28 September 2016
21 September 2016
14 September 2016
12 September 2016
We got an allotment! Screeeam! And this weekend was our very first allotmenting weekend, I thought I would bring my camera along to document the journey... Prepare yourselves for many more allotmenting blog posts to come, as I feel I have found my new 'thing'.
Of COURSE I have a Pinterest board already.... is allotment blogging a thing? Well NOW it is, ha ha ha.
Our allotment is super cute! It is only a hop and a skip from our house. There are quite a number of plots on our allotment, all different shapes and sizes. There are nicely kept little lawn paths between plots. Mark and I had a lot of fun exploring our new place, and er 'borrowing' many ideas for our own little garden.
What does one wear for allotmenting then? eek! I had a bit of a freak out when I realised I didn't own any 'allotment' clothes. I don't own any trousers that are not either leggings, jeans or running/biking tights. Leggings it is then... at least they are comfy. And of course I had to add some stripes and spots.
These are my 'before' and 'during' shots of my outfit... hehe.
So what exactly are we dealing with then here at the allotment? Are you imagining a beautiful patch of freshly turned soil in neat little rows (yeah I was too!) nope.. er this above is (or was!) our allotment this weekend. A rather overwhelming huge patch of waist height weeds and nettles. Eeek, and gulp...
Not just weeds of course, nope, loads of bits of broken shed, green house, many random bins and bits of wood and just crap really. We certainly had our work cut out...
But it was not all doom and gloom and heavy work... we uncovered a few little treasures... Some rhubarb was carefully transplanted into a new home...
We uncovered a sweet little strawberry patch. Strawberry season seems to have passed us by, but hopefully we can maintain these little plants for next year?
Loads of raspberries! My absolute fave, so this is awesome! Our raspberry plants are huge! We did have to cut them back a bit which was a little sad. The raspberries were also huge! But a little past their best and squishy so we let them be.
I was also thrilled to find so many wee animal friends in our new garden. It was a mini best heaven! There were a million spiders (I was SO brave and tried to ignore them) millipedes, slugs, snails, wood lice.. you name it we saw it in abundance! Kind of felt bad for digging up their home...
Just as Mark was cutting back the raspberry jungle this little sleepy guy popped out to say hello! Aw! Don't worry we carefully put him back in and he nodded back off to sleep.
I am determined to make our garden hedgehog and other wildlife friendly, so if you have any tips?
And in the strawberry patch, this little guy, he was quite jumpy! But again he got moved carefully unharmed by our spades!
Happy, sweaty, exhausted allotmenting faces...
Sticky buds everywhere!! I used to love these when little, but there were more sticky buds on me at the end of all the weed pulling than actual clothes!
I was a little daunted when we began, I won't lie. But turns out it wasn't as hard as I feared. We did work dam hard of course but the actual weeds themselves pulled out quite nice and we had the place cleared and chopped down to soil height in no time. It was actually quite therapeutic just pulling out handfulls of weeds. You can spy our big piles on the photo above...
So you wanna see a progress shot! I am quite pleased when I look at this. Looking at it at the end of Sunday I still felt like so much to be done, but then remembering back to what it looked like first thing on Saturday and it makes me smile!
The black plastic sheeting is actually covering up a path not a bed. Underneath there is beautiful freshly dug soil and NO weeds.
We have drawn up a little plan and we are going to carefully measure out neat and tidy beds to start digging and planting ready for Spring.
Our plot has a teeny shed, it is not high enough to stand in and frankly I never want to go in there as it is just one big huge spider's nest... shudder...
Little teeny shed will be getting replaced eventually but for now it makes a fabulous place for our mega cute allotment sign!
The ceremonial hanging of the sign happened on Saturday just before we left for the day. This is OUR plot! wuhu!
I may have snuck round and took photos of some dream allotments, check out this one! GOALS!
