Thursday, 2 February 2017

Hi everyone,

not sure if there still any one following as I am now on Instagram daily. But I just wanted to let you know that I am really well and enjoying our new life in the country even though it feels like the end of the world up here today. Its blowing a gail the paddock and garden are flooded and there is now a ragging  stream at the bottom of the garden, its dark, wet and gloomy lol. But inside the log burner is glowing and its cosy.

I am still busy with volunteering for my local Retired Greyhound Trust Branch the Dorset and Somerset one. I run the facebook page  you can find it here and also organise events and do home checks etc.

This year we are really excited as we have managed to buy our own plot of land and are now in the process of trying to raise much needed funds to build our very own and First Rehoming Greyhound Kennels here in Taunton, Somerset. We currently rent space for our rescue hounds in Shaftsbury this is a 1 hour and 15 min drive away for us they are not in the best of condition and it eats up our petrol budget and doesn't allow us to walk and get to know the dogs as much as we would like to in fact it makes it really difficult all round especially  with the rehoming aspect. So this is a really exciting time for us. To have our own base with a reception area to will be amazing. We have the funds for the reception area the funds were kindly left to us last year by one of our lovely volunteers who sadly passed away. Now we need to raise the funds for the kennel block. Yesterday I set up a Justgiving page to try and highlight our plans and try and raise some of those funds.

You can find it here

If you would like to donate even if its just a £1 that would be amazing thank you or even share my tab that would be great. 

We have a wish list of items we need to.

5 kennel doors at a price of £60 each
4 kennel windows at a price of £75... each
Raised dog feeders
Large plastic dog beds
Plastic Storage
Lino Flooring
Smoke Alarms
Shrubs and plants
Roof insulation

Thank you for taking the time to stop by and for reading. You can find me every day on instagram

Take lots of care dee xx

Monday, 9 May 2016

Weekly round up

Hi Everyone,

I cant believe where last week flow to. I have just had a wonderful weekend with a day out on Saturday to Bath with my lovely friend Emma we met through blog land a few years ago now I am sure she will write a blogpost about our lovely day out which included a spontaneous horse and carriage ride and a lovely picnic. Sunday was spent sorting out our lovely vintage caravan Bertie moving, cleaning and getting him ready to use I get such a buzz every time I open his door. To see photo's of him pop over to my instagram page  hazelmere dreaming where I shared his photo this morning :-)

So here is last week's weekly round up of photo's

Top left my crochet blanket made by my Aunty Phyllis who passed away last year I put on the ground and relaxed in the sunshine while the dogs slept reading my book. Milo my little man relaxing at the age of 10 weeks old :-) I like nothing better than crackers for lunch with butter on simple things really are the best to me, The joy of picking Blue bells from my paddock. Happiness for being able to hang my washing on a straight line for the first time in my life, and what is on my crochet hook right now my free style circle blanket :-)

Lovely morning walk, walking past the old church, primroses, wooden doors and my special, blind old girl Kia enjoying her walk.

And loving my Ex battery chickens who are bold no more :-)

Thank you for all the lovely comments on my last post and for reading my blog ramblings. I am sorry if I haven't got round to catching up with you yet I will do so sometime this week. I have my parents coming to stay so I may be a little quiet but I will try.

Have a lovely week everyone and enjoy this lovely sunshine while it lasts if you can.

Bye for now

Hugs dee xx

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Photo's and moments over the last week

Hi Everyone,

well its a beautiful day here with the sun shinning and the air temperature being warmer to. I have spent a lovely morning over the fields with the dogs and then while they slept I have been re potting on some of my vegetables in the greenhouse hopefully now we are in May there will continue to be warmer weather and I can actually get the vegetables planted out in the veg patch.

I have been thinking about my blog and want to try and keep up to date with everyone here but time is a factor right now and I have been loving the simple style of instagram and how quick it is. I have really loved finding new feeds to follow and have been really inspired by some feeds and photo's. Its almost like blogging used to be years ago. I don't know why I didn't join before now but I am always late to the party so to speak especially in the techno world. I have found everyone so friendly and as I say its so quick and I don't have to be near a computer either as its all done on my apple phone. Its made me want to take photo's again its given me back my vintage collecting and decorating and design  mojo back to :-) It really does seem a lovely, bright, colourful, happy and inspiring place to be.

