Thursday, 30 July 2015

Smalls for all

This is wonderful charity which donates underwear to Africa.
I found out about it today via a friend on Facebook, please take a look and donate. My contribution is the above photo. The web address is in the photo above, if you would like to know more.They also have a Facebook page.

If you want the address to send bras to its.....
Smalls for all,
108 Buchanan Crescent, Eliburn, Livingston, EH54 7EF.

If you want to do one good thing today, please think of this charity and donate.
Thank you for reading.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Old linen and lace

Recently I've been doing a lot of sewing having acquired a dress makers dummy. It's helped me alter many clothes and even start a few projects from scratch.  Today I've been adding to an old short top I have had for years, but being short had only really worn it under dresses etc.
Now I can wear it as a top again. It's all been made from old linen napkins, lace trim and buttons I had laying around.

Since taking these photos today I've added sleeves to the top. It keeps evolving

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

More work on the rainbow

Today I have been adding to the rainbow on the decking. It's starting to take shape now. I have concreted a small base pad for another project I am hoping to start soon with glass bottles too. Having hacked back the comfrey, tarragon, beetroot and kale also this morning, it is now time to sit on the decking and relax.

Friday, 17 July 2015


I have just put henna on my friends daughters now they have broken up for the summer holidays and they bought their own henna round in cones. It was really easy to apply, and was ready made up. No faffing about mixing dry powder etc. The girls were happy with the results, one went off to Lattitude this weekend so I hope she's having a nice time and showing off her henna designs.
I decided to buy some too so after getting the link from amazon ( thank you girls) and had a go on my self, something I hadn't done for over 10 years.
Stage one: apply the henna to oil,free clean skin, and let it dry of 2 hours

Stage two: once the henna has dried pick it off. The result is quite orange at this stage

Stage three : do not wash or bathe for another 15 hours at least and the colour of the henna will darken to a lovely brown.

 It's a wonderful art form. Please dare to try and enjoy.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

More rainbow building and a BBQ treat

This morning after walking the dogs I added a few more bottles to the rainbow. I now have a yellow one and the green is almost finished. Then I continued with the composting loo build, levelling off the back wall. To treat myself I made a little BBQ. I could not find the grill for some reason so I used the tripod chitty grill instead. Lunch on the decking with the smell of the charcoals burning....bliss!
Off now to get on with some relaxing gardening in this glorious sunshine.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Homemade herbal teas

This is my first dried herbal tea I've attempted to make. I had big plans to go collect other petals and herbs today also but alas we are now having some much needed rain, so that job will have to wait.
It's funny I don't drink tea as a rule but now I've grown these herbs etc myself I enjoy making the tea and watching the water turn the most beautiful colours as all the goodness seeps out.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Smelling the roses

The climbing roses are now blooming and they smell heavenly along side the other roses along the path to the campfire.

The medicinal plants are also doing well. 

The chamomile has flowered and the Irish Molly violas are also in bloom. I didn't manage to take a photo of them before the rain came so I'll save those for another day. Enjoy your weekend :)