This run of sunny weather has seen us spending hours & hours in the garden each day. Pottering amongst the plants, al fresco lunching, reclining in deck chairs with cold drinks… oh, and doing some work of course.
It’s obviously had a big influence on this week’s Price Points post – bright, optimistic and fun.
Check out this cute selection of fruit salad homewares – each one under £30!
- Banana night light: £10.90, Amazon
- Sunnylife watermelon doormat: £29, Paperchase
- Outdoor garden pouffe – kiwi design by Fallen Fruits: £19.99, Selections
Like cacti, pink flamingos are all the rage in homewares at the moment. They first had their heyday back in the 1950s with Miami and California mid-century modern – but they’ve flown back into favour!
Kitsch and playful, quirky and vintage or practical and colourful there’s a flamingo-themed item out there that will suit your taste, interior and pocket.
- Colours charcoal & pink flamingo mica wallpaper: £14, B&Q
- SUNNYLIFE flamingo watering can: £14, Selfridges
- Meiko pink flamingo – pink metal: £71, La Redoute
This week, I had need of Justin to take a couple of photographs of me for an upcoming blog post. I don’t particularly like having my photo taken, but these were stunning; but not stunning in the way you’d expect though. I can’t believe how grey my hair has become!
I think the time has come for me to bite the bullet and get my hair dyed. I haven’t been to a hairdresser in about 30 years and I don’t really want to start now. A DIY job is what I have in mind. I don’t think I want to take the route where there’s no turning back, so I’m opting for a semi-permanent hair colour. If I hate it, at least it won’t be forever!
Because I’ve not tried this before I could really do with some advice. Do you use a semi-permanent hair colour? What brand do you use? How long does it last?
Here are three that I think may stop me looking like a mad cat lady!
- Nice’n Easy Colour Enhancer hair dye Medium Golden Brown 78: £5, Superdrug
- L’Oreal Paris Casting Creme Gloss 680 Choco Moccacino: £6.79, Boots
- Tints of Nature Organic Dark Brown semi permanent hair colour 90ml: £9.04, Amazon
We’ve finally managed to find a place for some vintage Ladderax modular shelving that we’ve had stored away for a few months. A very large, very heavy vintage industrial unit has been sold, freeing up a large space in our lounge. We’ve now got lots of more versatile storage space available – and somewhere for our vinyl collection and record player at long last. We’re big fans of Spotify combined with wireless Sonos speakers dotted about the house, but you can’t beat the tactile experience and warm sound of vinyl sometimes.
Number 2 in our list comes closest in appearance to Ladderax. It has a mid century modern feel – simple and pared back in style with a combination of black metal and wood – very pleasing to our eye. Number 1 has acres of shelf space and a couple of drawers to hide things away too – neutral in colour and a good budget option. And I’m completely in love with the multi-coloured Cubit system – the various size options and graduated colours provide endless possibilities.
- FJÄLKINGE shelving: from £10 for a shelf, (£290 for combination shown), IKEA
- Tower shelving system: from £65 for a shelf (£1,056 for combination shown), Heal’s
- Multi-coloured library shelving: from £24 for a CD shelf (£4,306.77 for combination shown), Cubit
A couple of weeks ago I noticed a bunch of saplings for sale outside the entrance to our local supermarket they were all priced up at £5.00 – bargain! I had a look at all the labels and amongst the apple, pear and cherry trees I spotted a single Victoria plum tree. I thought to myself that I’d return a bit later on in the day to buy it.
Needless to say, I popped back mere hours later and it was gone – I lost my chance! Anyway, a couple of days ago, I was back at the supermarket to pick up a couple of things and there were a couple of plum trees back in stock. I picked one out on my way in – I walked all around the shop with it – I wasn’t going to miss out again.
It said on the label that it’s self-pollinating (self-fertile), however, I did a bit of research online and apparently having other compatible plum trees nearby helps improve fruiting. ‘Compatible’ simply means another variety that flowers at the same time.
I’m torn between ‘Black Amber’ and the dual ‘Bleue de Belgique’/’Reine Claude d’Oullins’. The former only gets to 1 metre tall – perfect for a small garden like ours. However, the latter gives you two completely different varieties on a single tree; again, a good option for our limited space.
- Plum ‘Black Amber’ (mini fruit tree): £12.99, Van Meuwen
- Dual plum ‘Bleue de Belgique’ + ‘Reine Claude d’Oullins’: £17.50, Bakker
- Plum ‘Opal’: £24.99, Thompson Morgan
We’re off to visit some friends in the Lakes soon. We’re only going for a weekend, but we’re really looking forward to revisiting one of our favourite places… and favourite friends!
We have a massive duffel bag on wheels that holds about a 2 weeks’ holiday worth of clothes, shoes and toiletries. However, we could really do with something smaller like a couple of overnight bags. Something that doesn’t encroach upon the dog’s domain in the back of our estate car. He travels heavier than we do – he has his bed, blanket, 2 food bowls, travel-size bag of food, towel, raincoat, lead and – unfortunately in his old age – prescription medicines. He needs so much paraphernalia, it’s like having a toddler!
- UU Family travel tote: from $45.66 USD, AliExpress
- Hand-crafted yellow overnight bag by Freeload Leather Accessories: £255, Notonthehighstreet
- ASPINAL OF LONDON Harrison leather overnight business bag: £695, Selfridges