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Confessions of a hoarder………… February 21, 2013

Filed under: hoarding,lifestyle — katiepede @ 6:02 pm

Ok, so I am not about to appear on a hoarding TV show any time soon, I have enough space to cook, sit, sleep etc…. But, I am acutely aware that I have hoarding tendencies. I find parting with things very emotive, and I can find some sentimental connection with almost anything. With my MS diagnosis last year I have struggled to relinquish control of things, and I know the tendency to hoard has become a little worse. So I have made a very conscious decision to try and reduce my clutter….. I figure that a less cluttered house = a less cluttered mind….. 🙂


Anyhooo today I finally gave the six bags of stuff that I have collected over the last few weeks to charity! HUZZAH! It wasn’t easy, and over the weeks of collecting, several of the things that went into the bags were subsequently removed, added again, and then removed. (And errm two things from the bags made it back into the car boot in the last few seconds) Oooops! However, I still managed to get rid of a lot, and I feel so much better now. I must keep going on my de-cluttering journey…..

(More room for house plants)?…………………. 😉


Does anybody else find it hard to part with ‘stuff’?……



Happy Planting 🙂



Sniff, sniff….. what’s that I smell in the garden?….. February 19, 2013

Filed under: Gardening,Nature — katiepede @ 5:05 pm












And I add this photo because it made me giggle when I visted the local farm shop…




Happy Planting 🙂


Pineberry? Whoever heard of a Pineberry?…. February 18, 2013

Filed under: Gardening,Nature — katiepede @ 10:36 am

No, it’s not some fictitious fruit from Willy Wonka’s lickable wall paper, but a real strawberry variant, which supposedly has a subtle pineapple flavour. (Yummy eh)?


Anyhoo….I have just bought some seeds, and am quite excited about getting them growing, and possibly getting some fruits next year. I have read that because of their white appearance they rarely need netting as birds don’t think they’re ripe!


I was wondering whether anybody has had any experience with these funky little fruits?



‘Pineberries’ (Wikipedia)


Have a hop and a skip and a wander outside… February 8, 2013

Filed under: Nature — katiepede @ 10:03 am

A few photos taken on my phone from a walk in the Peaks last weekend. If anybody is free this weekend, for even half an hour I urge you to get outside, get some fresh air and enjoy the countryside/park 🙂


peaks 2

peaks 3

peaks 1

peaks 4

Happy Planting, happy wandering 🙂


Returning can be tricky, but here’s a snowman… February 7, 2013

Filed under: Gardening,Nature — katiepede @ 5:24 pm

How has it been so long? It’s been many a moon and too many a month…. Not one, not two, but three snowy episodes have left my garden looking barren, but I know there’s life down there… some primroses are trying to flower, and snowdrops have been poking their head’s above ground.


Anyway, here’s a snowman…. my snowman…. do you like him? 🙂




Happy planting 🙂