A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

Happy and Home: My magnet collection

Intriguing Magnets

Do you have magnets in your house? A magnet collection full of reminders of holidays, people and words of wisdom adorning the fridge? We had managed to contain our fridge magnets a little, but now my magnetic wall in my office is attracting new treasures, I was lucky enough to receive some rather fabulous magnetic gifts for my birthday back in May, and I have also added a few cheeky magnets from my travels.

Above are magnetic crystals, which also happen to look like a face, I need to look up the healing powers of these particular stones, but I reckon they are bound to make me more productive, successful and happy at work right? Do let me know if you are a crystal expert? Continue reading

Happy and Home: A peek in my Garden

A little garden tour, peony in bloom

Our garden will never be perfect, we are too busy having adventures to dedicate enough time to it, but I love the little surprises that it keeps throwing out. When I wish I had more time to be a better gardener I remind myself to be grateful for the plants that always return and the new things I discover in it each year.

I thought I would share a little update, I actually meant to post this two week’s ago, so the peonies and poppies are no more, but it’s lovely to celebrate their short little lives. Up the road, in my favourite wood, the fields around are full of poppies, it is an absolutely breathtaking site.

The hanging basket was a present for my birthday from my son G, but I have yet to hang it, it brightens up the picnic table though.

A little garden tour

I feel as if the garden has more balance since our gardening by Pip last summer, she shaped the left hand border, sunk the trampoline and made space for the swing seat.

A little garden tour

Lots of things Pip planted have come back with a vengeance this summer, I love the poppies.

A little garden tour, poppies in bloom

I have always wanted a fox glove, and lo and behold one finally appeared, the cottage garden of my dreams is coming closer to being. Plus the honeysuckle I planted is taking off.

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At one point the swing seat was surrounded by poppies.

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The cornflowers that appeared were beautiful, I love how random things keep popping up!

A little garden tour

A little garden tour

Last week on Happy and Home

On the colourful flower theme, check out Steph at 139a’s tray upcyle and wow at the colours in Becky’s Simple Parenting Blinis with Mango.

Written a post full of home love? Join up with #happyandhome

To join in, just pick a recent post that shares your love of home – it could be recipes, crafts, ideas, homes, gardens, family, friends, fun – click on the blue button to add your post link. The link up starts on Tuesday and finishes on Monday.

Add the badge or mention this post to help spread the word. I will be reading, tweeting, pinning etc. Please join in by commenting and/or sharing socially too using #happyandhome

I will share some of the posts that inspired happy homes the following week. Let’s get happy and home! Penny x

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Happy and Home: The Miniature Garden

Making a miniature garden using succulents and an old flower pot

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.

Making a miniature garden using succulents and an old flower pot

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

I was blown away by the riot of lovely colour and love in all the posts linked up last week. I loved the home from home Helen from Actually Mummy found in a field, you know how much I love travel, so why shouldn’t a happy and home be a second home too? Also, it was lovely to welcome Jaime from Not that Jaime Oliver who brought along a great curry recipe. Living Hygge was my favourite new blog discovery, what a gorgeous post full of hygge happy and home ideas.

Written a post full of home love? Join up with #happyandhome

To join in, just pick a recent post that shares your love of home – it could be recipes, crafts, ideas, homes, gardens, family, friends, fun – click on the blue button to add your post link. The link up starts on Tuesday and finishes on Monday.

Add the badge or mention this post to help spread the word. I will be reading, tweeting, pinning etc. Please join in by commenting and/or sharing socially too using #happyandhome

I will share some of the posts that inspired happy homes the following week. Let’s get happy and home! Penny x

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Happy and Home: The Joy of Little Love Notes

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When I was little my Mum always left me little love notes, in my lunch box, little letters when she went away, and when I was a grumpy teenager and she wanted me to hang the washing out, she would draw me cartoons of washing dancing on the line too. It is something I try to do for my kids too, it brings a little joy to life and makes a happy home.

My kids leave me little notes now and so I was blown away with Mr G’s love and kisses post it note installation which covered my computer last week. Continue reading

Happy and Home: How to Make Elderflower Champagne

How to make Elderflower Champagne

When I was 18 my Mum presented me with a cookbook with all my favourites and many ideas from across the family. This recipe was one of hers and while I remember her making it when I was small, I was always too young to taste this mildly alcoholic brew. Walking with Max over the bank holiday weekend I stumbled on some elderflowers and decided, after all these years, it was time to try out that recipe. Continue reading

Reflecting on what makes a happy home #happyandhome

Rope mirrors from Wayfair UK with printers block reflected

What makes a happy home? It’s a quest I have been on for a few months now, I’ve looked at homes in different countries, considered my own home, I have loved reading other people’s posts about finding the happy in their homes. My curiosity has now got the better of me,  happy homes has become a research project. In case you missed it, I’ve moved Happy and Home to Tuesday. Continue reading

#happyandhome is moving to Tuesday

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Just a note to say #happyandhome will be moving to Tuesdays from now on, Monday is always such a busy day, it makes sense to move it a day.  My quest to find out what makes us happy at home continues tomorrow!

Bloggers – if you have a post full of love of things happy and home – a happy moment at home, gardens, crafts, food, interiors, home makeovers, entertaining family and friends, relaxing or enjoying life at home – do come and link up a post tomorrow.

Have you tried switching it off and on again? #happyandhome

 

Rooms Made For You Magnetic Plaster Office Wall Reveal

On Friday night I whisked the kids home from school, gave them free reign over the telly and went back to my computer to meet a deadline. Just as I was nearing completion, an almighty wail arose from my youngest, big fat sobs and proper tears. Fearing he had hurt himself, or another goldfish had died, I ran to see what was happening.

There he stood in the hallway, iPad dangling limply at his side, head raised to the heavens screaming. Continue reading

When you feel overwhelmed, look skywards #happyandhome

If you ever feel overwhelmed or stuck I recommend opening the back door and staring at the sky. I can’t take credit for the idea, my friend Jess suggested it to me last week. Everything was breaking, my to list was bulging and I was getting nowhere fast.

My office overlooks the garden. While I battled with failing wifi, an overloaded computer and an unhappy website, outside the garden was being transformed before my eyes. Paying a gardener was the best decision. I had managed to transform half the garden in March, but since then it had been staring back at me weed covered and forlorn.

Last year our friend and garden designer Pip transformed the space for us – creating new borders and sinking the trampoline and I had vowed I wasn’t going to let her fabulous work disappear again. Continue reading

How do you settle home after a holiday? #happyandhome

Hello! Hope you had a lovely bank holiday? Thanks to all who have been linking up with Happy and Home, it really is a lovely source of inspiration and warmth. I need that, after a month of travel, coming home isn’t quite what I expected. I don’t know how you feel after being away or on holiday, how do you settle home after a holiday?

For me it’s wonderful to be home with my family again, but home itself feels confined, I pace about like a caged tiger who can’t get comfortable, after having had the world to roam around, four walls feels so restrictive. After living out of a small bag, having a house full of stuff is maddening. Continue reading

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