New Book: The House Gardener

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I’m a fairly relaxed gardener (as you can tell from the state of my lawn) but I always love looking at garden inspiration. This new book, The House Gardener, by Isabelle Palmer, is full of ideas for indoor gardening. From moss-covered fireplaces to terrariums and air plants, there is something in there that would enrich every home, even if it is nothing more than a humble house plant.
There are lots of useful tips on caring for your plants too, as the whole back section is dedicated to tools, materials and techniques. Who knew to wrap cacti in newspaper when handling them? Or how to grow plants upside down in a hanging bottle? Not me, but I do now.

The House Gardener is published by CICO Books and is available from

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Happy 2014 everybody! Here are a few pictures from our Christmas and New Year break.

01. We rented a beautiful cottage in Wales with a couple of friends and their kids. The weather was wild and stormy so we stayed in and cooked lots of delicious food. 02 & 03. I love these traditional handmade Safi plates. They make everything look good and are available from Moroccan Bazaar. 04 & 05. In Wales we visited the Trefriw woolen mill. They make incredible Welsh blankets, these are a few of their vintage designs. 06. Back at home, I made a cosy corner with a new chair courtesy of Swoon Editions. They make limited edition handcrafted furniture. 07. In search of a bit of heat we visited the Eden Project. It was a good move. The rainforest biome was so warm that my lens kept steaming over and I couldn’t take many pictures. Next time I’m taking a picnic.

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1. Teddy helped me sort out the kid’s craft cupboard. 2. The (messy) artist at work. 3. Helicopters. 4. A woven straw decoration that I found in the local charity shop. 5. Putting lights in places that little hands can’t reach. 6. A new use for our oldest and biggest wooden bowl. 7. Playing on the beach, whatever the weather.

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Our endless summer seems to have finally come to an end. Autumn has rustled in and I am a little behind in posting my photos. Here are a few from the last days of summer…

1. Fred’s feet on a beautiful rug. 2. A rainbow of glaze. 3. Swinging from a tree. 4. Sand pit playtime. 5 & 6. Wren loves the beach. 7. Din-dins. 8. Fred looking pensive. 9. Shoes off. 9. Scary shadow.