I’ve decided it was time to bring back a blog post series that I used to do on one of my first blogs over a decade ago called Weekly Wonders!
The premise, like the name, is fairly simple – each week I’ll be sharing some of my favourite things I’ve found online. They might be blog posts or videos, recipes or products I’ve loved or a few little snippets of life here at Musha HQ, a bit like a diary and scrapbook bundled into one I guess.
This is the week that could potentially be my last on furlough, I’ve been told I need to be on ‘stand-by’ to maybe come back to work as of the 7th July…I still think I’ll be on furlough until the government scheme ends or maybe even get made redundant but I guess time will tell and I’ll just have to take it day by day until then.
We’ve had a massive change in the weather this week, I’ve gone from running around the garden with a hose making sure things didn’t shrivel up and die to having to tie stuff down so that it doesn’t blow away! The garden is growing a bit out of control at the moment and I’m not sure if I should go out and tame it a bit with some cutting back or leave it a bit longer to see what new wildlife it attracts, we started seeing a lot more butterflies the other week which has been lovely but the rain and wind has sent them back into hiding it seems.
I’m still not fully on top of the housework or my working from home schedule yet, I’m struggling to strike a balance and I think the stress of everything being so unknown at the moment is to blame – if anyone has any suggestions or coping strategies I’d love to hear them!
♦ Over lockdown I’ve been re-listening to some of my favourite podcasts, one of my absolute favourites from the past year has been The Dream. It’s probably quite a niche subject matter but it’s so interesting, it’s all about MLM and Direct Selling companies and just how shady a lot of them are. Some of the stuff they’ve found out it shocking.
♦ I asked Dean what he thought the next garden project should be and he sent me the above picture. I replied saying that I think an outdoor fireplace and stone columns might be a bit out of our price range and look slightly odd in our garden but I could maybe get on board with the hot tub/spa idea. We’d need to set up a sinking fund for it but as luck would have it I found out that Luxury Spas have a competition running at the moment to win a Hot Tub – you can enter by following this link!
♦ ‘If just one family used a Subpod for 1 year they would be saving the equivalent emissions as taking one car off the road for 6 months’ I saw the Subpod come up as an Instagram ad the other day and I thought it was an absolutely brilliant idea. The Subpod is an ingenious in-garden composting system that works with nature, using worms and microbes to compost organic waste without the odours, vermin, mess and hard work of traditional composting. It’s not as cheap as your normal garden compost bin but I think it makes the idea of composting a lot more accessible to people who might not have wanted to before, especially since you can grow plants and vegetables around it!
♦ I am well aware that I don’t need any more hobbies but look at this weaving loom kit from WoolCoutureCompany and tell me you don’t want to give it a try. I made the mistake of having a thorough browse of their shop and have just seen the Circular Weaving Loom 😍
♦ This is a clever idea for garden vegetable bed markers that I wish I’d seen sooner, I’ll have to try it out next year.
♦ It’s no secret that I love gardening but did you know that I also love any video game that involves gardening/farming – I can’t get enough of it, with the amount of time I’ve spent playing farm simulation games I think I’d actually be able to drive a combine harvester 😂 I just found out (thanks to Mike) that the classic Gameboy game ‘Story of Seasons: Friends of Mineral Town‘ has been released for the Nintendo Switch…I’m going to have to get Dean to download it for me I think!
What I’ve been up to elsewhere…
♦ I’ve been a busy bee over on Craft Hustle Directory researching posts and planning projects – one of my favourite posts I’ve published so far is ‘Top 10 UK Etsy Sellers (and what we can learn from them)‘ it’s had lots of good feedback and has given me so many more topics to talk about and expand on!
♦ My Side Hustle Earnings for June are in and I’m pretty happy with it, it’s just a few pounds shy of the £500 I was aiming for but since I didn’t really get going with it until mid-month I think it’s a good effort! If you want to know how I made £497.51 in June then you can head over to SHD and read my June 2020 – Side Hustle Income Report.
How has your week been? What have you been up to?