Monday, July 06, 2015

Weekenders | Yummy Things, Upcycling & Gardens ♥

This weekend was much quieter than last and I really can't believe how quickly it came around either, it's crazy how quickly the weeks are flying by! Jacek only had one day off this weekend and he spent it working on his car and cleaning the house - we're exciting people... I was disappointed that we didn't end up going anywhere but the weather has been so changeable that it's probably for the best - I don't think Ireland got the memo that it's July, JULY! We've had awful rain, wind and cloudy skies down here in Cork, I hope the sun comes back soon because I'm so uninspired by all the gloominess.

As we didn't go anywhere this weekend I wanted to spend as much time in both our own garden and my parents as we could, just so we were out of the house but still close enough to home encase it rained. I love how my parents garden looks in the summer and I spent some time photographing all the flowers in bloom whilst Tyler Lee ran around the garden and played with the cat and dog. I love the pink flowers on the trellis, they are so pretty, I do have a particular penchant for anything pink though.

 On the upcycling front I decided to paint Tyler Lee's new Wickey Sand Pit in a beautiful duck egg blue (review to come) as I'm not a fan of plain wood and have the painting bug at the moment. I love how it turned out and I think the blue looks far better than the plain wood but I do think it needs another coat and I didn't paint the inside as the black cover was covering it - not for the picture though, can you say drips?! Tyler Lee had an absolute ball playing in it though and he Grandad was even showing him how to built sand castles, so sweet. When we were out in a garden, where I was feeding some dogs as a favour to their owners, Tyler Lee found a huge tree house and slide and had an absolute ball going up and down it, if only we were lucky enough to have something like this in our garden.

I also got another chair to upcycle, this time from my stepdad's shed in the yard. To say it has some wear and tear is an understatement! It'll be the most challenging upcycle I've done as of it but it'll be amazing to see the transformation. I began sanding it over the weekend and am now ready to paint and shabby chic-ify it. It'll be kept in our garden and I got it's makeover inspiration from my favourite - Pinterest! I also picked up some vintage style pots with hearts in them for the garden, I love the pastel colours and they were super cheap too. They'll be displayed like this on the chair when it's done.

 I wasn't feeling very well this weekend so I wasn't eating much but Jacek did come home with a little treat for me, a brownie from SuperValu, who, in my opinion, have some of the tastiest brownies ever, they're so gooey. I ended up giving half of it to Jacek, but still, it was yummy while I had it. On Saturday night neither of us could be bothered cooking so we ended up getting a takeaway. I love my Mexican chips and cheese, that sauce is delicious, the more of it the better! But again, I gave about two thirds of it to Jacek, I just felt so ill. After my dinner on Sunday evening I sat down to read my favourite magazine, Daphne's Diary and enjoyed some fresh strawberries whilst having a read, so yummy.

To finish off our weekend we went for a stroll in a beautiful orchard, it honestly was so awe inspiring and I was going mad that I didn't bring my camera, especially as there were poppies there and I've been wanting to find them all summer. Walking around there, the sun going down, my boys beside me and two adorable, friendly dogs following us, it was nothing but perfection and the best way to end our weekend.

I've decided to make my Weekenders post a weekly thing to inspire me to make the most of our weekends as a family and I've also decided to make it a weekly link up too so please do feel free to pop by the blog every Monday to link up any posts you have about your weekend. I shall be commented on each post linked up over the coming days and can't wait to read about everyone's weekend adventures!

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26 comments

  1. Same here in Scotland, weather is so unpredictable although it has been really sunny the last few days apart from sat & sun. By the way, I love the garden, flowers, and all the photos of course!

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  2. It's been lovely here too and just perfect for taking the family out for some fresh air, your photo's look just great, lovely linky which I will try to link up with you either this week or next xx (My Family Ties)

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  3. Such pretty pictures! I can't believe it's already July! The flowers look amazing :)

    Sarah
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  4. What a cute post that brightened my day! Your little one is such a cutie! Flowers always brighten my day and it is always important to spend quality family time away from technology!

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  5. Your parents have a beautiful trellis--my Grandparents had a similar one in their country house that I used to like to play around. Great job on the sandbox! And Good luck with the chair-I'm sure when you are done it will look magnificent again and really love;y with those pots!

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  6. It's like another world in the gardens at your parent's place. What beautiful images these are, and it's adorable to see your little man enjoying himself so much while playing!

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  7. Sounds like busy weekend despite the rain and gloomy skies. I love what you did on the pails. They are so pretty. Your mom's garden is so beautiful!

    I hope you are feeling better now. Weekender posts sound like a great idea.

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  8. This post takes me back to spring and Easter my favorite time of the year because it's not too hot and the flowers are beautiful. I love that you are doing it weekly. I have started my own weekly project it helps me to connect with my readers more.

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  9. Sounds like you had a great weekend! I love all the pretty flowers. I want to grow a garden so bad but I know I don't have the time to fully commit <3

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  10. We had a crazy amount of rain here this past weekend. We still had some even into today. The flowers are lovely and I like the blue of the sandbox. All in all, looks like a great weekend.

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  11. I am a sucker for using old items as garden art! those painted watering cans are super cute!

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  12. Looks like you had a great weekend! We have still yet to do any upcycling. We've definitely talked about it but always get too lazy.

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  13. The flowers look so wonderful and I just wish I have the same in my own garden. I like the light pink and the ones that appear more purple. Pinterest really has a lot of inspirational stuff that I can browse for hours and hours! :)

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  14. That looks like such a relaxing and peaceful place to spend some weekend time. I wish I had the patience and ability to do gardening that even resembled that - so pretty.

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  15. Wow your photos are amazing! The orchard is absolutely beautiful as is your little one! Thank you for sharing your weekend with us!

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  16. I'm all the way over here in the states, but weather in NY is very unpredictable as well. It can be fabulous outside one day and then almost winter like the next.

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  17. The gardens and all of the flowers are lovely. And that's a great photo with the butterfly!

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  18. Your garden is beautiful!! Our weather here in Washington has been so unseasonably hot, which has led to a lot of fires. Your weekend sounds wonderful; ours was full of Fourth Of July celebrations and a lot of food with family.

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  19. Sorry to hear you were unwell hope you better now and hope Jacek gets some time off soon so you guys can spend some quality time together. As always Tyler rocks all his outfits and loving your parents backyard

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  20. What beautiful flowers!! I absolutely love fresh flowers! Sounds like you had a beautiful weekend! Thank you for sharing!

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  21. I have never visited Ireland but have always dreamed of visiting there someday, you took wonderful pictures! I would have loved to see the poppies in the orchard as well, I too hate when I forget to bring a camera along and then the perfect thing to photograph presents itself! :)

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  22. Your photographs are just amazing. I believe I shared before how much I admire your photographers eye. The weather this way has been a bit much. The temperature have gotten as high as 122F so I'd love a bit of the rain and cloudiness that you're having.

    Your garden is gorgeous. When I get back to the States, I hope to cultivate such a beautiful setting.

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  23. I do love to spend time in a pretty garden. I think it would be amazing to have one at my own house too.

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  24. Love all the flowers and the flower pots on the chair! That brownie looked delicious as well!

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  25. I love the flowers in your parents' garden! The purple looks super pretty.

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  26. those are really pretty flowers and I love the purple ones! we are not lucky with enough sunshine in our part of the world as it has been raining here all week, hopefully the weather will improve over the weekend so we can get to spend some time outdoors.

    btw, i love this theme and hopefully i can join the link up one of these days! :)

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