Not an especially thrilling weekend but very productive, we cleared out the loft for the umpteenth time, except this time I mean seriously cleared it out!Photographs were culled, we decided that our two son's would not want a whole load of photographs of hills in the Lake District when we died (not that we are expecting to do this anytime soon!) so we have ended up with a box each of photographs for them to have to remind them of their childhood years. If they decide to not want the photographs I'm sure their wives/girlfriends will love the boxes, they are a beautiful aqua colour inside! I don't know about you but I love a good clear out, there are always things you have kept that you can't imagine why. I feel sort of cleansed knowing that you are not hoarding junk.
I also had a think about how to use my recent purchase of three Tote Pans, don't you just love the industrial feel about them? These ones were covered in grease, but after a lot of cleaning they are now ready for use. Tote Pans are usually found in Industrial work places to hold nuts and bolts or other components. So far they have been used for holding material, storing some of my recent photographs so that you can flip through them, and currently they are on my conservatory windowsill with plants in them. You may have noticed them in previous blogs. My vision is to have a amazing shed out in the garden for me to work in and these Tote Pans will hold all sorts of inspiring goodies.
Talking of sheds I read an article in the Saturday Telegraph about people and their sheds, I am a shed kind of person and in a previous life a long time ago I owned a rather large shed that I loved and worked in. Those were the days of the dried flower era, out of those big barn doors poured out a regular stream of dried flower arrangements that delighted paying customers, I had electricity, heating and radio 4, I loved my day's spent in that shed but alas the shed is no more. However I am hankering after another one and this is it.
Click here to read more about it. Don't you think it has bags of character, plus I have always adored black in the garden, plants show up amazingly well in front of black, some clients have been horrified at the idea of me suggesting to paint their sheds or fence panels black, but the results have always been stunning, you just have to be a little brave, and have a little faith in my judgement however bizarre.
Lastly (and sorry if I'm boring you now) but some of my tulips are a stage further on from the last blog, so weather you like it or not here are a few more.
Take a look at this post by the amazing Heather Bullard of American Country Living fame, so many lovely inspiring posts on her blog.