Prepping for BBQ Season With a Bargain Bench

Garden Bench

Not long ago I won a B&Q voucher from a Zoopla competition and I gave Joe free reign of what to spend it on. He’s been itching to do more work in the garden after all. Whilst I was away for the weekend in London, he went and bagged himself a bargain bench and on that particularly sunny day, he assembled it with a guest

The adventures of Joe, when locked out of the house

Tarmac pavement

One not-so-special weekend recently, Joe decided to tidy up the front of the house. We’ve rarely had a weekend free the past few months due to wedding planning and as all our money and time has gone on prepping for the big day, I think Joe was just itching to get some jobs done around the house. Also, I had politely refused him entry to

Adding detail to the gate posts

Gate post

These pictures are so old I can’t even remember who did this job! Let’s just say, either Joe or his dad (I’m thinking it must have been one of them) bought these lovely… things. Seriously, what are they even called? So much for me documenting our home renovation journey! I should make more notes… Anywho, they have been added onto the top of the gate

Joe’s shed. No really, it has his name on it.

Shed sign

In November, Joe received this for his birthday! Isn’t it amazing? It’s a sign for his shed! He had just about finished building it the shed by this point so the sign was a really thoughtful gift from his auntie and uncle. You can see him putting up the shed here. (Side thought – does this mean I get a sign saying Karen’s House?) Today, something amazing happened.

Stop watching me do the dishes please.

Autumn leaves

Not all that long ago, it was easy peasy for passers by to see into our kitchen. I say kitchen very loosely of course. Nonetheless, with our driveway built and cleared of the jungle that previously resided there, it was time to get some privacy. You can see from this picture of Joe and his dad laying the concrete driveway, that anyone from the main

The DIY Driveway

DIY driveway

Over the past month or so, Joe and his dad have been concreting the driveway. When we moved in, it was mostly overgrown bushes and a small broken fence that introduced a concrete footpath to the front door. Well, we (read: Joe) have ripped out all the bushes, turned over all the soil, and prepared the area to become a driveway. We have 2 cars

The house with the blue fence

Blue garden fence

When we moved in, we were generously given a new fence by Joe’s Aunty and Uncle. The one that was already there was falling apart and along with the overgrown front garden, made the house look abandoned – which it was. But we wanted people to know that it wasn’t a free for all anymore. It’s ours. Now, people are really going to pay attention

Stealth shed spying

Building a shed

Two weeks ago (yes, I’m slow at blogging stuff these days) Joe and I had a lovely weekend with family. I don’t get to see my mum and step-dad that often since they moved away, but we wanted to get together and discuss wedding stuff so it was a great excuse to see each other. However, it was also pretty handy because the shed that

A sunny sheddy Saturday


Joe is adament that one day we will have the most spectular garden of all time. Unfortunately, a British summer usually means rain and more rain, so he’s hardly had chance to do garden work since we moved in. However, he’s now accumulated enough tools to require a shed. We went shopping for sheds at the beginning of the ‘summer’ but, we’re easily distracted and

The hedgehog household


I mentioned in a post back in April that we appear to have hedgehogs in the back garden! I never got around to uploading the pictures but have just backed up my iPhone so I imagine plenty of image-heavy posts coming up… These were taken on 2 separate occasions, and sorry the pictures are bad. We were using our phones as a light to look