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2019 – So Far, So Good

This is my year. I know this because my diary says so πŸ˜€

Diary

So what am I going to do with it? I have no idea, except whatever I do won’t be done in a hurry. I’ve spent the first few weeks just pottering – doing jobs that need doing without planning anything, just going with the flow. My only rule for this year is No Rushing. Take my time. Stop worrying, just get on with things as and when they need doing and everything will work out just fine.

Scampi has taken to sitting in the corner of the kitchen, trying not to do the splits, while hoping I’ll give him a bit of whatever food I’m cooking.

Scampi kitchen

Mornings involve ambling around the local area with Scampi. There’s not many people about so walks are calm (unless he spies a cat!) and he’s very relaxed when we arrive home, which sets him up for a good day. Shorter days mean the chickens are in their shed for longer, so it needs cleaning out more often. Instead of just doing what needs doing then coming back into the house, I spend about 15 minutes pottering about in their run, tidying and raking. Chickens deserve a nice garden too πŸ˜€ They’ve started laying again so we have lovely fresh eggs.

Eggs

We’ve had a couple of snowy days, this is very exciting for me because it doesn’t happen often! There was around three inches of the stuff lying on the ground one morning – and it only lasted for a day – but I couldn’t wait to go out in it. Scampi loved it and was like a chld, he didn’t want to walk in other people’s footprints, he wanted to go into the fresh stuff where he stomped and kicked it up πŸ˜€

Snow

I am a houseplant killer, I just can’t keep them alive. But I was given a Christmas amaryllis bulb so I planted it, said a prayer and it now looks like this. I just hope I can keep it alive, at least until it flowers. It looks a bit pale to me.

Amaryllis

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Sunday, 17th February 2019 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

Cornwall 2018

Cornwall was fabulous, as usual! On our way down, we decided to drive across Dartmoor. There was a sheep sat right in the middle of the road. Cars were carefully driving around her, she wasn’t bothered in the slightest and carried on chewing while watching them go past. But it didn’t occur to anyone to get out of their car and move her along a bit. A job for us then! We parked up and walked over slowly, as we got close she stood up and ambled away. People are careful around the animals, and the animals are used to traffic so she probably would’ve been fine but I secretly like to think we saved her πŸ˜€

We stayed at Tinners Cottage It was lovely and we’ll definitely book it again. We had to block the steps to the higher part of the garden though, Scampi went up there and managed to get onto the garage roof πŸ˜€

Scampi was pretty good, he was much more sociable than on previous holidays. We ate ice cream at Callestick FarmΒ  – and I mean we ate ice cream at the farm. Scampi was perfectly calm while we sat and ate, he knew we were going to give him the tubs to lick when we’d finished πŸ˜€ We walked near the animals and he met the pigs, he’s always liked pigs and says a polite hello through the fence. We walked along lots of beaches and spent quite a bit of time at Golitha Falls We still can’t walk around the shops with him without military precision planning, we have a quick look at the area then have conversations that start like this – β€œYou take him over there for an amble while I pop into this shop, then we’ll swap so you can browse the all-important beer shop” then I scoop a handful of treats out of my pocket to give to Mr MB in case of a barky emergency, because he almost always forgets to fill his pockets before we go out πŸ˜€

ice cream

pigs

Instead of packing up and heading straight home on our last day, we visited Golitha Falls again and went for a walk with friends and their two dogs. Luckily Scampi likes them, lol. When we got back to the car park, we dried the dogs off and had breakfast at Inkie’s Smokehouse We’d heard good things about this place, so I ordered a bacon sandwich, expecting a really nice bacon sandwich. It was amazing (yes, a bacon sandwich really can be amazing!) – thick sliced sourdough bread, lots of lovely smoked bacon and the bread was buttered, no nasty margarine in sight. It filled me up for the day, I didn’t eat again til 8pm. I’ll definitely visit again.