So I thought to keep my hand in here I will do 1 post a week where I share my photo's in a collage that I have shared on instagram that way I can keep my writing short and let the photo's talk. With Milo the puppy taking up lots of time to this seems a simple and easier way for me to stay in touch and for those of you that read my blog but don't  leave comments or are not on instagram you can still keep up to date with me on here to.

If you want to join me here is where you can find me daily

This is what I have shared the last week

My 60s Vintage flower power album love, chickens finely finding their dust baths, walking by the bluebells, being given vintage gardening books, my new lady scarecrow , babycham weekend, fresh eggs, my old kitchen loving, and puppy Milo enjoying the long grass.

Victoria sponge baking using my home made black current jam and my 50s atomic cake stand.

finishing off my pantry by adding my little 50s red formica top unit and Taunton vale canister love

And me trading my vintage wares at the vintage cheddar  fair no wellington boots insight but still a dog leg photo bombing with me.

well I have typed this whole post with one finger as milo is upside down in my arms lol

will try and catch up with you all one evening this week. Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last post he's doing really well and full of life and keeping me on my toes.

take care bye for now

dee xx

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Meet Milo our greyhound Rescue Puppy

Hi everyone,

this is a just quick little blog write up as I wanted you to say hello to someone, as our lives have now been turned upside down since Sunday morning.

Say hello to our little 8 week old greyhound puppy who we have named Milo. We received an urgent phone call from a trainer we know on Saturday asking if we could take him. Milo was the runt of the litter of 9 puppies and was being picked on by the others he his half the size of his brothers and sisters so tiny ( My cat Timmy is 3 times the size he is )  , and under weight nothing like a healthy puppy should look like. If we hadn't of taken him he was being taken to the race track that night to try and find a home if he wasn't offered one he would have been put to sleep. We could not bare that. He was riddled with fleas and a proper baby he cries all the time. Milly our 5 year old is great Kia not so as she's lost her sight she's unsure bless her but over the past couple of days since he has arrived both girls are getting used to him. Although I am keeping Kia and Milo separate at the moment as I don't want Kia to get distressed they are having a sniff a couple of times a day then I keep him away from her.  We certainly have our work cut out over the next few weeks he didn't even know how to eat properly he's so tiny bless him. But he is now eating well and getting into a little routein during the day, night time is a different story we have been putting him in a crate  next door to the girls but he has screamed the house down so yesterday we took the crate up to our bedroom and he slept until 4am after crying for 10 mins better than the 2 hours the night before. He then went out to the toilet but wouldn't settle so he came into our bed and slept in my arms. Last night was the same but because he is so small and wants the comfort he will sleep with us over the next few weeks until he is stronger, being taken away from mum at 6 weeks far to early didn't help him. 

So our lives have been turned upside down :-)  a greyhound puppy did not feature in our plans at all but a rescue is a rescue no matter what and where you are in life.

Having his first bath

He's now at the biting stage to and his teeth are like little razors but its going to be nice watching him grow and giving him a life away from the race track he is now going to be one very pampered and loved boy. 

 Mummy cuddles

Just chilling with Milly

Already trying the Greyhound Roach position :-)

This is one little greyhound Puppy who will  be loved and adored, brought up as a pet and not for making money. Look into my eyes mum, I will soon have you wrapped around my little paws.

So with the little whirl wind now in our lives time is even more limited so your be able to find me on  instagram thanks to those that have popped by to say hello. I will write posts here to when I get the time and I will try and catch up with you all once a week.

Thanks for your comments and for taking the time to read.

