Garden

Fall in love with your home again

Summer is almost over, and many of us are starting to look forward to the colourful shift to the autumn. It may mean a few more rainy days, many cups of tea, and a couple of extra layers, but at least we get to enjoy the fantastic view of trees bursting with colours in red and orange.

Your home can get ready for fall in a short day or two, and you’ll be so happy that you took care of the most essential stuff by the time spring returns next year. Here is a quick guide to how you can get your home ready for the upcoming season so that you can fall in love with your home no matter what time of the year it is.

Fall In Love With Your Home Again

Getting the garden ready

Fall is the time for harvest, and you should have enough to do in the garden already if you’re boasting a big one. The leaves will be laying everywhere in just a short month, so prepare yourself by getting the necessary gardening equipment already.

Get the mower out and give the grass a nice cut first. Even though it will grow a lot slower during winter, it will still grow – and the heavy rainfalls of fall will make it a lot harder to mow the grass. Be on the lookout for a dry day in September, and tick this one off the list as soon as you can.

If you have a lot of branches and rubbish from the garden that you’d like to take care of, it’s a good idea to visit Dirt Cheap Rubbish Removal as they can clear out your property quite fast. That way, you’re able to get on with cleaning up the garden sooner rather than later.  

Remember to take all the outside furniture in as well, by the way, and give it a quick clean before storing it away for the next 9 months.

Getting the house ready

Now that the weather is taking a turn for the worse, you should take a long and hard look at your house’s exterior. Even if you think everything is fine, an unnoticed problem can get a lot worse during the cold season – and you don’t want to call a roofing company in the middle of December when something is leaking.

Inspect your roof and look for any broken or cracked tiles, clean those gutters so that they work perfectly when the rain comes, and check the water drainages as well while you’re at it.

You should consider reinforcing all of your windows and doors too as you’ll be able to save a lot of money on your energy bill when they’re not leaking any air. Plus, a damaged seal on your window may make it weaker over time – which, as we know, costs quite a lot to have replaced.

Fall is actually a great season when you’re warm, cozy, and get to enjoy the gloomy weather with a bright mood. Preparing for it helps a lot, and it will make the season so more enjoyable.

Get set for home grown Summer veggies

There is no time like the present to do something good for your health, your garden and the entire planet. With the costs of groceries rising, more and more people are turning to their gardens for ideas on how they can grow their own vegetables and start saving themselves some money. It’s not an easy task to get started with, especially if you’re totally new to gardening, but it’s something that you are able to do if you want to get stuck into the soil and get a little dirty! So, with that, how can you get started on your very own vegetable garden?

Light it up!

Starting a vegetable garden means first finding a space to hold it in your yard where there is plenty of light shining down. Fruit needs light to flourish and you need to clear the garden of all waste, old rubbish and recycling. Read more here about how you can get rid of your rubbish in the right way and clear your garden for the vegetable patch to grow. Eight hours of minimum light is needed, so take some time in your outdoor space to make it perfect.

Soiled

The soil that you use is absolutely important if you want anything to grow. You want the garden to be rich, productive and help you to grow the most delicious food. The pH level has to be spot on and this soil test can help you to get the result you need for optimum growth.

Go small, not big

It’s nice to cover a large area of the garden with new soil to be able to grow lots of fruit of veg, of course it is, but the thing is that if you go too big with it, you could end up overwhelming yourself. Go small at first and see how you get on. You can always add new plots as you get more confident growing your own veggies.

Choose wisely

Choose the vegetables that you grow so that they make sense for the season and they are easy enough for you to grow yourself. The best thing that you can do is try not to cram everything into a small space. Plus, as you choose your vegetables, you can get to know how each type grows individually.

Water well

Sprinkler systems are not a bad idea for vegetable patches, as you can then ensure that your veggies are going to be well looked after. Most gardeners new to growing their own don’t realise how much water new seed beds need. All newly seeded beds need water frequently, so invest in a good sprinkler system to make life easier.

Plant flowers

Alongside your veggies, you need to plant flowers because you need to attract bees to your plots. The bees will pollinate and help your veggies and fruit to thrive.

Organic, home-grown veggies in your own garden? You can’t get better or cheaper than that, and when you’re living to a budget and trying to give back to the planet, it’s everything!

 

A Royal Wedding to remember with a Royal Wedding Garden Tea Party

With less than two weeks until the Royal Wedding, have you thought about how you are going to be celebrating that day? On the 19th May 2018 HRH Prince Harry will be marrying the beautiful Ms Meghan Markel at the Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle, and I cannot wait!

