Living the simple life

I am Goth by nature, a carer by choice and a crafter by habit. living the Old Style way, spending less and making what I can myself. I follow Money Saving Expert and NYK forum avidly and am working to be debt free.


I shop wisely as every penny counts, my stock cupboard is my solution to any problem.


My home is full of craft stuff and I love making things for my grandson Michael and grand- daughter Bethany who are the reason I get up everyday. My kids are the best in the world and I thank them for being there for me and John

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Blooming June

Vertical gardening going well. Have some lovely alpine strawberries growing.
Frame number 2 put up, need to update the pictures as I have had a delivery of milk bottles since this. Apparently tomato plants love this system and grow very bushy, they also make excellent root mass probably due to the warm sun on the bottles.
Found these 6 buxus plants grown from cuttings loitering under the hedge. Its taken 3 years to get to this stage but am not in a hurry. Have one large plant which donated these cuttings and another one which has died sadly. Note the bucket of succulents, have 3 varieitys now and they are addictive and prolific. I am going to try and make a dome of them in a hanging basket. When budget allows will buy 2 matching baskets and wire them together to make a ball. Am presently propogating baby plants so I can do it  next year.

For a few years now I have been struggling with exhaustion and pain which I believed to be through arthiritis but last week my pharmacist changed the beta blockers I take to prevent migraine. I have been taking the same ones/same dose for at least 15 years. I was concerned at the changeover but tried to be positive. Having tried once before and becoming very ill I was wary to say the least. After a week I find I am revitalised, can walk further and have a lot less pain, its amazing. I no longer worry about feeling so fragile and can run upstairs after my darling boy - feel like a new woman! I obviously still have arthiritis but can now live my life again and I called in and thanked my dear pharmacist.

My bliss! worn out after a long day at school.