Take lots of care

Bye for now

Dee xx

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

I have joined Instagram

Hi Everyone,

thank you so much for all the lovely comments on my last post and for those that stop by and read my ramblings. I am enjoying my time here at the cottage so very much I am spending my days outside there is so much to be done here from digging, planting and sowing  and knocking down old sheds and building new gardens, tending to my vegetable patch looking after my chickens and hounds.  I am finding that at the moment I don't want to be inside sat at a computer I want to be outside with my hounds and my chickens and being close to nature. I still want to be part of blog world and want to keep sharing my journey I tend to fight against the changes in technology and I kept hearing people talking about Instagram and saying you should join up so the day before yesterday I did just that while sitting having my lunch in the garden. I was really shocked at how simple it was and how really lovely it was being able to view peoples photo's and lives in a more simple way and less time consuming way to and also being able to view photo's like one huge collage almost. I thought it would be a silent place but have realised that you can add words, leave comments and interact in a similar way you can here except you cant ramble away with lots of words and its harder to show before and after photo's. But it looks like its a nice place to be in and I for one am happy to be part of it for now. I will still post here on my blog when the weather is bad and also when I feel I need to but just for now while Spring is here and Summer waiting in the wings you will be able to find me here in my other little space


 just sharing daily photo's and moments of my day. It may take me a little while to get the hang of it but please pop over and say hello leave me a comment so I can come over to yours to, as that is the only thing I am finding difficult finding others in blogland other there.

Picked these lovely celandines across the fields on my morning walk yesterday just a beautiful sunny yellow they always remind me the warmer weather will soon be here.

And while the sun is shinning I am off to enjoy it.  We pulled down the first log shed last night and I have lots of wood, metal and tree to drag onto the fire and the metal to get ready on the pile for the scrap metal man to collect and vegetable plants to pot on :-)

Nearly down

Gone at last and now look at the beautiful view that we can see this area is where the decking is going with our table and chairs so we can watch the sunset.

Hope to see you in Instagram :-) be lovely to see you there.

Take lots of care

Bye for now dee xx

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Vintage Recyled Tin bowl pond building and the spuds are in

Hi Everyone,

what a lovely today its been today I have been busy outside all day in the sunshine. I woke up and thought it was going to rain today but no the sun has be shinning all day so I thought today is the day for planting my spuds. They have been in the pantry chitting for weeks now and now the days are getting warmer I needed to get them in. This is my first year for growing potatoes I grew some in a bag last year but this is my first time in the ground. I chose 2 different sorts First Early Casablanca and Desiree Maincrop which is a nice red spud.

First of all I dug little trenches 10cm deep and then put my seed potatoes in rows
Making sure each spud was roughly 70cm apart.

I then covered them over with soil into moulds and left enough earth either side to cover them over again when they start sprouting . Now I just have to sit back and wait and fingers crossed I will have a nice crop of spuds later in the year.

I also dug out another boarder in the vegetable patch, planted some strawberry plants and a black current plant  but forgot to take photo's of those. I also re potted up my vegetable plants in the greenhouse will talk about that another time.

At the weekend I decided to do some more work in my little garden I showed you last week. In the many sheds here I found a lovely old Vintage metal bowl and I thought I know I will turn into a little pond. Here's what I did..

One vintage metal bowl, some broken terracotta pots some large stones and some wild garlic and water buttercup I pinched from the local lake I know it was naughty.

I added one of the stones to the bowl in the centre I then used one of the broken terracotta pots to poke the buttercup through and to retain the roots I then put that on top of the stone, filled the bowl up with rain water.

I then dug up some wild primula plants from the paddock put those around it with a large log behind put some large stones around and also dug another broken terracotta pot into the ground and planted another wild plant into it.

And I have to say I love it and it cost nothing yet another great little recycled project :-)

Loving my little garden its nice to have an area away from all the land

I popped my little eucalyptus tree in the corner by my little wooden crate I just want to find an old mirror for this space now.

And this is it from a different angle now to find a mirror to go on the wall and to buy some stone to go in the area by the drain and then I have a lovely little natural garden.

On a different subject my chickens have come so far in the 6 weeks they have been with me they have feathered up well now and you wont believe the transformation in my little Rosie and Bluebell. My ex battery girls are amazing, so full of character they seem to blossom daily and they are so funny to and relaxing to be round and they are getting very tame to as you can see here...

 My beautiful little Rosie is bold no more :-) She was the first girl they handed to me on homing day she has a special place in my heart. She comes and sits next to me when I ever I sit down in their enclosure and will now hop onto my lap when its time for their lunch time snack. I haven't stroked her yet as I want her confidence to grow and for her to feel safe with me. She is also into the habit of playing with my hair to as is Poppy.