Perranporth

We’re home now and I can put my garden plan into action. There’s so much to sort and tidy, we also have to move a couple of raised beds to work on the fence and there’s a huge tree overhanging our garden, the owner refuses to do anything about it (well she says she will, then doesn’t) so we’re going to chop at it ourselves πŸ˜€

The veg patch has been checked, we’ve pulled up some beetroot and picked the last of the tomatoes and cucumbers.

Veg

I realised yesterday that I have a couple of comments on previous posts – I’m not ignoring anyone, I promise! I used to get notifications but I didn’t have any for these, I’ll check my settings to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

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Wednesday, 10th October 2018 at 7:45 am 3 comments

Lovely Lovely Rain!

I can’t cope with hot weather at all. I want to be one of those people who loves being out in the sunshine, having a stroll down the canal while eating an ice-cream or sitting on a bench in the park while reading a book. I’m not just imagining this, I’ve seen people actually do these things. And they do it while looking as fresh as a daisy. I have very pale skin so will start to burn within half an hour of being outside, even with a high factor sunscreen smeared all over me. And I constantly feel like I need a shower, even though I had one just two hours ago. I’m in a permanent state of wilt, my brain isn’t functioning properly and I can’t concentrate on anything for too long. I’m just not built for the summer πŸ˜€

We’ve had a few days where the mornings start off relatively cool, I’ve tried to get the housework done then (I don’t want to, but needs must!). I feel very proud of myself for making the effort each time, then it gets to around 10am and I start to wilt again. Crocheting my blanket is impossible so I’ve been playing around with small projects. Even those are difficult, just working with yarn makes me feel hot and it’s hard work.

But this morning at 5am I woke up to the sound of rain, I was so pleased and jumped out of bed just to look at it. But it was dark and I couldn’t see a thing. This was the view of my garden an hour later – grey skies and rain. Lovely πŸ˜€

rain

I managed a few more rows on my blanket a couple of weeks ago but haven’t touched it since.Β  I’ve just discovered a mistake – when I start a row of what I call ordinary stitches (a row of trebles, half trebles or dc), I do the chain then work the next stitch into the same place. This gives a perfectly straight edge – when you’re turning the work. I carried on working the rows in my usual way, forgetting to take into account that I’m not turning it and now I have wonky bits. I’ll keep it in mind from now on and hope that when the border is done, it doesn’t show. Much πŸ˜€

Gardening is being done late at night or early in the morning, I’m not stepping foot in the back garden once the sun has come round. We’ve eaten plenty of strawberries, salad leaves, carrots, cucumbers and courgettes. The potatoes are looking good and we’ve managed to grow a melon. The melon is tiny at the moment, I have no idea if it’ll ripen properly in the UK but I’m just pleased it’s grown at all. The tomatoes have gone into a state of suspended animation – will they ever ripen? I’ve plaited some onions and have hung them on the side of the shed, when I sit out there under my little shelter in the shade, I look at them and feel very Pioneer Woman.

I’ve come up with a crochet pattern for sunflowers, I’ve searched and can’t find the same thing anywhere so it’s safe to say it’s mine! I wrote it in my own weird way and have tried to write it out properly but I didn’t realise how difficult it would be – hats off to pattern writers everywhere πŸ˜€ I want to make stalks but I haven’t decided how I want them to look yet, for now they’re balancing on sticks from old reed diffusers.

blanket progress

carrots

green tomatoes

Onions

beetroot

sunflowers

 

Saturday, 28th July 2018 at 12:14 pm 5 comments

Food

The garden is giving us plenty to eat, I’m really pleased with it this year. I’m not an expert so haven’t got much to say about it, except it’s delicious – and free πŸ˜€ Some things won’t be ready for a while but here’s a few snaps of some of our pickings so far. We have strawberries, mini cucumbers, courgettes, salad leaves, shallots, beetroot and onions.

Strawberries First Crop

Mini cucumbers

Courgettes

Salad leaves

onions and shallots

beetroot

Twin strawberries!

Twins

 

Sunday, 15th July 2018 at 6:51 pm 2 comments

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

 

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.

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

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˜€

Eggs
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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

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