Repurpose challenge day three and four

Apologies for lack of post yesterday.  I hadn’t chickened out of the challenge, but I did get a call to ask if I was going to be at stitching.  Now faced with a day writing or a day knitting and chatting with friends I went to stitching instead.  This is the current (well one of several) work in progress.  I am a bit of a sucker for shaded yarn and this came from a gorgeous little yarn shop in Constanta in Romania.

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Back to business.  Yesterday’s challenge was to repurpose something from your recycling bin.  I hadn’t thought ahead here as Wednesday in bin day and my recycling bin was completely empty.  So this is a refresher course.  I have searched high and low for my photos and I was sure I had done a blog post on seed trays from cartons but they appear to have disappeared into the ether.  So as I have no seeds on the go at the moment you will have to do without pictures.  But it is very straightforward.

First take your fruit juice carton and lie it on its side with the pouring end towards you and the spout/hole on the right hand side.  Carefully cut out the side that is uppermost.  Bingo a small seed tray that stacks neatly on a greenhouse shelf or window sill and if you don’t need to reuse it, tear it up or shred it and pop it in the compost.

Another gardening repurpose is the plastic milk carton and tah dah!  The Hanging gardens of Brancepeth.

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Today’s challenge is something from the black hole.  My black hole is quite small now.  It is the kitchen basket and in theory is emptied once a week, well give or take!.

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And today I found these inside it.

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  1. Redeemed iTunes card.  This is now in the back of my wallet as my emergency de-icer.  It works very well, I always have it on me.  The last one I used was my co-op membership card but eventually the card disintegrated.  But it doesn’t matter if this one does.
  2. A bamboo skewer.  I have three daughters.  We all have long hair and my hair bobbles/pins etc. migrate into their rooms with startling regularity.  In the summer I prefer to have my hair up but often have to dig around to find who borrowed what.  I have just pinned my hair up with this.  As it is slightly bendy it is easy to weave in and out of the bun to hold it up.
  3. Old dog tag ring.  Now this was hard.  Until I looked up and noticed that my orchid needed some support.

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So what have you repurposed this week?

 

Love Gillie x

the bottomless pit…

Today we moved outside.  We cleared two of the back outbuildings yesterday but they were relatively straightforward.  Today we headed into the boiler house and courtyard.  This is mostly garden/building/tools/OMG what do we do with this rubbish.

I have to confess that I lost some of yesterday’s enthusiasm as I tried to restore order in and around the greenhouse.  It had got so bad that I almost found myself unable to listen to Gardeners’ Question Time on the radio my shame about my own garden was so bad.

Most of the stuff is pure rubbish.  There are some new tyres (for a car we no longer own) that are good to go but little else.  I didn’t realise it was possible to own as many plastic flower pots.  If I were to plant enough seeds to fill Hyde Park and pot them all on individually I would still have some to spare.  Half a gate – really?  Lots of broom handles without brooms, perhaps Hogwarts would like them for beginners.  Assorted tools that look positively lethal and are probably banned in most civilised and possibly even uncivilised countries and the obligatory paint pots.  Half empty, colours we no longer have on our walls and impossible to open anyway.

In a way this is easier than inside purely because most of it is pure junk.  There is little need to wonder if something is worth keeping “just in case”, for even the most agile lateral thinker would have a hard job finding something that most of the stuff could be practically used for.

So here are the pictures.

Work in progress

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You can see the finished product tomorrow.  We are going back outside now!