Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Common Garden Pests and How to Manage Them Infographic

All gardeners will encounter damage to the plants and crops they grow from insects. But knowing how best to manage this in an organic way can be a challenge.  The infographic below will help you  to identify the garden pest and how best you can manage them, including some handy kitchen remedies. I have used the milk remedy for mildew with some success in the past, so they do work.

Do you know of any other kitchen remedies that work in the garden?


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Zinnia Sprite Cut Flowers - Garden Bouquet #2

Gosh how remiss of me, I have just realised I have neglected to share with you some of the garden flowers I have picked for display in the house this year. I have had some Sweet Peas and Sweet Williams in a vase or too, although the Sweet Peas have put on a poor display, so far. I have purposely grown some new variety of flowers for cutting this year. After a slow start the Zinnia Sprite are putting on quite a display and ready for cutting. I am still waiting to see something special from the Asters, which have not grown as I had hoped. 

Zinnia Sprite cut flowers Sarah Raven seeds

We have had some rather wet weather of late and I knew we were in for some pretty terrible downpours the next day. I thought I would rescue some of the Zinnias before the rain struck. I am so glad I did, what a storm we had in Shropshire yesterday evening - thunder and lightning! I will leave you to enjoy the Zinnias.

Zinnia Sprite cut flowers Sarah Raven
Zinnia Sprite Cut Flowers grown from Sarah Raven seeds

Zinnia Sprite cut flowers Sarah Raven seeds
Zinnia Sprite Flowers

Zinnia Sprite cut flowers
Zinnia Sprite Cut Flowers 
Have you grown any flowers this year? What are your favourite?

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Tea on the Square - Much Wenlock Tea Room

There are some lovely shops in Much Wenlock as well as the Wenlock Priory an English Heritage property to visit. Today however was not a day for shopping. My sister, aunt and I were calling in for a refreshment pit stop, between visits to Buildwas Abbey and Shipton Hall. Once in the village we spotted a new tea room called Tea on the Square. 

Tea on the Square Much Wenlock Shropshire
Tea on the Square  - Much Wenlock, Shropshire
What a delight! Such nice tea, cake and friendly staff. No rickety or modern tables and chairs here. But some wonderful solid wood furniture, which really suited the style of the tea room. There are no tea, scone or cake photos, I was far too busy enjoying them.

It is the attention to detail with the interiors that can make one tea room stand our from another, as well as the cakes of course! I loved the vintage tea tins on the shelves above the windows, along with teacups hanging on hooks underneath. It all fit together rather nicely. I also spotted what looked like the original entrance bell fitted to the door. There is a stunning hand painted wall mural of the buildings of Much Wenlock, with the roof tops highlighted with fairy lights. Absolutely fabulous!

Tea on the Square - Much Wenlock

Cups and Canisters at Tea on the Square
Cups and Canisters 
Ding - service please
Be aware at present the tea room is not open on a Sunday.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Sewing Giveaway to Celebrate Four Years of Blogging!

I am celebrating, it has been four years since I started blogging! I have no idea where those four years have gone, but I have enjoyed the journey immensely. 

I have shared with you my:-
  • bakes, cakes and recipes. 
  • travel adventures around the UK and Shropshire.
  • gardening successes and failures.
  • my favourite afternoon teas.
  • how I re-discovered my sewing machine and love of crafting
  • home and interiors make-overs and furniture upcycling

win a apron sewing kit great British sewing bee

So let us celebrate with a giveaway and my love for sewing. One lucky winner will win a Great British Sewing Bee Kit to make your very own Apron. Never sewn before? Well now is your chance or maybe you know someone who would love this as a gift. 

This giveaway is open internationally so wherever you are in the world I will send this lovely prize to you.

win a apron sewing kit great British sewing bee
Sew your own Apron 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
How to enter
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Remember if you enter the competition by tweeting be sure to include the link to your tweet. If any of the links are not working on the widget leave me a comment or tweet me.

Closes 11 September. Open Internationally. For Terms and Conditions click the link on the Rafflecopter widget.

Good luck!

Evolution of the Ice Cream Van - do you remember a Rock Around the Choc Ice Lolly?

All the talk of UK holidays in my previous posts, has made me think of Summertime and ice creams. This fabulous infographic shares some fascinating facts about Ice Cream Vans and our love of them. Who knew there was so much history behind the humble Ice Cream Van. I remember chasing the ice cream van for a Chilly Choc or a Rock Around the Choc Ice Lolly.  Do you remember a favourite? Were you a lover of 99 Ice Cream or an Ice Lolly or maybe a Choc Ice?

Evolution of the Ice Cream Van Infographic

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