Real Neat Blog Award

Thank you to Roda for nominating me for The Real Neat Blog Award!  Roda blogs at Growing Self and is one of those bloggers you end up chatting to as you find you have a lot in common! Here is the link to her blog:

Roda’s Blog

How Does It Work:

Thank the person(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog

  •  Answer the 7 questions sent by the person who nominated you
  •  Nominate 7 new blogs to receive the award and write them 7 new questions
  • List the rules and display the Real Neat Blogger Award logo on your post and/or on your blog.

The Old House Nominations:

*I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following 7 blogs, I am able to show thanks and appreciation for the joy these individuals have brought to my life.  I have selected some old friends and some new favorites!  If you choose to take part, that is fantastic! If not, no worries! Just keep writing…♥

                1. Lucyathome 
                2. The Travelling Diary of a dippy dotty girl
                3. Happy Wise Owl
                4. Emmas Allotment Blog
                5. I am River
                6. Stimulating Learning
                7. Lisapomerantzster

Roda’s Questions for me:

1) Paper or Plastic?

Paper! Plastic is the evil of the environment and I try not to use any. I avoid food that is packaged too much in plastic and I recycle all. Paper can be composted!

2) If you could transform into any animal, what would it be?

Great question! It would have to be my dog! I would love to see my world through her eyes.

3) Who is your historical soul mate?

That’s a tough one. There are so many figures from history that I admire but one that is my soul mate? How about Tsarina Alexandria of Russia who died in 1918…..I think I just want to wear her clothes! Is that bad?

4) Are you a city mouse or a country mouse?

Country mouse without a doubt. Give me trees, flowers, fields and wildlife any day!

5) What is your favorite vegetable?

I love lots of vegetables so I would have to name the ones I don’t like? I don’t like artichoke or red onions.

6) Favorite book?

So many choices……I’ve recently read The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck which I missed when devouring the classics in my late teens. My daughter is taking English Literature and I am enjoying reading some of the books on her reading list! I think my favourite would have to be a children’s book though -The Gruffalo perhaps.

7) Why do you write?

Because I love it! I really didn’t think I would take to it as much as I have. After 7 months, that feeling hasn’t gone away – the one where an idea excites me!

My Questions:

  1. If money was no object, where would you go next on holiday?
  2. What makes you happy and why?
  3. What is so neat about your blog?
  4. What would you do on a “perfect” day?
  5. What would you say was the turning point in your life so far?
  6. What motivates you to continue blogging?
  7. What are your plans for the summer?

I am celebrating having 1000 followers too this week (now at 1124)  so I’m thrilled that people are enjoying my blog! Thank you so much everyone! You are all awesome!

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#MyGloriousGardens Linky Round up July 2017.

#MyGloriousGarden Linky
Well, here we are and it’s the July #MyGloriousGardens Link party! I know that some of you had to wait to link up but it was worth it as we had 14 linkers this time! This is brilliant and I thank each of you for supporting the linky. I hope by linking that you had or found some new blogs to read and admire. I love finding another blog that is inspirational or a post that is a great read over a cup of coffee.

I had to round up earlier than I would usually as I realised that the weekend was crazy busy with my son’s hockey so I hope you all don’t mind!

As you know, this Linky is to celebrate all garden photos and posts. Anything garden related can be posted. This week it was so lovely to see some garden posts from parents as well as our lovely posters that love to visit or have their own Glorious Gardens! I have decide to keep the Link party for a monthly event so that we can all enjoy our gardens! Feel free to use the #MyGloriousGardens on your social media posts though as then I can find you and comment. It would be lovely to grow this community on Instagram.

As a thank you, I don’t tend to have a favourite but comment on each post. In that way, I hope you all get a few more readers to your blogs. Just a little polite reminder to please comment on as many other linkers posts so that we build our community and spread the blog love.
JULY 2017 ROUND UP

Sprout and Sprig

Lacey posted 2 posts this time. One about her hens with crazy names (Wilhem von Cocklespurs!!) and another about using garlic scapes in her cooking. I must admit that I have never heard of Garlic Scapes in the UK…have I missed something here? yes, it looks like I have, as the sauce for pesto looked delicious! Thank you Lacey! Lacey is doing up an old farmhouse like me so I think we have much in common.

Gardening Ltd

Hello to Ann who posted about Kalanchoe plants. She is from South California and so these beautiful plants are to be found in her garden. It’s much too cold here in the UK but you may have seen them sold as house plants. They are very pretty little plants and so delicate! Thank you Ann. I hope you can post again next month.

