Thursday 2 July 2009

Summer Garden

Last year I cleared the garden out, only to find that over winter it had turned into a dumping place for the things my husband picks up through his removals business:

I really liked the idea of creating a nice little haven and particularly somewhere nice for my mother-in-law to sit and enjoy the good weather we are getting at the moment.

So earlier in the week I spent about three hours filling bags of rubbish, pulling up weeds, and clearing out old paint tins and petrol cans :(

The better half brought home a lovely bench and a reasonable table and umbrella from one of his jobs (did I mention I love his job?).

I found some lovely flowers in the 99p shop (the one in Barking, East London is usually where I pop into) including the big pink geraniums in the picture below.

The view from the bench is lovely and the last few evenings have been spent with everyone pulling up chairs and having tea and chatting in the garden. Home feels very much like a little sanctuary right now alhamdulillah.


  1. Lovely, lovely, lovely!!! The family must love your little oasis! I've been wondering what to do with my little patio...I think next week we'll be planting some flower boxes InshaAllah...and then I'll enjoy my book AND the chocolate...:-) How about planting some cocoa beans?

  2. It looks so nice! What an amazing turnaround. How long did it take? Your mother-in-law has the best daughter-in-law ever.

  3. Assalam-alaikam,

    Umm Nassim,
    It doesn't look like much from the photo's but with the cool shade, the greenery of the vegetables and plants and the addition of the flowers it feels wonderful to sit our there. Your spot on, everyone is really enjoying the garden right now. We take the laptop in the garden and talk to our family in Pakistan via the webcam for hours.

    Sister Lisa,
    it took about three hours of filling up bags and weeding. I managed to fill about seven black bags of rubbish and garden waste. I spent a few hours the folowing day putting the flowers in, cleaning the garden furniture and moving the pots and plants around.

    It's a very small thing to do for someone, my mother-in-law looks after my children while we work without complaint or letting us feel that she is doing us a favour.