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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!


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!


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,  Found it while looking through the properties for sale on Green Shifters.  Ooooh, such a temptress, hehehe.

Add comment August 11th, 2009

Garden Complete

Our garden now has a fully functioning veg garden, a large pond and a deck immediately outside the back door which really finishes it off.

It’s a very usable garden, rather than a show garden. The veg garden is almost full already, which reminds me, I must go and water the greenhouse!

I’m beginning to worry that the hot April will mean yet another dismal May and June, thought the weatherman says different, apparently we’re in for a drought again this year.

Hosepipe bans, yay!  Hmmm… }:(

Add comment May 21st, 2009

Weekend in the Garden

It feels like spring has sprung in the garden this weekend.

Now that the new pond is filling up and contains all the fish and frogs from the old pond, we dug out the old pond and finally have our veg garden at home! Woohooo!

We’ve sown parsnips in the ground, planted some raspberries, sown peas (Feltham First and Meteor), sweet peas and some broad beans in the greenhouse, and a first sowing of chillies (Peter Pepper *) and first tomatoes (Gartenperle, a tumbling variety good for hanging baskets) in our heated propogator on the kitchen windowsill.

We also finally got the rhubarb in their new position next to the pond and covered them in manure. Hopefully we’ll have a few shoots to eat by next weekend.

* Peter Pepper chillies are supposed to look like willies, and you can see a slight resemblance to a very strange willy in some of them, but most are just fairly gnarly chillies, quite tasty though, so we’re sowing them again this year.

Add comment February 25th, 2008

The Veg Garden

The veg garden is well under way, about 3 quarters built.  Onions and garlic went in at the end of last year and are about 4″ high now.

We can’t finish the rest of the raised bed until the old pond has been dug out and dismantled though, and we can’t do that until the new one is ready (it’s filling up with rainwater as we speak, not that it’s raining or anything, looks quite nice and crisp out there, we’ve got a hose now going into it from the water butt ;) ).

Add comment January 27th, 2008






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