Hello readers,

I have decided, after much thought, to amalagmate, conglomerate and join together all my blogs into one happy blogging zone.

Our Handmade Home

This new blog is more lifestyle based, encompassing lots of other topics from all my other blogs

Eco-friendly living
Home-keeping and cleaning
Home education
Interior design and decorating
Running an online business

Let me know what you want to hear more of and that’s what I’ll write about πŸ™‚ . I have also begun to migrate all previous posts from here to the new blog too so everything should be available over there eventually.

The new blog is over at blogger, allowing me more flexibility with advertising space tooΒ (which sadly wordpress does not allow).Β That will help me to keep up the blogging while earning a little something on the side… we have lots of bills to pay…

I won’t be posting in here again, so if you are a follower or subscriber please follow the new blog instead…. if you are reading this, I assume you enjoy my style of blogging and I hope we’ll all get more out of the new format.

I’ll see you on the other side.


Annpan x

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Late Summer

The mini-holding, originally uploaded by Snowdrops and Daisies.

This is a lovely time of year in the growing calender (when it isn’t pissing it down)

Time to seriously harvest all the veg I have tended since spring…

I take a very ‘permaculturey’ (not a real word) approach to harvest…. we pick what we need for dinner that night.
Potatoes, carrots and other roots get left in the ground over winter.
Courgettes are left on the plant untill the become marrows (easier to store) or until we want to eat them.
Onions are picked and dried before being pleated and hung (the onion harvest isn’t what it should be really.

veg that has gone to seed is left to self-seed, giving us unexpected but strong and healthy plant for the following season.

Some winter veg has been planted in the hope that we will continue to eat homegrown fresh veg beyond the end of October

The polytunnel is a real bugbear… it is a nightmare to keep watering it and it is now riddled with mice… certainly need to improve it for next year.

The tomatoes are doing pretty well though, maybe a bit late than I would have liked, but I have picked a few healthy handfuls for salads and omlettes

Soon we will be moving the chickens in to over wintering in the polytunnel to clear it of bugs and fertilise the soil.

Then we start planning our planting schedule for next year….

thanks for reading ;o)

Time to write…

These days I so rarely get time to write a post for this blog…

Work in the house is slow and demanding, we haven’t got any real problems sorted since the builder was fired. The main reason for this is not knowing where we stand legally. Time and lack of trust for any other tradesmen is clearly also an issue. Every day we notice something else that has been badly done, or not done at all. I am in the process of setting up another blog dedicated to our current living conditions…. leaving this blog free for me to discuss nicer things like…

Strawberry Jam

I made my first ever batch of Strawberry Jam last weekend and, though it didn’t set very well (I didn’t want to disturb the flavour of the strawberries by adding apple and I don’t like using manufactured pectin as it contains sulphur dioxide) It tastes delicious and I am really please to be adding it to my pantry shelf. πŸ™‚


Tomatoes are growing really well, we are just about to harvest our first courgettes of the season – despite me starting them off super-early in in the polytunnel, they still take to July to start flowering, the PT ones at the same time as the outdoor ones… The melon plants are looking good, but only a single cucumber plant has survived (I don’t know why, I planted about a dozen) We are harvesting carrots and spring onions planted up there in February.

Veg Plot

The peas are just starting to produce, we have more lettuce than you can shake a stick at and the radishes have gone over. We have been having salad potatoes and of course lovely eggs… yummy πŸ™‚

My work

In other news, I have opened a new shop over at Etsy. The Tea Cosy Shop is my new venture, an outlet just for my tea cosies and such, so they don’t clog up my Snowdrops and Daisies shop (which is more of an eclectic range of goodie I just fancy making.

Also, I have now booked myself in to a few of the big fancy pants craft fairs in Glasgow…. I am reeeeealy nervous about them but also very excited…. I keep thinking that it is something I want to do in the ‘future’ but eventually got a kick up the bum from Ali (at AliBali Jewellery) and decided I really should stop procrastinating. So, some dates for your diaries – Saturday 21st August and Saturday 20th November. Both are in Langside Halls, Queens park (Glasgow South Side) If you fancy a day out I recommend lunch at the ivory a wander through the park and up to The Glasshouse (where we had our wedding reception) to see the tarantulas and snakes and down to Beanscene, Shawlands for a coffee and a cake… stopping in at the craft fair of course… to spend a gazillion pounds on my lovely wares πŸ™‚

Thats enough rambling for now…

Thanks for reading ;o)