As you can see from this photo they are getting very friendly snack time is the best time. Poppy is on my left, Rosie in the middle on my lap, Bluebell the other bold girl to my right and Boss Marigold is on my lower legs. Can you believe the transformation in just 6 weeks :-) I love them all dearly so much so I submitted my application form to the British Hen Welfare Trust and I have been excepted to become a Poorly Hen Carer volunteer :-)

 This means that I will look after and nurse back to health some of their really poorly girls that cant go to new homes just yet on re homing day. Problems for these girls can range from extremely under weight or poorly feathered hens ( Oven Readies ) to limpers, bruising and occasional fractures and sometimes they may be permantely disabled and need life long care. Once they are well enough they will then be found forever homes and I will then take on some more to nurse.  I just need to clear out and convert the bottom half of the large shed into a safe nursing area for them before I can rescue them the next rehoming day is 24th April it would be great to be ready for that date. The shed is full of tools and furniture that the landlord needs to clear so fingers crossed it can be sorted ready for this date.

And that's it from me from for another week I have lots more jobs plans for the garden this week so fingers crossed it stays dry. Oh one last thing I found an old small metal watering can in my greenhouse so I turned it into something...

Hung it in one of the Trees put some moss inside and turned it into a nesting house, hopefully the blue tits will nest in it the hole is big enough :-)

Thank you again for all your lovely comments and for taking the time to read my little ramblings.

Until next time bye for now

dee xx

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Recycled Bug Hotel building and gardening work

Hi Everyone,

Its been a few days since I was here last its been a busy couple of weeks and I have had a much needed computer break to. Losing my friend hit me hard my husband drove me up country for her funeral and it was a really heart breaking day I met up with some old friends that I haven't seen since leaving school to. I came home and switched everything off including myself for a while I just let the tears flow and kept busy outside. She was only 44 years old the same age as myself and to young to go she had her whole life ahead of her and I have had some quite times of reflection and re-evaluation of my own life. I never take things for granted, appreciate everything I have but its made me think hard about life and what we have and what we still dream of doing made us think about planning ahead for when our journey here at the cottage has to come to an end and although we are going to enjoy every day here while we can I think its also important for us to think and plan ahead to, to keep on keeping those dreams alive. I have been busy in the garden clearing, digging, painting and building whilst enjoying being out in nature listening to the birds feeding and watching the huge variety that graces us with their presence, from the Nut Hatch, Green finch , Gold finch, Bull finch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Long tailed Tit, house sparrow and the Robin each one so beautiful and our regular Pheasant to who comes every morning or evening to feed also. We have explored our surroundings to and found some gorgeous lakes and woods close by, bluebells cover the landscape around here I have never seen so many and cant wait for them to come into flower.

My first job was to paint the fencing that now makes our back garden which we sectioned off from the rest of the land. We  re used all my decking panels from my allotment which built my raised beds and I spent 2 afternoons painting them a lovely shade of blue.  I am really pleased with the way they look now and how it actually blends into the landscape.

If you click on the photo's they will appear larger for you.

I took this photo this morning it just gives you an idea of the space and size of the garden now, you can see the chicken house area at the bottom right. This area we are going to be working on to give us a private space and not worry about the field side so much.

I have also been making a little area by the chicken enclosure  after I painted the fence panel a shade of purple I hung up some metal bunting and a metal flower planter that I had in my old garden put the old lawn mower there that was being thrown out that I rescued along with some of my old pots. I have decided now though that I am going to dig that area out and make a flower boarder so that is one of my jobs this week. When I look out of the kitchen window I wanted something nice to look at from a distance.

I have also been clearing out the old coal shed of all its wood and rubbish. The photo on the left shows it full the photo on the right shows it empty apart from the coal and some planks of wood I wanted to keep for flower boarding edging.

