Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Spring is here - lots of gardening (and some crochet)

I've been pretty busy lately trying to fit everything in. Three blankets in progress, a lot of training for my Swimathon which took place on 29 March which this year is for Sport Relief (I raised £500!) and a new gardening competition for the village I live in. Wow I have been busy! Oh and my dads starts his next round of chemo and radiotherapy combined today for 5 weeks (that's the horrible bit of this post so we will quickly move on).

Can you grow the tallest sunflower competition
So the gardening competition for the village is in full swing and getting quite competitive amongst residents and roads! The children started off their sunflower seeds in pots at the last farmers market and that was great fun. I was lucky to get in touch with Thompson and Morgan and they kindly donated all the seeds plus extra which we are using as a community seed plant out day in the summer/ The children really enjoyed putting the seeds into the soil and I pre-prepared seed labels so it looked so cute, all written in silver permanent marker which went down well. I've been receiving photos of the progress and its so lovely to get involved and meet new people.  With the village growing so rapidly (it's not really a village anymore but we like to keep the community going and close) Some of the families took seeds home to plant directly in their gardens in a sunny site. Actually my husband directly sowed ours yesterday in a sunny spot next to our veggie patch, not that we are joining in but it will be good fun, we haven't grown large sunflowers since Jack was little and he's 24 this August.

another pot of potential
a residents sun flower seed

I've been super busy with blanket projects, one will be finished tonight but I can't post my tadah moment yet as it hasn't been gifted but I am so pleased with it. It you follow me on Instagram there are many many pictures of it there, and I hope you like it too. I am next going to finish the duck egg blue blanket which may or may not be a wedding anniversary present to my parents who celebrate 50 years this year, I think that might be a nice gift.

So I am slowing getting back to Blogging, although Instagram has taken over, as its so quick for me to post photos from my phone. I've yet to get Blogger to work properly from my iPhone, I think its the app that isn't very good.

I did lots of gardening over the Easter weekend, got my gardening mojo back after my neighbour moved out (yeah!!) We now have lovely neighbours and we plan to use our garden all the time now, weather permitting. So the weekend saw new life going into the garden including a new variety of Photina called Pink Marble from Morrison's for a bargain price of £7, which will be a lovely addition to go with the Red Robin shrubs or trees!

A few weeks ago we took Moss for a long walk (about 5.2 miles) along the Saxon Shoreway, its was cold but a lovely bright sunny walk followed by a cream tea at home. Here are a collection of pictures from our walk, I do like using Layout and Phonto on my phone!

Anyway that's it from me for now. I'll try not to leave it so long for the next post and to find some time to read all of yours.

Amanda x