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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

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Twin strawberries!

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Sunday, 15th July 2018 at 6:51 pm 1 comment

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

 

Wednesday, 20th June 2018 at 7:49 am 2 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

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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜€

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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strawberry runner

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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ˜€

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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 πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ˜€

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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 πŸ˜€ 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 πŸ˜€

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

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