Quarry Tiles

| 4th November 2020

I’ve always liked quarry tiles, don’t ask me why because I don’t know, but there were lots of them at ‘Grassy Bottom’ and when we were doing the renovations I spent a couple of hours with Danny carefully digging up the pantry floor and saving some of the better ones.

Phase 1 Complete

| 14th October 2020

A couple of weeks ago, when I last wrote about the front garden, I had just finished getting rid of all the various kinds of debris and marked it out ready for the 15square metres of turf.

Steady Progress

| 25th September 2020

So you’re 66 years old, have just had the 2 most stressful years of your entire life, what do you do? Why embark on a fairly major garden renovation project of course. Not as big as the one at ‘Grassy Bottom’ I grant you, but I am several years older and flying solo now.

Front Garden

| 8th August 2020

Having gone as far as I could with the back garden for now, I turned my attention to the front. Here are a few photos of progress so far.

How To Make A Vegetable Garden

| 13th August 2019

This is a post that I actually started to write last Autumn, but it never got finished or published for obvious reasons, so I thought it was about time I finished it off.

Happy 2019

| 1st January 2019

Summer 2018

| 24th September 2018

Those of you who know me will probably be aware by now that Peter passed away last week. I had already prepared this post, so it seems a shame to waste it. He put his heart and soul into making ‘Grassy Bottom’ a special place both inside and out. I dedicate this website to him. […]

Never Let It Be Said – – –

| 17th September 2018

Regular readers may remember a few months ago when I wrote about buying two new vacuum cleaners. Well I’m afraid the dream of being 25 with a loft apartment and a perfect husband has gone rather sour since then.

How Long Does It Take?

| 23rd July 2018

About 18 months ago I sowed some Carnation seeds. They germinated reasonably well and last Summer I planted about half a dozen small plants in the border by the drive. I wasn’t too bothered when they didn’t flower last year as I guessed they needed time to get established.

Keep The Faith

| 9th July 2018

I don’t have a great record when it comes to buying plants by post. As far back as 2009 at Ravendale House I was getting disappointed by poor quality plug plants but despite that, as recently as last year, I still hadn’t learned my lesson, buying ’20 special offer’ fuchsias.