Monday, 19 April 2021

Cheap Upcycling And Growing

 What a lovely sunny day it was yesterday. Youngest daughter finally got to sunbathe on the sun lounger. It was really cold first thing though and I stayed inside finishing off the step for the caravan. It looks much nicer now and I won't be embarrassed to have it at the caravan door any more. After I had sanded it down I painted it with black metal polish and covered the step with a piece of oil cloth that was for a tablecloth. The whole large piece only cost £4 and I have lots left over to replace if it gets tatty and the black metal paint was in the shed from when I painted the garden railings so it was a really cheap upcycle.


I planted some Cosmos seeds in the greenhouse after lunch and repotted all my little echinops plants that I have grown from seeds I collected in my Dad's garden. I love growing things from seeds I have collected and am already planning what to collect and try later this year. I love the fact it is totally free and it almost seems like magic when they grow from just little seeds collected. It also saves a fortune! More sun like this will bring everything on very quickly. 


I still have several trays of collected seeds that have done nothing yet. I check them every day and today I was really pleased to see that one of my Tree Peony seeds has started to grow. We have a beautiful yellow Tree Peony that was in place when we moved into the house, it never flowers very well though. I have tried to take cuttings from it but that hasn't worked and last year I saved some seeds. I would love to plant one somewhere in the garden a bit sunnier so it would do a bit better. I'm hoping it does well and I may even get a few more. I've run out of compost now so until Tom is off and we get some more on Tuesday or Wednesday there will be no more planting for a day or two. 
 
Now the weather has improved Cleo our cat has changed her busy day time schedule from sleeping on our bed or youngest daughter's bed to sleeping in the garden. I can always tell when spring is finally here! Yesterday I could see her all day stretched out by the aviary in a little piece of sunlight. When I was in the kitchen I looked out and the male fox walked next to her and stood having a drink from one of the bird baths. They were inches apart and he stood and drank and drank. Cleo just watched him, then stretched and yawned in a very relaxed way. He finished drinking and carried on his journey into next door's garden. So many people worry about foxes attacking cats, but over the years it has not been our experience at all. If anything the foxes are more wary of the cats and it is only because our foxes have worked out Cleo is too lazy to move they are relaxed with her. Even our old male cat Archie who loved a good punch up when ever possible would sleep on the shed roof next to them as they slept in the sun too. I find it fascinating watching the interaction between all the animals. I'm going to set up my wildlife camera and see if I can catch some of it. This however is my usual kind of photo of Cleo!


It's another sunny day today and youngest son and daughter are both back at work. Tom is on his final late shift before his days off and I am going to see my Dad to do his shopping. I have got to get on with some work before I go but it will be nice to be out and about on such a sunny day. Dad has been working hard in his garden in this nice weather and my sister is coming too so we will be able to sit in the garden and admire it all. I hope everyone has a lovely day what ever you plans. xx

21 comments:

  1. The step looks great - really well done.
    Wishing you (and me) lots of sunshine and warmth (and a bit of rain now and again)
    xx

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    1. Thanks Joy. This sunny weather is lovely isn't it. Though you are right the gardens are getting rather dry. Rain overnight would be nice! xx

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  2. Lovely sunny day again this morning over
    here, though an early morning frost...
    Just had breakfast, can't start the day
    without my fry up..! :).
    AND! NO! Fudge..had to eat all the egg
    myself..! He'll be round later!

    HeHe! Cats go a bit silly with a bit of
    sunshine..I do miss a cat, but when George
    passed over a few years back, l decided, no
    more..but..l have Fudge and one eyed Flossie
    who pop round for a nose round, and a saucer
    of milk..and anything else that's going when
    it comes to Fudge..! As l always say..
    "Dogs have owners, cats have staff"..! :).

    The caravan step looks great, and cheap to
    renew..and, l noticed your 70's caravan yesterday,
    down the side~bar..very nice! :).
    🐱 😸 😻 🐱 🐱 😸 😻 🐱 🐱 😸

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    1. Just sorting through a few folders...
      Here's summat very old and nostalgic...

      https://www.youtube.com/embed/MKikHxKeodA?rel=0

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    2. That is so true what you say about cat's with staff! Particularly my Dad's cat, she has a way of getting her own way in everything. She just gives me a look and I don't dare move her so sit on a different chair! That cabinet is in incredible. I could only dream of owning something like that. Imagine the person who designed it, what a fantastic brain. Have a lovely day Willie.

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  3. Cleo is gorgeous! I love how cats find the teeniest bit of sunshine and squeeze themselves into it like they're liquid!
    We've got the same step for Gilbert, I much prefer your blinged-up version to ours.
    Isn't it exciting when seeds come up? Jon's always stuffing his pockets with seeds when we're out walking and never remembers what they are when we get home. We've got all manner of mysterious green shoots appearing! xxx

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    1. I did laugh about the seeds, that is just like me, every pocket of my bag is full of them! I think I will remember what they are but don't. It is half the fun I think seeing what they turn into. xx

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  4. Your caravan step looks good, what a transformation and well done. Lovely to see your cat sunbathing and wonderful to know the fox and cat just ignore each other, wow I'm truly amazed.

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    1. Thank you Eileen. Tom is very pleased as he was all for chucking it out. Yes I find it strange they pay no attention to each other at all. I wonder if it's because she has grown up with dogs all her life.

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  5. Great job on the step! Well done my friend. I enjoyed reading about the animal interactions at your house. I never would have thought the fox and cat would just ignore each other. How good to know. I think animals know who is their friends and they know they can trust you so they wouldn't dream of hurting you or your animals. I can hope that's true anyway!
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you Betsy. I do think many cats may be scared of foxes but Cleo has grown up with dogs so isn't bothered. I am pretty sure many urban foxes are adapting to survive best in towns and that includes getting on with all creatures around them too. Have a lovely day. x

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  6. Oilcloth will get slick when there's the least little bit of moisture.....surprised there wasn't a bit of rubber matting hanging around to glue down to the top of the stepstool.

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    1. Thank you Ruth for your advice. I will remember to be extra careful :)

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  7. You've done a great job of the caravan step - I would love to be a practical person but I'm just not, luckily Hubby is so I just tell him what needs doing! It's lovely pottering outside in this lovely sunshine we're having isn't it.

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    1. I really enjoy it. I used to sit and help my Dad when I was very little. I still remember so much he taught me. I love pottering too and never stop being grateful I have a garden.

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  8. I like what you've done with the caravan step ... it looks so much better now.

    I will have cosmos in my garden this year but will have to buy plug plants as I don't have anywhere to grow them from seed.

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    1. I'm going to be proud of it now. I may be jumping over it so it doesn't get dirty! I have never grown cosmos before so I don't know if it will do well but I do love it.

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  9. The step looks great! I enjoyed hearing about your cats and the foxes. I'm glad there doesn't seem to be any danger for the cats. I love the picture of Cleo sleeping. It looks just like the way our male cat sleeps.

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    1. There are tales of foxes hurting cats but I am never sure if it is true. I think urban foxes are evolving into a different sort of temperament than country foxes. I suppose they have to adapt.

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  10. You did a great job on the caravan step. I like oil cloth but for some reason it has become very hard to find. Used to be one had lots of choices of nice patterns but now there doesn't seem to be any around.
    I hope you had time to do all the things you wanted to do today plus sit and visit with your sister as you look at your dad's garden.

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    1. I found a very large piece in the loft left behind by a previous occupant of the house from some time. I intend to use it in some way but haven't decided how yet. We had a really good day yesterday, everything seems so nice when the sun shines!

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