Garden results!

Our gardens are finally looking civilised after the in-laws finished with them today!

Garden plants

The back garden surround has all been membraned over and covered with pebbles, meaning the weeds will stay away for the most part! Neither Geth nor I have time to do much gardening, so we wanted something that required minimal care. Geth’s stepmum Helen chose plants that won’t grow too quickly or too big, but will still fill the space nicely.

Garden roundel

In the front garden, meanwhile, our feature roundel is looking much better than it did! We originally had two overgrown pine trees in this space, which had become entwined with the two blossom trees that stand outside the roundel. Earlier this year, we had them cut down to give the blossom trees some breathing space, but the stumps had become a bit overgrown with weeds over the last couple of months with the warmer weather. As such, Keith and Helen have membraned this area as well and used some old pebbles and rocks from the garden, as well as some small plants, to create a pretty rockery. I think it looks great!

Otherwise it’s just been a fairly straightforward day at work – I finished a big project for a client that I’d been working on for ages this morning, and have spent the afternoon doing a bit of writing as I’ll be too busy to get much done over the next couple of days.

Looking forward to an evening chilling out with some of the ’80s movies that arrived through the door today!

OOTD 2nd July 2019
OOTD: summery outfit in the new garden! Shirt M&S (it’s one of Geth’s from sometime earlier this decade), dress Paradise (2013), shoes BHS (2016).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Shania Twain – Man! I Feel Like A Woman
Stormzy – Vossi Bop
Sia – Chandelier
Will Smith – Friend Like Me
Gunship – The Mountain
Gomez – Whippin’ Piccadilly
Tina Turner – Proud Mary
Thought Beings – Hazy
Demi Lovato – Confident

July sunshine

I’ve had a good, productive day today – lots of day job work finished, lots of admin done, another dance class ticked off (I’m already getting the hang of it again better than I was last week). Also, the in-laws have been here sorting out our garden, and I’m really excited for it to be finished tomorrow!

Geth is out boardgaming this evening, but once he gets back we’re going to finish off our Good Omens rewatch.

Looking forward to a similar day tomorrow.

Newly treated decking
Not an OOTD: another Monday spent in workout gear, another Monday where I didn’t remember to take a photo of it before showering and changing back into my pyjamas! Instead, here’s our garden, with the decking looking all clean and treated. On the fence there’s a bonus sighting of two of the enormously fat pigeons who hang around our garden (next door’s cat isn’t much of a hunter, probably because of the constant racket he makes miaowing all the time).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Gunship – The Mountain
Aerds – Deadline
Duran Duran – Do You Believe In Shame?
Andy Taylor – I Might Lie
Duran Duran – (Reach Up For The) Sunrise
Loreen – Euphoria
Tyler Lyle – Lost And Found [The Midnight Remix]
Duran Duran – The Edge Of America
Duran Duran – (I’m Looking For) Cracks In The Pavement
Duran Duran – The Reflex
Sia – Chandelier
Lauv and Troye Sivan – I’m So Tired

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Gunship – When You Grow Up Your Heart Dies

Button mashing

I’ve had almost a whole day playing videogames today. I’ve not had one of those in years! It’s been a great weekend and I feel a lot better than I did on Friday. Geth and I are now rewatching Good Omens before my free trial of Amazon Prime expires later this week.

Geth’s dad and stepmum Keith and Helen are arriving to do some more gardening for us tomorrow! I will post some pictures once it’s done.

OOTD 30th June 2019
OOTD: finally starting to feel slightly summery now. Sunglasses Ray-Ban (2019), Duran Duran t-shirt Amplified (2018), jeans Miss Selfridge (2018), shoes 1st Position (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Squeeze – Up The Junction
Duran Duran – The Seventh Stranger
David Arnold – Good Omens Theme

Paring down

It’s been a bit of a long day today. The tree doctors were round in the morning to remove two trees in the front garden and cut back all the others, so both the front and back garden look a lot neater now. I spent the day working on my pitch package for sending out later this week, and then the treadmill arrived late afternoon, so I set that up before I had to head out. I’ll be doing my first treadmill run in the morning! I’ll also be watching some recorded TV while I’m on it, which will kill two birds with one stone.

In the evening, I went to ukulele class, and learnt a new song and a new chord. Lots to practise this week.

Despite the fact that tomorrow’s Thursday, I think it might actually turn out to be a more relaxed day than today!

OOTD 6th February 2019
OOTD: didn’t have time to take a picture until the evening! Glasses Emporio Armani (2017), jumper Ellend (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2019).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Jax Jones and Years & Years – Play
Jax Jones and Ina Wroldsen – Breathe
Arcadia – The Promise
The Power Station – Some Like It Hot
Wham! – Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go
Duran Duran – Is There Something I Should Know?
George Michael – A Different Corner
Assemblage 23 – Let Me Be Your Armour

Into the trees

I did my last enforced outside run today. The treadmill arrives tomorrow so I will always have the option of running indoors in future! I’m looking forward to trying that out on Thursday morning. Today’s run was stupidly slow because of the ice, but as Tuesdays are recovery run days, it didn’t matter so much. Thursdays, on the other hand, are speed run days, so the treadmill will be better for that while the mornings are still so frosty.

Another thing that happened today (at an alarmingly fast pace) was that Geth decided to have a look at all the flyers that the local tree surgeon people keep putting through our door. He then gave them a ring to see if he could get a quote. They sent a guy round an hour later to look at the trees in our front and back gardens, and they’re going to do the job at nine o’clock tomorrow morning. That escalated quickly! Happily, we will be keeping both of my favourite trees – the weeping willow in the back garden, and the pretty one in the front garden that blossoms in the spring – but we’ll be getting rid of the two evergreen trees that have become ridiculously entangled in the front garden. Apparently the company have done the same job for every house in the street. I’m guessing they must have been part of the original garden design, but that is one period ’80s feature I really don’t want to keep.

Other than that, I’ve just been getting on with writing as usual, and doing prep work for sending out the first of the year’s pitches later this week.

OOTD 5th February 2019
OOTD: those trees might look a bit prettier tomorrow! Blouse KDS Collection (vintage 1980s, bought at vintage fair 2017), belt H&M (2017), skirt H&M (thifted from Steff 2016), tights Primark (2017), boots Moda In Pelle (2018).

Today’s earworm playlist:

Duran Duran – New Moon On Monday
Tears For Fears – Head Over Heels
FR David – Words
Howard Jones – New Song
Bruno Mars – Just The Way You Are
Pet Shop Boys – Heart
Curiosity Killed The Cat – Name And Number
Halsey – Without Me

And a bonus track that Geth was humming earlier:

Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Patio Song