Sweet peas and succulents

Our house is a total tip this week. Our fridge/freezer broke down last week and we had a new one delivered today. I can’t believe how much mess sorting it out has generated. We had to defrost the freezer, dispose of the ancient contents and deal with four year’s worth of dirt and dust. Maybe there are some virtuous people who clean behind their fridges every year – sadly, I’m not one of them. As soon as you start having to use all your time on extra chores, the rest of the house slips into complete squalor surprisingly quicky.

Oh well. I’m not on top of the mess yet, but I have been enjoying some pretty things amidst the chaos. The heady scent of freshly picked sweetpeas from my mum’s garden…

My sweetpeas aren’t quite ready yet, but they’re almost there…

These sweetpeas are waiting to be moved to a better spot when the new fence goes up. On which note, we finally recieved a special delivery today…

Weather permitting, fence-building should be happening this weekend. I’d like to get it painted at some point, but I think we’ll save this job for the Autumn when there’s less growing. I can’t wait to have a decent fence again without massive holes in it!

Heading back indoors, come and say hello to my first succulent…

Hopefully we’ll be ship-shape again soon!

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  1. June 24, 2015 / 8:45 am

    Sorry to hear about that massive upheaval! It is a hassle when a fridge dies, a massive inconvenience, and sometimes can be really expensive too if you have a lot of good stuff in the freezer 🙁 Beautiful flowers though, sometimes pretty little things make it a bit easier to deal with the rest of the crappiness! #homeetc

    • June 24, 2015 / 7:43 pm

      Fortunately our freezer was mostly filled with manky old fish fingers and unidentified pots of stuff, so it was a good opportunity to bin it all and start again! x

  2. June 24, 2015 / 9:22 am

    Hope all goes well with the fencing! XXXX

  3. June 24, 2015 / 9:44 am

    Hope things are sorted soon, and I’m with you there’s much more important things to do than clean behind the fridge/freezer. Good luck with the fencing too #HomeEtc

    • June 24, 2015 / 6:59 pm

      Thanks Stephanie! I’m glad it’s not just me who ignores the hidden world lurking behind the fridge! x

  4. June 24, 2015 / 10:46 am

    Sweet peas are my favourite! My first few flowers have started to appear but not enough to pick just yet! I never clean behind my fridge either and was mortified when it broke and the engineer pulled it out!! Hope you get back to normality soon, Tracy xx #HomeEtc

    • June 24, 2015 / 7:00 pm

      Thank you Tracy! I can’t wait for my sweet peas to start flowering – although my mum’s ones are always wonderful and much bigger than mine (I think because she over-winters hers). x

  5. booandmaddie
    June 24, 2015 / 12:12 pm

    I can safely say you are NOT the only who doesn’t clean behind their fridge-freezer, I don’t either! But the sweetpeas are just beautiful, I tried to grow some in the previous house we were renting but didn’t have a clue what I was doing, maybe I’ll try again when I’m feeling brave X #HomeEtc

    • June 24, 2015 / 7:03 pm

      I find I can ignore dirt and dust fairly well if I can’t see it, but once it’s exposed it drives me mad! My mum’s sweet peas are always fantastic. The ones I’m growing are doing well though – I bought them as tiny seedlings in Sainsbury’s a few months ago – you should try them, they’re super easy if you buy them as plug plants x

  6. June 24, 2015 / 3:00 pm

    Sweet peas! My poppa always had loads growing on his allotment, it just makes me think of the happiest parts of life. (I like the jug they’re in too by the way!) Good luck with all the updates. Don’t worry about the fridge/freezer: you should see the state of my oven!

    • June 24, 2015 / 7:04 pm

      Thanks Katie – I love sweet peas too, such a wonderful scent and this giant bunch from my mum is a real treat! x

  7. June 26, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    Sweet peas smell divine! We’re just deciding on a few things to plant in our front garden and they are top of my list.

  8. June 30, 2015 / 4:06 pm

    HA! I know EXACTLY what you mean!! We went away last Wednesday for Glastonbury and came back yesterday!! The house is in a complete state and I don’t know whether I’m coming or going!! Hopefully I’ll be a little bit more back to normal this time next week! 😉 Thanks so much for linking up with #HomeEtc — hope to see you again tomorrow! x

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

    • admin
      June 30, 2015 / 7:08 pm

      It takes so long to get back on top of things doesn’t it?!

  9. June 30, 2015 / 6:46 pm

    Hope you get sorted soon and back to normal. Sorry to hear you fridge freezer broke. Nightmare! I often feel like that and love being back in control! Thanks for linking up and a read again. Jess x


    • admin
      June 30, 2015 / 7:08 pm

      Thanks Jess, we’re a bit tidier now..!

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