Watermelon Salad

Dear Laura,

There are some very special things about living on the other side of the pond, one of them of course being that we actually have a summer, along with that we get to eat a ton of watermelon. Delicious on its own but even better in a salad.

Watermelon Salad Recipe:
One slice of Watermelon
100g Feta Cheese
Red Onion
1 lime

Chop the onion into small pieces and put into a small bowl. Squeeze the juice of the lime into the bowl add a little salt (a pinch) and leave to marinate. Chop the watermelon into cubes about 1cm x 1cm x 1cm,  and the feta into small pieces. Add to the mixture and stir. Dice up the mint and add season with salt and pepper. Place in the fridge overnight to allow the flavours to mingle and serve.


Starting a Garden

Dear Laura,

The summer came in blazing and dazzling rushing after the long cold winter, and then, in a flash, rain poured from the sky, lakes falling to the ground breaking the intense heat and spring was back for a week. Cold wet drizzle embraced me everyday as I walked to work transporting me immediately back to my childhood in Devon. As I type this, with relief, I am seeing the first hint of the sunshine back in the garden. The rain was a great starter for my parched lawn which I am trying to grow from seed, but was so heavy it took down some branches and floored my flowers. They are reviving themselves now as the sun pulls them up again.

I feel like every year I try to start my garden and boom something comes up and everything dies or comes to a halt. This year is different (I think I say that every year), this year I bought plants and dug a lawn and watch everyday to see if things need watering or care. Some of my plants have died and my lawn is patchy but I am starting to get the gardening bug. Tending the plants, watching them settle in, and even bloom, is very therapeutic. I enjoy sitting out every evening after work seeing what is new and planning for what is to come next.

I created a pinterest board when I was planning my garden of all the plants, animals and type of garden I want. 

          Follow Annie's board Garden on Pinterest.


A Second Octopus Dress

Dear Laura,

I am currently making some dog beds for little Chaika's brother and Aunt, and of course this meant trawling my favourite websites for material. Needless to say most of the material I order was not of course for the dogs, but for me. In this lovely batch was a wonderful octopus pattern from Cotton + Steel. I love their designs and I am completely obsessed with this one. I couldn't wait and immediately made it into a dress. I used every single scrap of material the cut outs for the arms were turned into pockets and the rest was just rectangles with darts to make the shape. I think I am going to get more and make some PJs and maybe a little matching dress for my niece. I would love to make clothes also for my nephew but I can't think of what little boys like to wear. I would love any suggestions you might have.

Lots of love

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