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Garden complete

Our Garden plan is complete, has been for some time, I just totally forgot about updating this blog!  How many blogs there must be out there, left to rot.

Froggy cupboardThe other news is that I’m 29 weeks and 4 days pregnant!  Very exciting stuff, took us 5 years to get here, we’re having a little boy.  So now the plan is more about getting our house ready for our baby.  His nursery is taking shape nicely, it’s emptied (was my office, so full of junk), primed, painted, relieved of the built-in single bed and has gained a changing corner and it’s now starting to fill up.

Next job is the tree on the wall, Paul made some shelves with wood and a branch front at the weekend, with his Dad, they’re little shelves to sit along the tree.

Add comment May 18th, 2010

Life, Knitting, Games & Gardening

I know, not very good at keeping up with the blogging!

Life

Lots been going on since August.  I’ve lost 2 stone, for a start! I still have a long way to go, but it’s a good start.  Also means I am happy to try Clomid for the first time, so get those fingers crossed for us!

Knitting

My latest knitting ventures have been in response to the October Challenge on Downsizer.  I’ve done a head cosy for myself, which was originally going to be for my Secret Santa gift, but it suits me more than it would suit them…honest ;)  And I’m about 2/3 way through a sock, which is possibly going to be the secret santa pressie.  I’m doing a chunky sock, using Sally_in_Wales’ chunky sock knitting pattern which is the only sock pattern I’ve so far tried.

Ooh, ooh, you didn’t get to see the finished Sackboy, did you?  Well, here he is:

Knitted Sackboy

He’s a lot bigger than he looks, here he is in the palm of my hand:

Knitted Sackboy

He was knitted from an Alan Dart recipe, the pdf is here. My husband absolutely adored him as a birthday pressie, he sits proudly on his desk apparently.  I was asked to make more by his collegues, but I told them they couldn’t afford my time to make it worth my while because it was a bit of a faff.

I’m looking at creating a Katamari Prince pattern myself atm, I can think of a few people who would appreciate those for Christmas…perhaps just little ones though.

And the garden?

The garden is dying down now, we’ve got garlic chives and red-veined sorrel in the greenhouse for winter, and rocket and mizuna in the garden.  Still have the last of the courgettes on the go, but not being very productive, the sweetcorn will be getting pulled up tonight or tomorrow, so we should get some short cobs to eat off those, and the Fartichokes are ready for pulling up, but I’m leaving those in for as long as possible.

We’ve put 20 or so purple sprouting broccoli and calabrese in as well as some pointed cabbage.  We need to get the overwintering onions and garlic in this weekend ideally.

Overall the veg garden has had it’s most successful year yet this year, the chillies have been excellent, as have the courgettes.  The garlic was overshadowed by the spring cabbage, which in turn was turned to lace by nasties.  Not so good.

We also grew wonderberries, which I’m yet to fully harvest, as we’re not keen, they’re a bit bland and remind me of a not so sweet melon.  A pie made of those and apples has been recommended.

Add comment October 19th, 2009

Sun is shining

The sun’s out again at last, overall yet another wet summer here in ’sunny’ Surrey…again!

CSackboyurrently on the needles at Chez Fee is the last arm of a Sackboy (pattern) for Paul’s birthday, his head, legs and other arm are stuffed and ready to go, I need to dismantle a pair of old jeans to pinch the zip from it before I can stuff the body.

Oh, that reminds me, I need to buy two little black buttons for his eyes too.  All of this before Thursday!  I’ve also got the beginnings of a scarf on my other needles, for the ‘Scarves for Women’s Refuge‘ collection on Downsizer and had a reply from Bliss about knitting for Frimley Park Hospital premature babies. They welcome blankets, hats, scarves and booties, so no doubt I’ll knit up some hats at least.  Such good causes, how can they be ignored? :)

Work is keeping constant, and yesterday Sites by Fee were awarded the contract to redesign the Environment Trust for Richmond upon Thames website.  I’ve also decided to work a bit longer on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and have Wednesdays off.

When I was working for IBM (in my corporate monkey days), I always said having Wednesdays off would make the perfect week, and wouldn’t mind putting in the extra time throughout the week so that I still met my 37 hours.  I’ve been self-employed for over 3 years now, and I don’t know why I haven’t done it sooner.

The garden is mostly looking good, if a bit weedy (grrr), the broad beans and peas have just finished as the courgettes and runner beans pick up their pace and could feed a family of 10, never mind just us! We had the first good handful of raspberries at the weekend, as the blueberries come to an end. Wild strawbs are still providing a bit of yumminess to my breakfastand our dwarf pear has three lovely pears growing on it for the first time in the three years we’ve had it (in a pot).

The pond was being taken over by the watercress, so it got a bit of a hair cut.  Paul reckons it isn’t edible, something he read in a foodie magazine about watercress in ponds, but I’m still here!

Getting itchy feet for a bigger garden again at the mo, there’s a fabulous looking farmhouse for sale in Portugal that really got us wondering, it’s only £170,000, has 15 acres, plenty of space, an orchard, olive trees, grape vines, but unfortunately it’s in Portugal and we’re not really up to moving abroad we don’t think.  We can dream though.  Go and dream yourself, www.quintadopinheiro.co.uk.  Found it while looking through the properties for sale on Green Shifters.  Ooooh, such a temptress, hehehe.

Add comment August 11th, 2009

Sausages!

The sausages turned out really well, we did half chilli and half garden herbs (Scarborough Fair without the parsley, so rosemary, thyme and sage). The seasoning all came from the garden, the chillies were last years, which have been dried and ground.

Homemade Sausages

Had a BBQ at the weekend, almost everything was homemade, with the exception of the tomatoes and lettuce, though they were both local. We had burgers and sausages in homemade burger baps and sausage buns (wholemeal, a bit more dense than I would ideally have liked), potato salad with chives from the garden and homemade mayonaise (using sunflower oil this time, the extra virgin olive oil tastes disgusting as mayo).

Add comment May 9th, 2008

Mika in Concert

Went to see Mika at the Brixton Academy last night.  One word.  Wow.

He was bloody brilliant, but I stupidly wore boots with a heel and me feet are knacking me with all the dancing on a slope!

Add comment February 29th, 2008

I’ve decided to join the masses and have me a blog

I’ve started a few other blogs elsewhere, but I’m hoping I can try and keep up with this one.

I’d like, at the least, to be able to keep up-to-date with what’s happening in our garden.

We took on an allotment 2 years ago, and have decided to give it up this year, as we want to turn our back garden into our veggie-haven instead.  It’s not a very big garden, but we should be able to produce enough for the two of us.  We’ll miss the sacks of spuds and all those onions, but hopefully we’ll be able to spend more time enjoying it, just outside our back door.

Sad, but we think it’ll be for the best.

The Plan

  • Move the pond and fish to the more shady side of the garden (from the sunniest and best place for our veg in the garden) and make it a much bigger and raised pond, with a wall for sitting on;
  • Create one LARGE raised bed on the sunny (left) side, just over half the garden, with  a path between that and the pond (which will dominate the other side);
  • Build a deck running from the house tothe edge of the garden, where we have  lovely arch leading you onto thenew path.

So, there’s the plan, more to follow with where we are and what we’ve been doing, maybe even a picture or two :D

Add comment January 26th, 2008

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