birthday buttling

DSCF5705It was my birthday this weekend, and I treated myself to a weekend of cafes, pottering, and not very much else.

Pretty much like most other weekends, but somehow more cheerful.

First on the list of adventures was a trip to Cocoa Wonderland.

DSCF5702DSCF5707We spent two whole hours lounging around upstairs in their tiny cafe, drinking thick creamy hot chocolate and slowly savouring posh chocolate buttons, and basking in the sunshine like a pair of cats.

DSCF5700We had to order another drink in the end or it might have got embarrassing.

DSCF5706I walked home through the Botanical Gardens, which were just gorgeously spring-like and filled with daffodils.

DSCF5709DSCF5708One thing led to another, and on Saturday I found myself drinking more tea, and eating more chocolatey things, and another of my new favourite little cafes.

DSCF5716When I got home, I made (more) tea using the storm kettle out in the garden. There was no reason for this whatsoever, except that it was my birthday and I wanted to. I enjoyed myself immensely.

DSCF5719(And yes, that was rain on the ground. It’s a storm kettle. I was practicing for a storm).

While we’re out in the garden, let me show you what else I’ve been up to this weekend.

DSCF5711Yep, I finally got round to painting the wall that I built in, er, July 2011. Oh dear. Still, I gave the rest of the wall a lick of paint at the same time, and it looks much better than it did before.

DSCF5714I also made progress on the fill-the-entire-garden-with-raised-beds project this weekend, by turning this:

DSCF5727DSCF5728… into this:

DSCF5751DSCF5752… which I’m quite delighted with, and which I’m sure you’ll agree is a great improvement. Those floppy green things are chives, which I separated and plonked round all the corners. I was joined in my gardening exploits by Mrs Blackbird, who you can see in the middle of the triangular bed above, cleverly pecking out the wildflower seeds I’d just sowed. Cheeky thing. She stayed just a couple of feet away from me for a long time, and at one point I actually had to step over her because she was right in the way and just looking at me with her head on one side. I reckon she thinks we’re taking up space in her garden.

Anyway, we’re not quite there yet with the raised bed project. Next weekend I’m heading back to the council tip place to fill my own bags of compost. This is MUCH cheaper than buying bags at the garden centre, and while the compost isn’t quite as fine (and contains quite a few sticks), it’s more than adequate for filling beds.

I’m getting quite excited about the garden at the minute, as you can probably tell. Just need those seeds to keep growing now…


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13 Responses to birthday buttling

  1. Nic says:

    Happy Birthday! That hot chocolate looks absolutely amazing! As does the cafe! What a lovely way to spend your birthday. Also loving the storm kettle. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Aurora says:

    Wow that is the most epic hot chocolate I have ever seen! Happy belated birthday ๐Ÿ™‚

    Its cool you can bag up your own quantities. Our tip has it ready bagged in huge sacks that I can’t lug even to the car. It also costs more than the garden centre which is infuriating.

    • Aurora says:

      To clarify,
      bag up your own compost, not hot chocolate, though that would be awesome.

      • Goodness, can you imagine how exciting it would be to shovel sacks full of hot chocolate?? I’m drooling just thinking about it! It’s great being able to bag up your own – last time the nice lady charged me less because I didn’t fill them as full as some people do (because I couldn’t carry them!). This time the compost was dry, so much easier to manage. It’s ยฃ1 a sack, so very cheap – but also VERY full of sticks – I had to buy some from the garden centre to do the very top layer…

  3. cherisong says:

    that hot chocolate looks divine. I am rather envious. The garden is looking so good and I can fully understand why you are excited by it all.

  4. Robyn says:

    I love storm kettles – such an ingenious design! (As is the garden!) Glad you had a fantastic weekend! xx

  5. Brenda says:

    I enjoyed reading this so much! I am sure I will do so several more times. I am new to your blog, and I just love it. Thank you so much for all of the good feelings I get from your words. The pictures are beautiful.

  6. Brenda says:

    I forgot to ask – what is the word ‘buttling’ ?

  7. Happy Belated Birthday! You’ve done great work on that garden, and between the hot chocolate, the tea from a storm kettle and the cake in that picture, it sounds divine ๐Ÿ™‚

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