Wednesday, 23 February 2011


We are now producing our own electricity which is amazing. We had a local company do the installation they also installed a massive solar roof at Worthy Farm where the Glastonbury festival is held.They only took one and a half day's and the two lads were brilliant workers not even stopping for tea breaks.Even though today was wet and overcast with no sun between 9 and 4.30 we had produced 3.7 kwh . so we are thrilled.It is quite an investment but we used savings that were making no money at all as interest rates are so low.

I felt like a stalker taking these pictures through an attic window
Another excitement yesterday was my first GRAZE BOX and i will be ordering again a delicious box filled with bite sized nibbles posted through the letterbox.

this is what you find under the portions

it comes with a personalized nutrition leaflet
I posted the bookmarks today a little altered from an earlier photo.
I only needed to send 2 but put in some extra ones
I discovered PAPER CHASE  has opened a store in the local mall (more temptation )

it was so colourful

Over at milliande we had a new journal page prompt SINGING IN THE RAIN .  I immediately thought of a photo i had taken about 24 years ago of my youngest son on the beach in the pouring rain at WESTON SUPER MARE Somerset. It has turned out to be more of a scrapbook page but as he was 27 last week I wanted to use it.

white against white not good but i picked up the colours  from the umbrella the man is carrying  to create my own. to bring it all together

Finally my EROSION BUNDLE has started to break down but i am not sure that it will have done that much by the finish date.Very soon the living willow will have leaves and that means insects and birds so they may help to move things on.

Monday, 21 February 2011


Yesterday i  planted about 75 willow cuttings  taken from our living willow when it was cut back i still have about 200 to do.I purchased the original Living Willow stems a few years ago and it has formed a great screen but it grows at a tremendous rate and needs trimming several times a year. You can only plant the cuttings from November and March and they need plenty of water. Last year I did the same thing and planted about 100 and none of them survived i think because we had a very dry spring.So I am keeping my fingers crossed for better luck this year.
This is just a small section of the screen base when this is covered in leaves i have a seat in here to watch the wildlife. Apart from the fact we have to keep them cut back  the reason we needed to do it this weekend was because we are going green. We are having 18 large solar panels installed 9 on the main house and 9 on the annexe. because we are south facing we get plenty of sun and we are hoping to sell surplus power back to the national grid.. I just hope they are more productive than the small wind turbine we have which is as good as useless.

one of the panels
I never know what to do when we have men working in the house so today i just dabbled with art. I have taken some photos of my new toys which arrived at the weekend.

I think i will find a lot of uses for this wood grain folder

I like this tree and of course you can deboss and emboss

This is the only die i am unhappy with

I love this one it is so versatile

I was not sure about this build a flower die when you use paper it is quite ordinary but with  tin I Love It.

 Today  i received my ATCs from Rachel's Dolls House swap they were all wonderful so original I had really struggled with this swap but i was pleased when i sent them. But after seeing the ones i had today i do hope that mine will not be a disappointment.