The Bare Necessities Of ……This Week

Morning! today I have another bunch of products that are rocking my world at the moment, and it needs rocking as I have a chest infection (caused by immune suppressing drugs) and my liver function is up the wazoo (caused by the aforementioned drugs!) so I’m feeling a little less than better!

First, and I am as late as I can be to this party, I have upgraded to an iPhone ….


I guessed you wouldn’t enjoy a picture of a phone you guys have probably had for the last decade so here is my Harley Quinn cover!

So, I took said phone and took these pictures, first of another daily essential – scented candles….


This candle is from a brilliant mens shop, Eustace and Arthur in the lovely Somerset town of Langport which is handily where my husbands family live! every time he visits he brings me another “town”, this candle named after the village Curry Rivel (yes really), smells delightful and has an unmistakeable note of curry about it! Inexplicably they don’t have these on the website but they do have brilliant gifts for men, head over to and take a peek.

Next up, another product that I should have brought a long time ago …


This gel top coat by Nail Apothecary is phenomenal! it extends wear on my flakey, chippy nails past the  one day that I usually manage. It was a snip at less than a fiver, I got mine at

There comes a time in your life when you need more than a good moisturiser before you put make up on, step forward primer…..


This is the cutely named Spackle ( the American word for Polyfilla) by Laura Geller, she has a different version for every concern- redness, hydration, sun protection and this one which is slightly tinted for the vampirish like me, it smooths evens and provides a great base for foundation. This tinted version would be all you need for a weekend face. Available from lots of online beauty retailers.

Finally, the pot of Dianthus that I used for these pictures……..


If you are not familiar with this plant please pop along to a garden centre, apart from their gorgeous and prolific flowers, their perfume is insane- floral and with a heady note of clove. This tiny pot scents my whole patio.

I hope to finally be well enough to head to the sewing machine next week, so expect a sewing themed post next week including the pattern company that will be making me bankrupt!

Have a great week



PS After my darling hubby bought me a table easel, I was finally able to finish this portrait of my dear departed Millie, not bad for my first foray into oils for yonks. Don’t worry, she really did look as fed up as this most days!



Do I Love Gardening? Meh……

I hate gardening! There, I said it! I find it time consuming, manicure ruining and generally a drag, I could only get enthusiastic for my fairy garden…….


But I have been gradually persuaded into doing more gardening by my husband. As I have done more, I have realised that although I love flowers, the most satisfying gardening comes from growing veggies. So, here are my (almost) no fail selection of fruit and veg you can grow in even the smallest patch.

First up, apples……


Our trees are at least 50 years old and enormous but if space is at a premium you can grow some dwarf varieties in a large pot. This year looks like a bumper crop so we have endless apple pies and what is known in our house as apple mush to look forward to.

Next, how about sugar snap peas or mange tout, these were grown from seed and they were just repotted once before going outside…….


These have been amazing for stir frys and just grazing round the garden!

Then onto the old faithful-tomatoes, the seeds for these came free with a gardening magazine! They are easy to grow and almost fool proof, as long as you don’t get blight which just appears and is the equivalent of the Black Death for your toms…..


Next, another favourite – strawberries, these are a small alpine variety and I think I like the flowers as much as the fruit…..


On a hot day they make that part of the garden smell like jam!

How about something a little spicier! Chillies are so easy and can be grown on a window sill……


These have a great flavour, milder than shop bought but with great warmth.

Finally leeks, we have grown about 20 in a very small raised bed, but they are coming to the end so this picture looks like a leek graveyard….


Finally, a word of warning, buying seeds can be addictive, my husband succumbed to this….image

This is a cucumelon! It is as it says on the tin, a hybrid of the cucumber and a melon, don’t let the picture fool you, that fruit is exactly 2cms long!

Let me know what you are growing or whether you are anti gardening like me!