Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Early Bird.......

.... gets a great deal on our Christmas Wrap!

We're launching a few 'EARLY BIRD' offers to kick start your Christmas shopping and save you some money at the same time. Over the next few weeks we will be offering money off some our our popular products aimed at helping you shop and save for the festive season. The offer will last a week before we introduce the next. These items will not be at such a low price again this side of Christmas, so it is worth buying whilst the offer is on.

To start things off, we are offering our fabulous, quality Christmas wrapping paper with 

50% off 

Offer ends at midnight, Saturday 27th September so you have a week to shop. 
Please spread the word and

Saturday, 20 September 2014

More of the same!

Well another week has gone by and I certainly can't complain about the beautiful warm weather we have been having - still very much 'flip-flop' weather but with an autumnal twist.

The leaves are beginning to turn and fall but are wonderfully crisp and crunchy due to the amazingly warm, dry spell we are having.

I've reverted back to childhood and can't seem to resist picking up conkers on my daily walk - we have bowls of them dotted around on window ledges. They're supposed to keep spiders at bay - no idea if this is really true but they look pretty anyway.

The garden continues to be gorgeous but there are definite signs that things are changing.

Our pumpkins are ripening up a treat......

....Jeff's pride and joy!

Just hope the slugs keep away from it until Halloween!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

What a sunny week

This week has been all about enjoying this beautiful sunny weather. I've been having my lunch out in the garden, making the most of the warmth and blue skies, a real bonus at this time of year.

The garden is loving this glorious weather too - I'm still picking sweet peas and

picking beans too.

The pumpkins are ripening up just lovely and

the final sunflower is a burst of colour down at the bottom of the garden.

Maybe because of the sunflowers and the sunshine, I was inspired to purchase this lovely cardie - a bargain £20 from TU at Sainsburys - a burst of colour for Autumn ahead.

I was also drawn to these beautiful Dahlia's, a variety called 'Honka' so I'm told.

Well I hope you are having a lovely weekend and enjoy some sunshine wherever you are.

Friday, 5 September 2014

Hello September

 So it's September, back to work and school for everyone and time for me to do some serious making up prep over at the unit.

This could put a spanner in the works though - it would be wrong not to make the most of any good weather we may get - you never know what weather we have in store for us. That's one of the perks of being self employed, choosing when to work and when to make the most of the sunshine!

Sophie and Sam have gone back to school - Sophie going into Year 10 and starting her GCSE year's and Sam in Year 8. I can't get over how grown up they suddenly seem to be and how tall Sam is getting.

So into September we go - sunflowers to brighten the way.

Have a lovely weekend.

Sunday, 31 August 2014

Goodbye August

So it's the end of August and the end of the Summer - Jeff goes back to work tomorrow, the children back on Wednesday. It's been a great sunny, Summer and we've had plenty of time together as a family to enjoy it with trips to Cornwall and Majorca.

The garden with the new addition, has been wonderful and used daily with nearly all our meals enjoyed outside. The pumpkins are ripening up lovely - we've ended up with 6 in all. The beans are just about coming to an end but the courgettes still have a fair few more offerings to come.

My sweet peas have been the biggest surprise and success, after my previous poor attempts to grow them. I'm making the most of them whilst I can and if they're still flowering, I'm still cutting.

But I must say my sunflowers, given to me by a friend have been beautiful.
This was taken today - blue skies, glorious sunshine and although a little ladybird wanted to get into the shot, perfection.

Hope you've had a lovely weekend and enjoyed the sunshine.

Friday, 29 August 2014

The unexpected

This week I have been unexpectedly busy - an order we thought was no longer wanted, suddenly became very much wanted and wanted 'yesterday'! So with a willing (cash strapped) helper we have put in the hours and worked hard to get the order ready in time for dispatch early next week.

So we have made up a mere 264 festive Wrap Packs

Packed Merry Christmas Tape and Mini Gift Packs and

made up 648 packs of Gift Tags - that's 3888 tags - not that I was counting!!

So my Friday evening is very welcome tonight.
I have a date with a big mug of coffee and the sofa.

Hope you have a lovely weekend and a glimpse of some much needed sunshine.

Monday, 25 August 2014

Bank Holiday Monday

Today - Bank Holiday Monday is truly wet and miserable. I'm sat typing away with my feet on a hot water bottle in an attempt to keep the chills at bay. 

Thankfully we decided to pull the onions on Friday when it was still sunny.

They had a chance to dry off and are now stored away for the coming weeks.

Jeff and I went foraging for more blackberries - there are loads this year.

So we had apple, pear and blackberry crumble for tea last night and although I say so myself, it was really delicious and the best bit, there's plenty more for today too.

Our beans still keep coming and they're even producing 's'pecial beans for Sophie and Sam!

This colour combo is fabulous - our neighbour suggested drying out the beans to grow next year, so we'll give it a go!

We spotted the first conkers of the year too which must have dropped prematurely but I must say, as I sit here typing, the odd leaf keeps fluttering down catching my eye and Autumn does seem to be making it's early arrival known.

With just a week of the Summer holidays to go we are now gearing ourselves up for the school start. Jeff is basically back in as of tomorrow although the children aren't back until a week on Wednesday. The weather is going to be nothing special and dots and spots Christmas Prep isn't going to do it's self so it would seem that the lovely Summer is coming to an end and with Autumn knocking, so a new regime begins. I'm not looking forward to the early alarm wake up call and the school run is still the worst part of the day but I'm ready to get a little routine back into my days......just!!