Wednesday 16 April 2014

{forget-me-not flower floating amongst the Lemna} I have been pondering a section of the garden that is in need of a bit of a re-design. In order to create a plan, I had to consider what I really value in this … Continue reading →

Wednesday 09 April 2014

{baby lithops – 3 months old} Lithops (or Living Stones) are the most mesmerising plants ever… …and boy do they fly out of the Finca fast?! Adapted to mimic stones in their native South Africa, these plants have very few … Continue reading →

Wednesday 02 April 2014

The year before last, the plum tree got a severe haircut. I mean… like a No.2 all over… …which meant that it spent most of 2013 in a state of shock. Just before you start clamouring at me, I must … Continue reading →

Saturday 29 March 2014

This beautiful Hyacinth was given to me by a lovely friend. Incredibly, it hasn’t become all top-heavy, with long leggy stems which struggle to support the weight of the flowers. (Unfortunately, this seems to happen with many indoor Hyacinths). It … Continue reading →

Wednesday 26 March 2014

Mr D-F decided he fancied getting crafty last weekend. I think it was a result of me saying things like… ‘I wish I didn’t have to live under a pile of coats.’ ‘…can you see the cat? I think he … Continue reading →

Saturday 22 March 2014

Now this was a real surprise this week. I had planted my anemones (rather foolishly) months ago.  Since then, as all UK dwellers are well aware, we have had rain a-plenty… and flooding… and more rain…  I had given up … Continue reading →

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Fiddle Leaf Fig leaf Now there’s a tricky thing to say quickly. Last week, I finally succeeded in my hunt for the houseplant to beat all houseplants… …the Fiddle Leaf Fig. With its big, beautiful leaves showing road-map like veins, … Continue reading →

Tuesday 18 March 2014

  I know you are full of clever knowledge… and this one has me stumped… although I have a few suspicions. I stumbled across this little colony of… pustules… this morning on the leaf of one of my little Beech trees. … Continue reading →

Saturday 15 March 2014

This is the best. idea. ever. Maybe your shed is in need of a make-over… …or you don’t have a big garden, possibly a balcony… …or you just fancy trying something a little bit different. Vertical gardening is the new … Continue reading →

Wednesday 12 March 2014

This may seem familiar to you… I posted this DIY way back in 2012, but in the meantime, I made one for last year’s Mother’s Day (to give to my Mum) and it went down a treat. If you fancy … Continue reading →

Sunday 09 March 2014

  The sun has been shining beautifully today and I felt like a bit of garden craftiness… …all over sites like Pinterest, there are pictures of painted terracotta pots looking extremely chic inside people’s homes, out on patios and decorating … Continue reading →

Wednesday 05 March 2014

  Just a quickie today… but have a lovely bit of craftiness for you next week. I love stationery. I mean it makes me go all silly and ridiculous. However, I like things to be adaptable and flexible so that … Continue reading →

Wednesday 26 February 2014

I have been waiting to write this post, for what seems like ages. A friend of mine had a tired looking Jade plant, which she wanted to find a new home for. I was sure that I could repot it, … Continue reading →

Saturday 22 February 2014

The chickens are getting in their springtime groove with all the new buds that are appearing. So, I thought that I would re-post this pattern for making your very own chicken doorstop… …perfect to embrace the spring-like joy and Easter’s … Continue reading →

Wednesday 19 February 2014

I can’t quite describe my excitement at finding Wendy Jung’s beautiful, hand-crafted ceramic vases. They are the perfect adornment to our pretty bare, but newly painted sitting room walls (in Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White, if you’re wondering)! Their smooth, … Continue reading →

Saturday 15 February 2014

  We all need a little help to make the most out of our days, feel less anxious and stay healthy (especially if you are experiencing the rough end of this horrible weather at the moment). I have been reading … Continue reading →

Wednesday 05 February 2014

I am really happy to see (and hear) that lots of people are making good use of a working week planner that I designed a while ago. I made the above planner (which is free for you all to merrily … Continue reading →

Sunday 02 February 2014

Howdy! How have you been this week? I’ve been setting up a few exciting projects…but they’re not quite ready to share with you yet. Instead I thought I would catch you up on the latest Finca happenings… 1. The poorly … Continue reading →

Saturday 25 January 2014

I completely admit I am a scientist at heart. I love experimenting, testing a theory, setting up controls… …the whole notion of discovery and finding out how stuff works thrills me. I am not saying that I am the best … Continue reading →

Wednesday 22 January 2014

{trees for free – well, almost} These branches of willow were part of a Christmas arrangement that we had in the house.  Although most of the flowers and foliages had to be composted after their moment in the spotlight, we … Continue reading →

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