So it turns out allotment people are amazingly amazingly lovely! We were digging for a little while on Saturday and Margaret from the allotment near us popped over with a bag of raspberries.. she said you can't do a day's work and not have anything to show! She popped back later with the sweetest tasting little tomatoes I ever did eat! HOW nice!
So only day 2 and our allotment bounty is rather fine! hehe.
Something tells me it aint going to be quite that easy.... Stay tuned folks for more allotmenting adventures...
7 September 2016
2 September 2016
I went to a festival, Solfest to be exact. It's a local Cumbrian festival I've been to a couple of times before. I blogged our first time here... So instead of showing you all the pics of the bands, the stages, the food and all the fun we had, the WAY more interesting pics are what I wore... all the clothes, accessories and of course the make up!
I had a LOT of fun make up shopping. Even more fun when Mark said he wanted to join in with the make up too, wuhu! Well why the hell not. Really festivals are the only chance grown up very sensible people in their thirties get to wear neon face paint and glitter, got to make the most of it.
Mark purchased these neon paints on Ebay, they were really good, great quality and very vibrant.
I popped to good old Claire's accessories. That shop overwhelms me, there's just so much stuff in there, and it's all sparkly and pink and I just don't know where to put my eyes. It's very exciting, I wanted ALL the stuff, but had to remind myself I am a grown up woman (boo).
Glitter eyeshadows, yes! These were gel like, sort of glitter mixed with vaseline, so smudged off really quickly, wasn't too impressed.
I picked up the Snazaroo face paint brushes in The Range.
I packed all our exciting make up together in it's own little bag. (Of course the 'normal' make up was in a whole separate other much larger make up bag. Hehe.
I think the only time I have brought make up to a campsite has to be at a festival.
But I actually really enjoyed spending time each morning doing my face. I usually spend about 5 minutes doing it, the same old thing, day in day out as I rush out the door to work. Taking my time to do my face and experimenting with different looks was lovely.
I also had loads of fun picking out some fun accessories to bring along with me. I have a whole jewelry drawer full of silly jewelry that I would not wear on a daily basis, but great for festivals, so I don't throw them away!
It's all about the bracelets at a festival, you have to accessorise up the arm that holds your festival band. In normal everyday life anything on my arms drives me insane but I liked the look of all these colourful bracelets.
So here's look 1 on day 1 above. Mark wanted tribal inspired face paint, I just went for a look I found on Pinterest naturally. Check out my glitter round my eyes. I had a ton of glitter on here but I'm not great at selfies.
Mark also has glitter neon green hairspray on here, it was quite vibrant IRL. However there was glitter neon green hairspray everywhere, literally everywhere for the whole rest of the festival...
Day 2, I'm still loving the dots over my eyebrows look. This time alternate neon orange dots and little sticky jewels. I wanted to wear my glasses but wasn't sure neon face paint went with glasses? Oh well... Plus a little girl said I looked silly, but then again she did think it was ok to wee on the grass in front of us so not sure I trust her judgement, lol!
I'm fully embracing the bunches look for my hair. Really it was mostly too yucky and greasy to wear down, but I detest myself with hair scraped back into a pony. I like to have something round my face, so bunches I thought would be a good idea. My hair is too short for the ever so trendy plaited bunches sadly.
You can see my whole outfit here. I continue to take 5 year olds as my style icons of choice and I rocked this snazzy little dunga dress.... with stripes, leggings and cons... totally pulling it off right? right? (I don't honestly care, I like wearing it).
On my nails for the weekend I went for neon orange, the colour is from brand W7 and then a Barry M black for the dots.
I even convinced Mark into some festival nails! We purchased these neon green and blue varnishes from a stall at the festival. Mark was less than patient with the drying stage so rather smudgy...
Our final day make up looks. I did a lovely fancy eyebrow on Mark, alternating dots with a more manly square whilst Mark painted some little flowers on my cheek.
And finally a montage of all our festival faces over the weekend.
So thoughts on neon face paints? yay or nay? Am I a bit too old? hehe...