I called into Lush in Canterbury at the weekend and got myself a shampoo bar so will be testing that out in the week then will do a post about it. Love the little tin you can buy to keep it in and think about all those plastic shampoo bottles you will not be putting in the rubbish, so much better for our environment.




When it comes to your garden, you’re often going to want to make sure that your individual goals are easy to achieve. As someone that is somewhat green-fingered with a love for the outdoors, it’s safe to say that you will have big ambitions for your outside space. You’re certainly not going to let it waste away or be left unkempt. Instead, you’re going to want to draw up big plans for it. You’ll want to design a garden that you adore, and that fills you with great joy. You may even find that you want to share this space with your second love – animals. But when we’re talking about a residential garden, you may wonder if you can keep animals. So, let’s explore that idea.


Now, to begin with, you may be thinking about getting a pet. Maybe you’ve wanted a dog for a while, or your children really want a rabbit? When it comes to pets, it can seem like they are easy to look after and manage. But they may not be. They need caring for, space to run around, and they need nurturing. So be aware of this first.

Other Animals

But maybe what you’re more interested in animals that are a little more farm-esque. Perhaps you’ve always wanted to keep chickens? Or you love horses? Or you would love to have a goat? When this is the case, you need to do a lot of research first. You’ll want to make sure that you fully understand what owning and caring for these animals involves.




Next, you’re going to want to spend some time thinking about how you’re going to look after the animals in terms of their living situation. Sure, dogs can live in the home with you. But can chickens? Or horses? Raising these animals is significantly different than raising traditional pets. You may need structures or mobile field shelters for them. You may even need to connect a water supply for ease. So plan out the build of their shelter before you start to plan the purchase!


When it comes to the nurturing side of things, you need to know what the animals want and need. From exercise to grooming to feeding, it’s important to make sure that your home and garden can facilitate it all. Sure, you want that pretty part of the garden, but if it sacrifices the animals’ welfare, this may not be a good idea.


And finally, you may want to think about how this is logistically going to work out. Will your animals be able to live in harmony with your well-designed garden? Do you think that they may tear it up? Or do you have measures in place to make sure that your garden is well-kept, and that the animals are cared for themselves? This is why it’s important to really weigh up your options and think things through. And if you really believe that it can work, it’s time to put your plan into action.




Every so often you see something that you just really love and I fell in love with this Kate Spade pencil-case, I love the design and the pictures of the books which is so apt for us writers. They do a mug and a travel cup in this design but they are very expensive even on eBay so they will go on my when I win the lottery list!

Happy writing


What gorgeous colours in the garden and I have so many grapes, what to do with them all?

The last of the roses are still a lovely colour. Also the last bit of pink colour which is so surprising as it is November now but we have had very strange seasons this year due to the weather. It makes it look so cheerful out there even if it is getting colder. I need to put my bulbs in this week and trim back the lavender. Some pansies would give it a bit of colour so will get some of those next time I am out.

Roll on Spring




Last week I attended a fringe event at The Canterbury Festival which was about memoir writing given by Caroline Greville. I found it really interesting and it kick started my writing again which was good as I am doing the NaNoWriMo this month. I have already written my life from birth until about 21 which was really just for myself but now I will do a couple of memoir pieces which I could publish.


Sorry about the quality of the pictures in this post.


I think it is really interesting writing about your childhood as what ever your age it is going to be very different from what the children today experience. Even if you just write it for yourself or your family I am sure they will treasure it.

Happy writing