Home Etc #146

May and the weather (finally) seems to have picked up!! Hurray!

It looks like the spell of fine weather is set to continue over the bank holiday weekend too, which hopefully means lots of time spent outdoors.

I want to try and finish my she-shed this weekend (yes it’s still ongoing; the longest project — and longest running blog series — ever). Having that skiing accident last year really scuppered our plans and — as a result —  my shed progress suffered.

But it’s so very nearly done.

I can’t wait to finish my posts and show what it looks like now; I’m almost tempted to just share it — then work backwards on the posts.

But anyway.

That’s for another day. I’ve got to finish it first!!

Back to this week’s Home Etc and, more importantly, our favourite post from last week’s link-ups.

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Home Etc regular Fionnu — from the blog Three Sons Later — shared snapshots of her lovely garden; with a post entitled Blue Is The Colour.

Home Etc | Blue Hydrangea

Home Etc | Blue Hydrangea

Home Etc | Blue Hydrangea

All images courtesy of Three Sons Later

So beautiful. I absolutely love the colour of blue hydrangea but, annoyingly, my blue hydrangea plants in our old garden all turned pink! Apparently it’s to do with the pH levels in the soil.

Strongly acid soil (pH below 6) the flowers will turn blue, but in alkaline soil — pH above 7 —hydrangea blooms will turn pink or even red.

In slightly acid or neutral soil — pH 6 to 7 — they may be purple (or even a mix of blue and pink on a single shrub).

I’ve no idea what the soil pH is in our current garden but it will be intersting to see what colour blooms I get on the blue hydrangea I planted last year!

Anyway — there endeth your chemistry lesson for today folks! If you missed Fionnuala’s post last week, do pop and have a read.

Well done Fionnu — you’re in the running to scoop next month’s voucher from our lovely sponsor Laura Ashley.

For anyone who’s like to share blog posts in this week’s linky, have a little read of our house rules.


1) Please include our lovely #HomeEtc badge at the bottom of your post.

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2) You may link up to two posts — new or old (sometimes the old posts are forgotten about, so please dust them down and show them off; we’d love to read them!) — but no more than two posts each week please.

3) Please be kind enough to comment on your HOSTS’ POST which will always be the first entry in the link up — plus a couple of others. Blog hops only work if you’re as generous with your comments as you are at sharing your posts.

Please be sure to tweet —@twinklediaries or @LinsDrabwell — with the url to your post, using the hashtag #HomeEtc and Lins or I will retweet (sometimes both of us if you’re lucky)! ;)

One favourite post will be chosen each week. Then at the end of the month we’ll choose an overall winner. This lucky blogger will receive a £20 voucher from our fabulous sponsor!


Thanks everyone for linking up all your fabulous posts!

And don’t forget to tag any home related pics on Instagram with the #HomeEtc hashtag too.

Lots of love,

Caro x

PS — Remember next week your host is Lins.

Caro Davies
Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 2nd May 2018 / 6:14 am

    Oh thanks Caro! You know you can buy soil sample kits to check the Ph level. My dad is a agricultural advisor so I am a bit of a nerd when it comes to these things, not that I have ever tested our soil. But I know one can.

    • 3rd May 2018 / 9:32 am

      Yes! We had one for our last garden — but never bothered to test the soil here. Apparently you can also do a homemade test with bicarb and vinegar! Might try it with the boys — it sounds quite fun :)

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