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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!

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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 2 comments

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.

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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.

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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

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

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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

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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

Christmas 2017

Christmas Eve with my almost-four-year-old nephew was fabulous. We played Power Rangers (I had no idea what I was supposed to be doing so I just made things up), we were spies with Spiderman walkie talkies (this involved him going into another room and asking me what someone else was doing, while I was sitting in front on the spied-on person) and Playmobil pirates sailing across the coffee table on a raft. He walked around with a basket of crackers and made sure everyone had one to pull, and he helped me make drinks in the kitchen. I’d forgotten what it’s like to have an excited littlie in the house at Christmas and it was wonderful. But when everyone had gone home and I’d tidied up, I was exhausted and glad my kids are all grown up πŸ˜€

Christmas Day was lovely, we started opening presents at about 11am and carried on til about 4pm. We take it in turns to open, with everyone else watching and going ‘oooooh’ and ‘aaaah’ before Miss MB chooses who goes next (she’s always been the person in charge of the presents on Christmas Day). It can take up to 30 minutes to open one present each because we all have a good look at each thing. I think we managed two presents each – and our stockings, of course! – before stopping for lunch and it was almost two hours before we sat under the tree again.

Since then, two of us have gone back to work but every moment we’re all home, someone puts a film on, or makes mulled wine, or throws leftovers on plates, or gets the tin of chocs out.

I had some lovely things this year, want to see?

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Oooooh what’s in here?

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YES!!!

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Scampi had great fun with his new toy, he ripped it to pieces in just 20 minutes

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And he kept his hat on just long enough to take a photo

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Sunday, 31st December 2017 at 12:48 pm 5 comments

Catching Up

I’ve whined and moaned a lot over the summer – mostly to Scampi Dog πŸ˜€ I’ve quite often wanted to rant but he still gets nervous when he hears angry voices and is still reactive sometimes so my moaning is done very cheerfully – β€œOoooh Scamps, do you know just how annoying this shoulder is? And my hip is sore today too. People are getting on my nerves lately, me and you should move to Cornwall – just us. I think a biscuit might make things better, let’s have a Bonio”. He runs to his cushion, sits in his best look-at-me-being-good-and-sitting-nicely position, gazes at the Bonio box and waits patiently for me to give him his treat πŸ˜€

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The garden has been a bit productive this year but nowhere near as good as previous years. I’ve had enough to freeze some so I can make stews with homegrown veg but it definitely won’t last all winter so I’ll have to BUY SOME which I’m not at all happy about! What did manage to grow is actually very tasty so I won’t complain too much. I like to take photos of what has been harvested but after taking these, I lost interest. My Garden 2017 photo folder on my laptop is almost empty and I now wish I’d carried on capturing snapshots of the year.

 

 

My shoulder is still twinging occasionally but there’s no pain so I’ve been crocheting again for the past few weeks. I was halfway through a blanket for myself – I ran out of yarn so ordered more, I couldn’t wait for it to be delivered so I could carry on. But when it arrived I decided I needed a holiday project so it was tucked into a bag to take to Cornwall at the end of September. Halfway down the motorway, I realised I’d left it at home πŸ˜€ Had a great holiday but I missed my yarn and was happy to be back, crocheting again. And I’ve finished the blanket

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I started some Christmas cushion covers months ago then abandoned them, I’ve been working on them again lately

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I’ve started some cushion covers to match my grey blanket

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Now that I’m back in full swing again, I’ll be crocheting my way through my list of ideas and posting them here – disasters or not πŸ˜€

Thursday, 23rd November 2017 at 11:15 am 2 comments

Progress

What’s that, then? I looked it up –

1. A movement toward a goal or to a further or higher stage

2. Growth or development; continuous improvement

3. Forward or onward movement

So, the complete opposite of me during the past few months πŸ˜€

Scampi Dog was great in the house and garden but awful on walks. After a while he started to walk nicely on the lead, decided it was too much effort and went back to barking and pulling at everything that moved. I’ve met many dog walkers and they all told me of their training struggles and what finally worked for them. I’d go home (after another disastrous walk) full of enthusiam, determined that this latest bit of advice will be the thing that works. And it does – for about a week, then we’re back to square one. It’s like he thinks β€œdone that, bored now”! So I admitted defeat and contacted a behaviourist. I explained what was going on and she was full of ideas. She also said she didn’t think she’d need to visit us, what I’d described is so common in rescue dogs and I can probably sort this out by myself. Wrong, I thought! But after a few struggles, Scampi proved her right. We still went backwards sometimes and I couldn’t cope very well with his pulling and sometimes yanking on the lead, but the barking at everything that moves has mostly stopped. Except pushbikes, he still hates them! I bought a Halti headcollar and the pulling has stopped. We’re not quite there yet, but he’s much calmer now.

So, crochet. I’d almost forgotten what it is πŸ˜€ I have three Christmas cushion covers to finish and a half-made baby blanket. Also a jumper which is about a third done. I have no pattern and have never made a jumper before, I’m making it up as I go. I’ll definitely finish it but I’m not yet sure whether it’ll ever be worn, it’s not looking good, lol.

Sunday, 8th November 2015 at 7:12 am 3 comments

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