Hello all!

No creative challenge this month, but just a little reminder that Home Life Project weekend is this weekend. I am currently enjoying the penultimate day of our French holiday (which believe me is an odd thing to be writing when you haven’t yet left for it) returning home tomorrow night, ready to photograph (I hope) a little bit of the Goodwood Families Day on Sunday. It’s always a lovely event with free fairground rides for the kids and an excuse to picnic for us…not quite our home life, but close!

Linky will open as always at 7am on Monday morning. Hope you have a great weekend – Au revoir!

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Pirates are not usually thought of as the most giving of characters, but bucking that trend last month I was involved in a skill swap with an old friend of mine who is also an author and storyteller. She laid on a complimentary pirate storytelling and treasure hunt at our house for Alice, Theo and a select few of their friends in return for me documenting the experience in photos that she could use for her website.

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This month’s Me & Mine comes from the Charente region of France where we are spending a couple of weeks, having left our home and dogs in the capable hands of professional housesitters.

The weather has been a bit mixed, but we’ve really enjoyed having some relaxed time as a family and the children have loved the company of other kids their age at the child friendly gites where we are staying. Weirdly we also found ourselves staying next door but one to another blogger who I follow on Twitter… But that’s a whole other story!

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July though the best of month’s for gardens is also often one of the busiest of months for bloggers. As the school holidays start and a round of summer activities begins it’s easy to let the momentum slip. So today’s update is a brief one, more than anything to serve as a record of our progress for me next year.

This summer we’ve had the biggest success yet with growing veges in our garden. Our first attempt (3 years ago) met with disaster when all my seedlings were eaten in one night by the local rabbits. We sat one summer out completely, then last year we tried planting stuff higher up and successfully grew lettuces in window boxes.

A few months ago we took elevated growing to a whole other level with the purchase of our first vegtrug. Theses raised planters come in several sizes and I have a feeling we’ll be adding a second next year.

The plants in this have been very much Theo’s domain. Earlier in the summer we grew salad leaves, but as they bolted and our pumpkin plant grew we did a little stock rotation. The pumpkin and the courgette behind it now take up about half the space, but we have managed to plant some patty pan and Swizz chard seeds at the other end (where the lettuce is in this photo)

Theo has nurtured the plants in this vegtrug obsessively. Several times a week the cry of “Theo leave your vegetables alone” has rung out across our garden and if he had his way he’d water it about half a dozen times a day. He also has runner beans, blueberries and strawberries all in pots and he couldn’t have been prouder than when he was able to gift some of his produce to his class teacher.

This month we also planted another tree in our garden. A very significant and well researched tree. It’s a red maple, a tenth wedding anniversary gift from Jim and also planted to mark the 150th birthday of Canada. We of course spent the first two years of our married life living there.

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It should turn an amazing shade of red in the autumn, which I can’t wait to see.

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Four years ago we went along to what was then a bit of a local novelty, a lavender field open day. Back then it was quite a low key affair, you parked in the farmer’s yard and wandered down to the field at your leisure. Theo was nearly two at the time and famously did not think much of being lead into a field of flowers for a photo opportunity. One of the photos I took of him went on to appear in a Pinterest “taming tantrums” advert and has caused quite a bit of amusement in the years since.

Theo in the lavender fields

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Hello. I'm Clare.
I'm a mum of two & a freelance content creator. I live in the Sussex countryside by the sea and this blog focuses on creative family living through photography, design, crafts and interiors. Read more

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