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A summer oasis by

With summer well and truly underway here in the UK, I'm looking forward to joining Harry in our little oasis for some quality "me time". However, with two pre-pubescents, 10 of their most excitable friends, a footie goal and a full size trampoline in the garden next door, a private area is rapidly becoming more of a necessity than a nicety!

Time for Operation Secret Garden!

The Makings of a Secret Garden by

Whilst not my favourite people (and not just for failing to warn us of the local summer camp) OneandSeventy's previous owners did at least have some nice ideas, even if they weren't always well executed.

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Garden Makeover: creating a summer oasis with

During those dark days of 2013, when our purchase of OneandSeventy took FOR EVER, it was daydreaming of summer in our new garden that kept me going.

Now that summer is finally here, I'm realising those dreams and spending as much time out here as humanly possible.

I cannot lie… I'm writing this post from the comfort of my sun lounger. All I can hear are sparrows and starlings fighting over the fat balls, our make-do waterfall bubbling away (the subject of a future makeover, so watch out for that!) and the fish making "slap slap" sounds as they feed on the algae.

Go li'l fishes, go!

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How to clean decking by

As I impatiently awaited the start of the World Cup, I busied myself with a seriously overdue job.

While the sun beat down on what turned out to be the hottest day of the year so far in the OneandSeventy garden, I pulled on my wellies, retreated under the rim of my cowboy hat and hooked up the jet washer – a much appreciated loan from friends.

Cleaning the decking with

Channelling Daisy Duke
(You'll just have to take my word on the existence of denim shorts.
Just be grateful I have saved you from that eye-burning image!)

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