Living Simply - Living Well

Thankyou for visiting my blog. I write about everyday life and also things I enjoy, such as nature, wildlife, bird watching, gardening, keeping silkie chickens & our aviary birds, days out, baking, charity shops, car boot sales, vintage treasures and much more. We live simply - we live well.

Monday, March 18, 2019

The Last Post


This is the last post here.


But I am not stopping blogging, I just need to be more focused on what I want and not what is expected of me, I have to write from my heart and not write what I think others might want to read. I have given away too much information in past posts which are now deleted, and I am fed up of being asked personal questions about  financial affairs and being judged. Not by any of you lovely people but the anonymous a**holes and emails, I suppose wherever I write I will come across this, but I want to start with a clean slate, this might annoy some as I have chopped and changed so many times in the last year, but its my prerogative. So I will be popping up again somewhere soon, and will be following some of you still, you will soon recognise me.

So bye from me here and thankyou to everyone who has followed and supported me.

Friday, March 15, 2019

A New Blog





 For a while now I have wanted to write another blog just focused "In The Kitchen", I have had another blog set up for a while now and I want to start writing on it now so it is now "live"here is the link.

https://inmykitchen7.blogspot.com/



Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Charity Shops



Charity shops are rather expensive these days, but we have found a few very reasonable ones where we live.

Here are a few of my latest purchases.

A John Lewis revolving spice rack which holds 20 jars.

£2.00

These were Orla Keily ltd edition douwe egberts coffee jars.

I paid 50p each for them.



A vintage inspired tin, which is double sided.
This was £1.00


And a very good quality heavy glass pot which now is on my dressing table holding cotton wool, which cost £1.49



Not bad for a total of £5.49.



Saturday, March 9, 2019

Any Picture Experts?




We are always coming across interesting things doing what we do, in the charity shop the other day these caught our eye. I am very good with collectables and antiques, I am always shouting out whilst watching the antiques roadshow as I recognise things, and I also have a shelf full of books on collectables/collecting, we are always learning something new on a daily basis,  but one thing I haven't got a clue about is pictures and paintings.

These are around 56 cm high, and clearly very old, we have tried to research without any luck.


We actually both love these and are going to clean them up, and wax the wood to bring it back to life, the backs are well shabby but we will keep them original/ as they are. We are have decided not to sell at the moment as we think we would problably like to keep these for our next home.


Has anyone got any ideas on these or have seen anything similar ? I would love to hear from you. 

(Please excuse the reflections of me trying to photograph them).










Friday, March 8, 2019

Long Time No See



Well it's been 2 weeks since I last wrote a post...........


Our Charley who is now just over a year old has finally started laying, but she is an awkward little madam, she won't go in the nesting boxes like the other 3 girls, she decided to make a little nest in the stones in a corner, no matter how many times I put her in the nest box she just wasn't having it, so my husband made a little wooden box for her, but still she decided to do it on the stones, never mind, can't force them to do what they don't want to do.






That's enough of this mum I'm getting out of here and laying on the stones instead!

So now we have 4 hens laying, Silkies are supposedly not the best layers, but our girls been giving us plenty of eggs, even throughout the winter months.


This morning I had a little wonder in the garden, nice to see a few splashes of colour and to see new growth and everything springing back to life.

I can't wait for the warm weather.

We bought this lilac at the end of last year and not seen it in bloom yet.



This is what it will look like, can't wait to see it.












Won't be long before I harvest some of this Lemon Balm to make some tea.



In the greenhouse seedlings are appearing, we had frost last night, good job I remembered to cover them up.





This morning I had a knock on the door, I knew what it was, the parcel man bought my latest competition win.




Now I am off to make a cottage pie, then I can just pop it in the oven later, I will also make an extra one for the freezer.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Made a start on the sowing


This weather is just wonderful, I just had to get out and enjoy some sunshine in the garden this morning.



 We picked up stacks of decking from freecycle last year and my husband is making planters from it.



As the saying goes, here's one I made earlier (husband that is not me).

So these are free really, made from using free wood, the bags are what  the chicken bedding comes in, so that is good recycling and the compost is from the compost bin. 

We did buy some compost from the garden centre yesterday. I use some homemade and some from the garden centre as we only have the one compost bin here.



I bought some more seed potatoes, this time Wilja, I also decided on growing Aubergines, Peas and Broad Beans, I have never grown Aubergine, I remember last year on Sue's blog (The Cottage at the End of the Lane), she had success with them so I thought I would try.  The Broad Beans are a variety called Robin Hood, which are ideal for containers.




So I went out with the tub of seeds and made a start on the sowing, I shall do a little each day.



Back indoors a bit later on I thought I would do some baking as I have a ham joint in the oven and I like to make use of the oven  whilst its on. So I made some cheese nibbles, this is a Hairy Bikers recipe, they look different than the ones in the book as I have used two types of cheese, cheddar and red leicester. Thought it would be a change from sweet things.




Have a good weekend and enjoy the beautiful sunshine.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Just a quick post


Just a quick post today..

Last week was a very busy and productive week,  I am still finding I am getting just as much work done even with taking a proper break for an hour or so, I suppose it is recharging the batteries really isn't it.

As we are growing more this year we have fenced off the top of the garden to keep my fluffy girls in one place as they do like to climb in the pots and dig and have dust baths. So they have got all this space.




Plenty of room, they spend a lot of time up this end of the garden anyway. At the end they have a little shelter where there can go if it rains, or back in under their house. We were going to put up a smaller run with a roof but the fence is a bit dodgy (hence be propped up with wood), and the other thing is why do all that work when we are set to move in the future, and these panels here can be taken down to put together for a make do run when we move until we get them sorted out.


Yesterday we bought a pair of Budgies to add to our bird menagerie.
Beautiful colours. I do love them, I think many people had them as pets when they where young I had one called Bill and my elder sister had one called Betty. 

These two came from a lady who is dying, she kept quite a few, and it was clear to see how well they had been loved and cared for,the pet shop collected them from her at the weekend, there were loads to choose from, I wanted them all. 


So now we have Budgies, Bourke Parakeets, Turquoisines, Elegants, and Gold Breasted Wax Bills. 



On another note a few people have emailed me and asked if I have an Instagram account, yes I do so if you want to see or follow here it is https://www.instagram.com/mrsmarlenes/