Mr A and I took a day off to clear out the house last week, it was brilliantly cathartic. In an antique washstand in our bedroom, I found an untouched box we had put away when we nearly moved house 4 years ago. I was all set to follow the decluttering rules, to not open it and donate it all to charity. But I decided it was worth a peek inside. I found a small and tarnished silver cup and it brought back so many memories.
When my grandparents were still alive, we spent many a happy weekend helping in their garden, last week I saw a clump of London’s Pride flowers and it took me right back. If I smell a really good tomato, I am instantly transported to my Grandad’s greenhouse. The silver cup takes me back to the garden shows that were held at their village club house, proudly displayed giant onions and leeks, Grandma’s courgettes and cucumbers and my Grandad’s prize Dahlias. Every year my brother and I would enter a miniature garden.
My brother and I took it really seriously, I remember he built a shed for his out of lego and I sculpted ornaments out of clay. Over the years we won quite a few prizes. His down to earth vegetable patches and busy lego gardeners tended to appeal to the judges more than my attempts at a Chelsea Flower Show, but the little cup was from the year I won first prize.
While tidying the garden a little I made another discovery. Miss L made this miniature garden a few months ago, it made my heart sing to see her do it, because it took me right back to the joy it brought me. Over the last few months the succulent cut offs I gave her have taken root and kept growing. It’s weathered the storms, and the washing line is still intact.
I love the way an old plastic plant pot became a castle shaped house, she simply cut open the door and drew on windows with a silver marker. The house also features a shell pond and shell rockery.
Last week on Happy and Home
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