As the country prepares to celebrate along with them, how will you be celebrating the Royal Wedding day? Street parties have been planned it thousands of locations, National Trust properties are showing it wedding on large outdoor screens, garden parties and afternoon teas will also be happening in homes across UK, not forgetting the millions of people sitting in their front room watching the coverage on the TV. Like so many others I cannot wait to see the dress of the year that Meghan will be wearing.

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For me, our Royal Family is such an important part of British heritage and it should be celebrated. When Prince William got married to Kate Middleton in 2011 I spent the day at home watching every single minute possible on the TV and this will be no different. However I couldn’t miss the chance to host a Garden Party with some friends even if it was a couple of weeks early, when the sun was shining. I decided not to host my Royal Wedding Garden Party on the day the wedding, because honestly I didn’t want to be preparing the afternoon tea sandwiches and miss out on watching it all happening on the TV.

The history of Afternoon Tea

I love an afternoon tea, finger sandwiches, cakes, scones, china tea cups and a glass of fizz to go with it, so what better way to start the wedding celebrations than with a traditional very British afternoon tea.

Did you know that afternoon tea was first served back in1840 to the Duchess of Bedford, who started to get hungry about 4pm between her lunch and then her dinner at 8pm. So she requested a try of bread and butter, cakes and a pot of tea be served to her room at that time. As the years followed she invited friends to join her and by the late 1880’s ladies would have afternoon tea parties, but be dressed in beautiful dresses, hats and gloves for the occasion. Since then afternoon tea has been a quintessentially British tradition, with hotels across the country serving them and visitors from around the world wanting an afternoon tea when they come to UK.

Royal Wedding Garden Tea Party

For my Royal Wedding garden tea party, I invited some of my closet girly friends round, my 4 year old daughter and baby niece to share the fun.

An afternoon tea is made up of various finger sandwiches, mine included, salmon and cream cheese, ham and the cucumber, with a mix of white farm house bread and a seeded batch loaf. All delicious. My scones were served with clotted cream and my home made plum jam from the fruit trees in our garden. Then a variety of cupcakes, french fancies (my sisters favourite), Viennese whirls with lots of little flags, that I added in extra. I have a lovely collection of cake stands, that I have been collecting for years. The cake dome is a new addition from ProCook, I love it, it’s perfect for cupcakes, a larger cake and even for cheese. I even borrowed my Hubby’s Gran’s vintage glass cake stands.

As the day was the hottest of the year so far, I decided that pots of hot tea was not what we needed, so instead I used my Royal Wedding tea pot filled with ice cubes and my new favourite William Chase Gin. I borrowed my Hubby’s Gran’s pretty little china tea cups, added ice and then topped them up with Fentimans, Connoisseurs tonic water, that works perfectly well with the William Chase Gin. As you all know I am a big lover of gin, so trying out a new gin and another of Fentimans fabulous tonics was great for me, my friends are all gin lovers too, I guess you have to be to fit in at our house. It’s not often people come round and the gin isn’t out.

No cup of tea, even if it is gin, is complete without a biscuit on the saucer. These luxury biscuits by Elizabeth Shaw are amazing, I was sent the raisin and hazelnut plus the mint and cocoa. Although both very tasty I loved the raisin and hazelnut ones the most, however all of the biscuits got eaten very quickly. Yum!!

As my little girl was joining us, she was drinking water with fruit filled ice cubes. However, I was slightly concerned about her having Gran’s vintage china tea cups. So, she was using some glasses that have been toughen and are also designed that if they so smash they will shatter into cubic pieces to reduce the risk of injury. Perfect for my little girl to think she is more grown up drinking from glass cup, instead of her normal plastic ones.

No Royal Wedding Garden Tea Party would be complete without the addition of Union Flag bunting hanging from the trees. I managed to find mine on amazon for about £6.99 they have a real vintage feel to them, plus they are fabric which I plan to use in my son’s bedroom, when we eventually get round to decorating.

Every celebration includes a bottle of fizz and for my Royal Wedding garden tea party I used Prosecco, which is a favourite among my girly friends. I added fruit to the ice cube trays when I froze them, to add a bit of colour to the ice bucket. Placing the Prosecco into the ice bucket helped it to stay cold on such a hot day. Plus we used the ice to add to the gin and tonic throughout the afternoon, the fruit in the ice also flavoured the gin as the afternoon went on.

Well that’s my Royal Wedding garden party! How will you be celebrating?

 

*Some items within this post were gifted to me, in exchange for being included within my post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*