Wednesday, 24 June 2015

a little bit of catch up

It's been over a week since my last blog entry and I'm trying to find time to catch up. This week so far I have managed to swim 4 sessions (Sat-Tuesday) 202 lengths and now I'm having a couple of nights off to relax, knit, drink tea and eat chocolate biscuits.

I started a new blanket this evening, do you remember my sisters Christmas present? well I've started another one following this pattern but I'm knitting mine using some Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran from my stash and I plan to use grey as the main colour, because I have more of this, dusky pink and lime green. I think I have a denim blue in the loft so I'll hunt that out over the weekend. I should have enough to make a bigger blanket as I've cast on 150 stitches and size 5.5 needles.

We took Ian out for lunch for Fathers Day, it was really good and the Dirty Habit pub in Hollingbourne was a great choice. The food was amazing and the pub was in a great location not a long drive from where we live.

Here are some photos ... warning it might make you hungry!

Bay trees underplanted with geraniums 

The Dirty Habit

Devon crab salad

chicken, pistachio and leek terrine

the garden terrace

Ian, Jack and me!

The garden is coming on well, but Moss has managed to trample on or eat a lot of the new veggie plants I planted. All is not lost because for some reason he hasn't touched the green beans in the plastic planter, or the cues, toms or salad. I have a plan for cloches for the veg patch but until I make them I have sown more beans and the Swiss Chard bright lights has germinated.

I now have a new laptop, a MAC and I'm slowly teaching myself and my brain to use it. I'm used to Windows so this is something quite new to me. I'm getting used to not using a mouse and I love the keyboard, its so easy to type, unlike my phone or Kindle. I'm upgrading my phone this week so I've decided on an iPhone 6 so it should work perfectly with the laptop. After years of saving I'm not going to be an Apple person, I've changed my mind.

I hope you are having a good week, gardening and crafting. Amanda

Sunday, 14 June 2015

weekend pottering in the garden

Sowing seeds

I spent a lovely Saturday afternoon pottering in the garden and veg patch. I worked really hard putting in rows of sweetcorn and dwarf beans. A bit annoyed that my Spaniel has run through it and damaged a few. That will teach me to remove the canes that seemed to be doing a good job, so back in they go!

Solar powered Mason jar

Today I managed to spend some time sowing more seeds, dwarf beans (again) some more climbing beans (Sultana) for another wig wam, Swiss Chard Bright Lights because the first lot didn't germinate in the ground and some herbs. I popped to Homebase and bought a Mason solar powered jar with LED lights, I saw it on another blog last night.  I bought the £9 large jar, really pretty. Whilst I was there I saw they had reduced all their tomato plants, so I bought three at £1 each. I now have five or six varieties (Sun Gold, Money Maker, Roma, Alisa Craig and Shirly F1), three in the grow bag frames on the patio that are doing really well, and three in the veg patch next to some pepper or chilli plants a friend donated. As they didn't have tags it will be a guessing game as to the variety, makes it more fun. I also found a 30m hose reduced to £20 with the frame wheel it around the garden, bargain and ours sprung a leak last night, great timing. I hope you had a good weekend getting some gardening jobs done.

sweetcorn and dwarf beans in rows, climbing French beans

In the evenings I've managed to catch up some granny stripe rows, almost 50 rows now so on its way to being finished, in time! Just the dreaded sewing in the ends but I think I will do that in one weekend before I chose the border. I'm a bit behind but still hope to have it finished fairly quickly so that I can start on another one.

Megan's uni blanket in progress

Mason jar lit

cold cider after working in the garden on Saturday