Thursday, 16 April 2015

My Easter Project

With recuperation going well for my husband, we have been enjoying lovely walks around our new home over the holiday period. So I thought I'd show you what we see as we walk along.

Elberry Farm in the image above is a small working farm which also provides bed and breakfast. It gets great reviews on TripAdvisor.


We walk past it most days down the footpath with hedgerows full of birds and lovely horses to look at. They sell their own free range eggs which I'm looking forward to buying from now on.


What I love about living here is the combination of a lovely small community, a farm with fields and horses, then the parkland and finally the sea. All so close to each other.


From our house I can often hear the horses whinnying, cattle mooing and the cockerels crowing.

You may remember that our house spent a few weeks looking like a building site. The area around the front door was such a mess and my Easter project.


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I scrubbed the front door clean, rubbed down the render, pulled out about 20 wall plugs and screws, filled in the holes and put a coat of paint over the whole area.


And then I had fun lifting off slabs which had been placed over the soil. They were full of spiders and some seriously big ones too! 

Well, with a little bit of shrieking and jumping about, I managed to move them (the slabs not the spiders) and dug out all the old compost, filled it with fresh compost and planted up many of the plants that moved house with us. It was good to see my old friends settled into a fresh new spot with plenty of room to spread their roots and settle in.


Pretty pots with my favourite plants from my last two homes. I'm going to get a trellis for the wall as I have a lovely clematis settling in.


A regular visitor to the back garden.


Keeps the cat entertained....but not on this occasion!

I'm looking forward to a day off tomorrow and planning a trip to the new garden centre...just for a look around of course! On Saturday we hope to get an early morning walk around Brixham in the sunshine.

I hope you all have a lovely sunny week ahead
Until next time
SeagullSuzie

26 comments:

  1. I am so pleased that you and your husband are able to take these lovely walks together - if you have to convalesce, you may as well do it in a beautiful place.
    Settling plants into a new home always makes me smile. I have some which have travelled with me through the years. They are like old friends and make a new house seem like home. I reckon those spiders won't return - they are probably scared of they scary shrieking lady.

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I did think the spiders might have made their way into the garage, so I'd better be on my guard when I'm rummaging around in there....more shrieking will be necessary. The pulmonarias in the pot was given to me by my dear friend Anne, so I have planted and dug it up at least twice and can't wait to give it a proper home in this new garden.

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  2. What a lovely view you have, I think I will have to visit!!!!! You did well with the renovations over Easter.
    Julie xxxxxxx

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    1. Thank you Julie, we do have some lovely views which is the reason we bought the house. I bought a pretty trellis on Friday and put it up to finish off the job.

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  3. It all looks lovely and your front door and plants look super. Glad to hear hubby is mending 😉

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    1. Many thanks CT, it's really hard to believe it was only just over five weeks ago he had such major surgery. Although the front door is not to my taste, it'll have to do and now it's clean it looks a lot better.

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  4. So glad to hear you husband is on the mend. You do live in a beautiful area Suzie and what a great place to walk - love your wonderful images. The pots by the front door are very pretty - beautiful primroses :) Have a lovely weekend.

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    1. Thank you, I'm waiting to find a good place for the primroses in the garden, but I just have a lot of work to do first!

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  5. It all looks lovely. A lot of hard work but the results are very appealing. Glad your husband is on the mend and that you are enjoying those pretty walks. Thanks for sharing the photos, those views bring back a lot of memories.

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    1. Well you'll be able to see them all again when you visit this summer...how exciting. Hubby is doing so well and I'm sure it is in part to the lovely seaside walks.

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  6. p.s. Love your little cat and the bird shot. :)

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    1. Ah ha, that cat is very cute and loving...and he knows it!

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  7. Wow, what a difference you have made!!! It looks fantastic!! Such a lot of work, but well worth it given how pretty the entry to your home looks now!!! I hope that your hubby keeps doing really well and getting better and better! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy, I have now put up a very pretty pale green/blue trellis, which sets it off nicely. I just couldn't look at it any longer, it was such a mess and everyone looks after their houses around here, I felt like I was letting the side down!

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  8. Gosh your project looked like hard work but so lovely when completed and nice to find a new home for your much loved plants. Your village looks so tranquil and a lovely place to take your walks. Glad to hear that your husband is recuperating well. Hope you enjoy your trips out this weekend:)

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    1. Many thanks Rosie. It was a bit of hard work after all...especially moving the slabs weighted down by the huge spiders. It is a lovely place to live and we had been looking for a home here for a while so were delighted when we found this one. Thank you for the kind thoughts on my hubby's recovery, he's doing so well and should be back at work very soon...I will miss the tea and biscuits at 3pm!

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  9. This made me smile your location and street looks so similar to ours, with fields and footpaths close by too! You look as if you have a better sea view! It must be such a lovely place for your husband to recoup. Your Easter project is such a transformation too! Sarah x

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    1. Thank you Sarah, now I have to paint the garage. I'm going to match the colour to a new pretty trellis that I bought on Friday. We are so lucky to live here and it's one of the locations we really wanted.

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  10. Excellent work SS, your new home sounds delightful and you have done a grand job tidying up around the front door, the flowers really adding that finishing touch. I certainly don't envy you having to deal with those giant spiders though!!!

    Kindest regards to all (including the cat) :-)

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    1. Many thanks David, I think I'm just stalling...as you have not seen the front garden-now that is a project! I've added more flowers to the front door area, well you can never have enough plants :)

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  11. I am so glad you husband is doing well and the entrance to your home is back to looking normal. The scenery around your way is stunning, especially with the sunshine! Take care xx

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    1. Hi Chel, we have just had such a windy couple of days, but today the weather was just lovely so more gardening was done. It does look beautiful when the sky is blue and reflecting on the sea, recently we have had some fantastic sea mists rolling in during the evenings. We also got to see the ISS passing over on Friday in the clear skies.

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  12. The area looks really great Suzie.
    All this restoration work, you have taken on what Kirsty and Phil would definitely call a "Project".

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    1. Thanks Roy, although you cant see it there are plenty of plants for insects in here too. Oh it's a project alright!

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  13. Susie, do you mean a 'new to you' garden centre, or a brand new one? We usually use what used to be Styles Garden Centre in Moles Lane (wonderful name!) or Jack's Patch on the banks of the River Teign. What could be more lovely than a garden centre overlooking this gorgeous river? Hill House Nursery at Landscove was once the home of garden guru, Edward Hyams (but I expect you know that already) and a lovely place to visit, and they serve coffee, lunch and tea, too. But for a garden-centre-day-out we like to visit Avon Mill Garden Centre at Loddiswell - it's close enough to the South Devon Chilli Farm, too, to stock up on chilly jam!!! And they serve meals there, too.
    That was a lot of work on the front of your home, and my goodness, what an improvement! Just take care that the soil at the front there isn't above the damp-proof course.
    Margaret P

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    1. Hi Margaret, I mean new to me. Otter nurseries was a bit too far away and really squashed in on that site over in Torquay, so I'm delighted they have moved nearer. Styles was a nice place to visit and I was surprised they were bought out. I must visit Jacks Patch. Yes I've checked the DPM is in place and quite high up on this property-as we're on a slope-so the house is well clear of the soil-but thanks...it's an important one to look out for.

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