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Settling Down

My new routine is working well, though there are many Interruptions By Dog 😀 He’s a little star most of the time but sometimes decides to help with my crochet. It’s entertaining(!) when he decides that my hook is a stick and my yarn is a ball. And he likes to steal yarny flowers. I’m not bothered about keeping yarn away from him when I’m making things for myself, but the supplies for anything I want to sell have be in a fur-free zone. So I now have two areas for making and stashing. It means hooky progress has slowed down a bit, but it’s still progress and that’s OK. For a while I found myself rushing from one thing to the next without really thinking – ‘must clean the chicken shed, oh damn I forgot to water the tomatoes, that blanket has be ready in two days and I’m nowhere near finished…..’ etc. I’ve made time for everything and things are much easier to manage. I’ve even remembered to take photos of things as I go 😀

The California Lilac looked great before it dropped it’s petals

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Fresh eggs from my girls

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Strawberries, grown 10ft from my kitchen door

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Garlic from the garden, peeled and waiting to be whizzed with olive oil

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WIP

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Monday, 13th July 2015 at 12:30 pm 3 comments

Growing

So far, we have spindly broad beans – I’ve moved them into the greenhouse where they’re starting to look a bit more sturdy

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Spindly tomatoes, they were struggling to get enough daylight so they’re now under artificial lights

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Endless chilli plants – these are Mr MB’s new obsession project, I know nothing about them at all and don’t get involved!

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Chitting potatoes

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Parsley, chives and basil

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Good old mustard and cress!

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We’ve re-used old plastic spoons, cocktail sticks and duct tape (OK – the tape was new!) as labels

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The bird table was blown over in the wind and the roof got broken. We carried on using it as it is, somehow three of the chickens managed to squeeze on there at once and steal the bird food. One liked it so much she used it instead of her nesting box 😀

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Wednesday, 18th March 2015 at 5:23 pm 4 comments

Time

What has happened to time? It’s whizzed by this month and my plans haven’t happened 😀 I haven’t got much to share because I haven’t actually done much. I seem to spend half my time either with the dentist or the osteopath and although I’ve needed to see them and they’ve been brilliant, I’m getting fed up with been prodded, poked and stretched about 😀

I’ve made two bags and the handles for them, but only have one lining and can’t seem to find the energy to actually finish them. Not that you need energy to sit on your bum and sew. I’ve made a couple more baby blankets but they’re the same as the previous ones I’ve made so no point in talking about those.

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I’m going on holiday next week, maybe I’ll feel more inspired when I get back? Christmas thoughts keep invading my brain, I’m trying to push them away until I’ve had a good dose of the seaside.

The new girls have names – Peanut, Lacy, Coco and Rosie. There’s been a few spats, started by a very jealous older girl, Millie. But they’ve settled now – mostly 😀

Sunday, 21st September 2014 at 10:58 am 2 comments

Happy Things In August

My new girls

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Tomatoes are still ripening in the greenhouse

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Garden goodness

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Baby ripple blanket

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Join-as-you-go scarf

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A snowman and a cupcake – not bad, but definitely need a bit of work 😀

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Sunday, 31st August 2014 at 1:24 pm 6 comments

New Chickens

We have new chickens! We planned on getting two, so we drove to Malvern to visit Newland Poultry.  We found this little man looking after them, unfortunately we weren’t allowed to take him home 😀

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There were lots of Seramas running around, look how tiny they are! I can definitely see some of these running around my garden soon 😀

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We chose a Lavender Orpington and a French Wheaten Maran. But there were bantams too so we bought two – Mr MB has wanted bantams for ages and as soon as I saw them, I had to have them too 😀 A Chocolate Pekin and a Lemon Pekin. They’re all sixteen weeks old.

We’ve only had them for two days so don’t know their personalities yet. But at the moment, Little Miss Lemon is very shy and quiet

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Little Miss Chocolate is chatty and is going to be trouble 😀 She was the first to explore, has perched on the washing line, jumped up onto the kitchen worktop and sat on the windowsill, and leaps about among (and in) the plant pots

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Miss Wheaten seems to be scared of noises. She was happily scratching on the grass when she heard one of the older girls squawk and she ran for the bushes. She did the same with a car horn and a gate closing, lol

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Miss Lavender is a bit nervous but getting used to us quickly

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We have to keep them seperate from the older girls for a few days, so they’re just meeting each other through the fence at the moment. I’m not sure I can keep them seperate for long – the Wheaten and the Lemon have already jumped onto the fence and up the willow tree that’s in the chicken run 😀

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Sunday, 24th August 2014 at 7:09 am 6 comments

Happy Things In June

My camera, which I’ve just got used to, has got a bit wet so it’s sat in a box full of rice at the moment.  I’ve had to use my phone for some of these photos, I’m surprised they came out as well as they did!

A short break in Cornwall

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From the garden (and a bit from the sea!)

June veg

Polly Rainbow Chicken

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Miss MB’s blanket

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Lily Ladybird

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187 eggs from the girls

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Tuesday, 1st July 2014 at 6:30 am Leave a comment

A Good Weekend

The blackbirds have been busy stealing our cherries. We decided to pick the remaining ones even though they’re not ripe yet. They’re spread out on a tray in the vain hope that they’ll ripen in the next few days

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Miss MB’s blanket will be finished soon, the squares are all done and I’m working on the border

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The chickens are being generous, we’re getting 7-9 eggs per day at the moment

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I picked some salad leaves for lunchtime rolls

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We visited friends yesterday, I had no idea they made such a variety of drinks! It’s quite funny, they don’t drink much themselves but they love making it for presents. Our visit was supposed to be a quick cup of tea but it ended up being a rather fab wine tasting session 😀 They sent us home with presents 😀

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Monday, 9th June 2014 at 11:29 am 4 comments

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