Over the Easter weekend we got out and about further afield than usual, though not too far (you know me). The best walks are the scenic ones with oodles of sunshine and fresh air with a notable lack of people to share it with. I've got a few posts coming up to share over the next few weeks of our recent outings which I very much hope you enjoy. Today's capture the spring sunshine and empty tracks.
Just for the record, the UK Blog Awards were held on Friday night last week and although I didn't win, I'd like to say a very heartfelt thank you for all the support that you have given me over here and on social media. I'm feeling the love. Sophie
Bare arms! How refreshing it is to shun a jumper once again. My wardrobe is in flux; with my excitement to delve back into forgotten favourites of summer yet adamant refusal to part with thermal tights any time soon. It's dipping back into frosty nights this week - I'd be unwise to ditch the vests and cosy knits just yet.
However, wildflowers are out in the countryside so its a-ok to wear flowers in my hair. Is there anything more cheerful? I doubt it. Maybe one day I'll try real ones although my concern is that my barnet will become the main (or mane) attraction for the local population of insects to aim for.
My tee collection is minimal but those which have made it in to the higher echelon of wearability get worn a fair amount, though don't often make it on to the blog. My bad!
In most posts I don't make special mention of where items of my outfits come from as the vast majority are second hand, from charity shops or ebay and so are generally no longer available at all. Anything new or gifted is mentioned and linked so you can source it yourself should you wish. Everything is old today. Favourites for the win.
Things I want to do this summer include being happier, wearing clothes to make me happy, growing lots of flowers to make me (and maybe others too with any luck) happy. No saving clothes for a 'special occasion' which never materialises. Every day is special. Sophie
It never fails to amaze me when our allotment produces vegetables for us to take home and eat. Perhaps it's because the entire process of planting a teensy, tiny seed, watering it, watching the growth so slowly, then quickly until fruition is so astonishingly miraculous that it almost defies belief. How can it be so possible, on such a scale, with tangible results? Maybe it's because I cannot fully accept that I am capable of taking enough care of anything for it to flourish, or more to do with our rather dusty and stony looking allotment lot. Either way, the miracles keep on coming.We have plenty to look forward to this year: onions, shallots and garlic are doing well so far (and look pretty at sunset).
Last year was our best to date with home grown produce, it turned out to be a long season of fresh pickings. It's great to eat much of it as soon as possible, maybe only being picked within a couple of hours, but it's not always possible for whatever reason and more needs to be stored than eaten. Especially soft fruit like strawberries and raspberries, it's a case of pick it or lose it. I'll be honest,saying that we have more produce go to waste than I would wish and it frustrates me.
I've discovered a nifty new idea to massively cut down on fresh produce waste at home which is an absolute winner. Hello Fresh Pod my new secret to keeping food fresh. All I have to do is pop this sachet in it's little cage and keep it in the fridge near my fruit and vegetables to ensure that everything stays good for longer. The cage is about the size of a credit card and slim, so it's not taking up much space at all.
How does Fresh Pod work? Well, fruit and veg give off ethylene gas as they ripen (and flowers give it off too, come to that) which encourages everything around them to ripen, thus giving off more gas and so forth. Inside the sachet are zeolite pellets which absorb ethylene and covert it into some lovely plant food - the whole thing is organically approved, perfectly safe and non-toxic. Fresh food can last up to four times longer! I've been trying it out for myself and have been really pleased with how much longer the vegetables have lasted. Unfortunately it's almost exclusively shop bought veg in my fridge at the moment - take things out of the plastic wrappers or best results. It's great to cut waste right down; in future I aim to eliminate it altogether! A saving to the purse as well as the conscience.
An initial kit (£12.99) lasts 12 months and contains two pods and four sachets. As each sachet lasts 6 months this means you can keep one in your fridge and one in your fruit bowl too - pesky bananas trying to ripen everything else too fast! Refill packs (£7.95) last 12 months and contain 4 sachets to be used in the two pods you received in the initial kit. Once each sachet is finished with the contents can be used as plant fertilizer which is a cute and green little lifecycle. As well as household use Fresh Pod is available on a commercial scale too.
If you want to get yourself a 10% discount then use my special discount code and head over to Fresh Pod and enter SOPHIE10 when prompted. I must add that Fresh Pod are a Norfolk based brand and I'm thrilled to know that this innovative and waste saving product comes from my own patch. Great news!
Big thanks to Fresh Pod for coming up with such a simple yet clever product, review is all mu own content and opinions as always. Sophie
In yesterday's post I shared pictures of the oil seed rape fields and talked about how the scent brings back childhood memories. In a freak co-incidence the day took me back to the exact spot that I imagine in my mind's eye when I smell that fragrance. How incredibly unexpected, considering I hadn't been there for the best part of 17 years. Sure enough, within half a mile I spied a striking yellow crop so I wound down the windows to let in the full strength of stink. My face broke into such a smile and I'm glad I didn't encounter anyone else to interrupt my moment of bliss.
How curious life can be. Sophie
It's that glorious time of year again when the landscape in Norfolk is a patchwork of greens, browns and luminous yellow. The scent, the scent, one which brings forth sweet memories of childhood for me. A strong fragrance nevertheless which can send suffers of hayfever into a spiral of doom but I just breathe it in and enjoy.
Nothing but love for the yellow stuff from me
Isn't it cheerful? Oil seed rape certainly brightens up the countryside. Sophie
Oh, there have been some rich and glorious sunsets lately. Now that the clocks have changed we're well and truly able to break free from the shackles of indoor curfew and spend time outside in the evenings.
Little swarms of gnats dancing in the last of the light.
Of all the blossom this year I am favouring apple; the ugly crab apple fruits have the most delicate and beautiful start.
I've snapped very few little birds this year. That makes me sad.
A grouse is not a bird I have come across before so when this little chap appeared I was really intrigued. The sodden undergrowth came in...
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