The month of May has meant a lot more time spent outside. The weather has been kind to us, we had our impromptu weekend away in Dorset, plus we’ve been hard at work in the garden – an ambitious project that I’m sure I’ll be sharing with you soon (if you follow me on snapchat – heatheryounguk – you’ll have already seen a bit of what we’ve been up to). Our garden has burst into bloom, and I’ve all relished spending time out there again, especially when I catch the heady scent of jasmine on the breeze. Other things – the blog, social media, housework etc – have been rather neglected, but the lure of fresh air and sunshine is simply too much for me to resist right now.
I was also lucky enough to win a terrarium from Rose and Grey in Littlegreenshed’s Nature in the Home comp over on Instagram (yay!), and spent a little window of time on Saturday planting it up with an aloe, a jade plant and an echeveria. First I lined the bottom with pebbles from the garden, before adding a layer of cacti and succulent mix soil, with the plants bedded into that. I finished it off with a few of the stones we collected from Lulworth Cove, Ringstead and Charmouth on our trip to Dorset.
I must mention the waxed canvas backpack that I bought Ben for his birthday from The Future Kept. It had its first proper outing down in Dorset and performed brilliantly. It’s tough and durable, comfortable to wear and is a real beauty. I’m more than a little jealous, but my rose gold Saltwater sandals (more on those soon) have just about made up for it.
This month I also managed to fit in a trip to Newbury Antiques Fair to meet my good friend Ellie. We had such a great time scouring the fair for bargains – I was pretty restrained (for me) and pretty much stuck to my shopping list – a new bench for the hallway (I am head over heels in love with the 1939 folding army bench I spotted just before we left), a galvanised trough which I’ve planted up with strawberry plants in the garden, and a few bits and bobs including this fab hat, which may well factor in my Just So Festival costume plans this year.
May has offered a glimpse of the fun times that summer has in store for us, and has left me full of hope and excitement.
: Styling the Seasons, by Apartment Apothecary and Lotts and Lots :
“Reflect the change of seasons and show those changes in your own home, by styling any surface (shelf, dining table, mantelpiece) with something you like to reflect the new month and what it means to you”