3LittleButtons

I have to confess that I am an avid reader of Annette’s blog and personally asked her to join this time! Thanks so much Annette! I love this post about a Bloombox subscription service that looks very tempting indeed! Do take a look if you haven’t already! Plants….delivered to your home! What more could you ask for!

Watching the Daisies

You know that by reading some blogs you know the person? Well that’s what it is like when I read Brigid’s blog. Her post about Bloom, Ireland’s Chelsea equivalent was soooo lovely with stunning photos! Do pop over to her page for a better look. She also has a book…..

All things Spliced

Nicola is a new linker too…hello and welcome! I love that she linked a post about introducing her toddler to gardening. Start them young she says! I couldn’t agree more! It helps that her baby boy is so cute with his watering can! I remember my daughter at this age doing the same thing. It’s lovely to see young children interested in their garden and growing plants.

MSnubutterflies

Hello again Shannon! Lovely to have you. Shannon has been posting about her beautiful garden which has changed so much since we last linked up! Shannon is an inspiring gardener as it’s not always easy for her but her dedication is for all to see. Thank you Shannon for linking again. I hope to see a new post next month too.

Stone Cottage Adventures

Welcome to Marci! Another lovely blogger from the US. Again, Marci lives in an old house and has a fabulous blog about crafting, gardening and her daily adventures. Her post is about creating a fabulously cute fairy garden; something I will be doing in the old house garden in the future! I have made something similar with a class at school once so there is no excuse for me now! We hope to see you again next month, Marci.

30 Days of Wild Parenting

Lovely to see Joshua again this month! Joshua is a teacher like me and also a Daddy. His blog is another I read often because he loves nature and wildlife as well as being an Early Years teacher, like me! This post was about different books he enjoyed. I liked the mindfulness one in particular.

TheCadyLuckLeedy

Cady has been “holding the fort” for me whilst I write reports! She has been busy blogging using the #MyGloriousGardens so has posted 2 posts this time. I have to admit that my favourite was definitely the one from The garden of Ellen Terry and I can see why Cady loves the garden so much here! It is a perfect cottage garden and so pretty! Thank you Cady and I hope to see more stunning garden posts through Instagram.

Candelo Blooms

Jane and I chat over the internet about her roses! Her garden is absolutely stunning so I was so pleased she joined us this time! I think I have nagged her enough! This post is about books that she has found inspiring. Thank you Jane for these great choices. I hope you can link one of your roses posts next month.

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#MyGloriousGardens week 4. Let’s Link up!

Well, here we are and it’s week 4 of #MyGloriousGardens Link party! Thank you to all of you that have waited to Link up! It’s been a busy few weeks here in the old house.

As many of you know, I love my Gardens and Gardening! Summer is here and it’s time to celebrate all things garden related!

This Linky is to celebrate all garden photos and posts. Anything garden related can be posted. It may be a post about a great day out with your family, a garden you have visited, your garden, a garden product or an outdoor place you have visited. I don’t mind anything as long as it is celebrating a Glorious Garden! No posts about other Link parties please. I have posted 2 this week just because!

If you have never been to a Link party before it’s easy!

Here is a great guide to what a Link party is……what is a linky?

Just link up your post by clicking on the blue Inlink up button. Copy and paste the url of your post/s or photo in the first box. Then click on the second box and it will fill in automatically. Add your contacts or a – and you have done it! 

There are minimal rules (and I’m not really worried if you don’t all stick to them!).
1. Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a Retweet.
2. Follow me on Twitter, on the blog and on Instagram.
3. Comment on my post and one other of your choice.
4. Spread the Blog love by reading and commenting on other people’s posts and I will read all posts and comment. I will share all on my social media sites.
5. Have fun!

 

If you would like to add my button to your posts, the code is on my widget (side area) underneath my social media sites. You just copy and paste this code into the HTML part when writing a post.

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The Unique Blogger Award

I’ve never had a Unique Blogger Award before so thank you so much to Cherylene from Living Vs existing For nominating me! How fun and exciting!

Cherylene is such a positive and motivating blogger! She describes herself as, “a woman who has refused to let the negativity in my life and the world at large hold me back from pursuing my dreams.” How amazing!

I particularly like Cherylene’s Health and Wellness Fridays. Perhaps because by Friday, I’m looking for a bit of health advice before I reach for the wine!

‘Thanks again Cherylene. I really appreciate this nomination. ❤️

My questions from Cherylene.

1. What do you think is the most unique thing about your blog?

Perhaps my variety? I’m not sure. I hope that readers like the variety in my posts anyway!
Use one word to describe your blog. Eclectic!
Other than blogging what else brings you the most joy? My family, my class, my pets and my garden and that is in no particular order!

