Wednesday, 22 May 2013

my day at Chelsea Flower Show 2013

You heard it from me first! Here is the link to my guest blog entry on the
Thompson + Morgan website!

with Toby Buckland (Gardeners World)

with Alex Politzi (The Fixer!)



Saturday, 18 May 2013

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

blog giveaway for May .....

I'm so exited that Chelsea Flower Show is just a few days away ... my birthday too; 20 years at my current job this week and being asked to guest blog for Thompson and Morgan. I'm having a fab May so far but the highlight will be going to the press day at Chelsea on Monday.

A friend at work had a little post card on her desk on Monday advertising Nutleys Kitchen Gardens, well worth a look and they offer free postage in the UK too. I contacted Jo straight away after viewing their web site and she has kindly offered to support the blog giveaway for May. How fab is that? I will also collect what I can at Chelsea on Monday to make it an even better prize.

So to the boring bit ... rules are rules and all that ..... all you have to do is become a blogger friend by joing Eight by Six blog for one chance; share on your blog for another and become a friend of my Facebook page for yet another chance. Just leave me a message telling me your name and Blog and I'll add you into the draw. I'll keep it open until May 25. Good luck and I look forward to updating you next week with some Chelsea pics and maybe a celeb or two! And of course visit my sponsor for some fab gardening ideas, gifts and much more.

And the prize is .........
The spring collection includes a full-size Elho 36cm propagator and base tray, in either green, white or cherry pink, six packets of Unwins seeds and 20 8cm fibre pots. 

The seeds included are: Onion White Lisbon, Carrot Early Nantes 2, Broccoli Calabrese, Tomato Moneymaker, Runner Bean Scarlet Emperor and Pea Kelvedon Wonder.

bluebells from Holland

These lovely photos were sent to me by my friend Bianca who lives in The Netherlands. You can almost smell the scent. She took them on her iPhone!

Saturday, 11 May 2013

in search of bluebells

Last Sunday we took a small packed lunch in my backpack and off we went to the woods in search of bluebells. We park close to Cobham Woods (National Trust) and walk along the pathways following signs for Ranscombe Reserve (Plantlife).

Maybe we were a week early, but we found a small amount on our usual path, and plan to go back this Sunday on another route to Ashenbank Wood to find the larger area where the smell is amazing! So here are some photos taken on our walk and picnic sitting on a lovely hand carved wooden bench (I'll take a close up of the bench this weekend). The North Downs (Kent) are beautiful and as you know I love to visit whenever I can for a few hours walking with Ian + Moss (sometimes Jack too!)


do you know what this is? if you do please let me know

picnic spot .... what a view!

me and Moss

view from our picnic spot

and in the other direction

Ranscombe farm in the distance (Oast House)

our picnic spot

wild flowers

wild flowers .... I don't know what these are called

Saturday, 4 May 2013

cupcakes and crochet (granny squares, lots of them)

An early start for me this morning, which is very unusual. I do like my sleep and never get up early on a Saturday, come to think of it on any day! But today I decided to get up, get out and visit my friend Lisa at her Farmer and Flea market in town in the sunshine (and it didn't last which is typical of bank holiday weather). I picked up a couple of bargains plus some local bread + cakes. I forgot what good fun they are looking around for bargains and chatting to people.

I haven't quite finished blanket number one and here is blanket number two! Really this one is blanket number one reworked after I'd practised for hours and hours on the large granny square one and realised it was actually easy to crochet this little squares of happiness. Excuses excuses! In fact I can now be found quite happily sitting on the sofa surrounded by oddments of wool, choosing colours and loosing myself in my crochet bliss. Mad? No I expect most people who are new to crochet are completely hooked by these little squares. And why wouldn't you be. After all they are so easy to do, don't take up much space ... but when sewn together create something beautiful and useful. So there you have it I've come out as a crochet addict! Can you see the lovely crochet hook in the bottom picture? I'll have more news on this over the weekend and where you can buy your own. I love mine that arrived on Friday!

I'm also quite found of cupcakes .... and baking your own is much more fun than buying them. You get to be creative and do quality control at the same time (honest you have to eat one or two before everyone tries them). So my weekend so far has started on the right note; crochet and cupcakes. Enjoy your weekend and hope some sunshine comes your way. Amanda x

Thursday, 2 May 2013

congratulations to my son Jack for passing his theory driving test today x