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Gardening Sunday


I hope everyone has had a good Sunday.

I spent a few hours gardening this afternoon in my small vegetable patch nestled between the rose bushes (no joke!). I planted spring onions, sweet potatoes, red onions and also finally planted the Lemon Verbena I had bought last month. I also harvested a few more potatoes bringing the total number of potatoes harvested from my patch of land to 155!

I am loving spending time in the garden planting the vegetable seedlings I bought. I have been reading up about companion planting as well as how different plants and herbs have an effect upon pest control. Urban gardening does seem to be experiencing a revival.

I will post photos once the tiny vegetable garden has started to take shape.

I can just imagine the noisy guitarist from my bedroom commenting on my ‘farmstress‘ skills. Well I hope it is skills as my basil is dying, I cannot understand it. The leaves are starting to go yellow and it is not growing at all. I cannot understand it.

Here is a photo of my rose succulent I bought and planted in the square pottery container I made last year at my old pottery class. It is growing very well, I am so excited watching it grow! I have made another round terra-cotta pot plant container, I should be able to bring it home tomorrow evening after pottery class.

I recently found out about Michael Pollan, highly recommend reading his books. Genius! His ‘Food Rules’ book is next on my must buy wish list.

I love this quote of his that I found online:

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway. – Michael Pollan

I came across this recipe on Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Life website for Red Quinoa salad which looks delicious.I hope to try make it myself this week. Quinoa is an excellent source of protein for vegetarians like me.

Red Quinoa salad from Alicia Silverstone's The Kind Life

Hold thumbs I will get my car back from repairs on Tuesday! Although I had thought I was going to get it back on Thursday or at least Friday last week. Customer service from Renault Melrose is non existent!

– Speurder Linda


Hanging shoe holder transformed into a plant holder


Good evening!

I unintentionally left my phone at home this afternoon when packing up to spend the weekend at the noisy guitarist guy from my room’s house this weekend and I am feeling phone separation! I am sure it will be very good for me to be away from my iphone for three days/three nights. My car is also in for repairs, indefinitely.

Another good reminder to myself to focus upon the positive aspects in life and not the negative as well as that most of the world’s population have never seen an iphone before so I really shouldn’t be moaning and be grateful for all the small beauties.

Just returned from a good dinner out at Mimmos Faerie Glen, first time I have been to a ‘family’ restaurant in years.

Tomorrow morning (early!) we are each doing a running race. I had intended to enter the 10 km race but have had to end up doing the 5 km while the noisy guitarist does a 21 km race.

I came across this link and image of a ‘shoe hanger garden’ on a friend of mine’s Facebook page, I think it is fantastic.

Clever shoe holder for plants

What a clever use of shoe hanger to transfer it into a hanging garden, particularly useful for someone like me who doesn’t have much garden space. I can just image how easily it is to grow herbs and succulents in it without needing ‘garden’ space and still keeping the plants accessible and contributing CO2. I have yet to make one myself, I would hope the shoe organiser doesn’t rot, that would be my only concern.

I did a quick google search and came across this link with more information and photos on a hanging shoe holder garden. Take a look here and peruse the brilliant Green Up Grader website. I am going to explore the site further over the weekend.

I love how most items can have a multitude of uses if you just look at them differently to create a new use for them. When thinking ‘I don’t have space for a herb garden’ think of what you do have around the house.

In my next blog post  (watch out it will be sooner than you think, I can assure you!) I will  post pictures of another way to create a very cheap space saving herb tins to go on your window sill which I made during the December holidays. I am quite chuffed with it.

I look forward to sharing more ideas I have come across on using items differently to their intended purpose particularly items which would normally be discarded as waste and I welcome any other ideas you have.

Now it is off to bed and I leave you with a quiz. I came across the link to the introvert/extrovert quiz on the How About Orange Facebook page with a link to their blog then to the quiz on the TIME magazine website which has a series of simple questions cumulating in their conclusion on whether you are an extrovert or introvert or how far you fall on the introversion spectrum.

Here is the link to complete the quiz yourself.

When I was a child I thought I was definately an introvert, often described by others as ‘little mouse’ as I didn’t talk much at all and I considered myself ‘painfully shy’ at times but as I got older I thought I could perhaps be an extrovert yet the recently I have realised that I have many traits characteristic to introverts and am certain I am one.

The Time magazine online quiz proved me correct as it concluded I am an introvert.

This statement resonated with me: “I feel drained after being out and about, even if I’ve enjoyed myself.”


Have a wonderful weekend! I hope you find joy and take advantage of every moment!

Speurder Linda.

Proteas for a bright beautiful Tuesday


I love these king proteas! Proteas are one of my favourite flowers, they are natural, striking and South African. 

They caught my eye yesterday at Vovo Telo, Woodland in Pretoria along with the funky vase when eating lunch there.I have made a mental note to make my own interpretation of that vase in pottery class. The pasta dish and fruit juice I ordered were delicious. It seemed much better than Woolworths cafe. The decor at Vovo Telo is also quite quirky.

I have been slacking again with my blogging but I will be back and with more frequency this year. I have many blog posts which I need to type up or consolidate and post.

This is going to be a year of change and growth. I just know it!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Tuesday. 

What beautiful items have you spotted around you? 

Till next time.. Speuder Linda.