The Rules

Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
Answer the questions.
In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
Ask them 3 questions.

My Nominees

The Garden Frog
Nature on the Edge
3 little Buttons
MSnubutterlies
That Travel Lady in Her Shoes
The Tiny Potager
So…what now?

What do you think is the most unique thing about YOU as a person?

Other than blogging, what takes up your spare time?
If you were invisible for the day, what would you do?

I understand that not everyone chooses to be a part of the award nomination process. By nominating the following blogs, I am able to show thanks and appreciation for the contributions you all make on a daily basis. If you choose to take part, that is fantastic because I would love to read your answers! If not, no worries! Just keep writing… 🙂

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OH THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.

Tips for New Bloggers

I have learnt so much as a new blogger in the past 9 months!

I thought I would share my top 5 tips for all beginner bloggers. I hope they prove useful to you!

1. Write, write and write some more! Writing will help you find your style and that is what will help to bring readers to your site. If you are writing interesting or readable posts, readers will come back for more.

2. Connect with other bloggers. I found many on my social media sites. Read lots of different blogs and write comments. I spend most evenings reading and commenting on other people’s blogs as it’s such a great way to meet people! Other bloggers are a friendly bunch and most will offer advice if you ask. Be yourself. It’s great to get ideas from other bloggers but you do need to find your own voice. It has taken me a good few months to feel really happy with the direction of my blog and that’s ok. You may play around with your blog for a while and that’s ok too! A piece of friendly advice though, add social media buttons to your blog. Others may not want to follow you as an email subscriber but they may follow you on Instagram or Twitter.

3. Link up at link parties or using Linky badges. They are hosted at other bloggers site (I have a garden one) and you can read a variety of posts from bloggers who have also linked up. My favourites are on my widget (the side panel). They are a fun way to connect with others and I love the fact that I’m connecting with some of the same bloggers each week so you begin to feel part of a blogging community.

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4. Do you like this badge? I know the bicycle has nothing to do with blogging! I just love the photo! I made this using Canva. This is a graphic design service where you can drop and select pictures, photos and texts to create badges, social media graphics and invites. It has lots of layouts already so it’s really simple and slightly addictive!

5. Find free photos at unsplash a great site if you need a free photo. There are loads on this site and you don’t have to worry about copyright. Photos do make your post more interesting for your reader. I have also learnt that if you click on the photo, you can add a comment to it.

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Blogging tips from the oldhouseintheshires

I hope you found this useful. Please do contact me if you want any help. I will give it if I can. I’m still learning too but I would be interested if you agree with my 5 tips.

My blog is not self hosted yet. I will attempt this one day but for now I am with WordPress and am very happy with it. There is a great community using WordPress so you could also pop along to the Community pool to meet other bloggers.

Good luck!

OH THE JOYS OF LIVING IN THE OLD HOUSE IN THE SHIRES.

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Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday

Am I an “inbetween” blogger?

I’ve committed blogging suicide apparently. According to every “How to get ahead in blogging” type post you must have a niche. Well, I don’t.

I’m not really a Parenting blog. Yes, I blog about life with my teens or the occasional post about when my children were younger. But that is not all I blog about.

I’m not really an Educational blog. Yes, I blog about educational things. Being a teacher means that these things do come up but I wouldn’t describe my blog as an educational site.

I’m not really a Gardening blog. I love gardening and gardens but I don’t only blog about these things. Gardening is my hobby and I love it.

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So, this has left me with a dilemma.

Do I carry on as I am and blog about all the things above or specialise in just one? I’ve been blogging for 7 months now and I’m still finding my way but do I really need a niche?

Well, I’ve decided that I love all of the above so I’m now renaming myself an “in between” blogger. I’m ok with that! Are you? If you like what you read, keep visiting the old house!
This old house blogs about gardening, garden visits, parenting dilemmas, mamas randoms and educational tips.

My blog has had a make over! What do you think?

There will be a new link party starting the first week of July -come and join in! #MyGloriousGardens
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Pinterest. Take a look at my Educational Boards for young children.

I love Pinterest, don’t you?

I discovered Pinterest a few years ago now but have only just learnt that I can share these ideas on my blog too!

This board has lots of ideas for using play dough in different ways. Play dough is awesome!

To make play dough, mix 2 cups flour with 1 cup salt and 2 cups of water in a saucepan on a low heat. Add one tablespoon of cream of tartar (this is the magic ingredient!), one tablespoon of oil and any extras.

I have written an old post about play dough here

Here are some fabulous arty ideas for all those crafty kids.