I mentioned to my mum on the morning that they were leaving that I was going to clear out the coal shed that day and she poked her head inside and saw a black plastic bag and couldn't resist looking inside and pulled out all these Vintage magazines all from the 60's gardening ones and stamp collecting ones to what a magical find and to think these were going to be burnt they are currently waiting to be read :-)

As I mentioned in my last post my husband built a new log store which is just outside the back of the house now attached to the side of the shed. It was built using fence panels that were being thrown away as well as posts. He lined it all with plastic sheeting that we already had and then we did have to buy 3 clear plastic pieces of sheeting which cost us £18. We took the metal sheeting off one of the log sheds for the roof but sadly in the terrible wind and rain storms we have had its leaked so we need to replace the roof we are very exposed to the weather up here and its been a steep learning curve as we have had to rescue the chicken run roof to.

My son and myself started clearing the 3 log sheds so we can knock them down we hadn't got far and then my lovely parents came to stay for 4 days it was a real joy to have them here. They last saw the cottage in its original state after being locked up for 3 years they were amazed by the transformation we had made. Mum loves the countryside ( well they do live there themselves ) and gardening to in fact we are more like twins with our love for the same things and hobbies. Dad helped us to clear one of the sheds he climbed inside and was throwing the logs out to me and then my son was putting them into the wheelbarrow and then I was filling up our new log store. We cleared that shed but just left some long planks that we could re use. It was terrible inside and so dusty it hadn't been cleared for years.

Believe me when I say this shed was floor to ceiling full of year old logs, dust and dirt.  Now all that is left are a few long planks I want to use to build flower beds and those bits on the floor we will burn on the garden fire.

While Mum was here she cleared an area and made a little garden by the side of the house and I wish I had taken a before photo. Its where the hedge is and the roots had grown onto and over the path but snowdrops were growing here and it was crying out for a makeover.

Now if you look towards the gate at the bottom and to the left you can just make out the area there see the roots growing over the path.  While Mum was digging it over and splitting the snow drops and also walking around the grounds digging up other little bits of plants I was thinking Bug Hotel this little area is so natural looking I thought a bug hotel would look great. So with my wheelbarrow I went on the hunt for materials.

This is what I found the pile of rubbish is actually outside the front of the cottage. I found bricks, broken pots, a large brick with holes in it and a lovely metal piece which I assume came from one of the fires. I also found wood and boxes from the falling down log sheds.

Please click on the photos to view them.
I also collected some moss from the lawn, bits of twigs and branches and soil and crushed up rotten wood which had rotted into the soil by the garage.

And here is my little finished re cycled Bug Hotel :-) And I have to say I love it and its rustic appearance. It cost me nothing but my time, but I loved every minute of designing it on the spur of the moment and gathering and hunting the materials. And it gives this little space a much needed little focal point. I also added some broken pots to the area and logs to.

 Not the best photo but hope you can get the idea of the little rustic and natural little garden area. Not much will grow here as the ground is so hard and riddled with roots so a few terracotta pots added here amongst the snowdrops and the trailing geranium looks lovely I am also going to scatter some mixed wild flower seeds here tomorrow and see if they grow. The area by the wall that has the drain we are going to cover it with stones when we an afford to.

The Belfast sink was already there and did actually come from the cottage a few years ago. I found a bag of bark so scattered it around it to tidy up the area and give it a bit of depth.

This gorgeous log was in one of the sheds waiting to be burnt I rescued it and put it next to the Bug Hotel I love the fungus on it and I am sure the insects will love it to.

I made up this little planter in the same area again I got the bricks from the front garden, the crate was waiting to be burnt and the pots from the greenhouse I have some flower seeds in the green house growing that I will add to the pots in a few weeks time :-)

You can just see the little wooden crate potting area to the left of this photo. I love this little area now and I know its going to be added to. So when I come out of my back door now and walk towards my greenhouse I have a lovely little garden to look at thanks to my Mum and myself.

My chickens continue to thrive and are now nearly covered in feathers and i adore them and you will be amazed at their fast recovery as much as I am. I will share them next time as I have decided to do something extra for the charity to but I think that's enough for today.

Thank you for reading my little space here and for your lovely comments I am sorry I haven't been over to your own blogs for a while but I will be popping over later in the week.

Take lots of care

Until next time

Bye for now dee xx