Around The Garden

My blanket has been put to one side for now, it’s too warm to have it on my lap while I work on it. I’ve been spending a lot of time outside instead, walking and gardening. The garden gave us lots of lovely food for a few years but for the past two years, things just didn’t grow properly, or at all. This year, it’s back to it’s productive self πŸ˜€

We have a lilac tree, which grew from a stray root from the garden over the back, the scent is amazing. There’s a Californian lilac too. The flowers don’t last long on either of them but they look great while they last. There are lots of pots with various flowers. I have no idea what most of them are, Mr MB knows all about them but I choose seeds and plants by looking at them (or the picture on the packet) and saying β€œthat one is pretty, let’s get that”.

The salad leaves and strawberries are almost ready, my tomato plants are on the small side but Scampi has been ‘helping’ me with them so I’m sure they’ll be fine! My little Christmas tree is growing well, my first proper strawberry patch looks great and the veg patch is overflowing – we put raised beds in to keep it a bit tidier (and make weeding easier) but it’s still out of control πŸ˜€

As we prune things, we throw the bits into the chicken run, the girls have a great time picking off leaves and searching for bugs.

And my Easter cactus has finally flowered!

Lilac

Californian Lilac

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Patio Pots

Dog Checking Greenhouse

Little Christmas Tree

Strawberry Patch

Veg Patch

Chickens Bugs

Easter Cactus

 

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Wednesday, 20th June 2018 at 7:49 am 1 comment

Blanket Progress

I’ve made a bit more progress, I was hoping to be further along by now but it takes me ages to decide what to do each time I start a new row πŸ˜€

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Sunday, 27th May 2018 at 12:04 pm 1 comment

From The Middle

I need a new blanket and don’t want to follow a pattern, I want to be a bit more creative. I decided on a row of granny squares then was going to do rows of various stitches in various colours. So I made eight squares and joined them together by slip stitching through the back loops

square

joined squares

I always turn at the end of each row when I’m making a blanket but I’m doing this one all on the ‘right’ side, for no other reason than I haven’t done it before. The first row is half trebles, with two trebles together across the corners. The second row is half trebles. So far, so good

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There are 121 stitches per row, but now I want to do something different – block stitch. And this is where it goes wrong. If I’d done the maths it would’ve worked out perfectly but for that to happen, I’d have to plan the whole thing. It’s supposed to be random, I want to decide which stitch to use next as I finish a row. So I’ve ended up with rows of 121, 122 or 123 stitches, depending on what I’ve chosen.Β  I’m hoping the numbers don’t change too much as I carry on πŸ˜€

The next couple of rows are block stitch with half trebles, then block stitch with trebles

block stitch 2 rows

The squares were supposed to be the beginning of the blanket, with maybe another row of smaller squares as the blanket grows. But I’ve decided to turn it and repeat the same stitches on the other side of the row, so the squares will be in the middle.

from the middle

The edges may not be perfectly straight by the time it’s finished (though they look fine so far) but they will be unevenly even so that’s OK πŸ˜€

One last thing – I’m pleased to announce that my Easter cactus finally has one fully opened flower!

cactus flower

Sunday, 20th May 2018 at 11:42 am Leave a comment

Sunshine!

I’m sure we’ve had all four seasons in just one month – snow, rain, mist, frost and a bit of sun. But yesterday was like mid-summer! The back of the house was too hot, I had to close the curtains to keep the rooms cool. I was brave enough to open the front downstairs windows a bit. Scampi usually throws a tantrum when he hears someone outside the house, even if it’s someone just quietly walking past. But he’s been quite calm lately and after a bit of growling he seemed to finally realise that we aren’t constantly under attack and settled down to relax the sun.

Scampi sun

Nervous, but NOT running away from another dog at the park. He even went to meet her a couple of minutes later and played for a short while.

Nervous dog

The chickens are happy that their run is dry and are celebrating by tucking into a big breakfast πŸ˜€

Chickens breakfast

The blossom is blooming on the cherry tree, the garlic and onions are growing and my Easter cactus has decided to flower. Just buds at the moment but I wasn’t expecting any colour at all this year so I’m thrilled with this little display of pink!

Cherry blossom

Onions and garlic

Cactus flowers

Thursday, 19th April 2018 at 7:54 am Leave a comment

Ambling

I hate shopping. I go into town four times per year at the most, usually I manage to go only twice – once for Christmas things and once to pick up the whole year’s birthday presents in one trip. Anything I can’t find gets ordered online, though I do prefer to buy in person when it’s gift. I write a list then sort the items into the shops I have to visit, then plan the trip so I go in a circle then jump back on the bus to go home. I’m married to someone who likes to criss-cross backwards and forwards across town numerous times, making shopping an all day event. I try to avoid going to town with him πŸ˜€

But I need to learn to amble a little bit. I managed it yesterday and when I was halfway through my shopping, I strayed from my planned-with-military-precision list. I found a fab yarn shop, it’s been there for seven years and I’ve only just found it. I’ve just checked google maps, it’s exactly two miles from my house if I walk (2.8 miles by car, because of our silly road system). How did I not know about this place?! They have knit and natter sessions, I was told it’s not just for knitting, there are crocheters too and even a couple of people who don’t do anything, they come along to drink tea and just chat. And they stock Stylecraft yarn. MIJU Wools now have a new customer.

And just around the corner, I found Gloucestershire Arts and Crafts CentreΒ  I didn’t go in because I didn’t have time, but it’s on my list for next time.

I wonder what else I’m missing out on?

Must learn to amble.

Tuesday, 10th April 2018 at 6:23 am 3 comments

Spring

We had more snow over the weekend. This was my garden at 7am on Sunday morning.Β  There are flattened, buried mini daffodils to the right of the path

Early morning

The chickens refused to leave their shed

Chickens snow

These are the daffodils three days later. Just 8 inches tall and they refused to let snow defeat them

Defiant daffodils

The chickens have started laying again and I have customers waiting for their eggs. Oh I do love a few extra pennies in my pocket πŸ˜€

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A photo of my handsome boy – just because

Handsome boy

Wednesday, 21st March 2018 at 8:28 am Leave a comment

Pottering

I’m still waiting for extra electrical sockets to be added to my room. Perfectly happy to wait (well maybe not perfectly happy, more it’s a freebie so I don’t mind too much) but the thing I worried about is starting to happen – things are starting to appear in there – β€œI’ll just put this in the spare room for now”. It’s not a spare room, it’s my room and actually it’s not a room, it’s a beach hut! I’ve started sneaking things out of there and putting them where they belong – most things need to go back to the shed, where they already have a home. I think Mr MB sees it as an extension to the shed, I really need to change his view on that!

So I’ve just been pottering about for the past few weeks, picking up crafty things and putting them back down again, not really knowing what to do with them because they’re not in any sort of order – they’ve been piled up ready to move upstairs so instead of looking and choosing, I’ve had to dig through it all and it’s hard work, lol.

We’ve had fun in the snow. Scampi was having fun, I promise – he stopped and posed for this photo! The chickens insisted on trying to get to their buried feeders, even though I’d put a few bowls of food and water in their run

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Then a few days later enjoying the sunshine

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This is what happens when your birthday and Mother’s Day are just four days apart – it felt like Christmas

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And I’ve just looked out of the window, it’s snowing again!

Saturday, 17th March 2018 at 8:51 am 2 comments

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