Category Archives: Green

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.


Long weekend away treat: Maliba

My boyfriend & I celebrated our three year anniversary (and an early birthday celebration for me) at Maliba Mountain Lodge in Lesotho.

Frog lovers at entrance to Maliba

It was fantastic!

Last year August we had gone to Vic Falls over the time of my birthday with it easily one of the best holidays I have been on and I was worried that Maliba wouldn’t be as good as the photos on their website.

The photos didn’t do it justice, it was stunning and a very memorable few nights away.
It is a different destination to Vic Falls and also different to gorgeous nature lover’s paradise Phophonyane falls eco lodge where we stayed last December but highly recommended.

The accommodation, food, service, layout and personalised touches of Maliba really are five star.

What awaited us in your room when we arrived at Maliba

The staff are all very friendly and were very patient with my numerous questions to find out background information on the construction of Maliba, what it is like to live in Lesotho, the language and proud to share stories about visits from their King.
They didn’t even mind when I tested out the Sotho which I had practiced in the car on them. Rose, Daniel and Adel were very hospitable and keen to share their culture with me. Next time I will definitely go on cultural tour to learn more about the Basotho people.

The trail where we had walked was covered in snow on the last morning

There is a lovely botanical garden at Maliba with information on the plants endemic to the region. I particularly loved the spiral aloes which are only found in Lesotho and are the national flower. 

Spiral aloe

Eksteen’s panorama photograph captured the expanse of Maliba and the chalets. It won Maliba’s photo of the month for August and will be used on their website. Eksteen wrote a more in depth blog post on our stay at Maliba: