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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

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

Filling The Freezer

There’s not much happening here at the moment, my life seems to revolve around tomatoes and courgettes – pick, chop, put into bags and freeze flat so they stack nicely. Rinse and repeat 😀 So far, we’ve had 27lb of tomatoes and 84 (24.5lb) courgettes.

Tomatoes

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Courgettes

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It’s a bit disappointing when you pick loads of borlotti beans that weigh 6lb 14oz, then you shell them and they only weigh 2lb 10oz. They look pretty though 😀

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Tuesday, 19th August 2014 at 7:20 am Leave a comment

Tomatoes And Basil

My camera needs a proper repair. I thought it’d just got a bit damp so I left it in a tub of rice for a few days to dry out, but it still won’t work properly. I’ve been using my phone but the photos are either too dark or a bit too bright. I also keep forgetting to charge it. When I DO remember, I plug it in, write a list of things I want to take pictures of in the garden, then it rains 😀 I’m not a fan of mobile phones – I hate that people think they should be able to contact you at all times, and if you don’t reply to a text within five seconds of receiving it then you are a truly evil person. So the thing lives in the cupboard, out of sight – and uncharged 😀

Ripe tomatoes! I’m not too impressed with the plum tomatoes, they haven’t got a lot of flavour. The Moneymakers and Golden Sunrise are very tasty, the cherry toms aren’t bad but I wish we’d given more greenhouse space to the other varieties.

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More tomatoes!

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I’m keeping one pot of basil on the go and freezing the leaves, the other has been left to flower so we can collect the seeds ready for next year.

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Thursday, 7th August 2014 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

Happy Things In July

Two of the plants from the strawberry runners

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Courgettes

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Red onions

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Scotch Bonnets. I will NOT be eating these 😀

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The first Golden Sunrise tomato to ripen. A bug munched his way right through it and out the other side

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Scrubbies and potholders

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Nan’s lap blanket

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Cute things 😀

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Terry Tortoise now has eyes.  I know they look a bit odd (the beads were too small on their own, but the buttons are too big), but the important thing is – he can now see 🙂  lol

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Thursday, 31st July 2014 at 8:42 am 4 comments

More Of The Same

I’m still just pottering about, nothing exciting has happened here 😀

I’ve planted more lettuce seeds, they’re far too close together but hopefully I’ll be able to separate them when they’re a bit bigger

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All the broad bean plants have been pulled up. I want to plant something in this patch but I’m not sure what yet

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One (yes, just one!) of my tomatoes is turning red

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We’ve pickled the smaller onions, some whole and some rings

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Monday, 21st July 2014 at 7:19 pm Leave a comment

Onions & Garlic

Red onions

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In the past, I’ve used 15-20 onions per plait but it was a bit heavy, I thought the hook would be pulled out of the kitchen wall! So I’ve used 10 per plait this year. It’s not enough to hang perfectly but they’re hanging so that’s good enough 😀

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Garlic

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Peeled cloves. My kitchen had a strong garlicky aroma for a couple of days after The Grand Peeling 😀

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Garlic whizzed with olive oil then frozen in little blobs to stop it all sticking together. Once frozen, I tipped them into a freezer bag

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Wednesday, 16th July 2014 at 11:49 am 4 comments

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