I’m a big fan of the outdoors!

I have written a great post about outdoor ideas for your family here 

These ideas are great for pre-school children.

Did you know that without strong muscles in a child’s arms, hands and fingers, they will find writing tricky? Here are some great ideas to help build those muscles in a fun and playful way.

I have many other boards on Pinterest that you may love. Why not pop over there to take a look and feel free to rePin any you like. Of course, there are garden pages too!

Thanks for reading!

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#MyGloriousGardens Round up Post

 

WEEK 2 ROUND UP

Thank you to the 9 link ups we had this week! That’s amazing! Thank you to all who linked up. I really enjoyed reading all of your posts. I do hope to see you again. x

Thattravelladyinhershoes

Thank you Cady for linking for the second time. This post was about The Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex once owned by Virginia Woolf’s sister, Vanessa Stephen Bell. I love a bit of history don’t you? So combining this with a beautiful garden was a perfect read for me! Thank you Cady.

DIYHome&Garden

This post from Deborah’s site was very useful at this time of year! Especially the use of different plants to stop those pesky mosquito bites! I love all the different plants she suggested, so thank you”

growingself

This post really warmed me as Road talks about when she was little girl and how she was fascinated by small things. Being inspired as a child stays with us doesn’t it? I used to sit for hours watching my pond as a child so may be that’s why I love nature so much!  Thank you Roda for the beautiful photos too! Roda also linked up a post about a visit to the Chicago Botanic gardens. More stunning photos and I loved the paper bark maple as I’d never seen one before.

30daysofwildparenting

I just love this idea followed by fellow teacher, Joshua with his family including his adorable little girl, Alice (who is too cute!). Thank you for linking and I will look forward to reading your blog in the future.

rivendell blog

Thank you to John for linking for a second time with a post about his stunning roses, some of which I haven’t come across before. The “Rhapsody in Blue” rose looks so pretty so hopefully he will share more pictures of this one in the future. My roses never seem to do well so I will be looking to him for more advice!

SultanaBun

This was one of the first blogs I found. I love all the recipes you see! Lynda has linked a fabulous post about all things Elderflower! Yum! I even tried the Gooseberry and Elderflower jam and its delicious. Thank you for linking up.

MSnubutterlies

Again, Shannon linked up last week as we saw how her garden was her daily motivation in her battle with MS. This was the second garden post (and I know that there is a 3rd!) and although Shannon lives in a very hot place, her garden is thriving. So glad to see how it’s going, Shannon. Thank you for posting again.

Watchingthedaisies

The lovely Brigid! Thank you for linking for the second time. Brigid linked a post about her own garden which although fairly new is looking as if it has always been there! I love seeing what people have in their garden through their photographs don’t you? Maybe I’m just nosy!

After a little thought over the weekend. I have decided to postpone the linky and have it once a month instead. I am writing reports at the moment and its all a bit bonkers at school. I hope everyone understands. x
#MyGloriousGardens will be back.

Blue Sky Nomination and playing it forward.

I drew you in with a gorgeous pictures of Dottie. Sadly, this is not a Dottie post…..

I have been tagged by Deborah over at DIYHome & Garden! Thank you lovely lady. The link to her site is

Here

I met Deborah through my Linky #MyGloriousGardens when she kindly agreed to support my new Link party. She lives in North Carolina in the US and blogs about her projects whether they are upcyling furniture or making homemade goodies using home produce. It’s interesting for me that I now get as much traffic to my blog from the US as the UK so “Howdie!” all you lovely people over there.

The Blue Sky Tag is a fun June event for bloggers, and I’m thrilled to be nominated to participate. So, I guess I am “it.”

THE RULES

Give 11 questions.
Tag 11 people.
Answer the 11 questions given to you.
Don’t forget to thank the person who tagged you.

