Rejuvenating old plant pots

  

We had a lot of old plant pots, the typical cheapish plastic ones in green and terracotta that I really wanted to update. There was nothing wrong with them and instead of going out buying new ones I decided to spray paint them. 

There are a few YouTube tutorials but to be honest it’s really easy. I washed all the pots down with sugar soap and allowed them to dry, then I set up an area in the garden with a dust sheet and some bricks to set the pots on. Before spraying I sanded the pots slightly as it is meant to help the spray paint to bond better. 

It is important to choose a spray paint that states it covers plastic, quite a few I found where only shiny black or white and I didn’t want that. After browsing the shelves in B&Q I came across this range, which is a multi purpose spray that covers plastic. 

 

I went for Matt black and Matt Midnight rendezvous. At £9.85 a tin it isn’t cheap but from the two cans I managed to cover 6 of the size pots above, 1 slightly larger one and 3 smaller ones, so overall I really thought they were value for money and far cheaper than replacing all the existing pots with new ones. 

After preparing the pots it was just a case of spraying them, I found it easier to turn them upside down first so that you could do the lip then to right side up to finish. You do need to be very careful not to touch the paint so my advice is to not fully do the inside of the pots so you still have an unpainted part to be able to move them to dry. They were touch dry within 40 mins. 

I love the finished result and I’m really happy that I decided to go ahead with them. 

  
I can’t wait to see what they look like when we get plants in them. 

Have you any garden makeover plans? 

Claire xx 

It’s the small things ~ April edition

  

It’s the small things that have been making me smile in April. 

  
Totally relaxed puppy feet.

  
A little bit of Disney. 

  
Easter spent with the family. 

  
Last minute frantic egg painting 

  
For the family championship egg rolling challenge. 

  
Mango prosecco Bellini’s. 

  
Posh burgers and gorgeous hand cooked chips. 

  
Walks near the Wallace Monument. 

  
6 mile bank holiday Monday walks to castles. 

  
Learning to embrace the natural curls. 

  
Picking up my crochet hook again after a long time. 

  
Sunshine doggy selfies. 

  
Chambord Royales enjoyed on a Friday night.

 
IVF notes received so we can move on. 

 

Crochet cushions started. 

 

 Quiet coffee enjoyed. 

  
8.5hrs of fence painting but the smile it put on my face the next day admiring it was worth it. 

  
Admiring the hard work. 

  
Walking in the sunshine to clear my head. 

  

Pub beer gardens enjoyed. 

  

Sunflowers and herbs planted.  

  
Spring walks after work. 

  
Attempts at being girlie. 

  
Running from the April Showers. 

  
Channelling my inner child and trying to practice mindfulness (or at least occupying myself so I don’t dwell on things) 

  
What a difference a week makes. Last week it was wine in the beer garden, this week coffee to heat me up after getting soaked in the rain. 

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week in the U.S. #niaw

This week sees National Infertility Awareness Week in the U.S. The UK will be running their own in November in the run up to the fertility show at Olympia.  Infertility is a international issue and any way that we can raise awareness to it should be used in my opinion, so here I am blogging a little to raise awareness this week.


The theme is ‘you are not alone’. My one hope from being open and honest and blogging about how tough it has been for us and the challenges that we face with infertility is that I help someone feel that they are not alone.

  
One in 8 couples suffer from some form of infertilty, stop for a second, look around you, that’s a lot of people and most go through this in silence. Infertilty knocks away at you, you live your life with the hope of a different future, often only able to talk to your partner about it, sometimes not even being able to do that.

You are not alone though, I am one of those 1 in 8 people too.

  

Let’s talk about infertility, support each other, remind ourselves that we are not alone.

Claire xx

#walk1000 miles in a year challenge ~ update month 2 & 3

I decided back in January to try to complete the #walk1000 miles in a year challenge. It works out at 83 miles per month and I’m pleased to sit down today and work out I’m still on target! 

  

I use my Fitbit to measure my weekly miles and am still finding it really motivates me to get those extra few steps. 

  

It still amazes me when I see the monthly figures, I never believed that I actually walk that much. There is definitely more than one bonus to having a dog. 

Claire xx

Weight loss Wednesday ~ monthly update

I have to put my hands up and admit I have really struggled these last few weeks. Since the IVF failed I’ve just bounced around, gaining, losing, gaining again. In the back of my head is the want to lose at least 1-2 stone before the end of the year but my motivation has been poor. I struggled to do any meal planning or in fact any cooking in the first few weeks after and just ate crap. Self destruct mode I suppose, which I know I’m good at. 

I started a new meal plan on Sunday, and have got back on plan this week. I know it’s only been a few days but I feel better now I know I’m taking control back. 

Overall over the past 6 weeks (since my last Weight post) I’ve gained, 

 

There have been weeks it’s been much worse than that but I’ve pulled it back. I know I probably sound like a stuck record, I always have done where my weight is concerned so sorry about that but putting it out here is trying to make myself accountable. 

Fingers crossed it works! 

Claire xx

Crocheted Jar Jackets

  

I picked up my crochet hook this week in what feels like forever and decided to ease myself back in gently with this lovely Pattern from Lucy at Attic24. It has been saved on my Raverly favourites for months so it is about time I attempted it. 

