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Back Green Garden Update

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Well, here they are - photos of our lovely back green garden in bloom.

The lettuce (Lola Rosa) patch is already producing enough for most residents ...

I never knew you could grow your own celery ...

Herbs are my favourites as you can pick, and pick, and pick ....

The rosemary and mint in these clay containers give the garden a distinctly Mediterranean flair, don't you think?

Nasturtiums keep the French beans company.

The little guy loves to play under the trees behind the garden where he makes mud pies but he also loves to water the plants in the garden. This garden has been a godsend for me as I find it hard somedays to keep up with his nibs. So much energy in such a little package. Now we spend mornings in the garden enjoying the sunshine - I get to catch up on my reading and the little guy plays happily by himself or with any of the other kiddies that show up. 

Back Green Garden and Street Finds

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 5:10 AM Comments comments (0)

The housing association that maintains the grounds where we are living recently created a community garden in the back green (the communal park behing the buildings) and it's been a great hit with everyone, especially the kids. Our little guy enjoys watering the plants and eating the produce. Since he never was a great veggie fan, his Mom is happy that he enjoys the garden's fresh produce which includes carrots, lettuces, cabbages, leeks, onions, courgettes (that's zucchini to you and me!), as well as a variety of herbs and flowers. Right now only the lettuces and a few carrots are ready but he happily will much on both without much persuasian. His mom also grows a variety of herbs and veggies on their balcony and he is especially fond of the peas which he will eat raw.

Don't you just love this little toy horse? Would you believe that this was a street find? I came across the little fellow when I got on the wrong bus the other day and had to get off. While looking for the right bus, I spotted it amidst a pile of rubbish bags on the curb. Quickly looking up and down the street to see if anyone was watching, I snatched it up and high-tailed it to the nearest bus stop home. (Didn't get a funny look from the driver either, as they're used to people bringing anything and everything on board - the other day, I watched two Spanish girls lug a foldable single bed on the bus!)

Once I got the toy horse home and cleaned it up, I googled it and found similar ones made ca. 1920s. It seems it may have had a cart attached originally. His nibs immediately claimed the horse as his own and has been riding it in the garden all day!

Shoe Last/Tree Upcycling

Posted on June 14, 2014 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Awhile ago I posted a couple of ideas on recycling wood shoe trees (seems they're called shoe lasts here). Easy-peasy ideas anyone can do (if you've got them). Just to give you an idea of moe possibilities (and admittedly more elegant than mine), take a gander at this little toy 'racer' made from a recycled shoe last and toy parts.

The above litle race was created by the folks at Plum and Ashby. Don't you just love it. 

Father's Day Upcycling Ideas

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

One of the problems I'm having at the moment is being too busy and having too much fun here in Edinburgh to sit down and dream up craft recycling projects or even finding some good ideas on the web. We all have to take advantage of the good weather when it does show up and the last two days have been perfect - lots of sunshine but still cool enough to be able to run about without getting exhausted by the heat (heat, in Edinburgh, you say?). A lot going on - today we are off to the Meadows Festival in Morningside - a two-day event that attract hundreds, if not thousands of folks.

Anyway, what I'm saying here is that I have no time (or inclination) - so with Father's Day fast approaching I can only offer you up some past ideas. Enjoy.

And here's where you will find the how-tos:

Wine box cutting board and salt and pepper sample whiskey bottles

Cigar box desk organizers

Wine label drinks coasters

Scrap paper desk organizer or key holder

What I've been up to in Edinburgh

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 4:05 AM Comments comments (0)

I've been in Edinburgh now over a month and enjoying the rain that keeps coming down. Now I know why it's so green here. Anyway, we did have had a couple of days of sunshine and even managed to get out to Portobello Beach one day. Rain does get me out and about exploring since you can't do much else outdoors. With over 110 charity shops in Edinburgh and a few flea markets (not too common here), I keep myself occupied. This past weekend was a busy one as it was the first day of the new Edinburgh tram system and I took my little guy out for his very first tram experience. Later that day, I hit the streets visiting a number of charity shops and then stopping by the Out of the Blue Drill Hall in Leith to forage through the offerings at the monthly flea market. There was a lot of stuff I would have bought (had I room in my suitcase), all reasonably priced. You can bet I'm going back at the end of June. 

A community garden has been established in the back green of our building and we put in the some of plants yesterday - carrots, leeks, onions, cabbages, lettuce (lola rosa - doesn't that sound so edible!), French dwarf beans, and marigolds. Still to plant are herbs, tomatoes, clematis, and potatoes! It's so nice to have a garden you can actually participate in and use. Also, it's a great way for neighbours to get together in the evenings. Would love to see this at home. Visit here for a look-see.

Scotland bound - again!

Posted on April 28, 2014 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (2)

I'm leaving for Scotland tomorrow morning and am in a bit of a tizzy today. You'd expect me to be blasé about getting ready to go but no such luck. I am renting out my home and that means getting things sorted, tidied and organized for my tenant. And boy do I have to be creative. My storage area and the one hallway closet I've reserved for myself in the flat are groaning under the weight of my things. I've also had to rearrange the furniture for my tenant. Next time I post it will be from Edinburgh (which as you can see above, is an exceptionnally polite city).