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Nature in the Home - May Day!...

Nature in the Home is back!
On 1st of May, May Day, join me in celebrating the Pagan tradition of 'May Baskets', small posies of flowers left on friends / neighbours doorsteps.

Last year I filled jam jars with small Spring blooms cut from my garden and hung them from door knobs.  Such a wonderful surprise for my friends, and it felt lovely to do too.

The history of May Day celebrations appeared in pre-christian times, with the festival of Flora. Traditional British May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen and maypole dancing - which I loved doing when I was at junior school. Although it used to always get tangled up in a mess and the teacher getting rather hot and bothered!  The Pagan tradition of leaving 'May baskets' has faded in popularity since the late 20th Century.

So, let's collectively resurrect this old tradition!  Will you join me?  You don't have to do everyone you know.  Just a good friend or elderly neighbour.  A small jam jar filled with buttercups or grape hyacinths will brighten someones day.

Next Thursday 1st May - we shall kick of the new season of Nature in the Home in style, with a group link up here.  A photograph of the door and jar.  Exciting.

On twitter and Instagram please use the Hashtag #NITHMayDay

Can't wait to see how you get on.  Are you in?

Bathroom makeover...

Image via apartmenttherapy
If you follow me on instagram you would have noticed that over the Easter weekend we did a spot of DIY. It's tradition, no?  A long weekend gives a chance to crack on with some jobs.  So, this weekend we sanded and painted our bathroom and landing floor dark slate grey.  

The floor upstairs was a mix of stained dark wood and white painted floors.  Both were done 8 years ago when we moved in.  Both were scuffed, and tired looking.  In need of a face lift and continuity to make the upstairs space look bigger. 

I was initially worried that it would look incredibly dark, there isn't much natural light in our landing, but three coats later the finished floor is wonderful!  Smooth, a great colour and perfect (in my eyes).  We used Ronseal Floor Paint in Slate Grey.  It was easy to apply and covered the floor well.  The colour is a true dark grey.  

Our bathroom is not finished.  Still much painting to be done.  We have tongue & groove paneling around the room, I am wanting to paint it a pale grey or perhaps this blue.  What do you think?  I am also on the hunt for a small kilim or persian rug to use as the bath mat.  I love this trend.  More images of this trend can be found over on Apartment Therapy.


A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Charlie & Rufus: Giggling in the sea

What a week this has been!  The sun has lifted our spirits and we have remembered how much fun summer can be - albeit actually just Spring.  Last Wednesday we drove down to the Devon/Dorset border in search of fossils.  Spent the day on Charmouth beach, hammering stones, playing in the surf and eating our first beach bbq of the year.  It was bliss.  And did we find a dino?  Rufus is very proud...


Image via Pinterest
Four days!  I may not be into the whole jesus thing, sorry if you are but I'm not, but I do like having the four day weekend.  HURRAH!  Four days to play.

Go Wild Forest School...

The first week of the Easter holidays for Charlie was spent in the woods.  Lucky bean, attended our local Forest School - Go Wild Education.