Merry Christmas

 

Ho dear! Time flies by. What happened to November and most of December? I’m so sorry that I haven’t been adding to my blog. I have had a dreadful winter cold that’s doing the rounds. My dad has been in hospital, he’s hopefully on the mend now. Work has also been frantic to say the least. Thank goodness for the Christmas holidays. I have however been keeping up to date with everyone’s blogs, a constant source of entertainment and joy, thank you all.

Looking back on 2016 I can honestly say it’s been a great year. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed time with family and friends. Days on the allotment have been wonderful and relaxing. Reading all of your blogs has been amusing and fun, what a great bunch of bloggers there are out there.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy new year, health, wealth and happiness to you all xxxx

I shall leave you with a few of my favourite picture from 2016.

I’m looking forward to 2017, hope you are too.

Bye for now xxx

Where did September go !

Oh dear, I’ve missed a month somewhere! Where did September disappear to? I have been so busy with birthdays, work, our allotment, weekends away and just family life. I’m not complaining, I’ve enjoyed every moment.

I’ve loved following everybody’s blogs and must apologise to everyone I follow for not leaving any comments regarding their wonderful and entertaining blogs.

Yarndale came and went! What an amazing craft event, well done and thank you to everyone who took part in the event xx One year I will go, It’s almost like a pilgrimage for all crafters. Lucy from Attic 24 is a constant inspiration to me and many others, thank you.yarndale_promotional_image

My husband and I have celebrated our birthdays over the last couple of weeks. We had lots of lovely cards and gifts, thanks to everyone x I had lots of lovely pressies, wool, items for the garden and allotment, candles and an embarrassing amount of chocolate, love it, love it, love it xxxxx

My lovely best friend, Sue, gave me a birthday voucher for the Wool Warehouse….. temptation. I have spent an age trawling through their lovely web site. Great to see Heather from Tiny Tin Bird blog on their site, well done Heather. What should I buy? What shall my next project be? A trip to the library was a source of inspiration. Our libraries are fantastic, we need them in our communities, they are so valuable to people and children of all ages. So, armed with a few books, I’m sure I shall find a new project.

Happy Autumn to all the bloggers out there, thank you for all of your wonderful blogs.

On the plot

Life on the plot is very busy at the moment. Everything is growing very well. We are picking runner beans, french beans, purple french beans, beetroot, courgettes and our raspberries are still producing delicious fruits.

The tomatoes in our greenhouse at home are ripening, very slowly. The cucumbers have suddenly decided to go mad! I’ve also grown lemon cucumbers, not sure what they will taste like. For the first time ever, I have very respectable peppers.

With the surplus veg I have made the most amazing allotment relish. If you have a glut of courgettes,  has I do, relish uses a large amount of them.

It’s been a wonderful 1st year for us on the plot, growing your own is definitely rewarding. The taste and freshness alone are worth all of the hard work. Meeting other growers, swapping surplus produce and chatting about success or failure is great. I would recommend an allotment to anyone. I’m definitely in favour of the peace and stress free environment it provides.

I would also like to say a very big thank you to all of the other bloggers, you are an inspiration. I enjoy catching up with all of you.

Thank you

 

Bumper crops

It’s been a very busy few days here in Derbyshire. I’ve been desperate to update my blog but haven’t found the time, sorry. We went to a friend’s wedding at the weekend, a wonderful time was had by all. Sadly we said goodbye to a good friend on Thursday. He had a humanist funeral, it was a perfect way to say goodbye to Peter, you will be missed. Our allotment is feeding us and friends exceptionally well. We have lifted all of our early and second early potatoes, they are sorted and stored into hessian bags. The french beans, runner beans, peas, beetroot, cauliflower and courgettes are cropping very well. Our raspberries and red currants have been turned into jams and jellies.

We have had the last of the rhubarb and celery. Our neighbour Mick gave us a couple of artichoke heads to try…. not impressed, to much messing around for very little flavour. He said that he had tried them,  but decided they were better left to flower for the bees. I tend to agree with him. It’s also been a time of swap your surplus crops on the site, love it. We exchanged courgettes for gooseberries which have made a lovely jelly. Rasperries for red cabbage plants and brussel sprout plants. It’s such a lovely way to prevent wasted crops. We have also given another plot holder our surplus rhubarb, he’s going to turn it into orange and rhubard marmalade, sounds great.

I’ve been delighted with how things have grown on our plot. There have been a few mishaps, our first sowing of carrots did nothing! The swift early potatoes were poor croppers. The first sowing of swiss chard was pathetic and our peas haven’t been great. I’m not disheartened, I am already thinking about next year and maybe I will do a few things differently.

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer. I would like to thank all the lovely people who follow my blog, you are wonderful xx

I would also like to say how much I enjoy following other bloggers. It’s amazing what you all manage to pack into your busy lives.

Happy Birthday

It’s a week full of birthdays. My brother has his 50th today, lots of love and best wishes to him xxx. My blog is one tomorrow, happy birthday blog. I have enjoyed writing my blog, although sometimes it’s very difficult to find the time, I know I shouldn’t make excuses. My lovely allotment is also one tomorrow, happy birthday, thank you for all the pleasure you bring to me. And a very big thank you to all of the wonderful people who I have met through blogging, you really are a wonderful bunch.

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Here are a few snap shots from the past year. Early days on the allotment. Flowers in my garden. Crops from our plot. Crafts I enjoy and days out.

If anyone else is enjoying a birthday this July, have a wonderful time. Bye for now x

What a difference

During our tea break on the plot this morning I suddenly thought of last year, in fact 10 months ago when we got our allotment. It’s been such a lovely journey so far. Hard work, cold, wet, back-breaking clearing and digging, but I really get what it’s all about. The challenge of growing your own, becoming part of the site community, friendship, sharing hints and tips, swapping plants and produce. But most of all being part of nature, sitting and enjoying the wildlife. Slowing down the pace of our often hectic lives. It’s not for everyone I know,  but give it a go if you can. All the family can enjoy pottering about.

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Day 1 of my new allotment. July 2015
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View from our shed 10 months on.

 

Good Neighbours, sunshine & swaps

We have just spent a fantastic 4hours on the plot. Sunshine and good company. We have had a swap session. Our radishes are growing like mad, we have a glut, I’m delighted to say. So we swapped radishes for a couple of different plants, a jelly melon and a couple of chilli peppers, should be interesting. Our neighbour on number 5 is a James Wong fan, he grows some amazing weird and wonderful produce. I always take a flask, tea bags etc. I want to sit and enjoy a few minutes, at least.

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What a wonderful quote.

Have a lovely weekend whatever you are doing.