich Park: January

I'm not surprised to see this post in the top ten as last January was particularly picturesque, and this photo of the frozen puddles is one of my favourites.

MINI FROZEN ICE RINKS GALORE

MINI FROZEN ICE RINKS GALORE

6. A practical gift guide for gardeners

This post is only a month old, so it's done well to make this list. I stand by all of the items on this list though - some I already have and the others are on my wish list too.  I'm already making a mental note to waft this under MOH's nose at the start of May when he should be thinking about what to get for my birthday at the end of that month.

PRACTICAL - AND ON MY LIST TOO

PRACTICAL - AND ON MY LIST TOO

7.  Hellebores and Hydrangeas

We headed to the Blickling Estate in Norfolk in search of snowdrops, we found them along with some faded hydrangeas and shy hellebores. It was pretty chilly though so thawing out in the cafe after our walk around the garden was very welcome!

FADED GLORIOUSNESS

FADED GLORIOUSNESS

8. My current obsession: Scrappy quilts

Still an obsession, but sadly I've very little progress to report. It was on my craft list for my time off over Christmas but it didn't quite get to the top of the list. Cutting it out proved trickier than I'd hoped as I'm using many old garments for this and on the whole they're not square to start with. But now the weather is chillier again quilts are back on my mind, and if I get productive there'll be plenty here of both the patchwork and crocheted sort.  Look out for progress this year...

STILL AN OBSESSION, MORE PROGRESS IS PLANNED FOR THIS YEAR

STILL AN OBSESSION, MORE PROGRESS IS PLANNED FOR THIS YEAR

9. Would you sell your kitchen?

The picture is of our old kitchen which we sold on eBay before I even knew there were companies that help people sell their good quality kitchens, something I wish we'd known about before. Our kitchen was snapped up, so we probably set the price too low, but obviously by then it was too late to change. It does look quite different to our new kitchen, and quite strange to look back at now, even though many of the accessories remain the same.

OUR OLD KITCHEN

OUR OLD KITCHEN

10.  Happy Valentines and beyond from Homesense

It's interesting to see these faux flowers make the top ten as I was blown away by them. They're realistic and by adding a couple of real blooms during the Spring then you get the scent too. I've been meaning to go back to Homesense for a more wintery looking arrangement as even though these are pretty, seeing peonies right now seems a bit odd to the seasonal me. Next time I'm there, maybe!

A SPRING FAUX BOUQUET

A SPRING FAUX BOUQUET

So as last year quite a variety of posts, some surprises and some favourites of mine too.  I'll share more of my favourite posts over the next week or so in my review of 2017 in pictures - I just need to narrow it down to two photos per month now, wish me luck!