  

The pattern itself is easy to follow using UK crochet terms, only using treble crochet throughout, finishing with a line of Double crochet to give it an edge. 

  

I made two different sizes and my plan is to use the jars for holding my utensils and cutlery on our upcoming camping trip. I was even the saddo who has matched the colours with the colour of the tent! 

  

They are by no means perfect but as a newbie to crochet and not having done any in a long time, I’m more than happy with them. 

  

Claire x 

A sunny bank holiday walk

We were blessed with sun on Easter Monday and I didn’t want it to go to waste, the only diffcult thing was choosing where we should go. We are so lucky where we live to have beaches, forests, castles and bridges so close along with The Helix Park and Kelpies right on our doorstep.

I wanted to do something different though and had often seen a signpost for Blackness Castle when we used to live in Linlithgow and thought it would be nice to plan a walk there. The castle itself stands on the Firth of Forth in the Burgh of Linlithgow. There is a walk that you can do from Bo’ness to Blackness and I decided to do that.

I went onto Walkhighlands to get the details of the walk and off we set.  The walk itself is lovely, going in between walking along the banks of the forth, to through some forest with the forth to the side of you peeking out through the trees.

  

The paths are well laid out but you do need to be aware that it is part of the cycle pathway so you will meet a few cyclists along the way. 

  

We stopped in the castle grounds for a breather, thankfully there were a few benches doted around and even though it was busy it didn’t feel too busy. 

  

And from the bottom corner of the castle grounds you get a lovely few of the Forth Road bridges. 

 

 

The walk on Walkhighlands was advertised as being 5.25miles.  We clocked it up at 5.8miles from start to finish.  The thought of doing the 3 miles back to the car again from the castle was tough but once we got started again the walk was actually quite nice.  I love being near the water so think that that helped me loads!

We all really enjoyed the walk and it’s definitely one that we will be doing again. 

What a lovely way to spend the bank holiday. 

Claire x

It’s the small things ~ April Edition

April has been a busy and lovely month. Lots of sunshine to be had in Scotland and when it’s been out we’ve tried to make the most of it, you never quite know whether that will actually be the full summer so you need to live in the moment!

There was daffodil smelling

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Lovely long 4 day weekends

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With dog walks that required a sit down protest in the shade

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Coffee in the park

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And watching the opening of the amazing Kelpies structures

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Walks on the beach, followed by the best fish & chips ever

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Visits to the beautiful Loch Lomond

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Infertility awareness week in the USA which prompted me to be more open with family about my fertility issues

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Girlie days out

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Evening canal side walks in the sun

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A girlie break away

Every year for the past few years, my Mum and Sister have been amazing and planned a little trip over here. It’s great for them to get away and for me to be able to meet up with them.  This year it was Edinburgh and as we were going to be there for three nights we decided to get an apartment rather than a hotel. It worked out great and I would definetly recommend if there are a few of you going away somewhere for a few nights. 

Edinburgh has a good pick of apartments at good prices, we decided to go for a three bedroom so we all had our own room and decided to stay central/new town so as to not be in the overly hilly part of town for my mum. We ended up choosing to stay here at Princes Street Suites and were pleasantly surprised. They have a selection of apartments and our three bedroom one was huge! 

  

  

  

  

The apartment was a little tired in places but overall I think we were impressed and it was nice to be able to sit and chill out in between being out and about. 

We didn’t have many plans, more just chilling out, drinking wine and a spa day visit. 

  

We enjoyed a lovely glass of wine with a view at the fourth floor bar in Harvey Nichols. It was just a pity that it was too early in the year to get out on their terrace. 

  

We had booked ourselves in for a spa day and bubbles at The Scotsman Spa, it was the first time I’ve been into the hotel which was lovely though the spa is hard to find as it is in the lower levels of the hotel through lots of different levels and corridors. When we did find it though it was lovely and we had a lovely time using the pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi before our treatments. We had all booked in for a facial which was so nice, by the time we got to the relaxation room after we were all majorily chilled out under our duvets, yes you did read that right! Comfy beds and duvets, you nearly didn’t get us out of there. The pull of a glass of fizz managed it though! 

We finished our break away with a view of the Castle turning green for the first time ever on St Patrick’s Day.  

 

Pity it was a little misty that night but you get the idea. Oh and a Mexican Cosmo to end the night! Delish. 

  

We had a lovely few days and it was so nice to see my Mum & Sister. It helped take my mind off the few weeks that came before that’s for sure. 

 

Claire xx 

 

It’s the small things ~ March edition

March has been a difficult month for us. But despite all the heartache it brought, there still has been some small things that have made us happy.

  
Surprise deliveries.

  
Yummy doughnuts

  
Our constant companion 

  
Schnauzer shadows never fail to make me smile

  
Edinburgh visits to see my Mum and sister

  
Wine with a view

  
Spa days and bubbles

  
And the castle turned Green for St Patrick’s day (with my Mum & Sister) 

  
Mexican Cosmos 

  
There were solar eclipses 

  
Spring days with first washing of the year hung on the line

  
Human sun clocks 

  
 Never ceasing to be amazed by the walks on my doorstep. 
  
Schnauzer meet ups. 

  
The most amazing reflections. 

Claire xx