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How funny is this, my husband and son have spent all of those bank holidays building a wood store as well!
Not quite as flowery as yours x


No need for a wood store here but its a great idea for a little all purpose store iykwim :D Must get hubby onto it asap! :)

kitschen pink

Oh my what complicated cakiness! Well done you for persevering. There's nothing worse than expecting cake for tea and then not getting it!
LOVE those roof gardens! What an excellent idea! And very clever scallops! A tutorial on cutting scallops would be very welcome! I am trying to do it on our bedroom curtains and failing because I'm too lazy to work it out! t.xx


love those wood stores.
what a shame about the cake, what was wrong with recipe 1? glad you persisted.
I cheated this weekend and we had cake from M&S - don't tell anyone......

Kate Bruning

I'm so envious - I have a Hugo but he is only three and just doesn't seem to get out and make amazing rooftopgardensheds like your Hugo. It is just amazing and how wonderful it was his suggestion too. I am now going to just look at those photos again.


What a beautiful and clever idea! A roof garden for the woodpile! I love it!

Gerry Hook

Dare I say 'utilitarian' as it will keep a bit of the rain off the wood.
'Decorative' and 'story-book-like' for the scallops. I love the results.


Sweet dreams to you too, and I love these wooden planters !

Helen Lambert

Can I borrow Hugo, he seems a much faster worker than Mr. B.......The little shed loks lovely...I would have fallen in love with it too...happy week..H


Our woodstore is a quant woodshed so nowhere to put a roof garden here, but your looks great Vanessa. We love Friday nights with Gardener's World too and Wednesday with Hugh! Well done Hugo x


Well done to Hugo! I love the scalloped edges - nice touch!


Ah, he's a good'un that Hugo! We watched Gardeners' World, it was a nice idea, the roof gardens, good to use up any bit of available space. When I make a sponge cake, I always use the "all-in-one" method (in Delia Smith's "Complete Cookery Course"). It's so easy as you throw it all in at once and mix it, none of that creaming first then adding the eggs etc. It always works perfectly, even if I do say so myself. Let me know if you'd like the recipe although you are perhaps now already a sponge cake diva!
Hen x

French Knots

The perfect addition to your pretty woodstore. It's just what I had in mind when my husband said he'd build a woodstore for our growing pile of logs....sadly mine turned out more like a carport!


I watched Garder's World Friday too and thought the roof garden idea was really great. So i'm very impressed with your husband's wood store gardens. Wish my husband was that handy but his gifts are in science.


Clever young things you two aren't you? I agree about the hut... I wonder what it was used for, just as a little sitting out area originally, or something else perhaps.. and why the clock?


What fab wood stores! I'm amazed he scalloped them himself, I didn't think anyone knew how to do that sort of thing anymore!


Hi Vanessa, I've tagged you, take a look on my blog to find out more. xxxx
Hope your keeping ok. xxxx


they are lovely, he's a very clever chappie your Hugo.

Hope the second cake turned out as well as you wanted. xx

Kate MacDonald

Oooo you are such a lucky girl! It is lovely. Will Hugo be making you a wee shed too? I can imagine it festooned with crochted bunting!

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