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Rockery steps

My gardening life has taken a new turn over the past few years. Since moving house I have found myself dipping my (flip-flopped) toe into the realm of extreme sports. Yes, extreme gardening. The preserve of the modern day adrenaline junkie who, handily enough, can get their fix right outside the back door.

After all, who needs base jumping when you can garden on a slope?

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Di’s visit to RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, 2012

Of all the RHS Flower Shows held across the country, I have to admit that the Tatton Show is closest to my heart! It’s almost on our doorstep (well, 20 minutes drive away) and situated in the heart of our beautiful Cheshire countryside.

I cannot believe it’s been 14 years since our very first “Tatton”, and we’ve visited most of them ever since.

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SleepOut on the Allotment

Like many others across the country, we are getting ready for the National Garden SleepOut event that is taking place tonight kindly sponsored by Primrose. I love the idea of this and as a family we will be keen to take part in this every year.

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Charity Spotlight: Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Bumblebee Conservation Trust UK charity logoThe second charity we’re supporting for this year’s National Garden SleepOut is the Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

In the past 80 years, the number of bees has been plummeting and two species of bumblebee have even become extinct in the UK. Bees are vital to the health of the ecosystem because they serve as pollinators — allowing flowers, fruit and veg to continue reproducing.
White-tailed bumblebee photo
The UK countryside has changed over the years, reducing the number of wildflowers across the country, and with it the number of bees. BBCT works with farmers, policy-makers, and the public to spread awareness of bee-friendly planting methods to help bring our bees back in full force.

You can test how bee-friendly your garden is with the Trust’s Bee Kind tool, and you and your children can learn all about bumblebees over at Bumble Kids.

You can find more information on volunteering, donating, or BBCT’s projects at their website:

Bumblebee pollinating flowers illustration

Charity Spotlight: Just A Drop

Just a Drop water charity logoOne of the charities we’re supporting for the National Garden SleepOut this year is Just a Drop – dedicated to providing healthy water to the world’s children.

Just a Drop has carried out over 96 projects providing clean, safe water to communities in 29 countries. They work to eliminate the risks of unhealthy water by constructing wells, boreholes, washing facilities, latrines and more. A child dies every 20 seconds from waterborne diseases, but with the help of its volunteers and your donations, Just a Drop can save lives.

Children carrying water in Africa

Every donation counts – just £10 can provide a child with water for their entire life. In the developed world we may whinge about hosepipe bans or excessive rain, but we take for granted the fact that we have access to clean, safe water when many others don’t.

Just a Drop also has a variety of ideas and activities especially for kids – check out the Splash Pack section of their website to get involved.

To learn more or donate, visit