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Alison Butler
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February in the Garden and what I have been up to. #growingvegetables #garden #springiscoming

During February in the garden, I’ve been keeping myself busy tidying up and doing some early seed sowing in the greenhouse.  Hopefully, in a few weeks we’ll be able to pick some pea shoots like these for salads. General jobs done during February in the…

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Patchwork feather quilt made for a friend to celebrate her birthday. #sewing #quilting #patchwork

My favourite gifts have been those made by friends or family.  A few years ago, I received a quilt from a friend for a significant birthday.  I was so touched that I wanted to do the same when her turn came. This is how I came to make a patchwork feather…

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Inspiration for a DIY kitchen update on a budget

Look at this gorgeous place! Not at all like our current kitchen.  I came across it when looking for inspiration for a DIY kitchen update and fell in love.  Our kitchen looks a bit tired and sad and the time is approaching for an update. When we moved in…

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Show the love with handmade chocolates for Valentines Day

As a chocolate addict making these handmade chocolates for Valentines Day has been fun. What is not to like? Melting chocolate and filling the kitchen with a rich chocolatey smell, licking the spoon (when everything is finished!) and creating something to…

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Shopping locally - a month on and I'm beginning to see the benefits! #shopping #shoplocal

, At the beginning of the month, I wrote about how important it is to shop locally and support retailers in our towns.  I took the decision at the start of the year to do as much of our shopping as possible from independent businesses. After five…

What a grey foggy afternoon. Thank goodness for tea! :)

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My take on #StylingTheSeaons in June.

It’s time for Styling the Seasons June.  The challenge is set by Katy of Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte of Lotts and Lots. The weather in June has been a real mix of sunshine and showers.  It has left a lot of us wondering when summer is going to…

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This rhubarb pudding is made with a rich sponge topped with sliced rhubarb and finished with a meringue topping. Mum passed on the recipe as it is an easy summer dessert that everyone likes. Sunday is the day when we meet as a family.   It’s a day of…

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As well as growing vegetables, we also have garden flowers in the borders.  I have chosen a variety of shrubs and hardy perennials to make life easier. I don’t know what has happened to June but it seems to have started as a month of chasing my tail and…

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Earlier this year, we had the best time ever at the wedding of our son and his wife.  We were very pleased to be involved in the wedding plans and it definitely had the feel of two families coming together for a very happy occasion. One of the things we…
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