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Friday, 3 July 2015

What's on the jukebox, Jo?

Since last week I've been listening non-stop to amazing clips and interviews from Glastonbury via Radio 6. It's been completely inspiring. Hearing musicians talk just as they are about to go on show and after they've played is really something else. There are so many stand out tracks, interviews and moments that I could never pick my favourite. Here are a few, however, that have made my skin shiver with joy and inspire me creatively:

Marks To Prove It by The Maccabees
Hearing Cerys Matthews live on air, interviewing and chuckling.
Mavis Staples - the little Radio 6 interview before she went on to perform and her performance. Amazing!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Styling my home: hallway

If you saw my last post, you'll know that I'm gradually styling my home in a way that reflects me. My current focus is on the stairs and hallway. Have a look over here at what I've done with my stairs (it's still a work-in-progress however).

In the hallway, I've now added a vintage mirror I picked up from Alkaline - a great little vintage store in Leicester.

Next to the mirror I've put these gorgeous prints by Blue Eggs and Tea. I love Ruth's work. She is a super, talented artist and I could easily fill my house with all of her illustrations.

And that's as far as I've got...although I have many more plans, which I hope to show you soon!

Are you decorating and styling and your home? Are you going for a certain look? I'd love to hear all about it!

Monday, 29 June 2015

Adventures in the garden: Sweetcorn

I'm sharing a little sweetcorn update today. At the start of June they were looking like this...

...and at the end of June they are looking like this! Pow! They have shot up and I'm ridiculously excited to see how they develop. I'm crossing everything I get at least one sweetcorn, just one!

I have eight plants in total, some of the mini sweetcorn variety and some of the standard corn-on-the-cob variety. I have separated them by putting three in a huge tub and five others directly into my veg plot. They seem to be happy for now but I'll be sure to share an update in a month or so.

Are you growing sweetcorn this year or have you grown it before? If you have any tips I'd love to hear them, thanks! :-)

Friday, 26 June 2015

What's on the jukebox, Jo?

Lets just say, it's busy, busy, busy at Adventures and Tea Parties at the moment and music as ever is keeping me sane! This awesome song by Love L.U.V has been doing just that. Go give it a listen and have a little dance too....why not, it's Friday!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Adventures in the garden: Sunflowers

I've never grown Sunflowers before or, at least, I can't remember having grown them before. So, I've decided to give them a go this year. My plan is to grow them next to my fence, so that they have support and shelter but also so that they stand out...if they are successful.

I planted ten seeds and all except one have sprouted at different rates. The above picture was taken in May. I have since planted them into the ground, next to my veg patch and by the fence as planned. And here's a little look at how they are progressing.

I must have been a little eager with the watering because some of the leaves have gone yellow. I'm wondering about feeding them to give them some extra help. Are you growing sunflowers this year? 

Do you have any tips to ensure they produce a beautiful, big flower? 

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