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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

Caught up!

I’ve been playing catch-up, and now I’ve finally caught up! Scampi Dog has settled really well even though we had a week in Cornwall WITHOUT HIM. I didn’t want to leave him but it couldn’t be helped, he had a great time in boarding though – lots of play, cuddles and treats. I won’t be leaving him again, next time he’s coming with us 🙂 I don’t have to watch his every move now, he’ll happily trot off down the garden for a snooze in his favourite spot, or entertain himself with sticks and a Kong (and the occasional flower pot!). Still loves lots of attention though 😀

The garden is tidy and the veg is growing well. I managed to pick just under 3lb of unripened cherries before the birds stole them all

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I sowed four cucumber seeds, three died so I bought a few plants. They died too, so I’m only left with one. It’s growing really slowly, I’m not sure I’ll get any fruit. My raspberries haven’t produced anything either.

I have some lovely strawberries, and the plants have been busy sending out runners. I straightened(ish) out some paper clips then bent them in half to use as anchors until the new plants have rooted

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I haven’t crocheted anything – I almost did, then didn’t! I wanted to get the house and garden sorted properly then change our routine slightly. It’s working quite well, though it needs tweaking a bit. I’ve allowed plenty of time for yarn play 😀

Wednesday, 24th June 2015 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

Pottering About

I’ve repotted the chamomile

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Caught some strawberry runners

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Picked some broad beans

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Pulled up some onions

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Stared at the tomatoes while willing them to turn red 😀

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Started a new baby blanket

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I seem to have spent a lot of time waiting over the past week – for the table to be ready for a family meal (it wasn’t late, I was early!), for everyone to take their turn in the shower so I can have one, for the church service to start (again, I was early, lol), for a yarn delivery to turn up. But mostly, for the garden veg to ripen 😀

Tuesday, 8th July 2014 at 11:53 am 4 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

We Went Out…..

…..and didn’t come back 😀

Mr MB has the week off work. I was happy to stay home and have a few days out, but he wanted to get away for a few days. I packed a bag, which sat on the bedroom floor for four days before it made it into the car. We had Dartmoor in mind, but still weren’t sure whether we were going for a day out or staying in a B&B. We drove down the M5 and decided to keep going until we felt like stopping, we ended up in Cornwall for three nights 😀 We stayed in Hannafore, which is just round the corner from Looe. Here’s the view from our bedroom window

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The view to the right

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St George’s Island (aka Looe Island)

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Rock pools, perfect to play in!

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Seaweed, from the above rock pools. We picked a lot of sea lettuce and dulse (I think it’s called dulse?) to bring home, it’s almost dry now and will be crumbled up to sprinkle on salads

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A lovely latte by the sea

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Arriving home and finding ripe berries and salad leaves in the garden

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I’ve just glanced at my reader, I have A LOT of your posts to catch up on. I may be gone a while 😀

 

Thursday, 26th June 2014 at 4:54 pm 4 comments

Healthy Snack

I have three ripe strawberries! Whole ones, not a bite in sight. I could only fit two in the photo, the other one was at the other end of the planter 😀

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I’ll be eating them in a minute, with some slighty wrinkled but still very tasty cherries. Yum

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Friday, 13th June 2014 at 10:56 am 6 comments

Devastation

Devastation of the strawberry fields! Or, to be more exact, one strawberry. Your first ripe strawberry of the year is perfect so you take a photo

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Then you pick it and the other side looks like this

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*sigh*

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Wednesday, 11th June 2014 at 8:36 pm 6 comments

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