Friday, 3 September 2021

Hello ...

 


Hello remember me?

Haha, of course you do  😀

Firstly, I'd like to say sorry for being away for so long and I realise that I have lots to catch you all up on.  So over the next couple of weeks I'll try to get back into that blogging rhythm and bring you up to date on life as it is now ... now that I am here in my new home, Lavender Lodge.

The top photo is the little flower garden, well it was supposed to be the flower garden but the Courgette plants that needed somewhere to live have taken over completely.  Soon, as the colder nights really draw in, the plants will die back and we will claim back this part of the garden for the pretties and the wildlife.  Next year the Courgettes will be in a large planter to the side of the shed.

Talking of sheds ... we finished it last week, that is mostly the royal 'we' of course, although I partook of all the tittivating and prettying up.


Dave the Handyman set to on my shed as soon as all the work on the house was finished.


And over the course of two weeks, my shed slowly took shape.


With vinyl shingles on the roof and a little veranda area at the front it started to take on exactly the look I was after.


Do you remember the picture I found on the internet?  This is all Dave had to go on, and I think he copied it very well for the space I had.  I purposely asked him to leave out the front step as we didn't have the height available as the shed walls are made out of the old fence panels we took down which were six foot tall.  Re-cycle, re-use and re-purpose is always my motto.


The day the door catch went on was funny.  

Dave actually put the wrong sort of gate latch, I don't think we were on the same wavelength and the sort he used cannot be opened from the inside!!  He realised his mistake when the wind blew the door shut and he very sheepishly had to phone me from inside the shed to go and let him out.

We now have a large hook and eye system to hold the door open while I'm in the shed.


I'm really happy with the finished result.  

There are just some stones to add to the pots to hide the cement and it will be all done.


This is the inside.

I've wanted a wallpapered shed ever since we lived in Berkshire and I found some glorious 1930s wallpaper up on the walls in the little ramshackle shed that was there.  See Here.  Now I finally had the chance to use up two odd rolls of wallpaper that I had been storing for ages.


All my favourite little bits and pieces are ready for action for next years growing season.


And with the large window and insulated roof and sides I should be able to get some seedlings growing early next Spring.

So there you go, first snippets of home to whet your appetites and I promise I'll be back very soon this time.

Have a great weekend.


Sue xx



71 comments:

  1. Hellooooo! May I ask do you use a colander instead of a riddle?

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    1. No, I still use a riddle or a large plant pot to sieve soil. I use the colander to drain veggies that I wash at the outside tap, or occasionally to plant into.

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  2. Very grand. It will seem like a long wait.

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  3. Welcome back Sue, I've missed you. And wow, your little shed is gorgeous!! How's your back? xx

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    1. I love it 🙂

      I don't however love my back anymore!!

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  4. Awwwww... I love your potting shed, Sue!! It's absolutely darling... and it's good to see you back. ~Andrea xoxoxo

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  5. Welcome back. It is so good to see you again. Your shed looks wonderful and so much more than just a shed. I am looking forward to seeing more of your new home. Hope you are feeling much better.

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    1. Alan thinks I should AirBnb it as it's so pretty 🤣🤣

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  6. No need to apologize for your absence, after all it's your blog. Buuuuut, I am so happy to see an update. A lot has happened, and I am in awe of your 'she-shed'! To have it wallpapered is so cool! It's been a long journey for you both from a property that you updated and improved top-notch (but that didn't perfectly work for you) to 'in the meantime' solutions and to finally this absolutely perfect setup that you have now. You are close enough to each other for company and help, but you both have your distinct spaces, which is great. I am totally in love with your part of the house. It is a perfect nest.

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    1. It's all coming together nicely, it's very satisfying when a plan comes together 🙂

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  7. Lovely to see you back here!!! Very sweet looking She Shed! Janine

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  8. Glad to have you back in blog land, says the person who has also been absent. Seriously its brilliant to have you back blogging. The shed is beautiful, when can I move in??? It looks lovely, well done the builder and you of course.

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    1. Seemingly there has been quite a few of us 'missing in action' over the Summer. Time to rectify that methinks 😀

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  9. So good to see you're getting your blogging mojo back. I love the garden shed. So cute and so practical, reusing some fencing. I would say your builder did a great job and you with your decorating. It does look like all it would take is a cot and a heat plate and it would be a room to rent. You were missed. Ranee (MN) USA

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    1. Aww, thank you. I've missed the interaction with you lovely lot too 🤗

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  10. Great work on the shed. It looks wonderful, and the wallpaper is just perfect.

    God bless.

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    1. It does look suitably flowery and cute doesn't it. 😀

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  11. Oh my Goodness, now I am jealous, hahaha!!! What a lovely shed! Good to see you back but do take your time, please! Love, Marleen x

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    1. I can do nothing else except take my time at the moment ... but I'm coping.

      Don't be jealous, you have permission to copy, every girl deserves a shed of her own. :-)

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  12. Good to have you back. I’ve been wondering how you were getting along.