HERE ARE MY QUESTIONS

Why did you start blogging? I started blogging to fill the “mum” gap now that my children are teenagers. I’m only working part time this academic year as a teacher so I thought blogging would “give me something to do!” It sure has!
If you could meet any historical person, from any era, dead or alive, whom would it be? Wow, great question. I am a massive history nerd so I would have to say, Queen Elizabeth the first as she really rocked being a woman in that era. Or I would say, Hitler to ask him, why?
When is your most productive time of the day for writing, and why? It’s usually the evening to be honest as I’ve eaten (very important!), I’ve been able to get out all day in the garden or been to work and everyone is fed. Then I know that I can just get on.
Who is the biggest fan of your blog (other than yourself)? To be honest, I’ve no idea! I think possibly my hubbie? He’s very supportive but is super busy so I don’t think he reads many posts.
What do you find the most challenging about blogging? Giving enough attention to each comment. Sometimes I have lots of comments to read in the morning (thank you lovely US people again!) and I need to do the school run, walk the dog, go to work….you know how it is!
How many pets do you have? One dog called Dottie (although I sometimes post about Primrose, sadly she’s not mine!), 2 old cats called Tilly and Tiger, a resident hedgehog called Hubbard and lots of frogs in the pond!
How do you unwind at the end of the day? I’m English! It’s a cuppa every time! Often with cake…..😋
What do you hope to accomplish by the end of 2017? Good question! I would like my family and I to carry on being healthy and happy. Simple pleasures!
Chocolate or strawberry ice cream? I’m not a massive fan to be honest now if it was cake…….
What’s your biggest fear? To lose a loved one.
Choose one of the following vacations: an oasis in the desert, a tropical island, or a chalet in the mountains. It has to be mountains every time! I just love the views and fresh air.

QUESTIONS FOR MY NOMINEES

Why did you start blogging?

What is your least favourite part about blogging?

How long do you spend blogging each day?

Do you have another job? What is it?

How many pets do you have?

Do you speak any other languages and what are they?

Which book are you reading right now?

Which moment in history do you wish you could witness (and be safe!)?

Cake or Wine?

If you could find out one secret or unknown from history or now, what would it be?

Which is your favourite plant or flower and why?

MY NOMINEES (not in any particular order and if you are not in there it is not because I don’t love your blog but you may have done this before!)

So what now.

Devon mum

Sultana bun

ramblingratz

MDnubutterflies

Watching the Daisies

That travel lady in her shoes

Candelo Blooms

30 days of wild parenting

The adventures of Daisy the bus

The tiny Potager

 

So to my nominees, tag you’re it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#MyGloriousGarden Linky week 2.

Hello and welcome to #MyGloriousGardens Linky week 2.

Thank you so much to the Linkers from last week.
We had 8 linkers. All posts were fabulous so I wont be picking favourites!

Crummymummy wrote about the development of her wildlife garden with Homebase plants. I loved her homes for hedgehogs and the way she involved her children. I will be following her new garden with interest.

wildaboutnauture linked her photography post about her garden. I love seeing what people plant don’t you? I loved her globe alliums.

CadyLuckLeedy shared her visit to The Gardens of Mainz in Germany. She and I have bonded over our visits to different gardens I think! Again, photos tells more than words sometimes and this post was all about that Magnolia in my opinion! Stunning.

Rivendellgarden This is John Kingdon’s site. He is a brilliant man in that he collates all the gardening blogs in one place for us all! I’m featuring this month so thank you John. Do pop over to his site to find out more.

OfftheEdgeGardening A lovely post about Gill’s revisit to a garden from her past with her Plant Heritage group. I love the way she has captured the weeping Irises.

Sowhatnow768 A fun post about the Linkers (I know her name but I think she would like to stay anonymous!) introduction of her chickens with fabulous names! I read this blog often and she always makes me laugh!

Msnubutterflies Such a fabulous post. How a garden became the daily inspiration for Shannon as she battles with MS. I love how uplifting this post was and how it made me see that the little things are as important. There is a part 2 to this post so I hope Shannon links again!

Watchingthedaisies posted 3 posts and all were Glorious! Thank you Brigid! I particularly love her post about The healing Power of Gardens and seeing her garden that she has transformed into a paradise! I agree that gardens and outdoor spaces can be so rewarding and calming. Brigid has a book out so she knows her stuff!

Thank you all again. I love all your posts.

Now for this week! You may link all garden related posts.It may be a post about a great day out with your family, a garden you have visited, your garden or an outdoor place you have visited. I don’t mind anything as long as it is celebrating a Glorious Garden! No posts about other Link parties please.

If you have never been to a Link party before it’s easy!

Just link up your post by clicking on the InLinkz button below.  Then press on the blue link button when it redirects you. Copy and paste your post or photo in the link. It will run for a week.

There are minimal rules.

1. Add the #MyGloriousGardens Linky button to the bottom of our post.
2. Tweet me @oldhouseinthes1 for a Retweet if you are on Twitter.
3. Follow me on Twitter, on the blog and on Instagram.
4. Comment on my post and one other of your choice.
5. Spread the Blog love and I will read all posts and comment.
6. Have fun!

Or you can join me on Instagram with your photos using the hashtag #MyGloriousGardens

Here is my Linky button to add to the bottom of your posts. Just select the code and paste it when you are in HTML on your post.

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Click on the link below to link up