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Wouldn’t you though?

I spent the weekend in the garden. And it was lovely. I do love to get into my back yard, as we Aussies are want to call it, trowel in one hand, secateurs in the other.

It was still a bit chilly mind, and I can can barely move my aching body even now, but there’s something satisfying about heading into le jardin as the winter chill starts to subside and the buds are starting to show themselves. Perhaps it’s the country girl in me, or maybe I just like to get muddy. Either way I find it rather therapeutic.


I do confess, though, I’m not much of a gardener in the depths of winter. Well can you blame me? It’s nicer to be huddled by the fire when it’s icy outside.

And I’m not alone, Caroline Gaster from Cheam Village started a business as a lady gardener in 2011, but got fed up with the grim winters, so started selling gardening accessories at local fairs and markets throughout Surrey to see her through the winters. Check out these sun catcher wind chimes. They’re so pretty, and a steal at £4 each.


Caroline’s business – AccessoriseMyGarden – has taken off. In January she gave up the gardening to focus on the gardening accessories, and she’s now selling online as well. She sells mainly fair-trade garden gifts from exotic countries like India, Thailand, Bali, Africa, Peru and Scandinavia. Caroline has sourced a wonderful collection of finery for your garden, from driftwood candle holders, to quirky bird boxes. And there’s not a gnome in sight! But I do love these buddhas. In fact, I can see one of these presiding over my pond.


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