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Paint by Conran sample pots

We recently received some Paint by Conran samples to test out.

Paint by Conran sample pots and brochure

We were mulling over what to do with them when we spied this vintage Bristol Maid hospital locker at auction.

vintage Bristol Maid Hospital Equipment locker

We often leave such pieces untouched, but the paintwork on this one was a bit the worse for wear, so we decided to do a bit of refurbishment.

label on a vintage Bristol Maid Hospital Equipment locker

There were five sample paints and five compartments – it was meant to be!

label on a vintage Bristol Maid Hospital Equipment locker

So it was out with the razor blade & sandpaper – preparation is everything!

open sample paint pot of Dropped Pollen by Paint by Conran

The Paint by Conran range is inspired by British plants and landscapes and are grouped into five collections: Kitchen Garden, Cottage Garden, Harvest, Highland and Orchard. The paints we chose were all in the green/yellow colourway and are from across the collections.

open door on vintage Bristol Maid Hospital Equipment locker

The locker is perfect for the bathroom to house first aid items, medicines or toiletries.

detail of repainted vintage Bristol Maid Hospital Equipment locker

The new paintwork has given it a real lift…

repainted vintage Bristol Maid Hospital Equipment locker

…and it’s ready for a new life off the ward!

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Growing our own

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flat leaf parsley and coriander growing on a windowsill

This year we decided to grow more of our own – and we’ve got no excuse, as Todmorden‘s the home of Incredible Edible.

strawberries growing in a vintage terracotta strawberry pot

We have a variety of crops to look forward to in the coming weeks.

homegrown beetroot in vintage enamel breadbinhomegrown peashoots grown in vintage metal bucket

Most of them are growing in containers as much of our garden is paved with stone cobbles. It also makes protecting them from the ubiquitous slugs & snails much easier.

tomato plants growing in a vintage mini greenhouse

We use lots of the old galvanised metal ‘dolly tubs’, buckets and bins.

courgette flowers in a vintage metal dolly tub

The plants seem to like it!

potato plants overflowing from a vintage metal dolly tub just outside the kitchen doorpink stems of rhubarb growing out of a vintage metal dolly tub

Potatoes, beetroot, carrots, tomatoes, rhubarb, strawberries, broccoli, courgettes, squash, peashoots, salad leaves, a variety of herbs – and yes, those are figs.

tiny fruits growing on a fig tree

There’s still a little room for some flowers.

lilac coloured osteospermum growing in a vintage metal bucket

pink lupins growing in a vintage dolly tubpink lupins growing in a vintage dolly tub

Perennials like the hostas, astilbes and lupins return each year like old friends. Although this year’s harsh winter saw a few losses.

purple lobelia growing in a vintage metal bucket

red geraniums just about ready to flower

To these we add a few annuals – osteospermums,  lobelia and the like.

hosta leaves

pink fox glove about to flower growing next to a giant ribbed terracotta urnyoung purple shoots of astilbe plants

We’ve enjoyed working in the garden this year. We don’t think self-sufficiency is here just yet – but hopefully we’ll reap some rewards!

Before & After

We recently picked up some lovely vintage teak dining chairs from a local auction. They’re from the Moselle range produced by A. Younger Ltd in the 1950s. The seat covers were looking very tired, generally letting the chairs down. We’ve set about re-covering them. We bought the fabric a few years ago and have been waiting for just the right project to use it on. Here are the early reupholstery results.

They’ll soon make a wonderful set. They come with a matching extendable dining table.