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    1. Not great to be honest, but hey ho life goes on. 🙂

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  13. Good to see you back, Sue, the shed looks beautiful and well worth waiting for. I have serious shed envy 😃

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    1. Nice to be back. I'm glad the shed worked out ... Alan thought I was mad at first 🤣🤣

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  14. Welcome Home. Your shed is delightful, A doll's house for grown ups.x

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  15. Your she shed is lovely. So nice to see you here again, I hope the back issues resolved.

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  16. Welcome back, you've been missed! I haven't blogged much this summer either but I'm hoping to get back more regularly. Your Potting Shed is perfect! The wallpaper and all your other touches are just right. I look forward to seeing what you've done with your lovely new home too. I hope your back is at least a little better.

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    1. Thank you. I hope to share some photos of indoors soon, it's pretty much done now, there's just a bit of wiring still to be done in the kitchen.

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  17. Hi! Welcome back! Your shed is lovely!

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  18. What a great shed and I love the wallpaper.

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    1. Thank you, it's pretty cute isn't it. 😃

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  19. Ah, welcome back - new season, new home, new start to the blog. Your She Shed is quite gorgeous and that wallpaper is a delight 😉

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    1. I wish I could have used the paper indoors but there wasn't enough for my bedroom unfortunately. At least I get to see it up now though 😀

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  20. I want a bespoke shed/seating area in my garden and your wallpapering certainly styles yours. When do you start 'Potting'?

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  21. Oh Sue I have shed envy. It looks marvellous and so pretty. You have done a great job. I just love the inside so much as well. Nice to have you back.

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    1. Nice to be back. I have to admit I do love my little shed, and it does fill that long narrow space very logically. Now it's time to start on a large raised planting box 😀

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  22. Only just this last week I made your hummus recipe and wondered how you were both getting on so it's great to have an update with the promise of more to follow. Mike and I drove past Isfryn recently and I glanced over, there seemed to be more animals but travelling at speed and on a dangerous bend you can't take too much in. If the house had been at a set of traffic lights it would have been different story as it's hard NOT to look around when you are stuck at a red light.

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    1. Yes Isfryn is in an awkward position to get a good look at unless there's no other traffic around. It will be interesting for us to have a drive by some time in the future, I'm looking forward to it.

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  23. So good to see you back Sue. All girls need a little shed of their own to be pretty as well as practical. You must be so pleased with how it turned out.

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    1. I'm really pleased, it's just as I imagined it. :-)

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  24. welcome back, the gardens looking great and I love the potting shed.

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    1. Thank you, the garden will be even better when we can pull up the giant Courgette plants and see the flowers again. We also have bulbs to go in, some Daffodils and Snowdrops brought with us from Wales all ready for a pretty Spring next year.

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  25. Welcome back! Hope you are feeling well.

    I love your shed! What a great idea to have the posts in pots so that greenery could grow up them. Love the little green chair in front of the shed, too. It’s all very charming.

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    1. I'll let you into a secret ... the fake flowers and ivy are all planted in concrete ... the pots are there to hold up the posts that hold up the veranda of the shed ;-)

      But it looks pretty doesn't it.

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  26. Great to see you again! The shed turned out really well. I love how you are so good at using every space effectively! Good idea to have a clock in your shed so you don't lose track of time when you are busy in there.

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    1. All I need to do now is to remember to put a battery in it ... if you see a photo in future and it's still a quarter to one, you'll know I haven't !!

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  27. Glad to see your back blogging!! what a great shed. I love the idea of the wall paper. I would never have thought of that.

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    1. It just makes it a bit prettier and a bit twee, which is exactly what I'm in the mood for :-)

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  28. Hoping your back is fully (mostly?) recovered and that you are able to move around more comfortably. The potting shed is such a delight. Can well imagine you starting off seedlings next year in front of that big window. Looking forward to future segments on Lavender Lodge.

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    1. My back not recovered things have just changed. I now have problems with my upper rather than lower back and am going for x-rays in a couple of weeks to determine the cause of the problem.

      More segments from home are coming up.

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  29. What an amazingly posh shed! Great idea for creating a feature and fixing the posts at the same time.
    Hope you love courgettes!

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    1. It was my little brainwave to put the posts in pots, so much nicer than those metal supports that fence posts have to go into when they are set on top of paving ... gosh I'm a bloody genius ;-)

      I am getting a little bit fed up with Courgettes, I had no idea they were going to romp away quite so enthusiastically!!

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  30. Yay! You’re back,, and feeling better I hope? Your shed looks perfect- I have wallpaper envy!

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  31. thats the nicest shed i've ever seen x

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  32. So pleased you're back - you are my favourite blogger!! Fiona x

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    1. Aww, so sweet ... I won't tell any of the others ;-)

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  33. It's good to see you back again, Sue and I hope you are keeping well.
    Your new shed is fabulous! When can I move in? X

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    1. Anytime ... it's £20 a night, and you have to curl up in a seed tray under my little potting table. :-)

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  34. Oh, wow. How did I miss this one? I've worked back from the post about your kitchen area and I'm glad I did; that's a delightful place to have.
    xx

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  35. Hi Sue hope your back is on the mend. Your shed is so cute!! It's looks so peaceful in there I can picture just been in there potting away in the nice and quiet. Enjoy 😊

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