A Bedroom Makeover And Taking Stock Ready For Winter

This last week I have spent some time at home, rather than at the allotment due to the rain.  Hopefully the wet weather will make the soil easier to work now, as it has been so dry recently and the soil has been rock hard.

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I have used this time to do one or two overdue jobs at home and one such job was to replace my daughters bed.

For the last few years my daughter has had a high riser bed, with a wardrobe and a desk underneath.  My wonderful, generous friend gave it to us for free and it has been fantastic, but my daughter is now sixteen and wanted a more ‘grown up’ bedroom.

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So I spent a day taking it down and trying to find someone else who would like it, as it was in really good condition.  I knew no one who wanted it, so I rang a few charity shops that take furniture and I was amazed that none of them would take it as it was dismantled (even though I explained it wouldn’t come out of the bedroom if it wasn’t dismantled).

I then decided to put in on Freecycle and it was collected quickly.  This is what their website says:

“The worldwide Freecycle Network is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns.

Freecycle groups match people who have things they want to get rid of with people who can use them. Our goal is to keep usable items out of landfills. By using what we already have on this earth, we reduce consumerism, manufacture fewer goods, and lessen the impact on the earth. Another benefit of using Freecycle is that it encourages us to get rid of junk that we no longer need and promote community involvement in the process.

There are now 581 Groups spread across the country, with 3,708,994 members!”

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My daughters bedroom is very small, but cosy.  I bought a cheap bed (which incidentally I had to replace the slats to strengthen it using old slats from another old bed) and a cheap canvas wardrobe.  I didn’t want to decorate at this time so I gave the curtains and nets a good wash and wiped the paintwork down.  I think the bedroom now looks lovely and my daughter is very pleased with it.

I made the quilt and curtains about five years ago and they are slightly faded but I think they still look good.  The bed and wardrobe came to approximately £120, which I don’t think is bad for a bedroom makeover and after a little alteration to the bed, I think it will last for years:

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 As a last ‘touch’ I put up a couple of strings of butterfly fairy lights around the picture rail.  I found the lights in the gardening ‘clearance’ section in Wilkinsons and managed to buy two sets for £5 and the bedroom looks beautiful now in the evening when the lights are twinkling.

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Taking stock ready for winter:

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This week has also given me time to take stock of what crops I have preserved or stored and those I still have growing at my allotment.  I now have an up todate list of what exactly is in my three freezers…

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… and what I have growing ready to use at my allotment and stored crops like potatoes, onions and apples:

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I have also moved my winter squashes into my greenhouse so they can ‘cure’ with a bit of protection from the frost (they will be moved inside my house soon for the winter).

By leaving the squashes in the sun to ‘cure’, the skin will harden and the squashes will store for longer. Move them inside when frosts are due.

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I also know exactly what is still growing at my allotment and will soon be ready to harvest e.g. brussells, leeks, parsnips and winter salads etc.

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And I know which of my last summer crops that need to be eaten up soon:

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I now have a list of exactly what I want to be growing on my allotment next year and I have been saving seed accordingly:

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And I managed to buy lots of seeds in the Wilkinson 75% off sale this week:

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So it has been a week of organising, but it has been nice to be inside while it has been so miserable outside.

Hopefully the weather will be better next week.

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Thank you for reading my blog today, I will be back next Friday.

Have a good week!

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13 thoughts on “A Bedroom Makeover And Taking Stock Ready For Winter

  1. Your daughters room looks great – grown up but still girly 🙂 I love freecycle, we managed to pick up lots of bits & bobs for the allotment when we took ours on last winter and have since been able to give our unwanted stuff away too.
    The plot as been so productive that I’m thinking of getting a 3rd freezer myself. Your blog has helped me loads, I’ve tried recipes, followed tips & I look forward to reading what you’ve been up to every week.
    Thank you, Marise 🙂

  2. It is such a productive thing to have time to step back and organise everything, what a bargain your seeds were. Do love what you have done in your daughters bedroom, you must feel so much better now you have got everything organised for the winter, i luckily covered over the wood pile with some sheeting to keep the wood dry, as hasnt stopped raining here this week either.
    Sue

    • That was a bit of luck wasn’t it. I was looking at my min/max thermometer in my greenhouse yesterday and at some time over the last few days the temperature dropped down to 4C….the weather has changed so quickly this year.

  3. Your daughter’s bedroom looks very serene. As for freecycle, I think it is a great idea. I’ve only used it so far to collect things but it has meant doing someone a good turn, nonetheless.

  4. Your daughter’s bedroom is lovely, well done you. I’m very impressed with your squash harvest. I didn’t have as many as I would have liked this year. Must do better… CJ xx

  5. Your daughters room looks great! I love it’s neat simplicity. I won’t show you my children’s rooms, lol!
    All your seeds look I tantilizing! I am getting ready to save some seeds again.
    You look pretty well stocked my dear, do you have enough to see you through the winter months with what you’ll need?

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