Saturday, 26 May 2018

Turned out nice after all

It was slightly brighter than yesterday when we got up. We decided to go over to the garden centre and get more compost. Of course we could not come away without plants could we???

Back home a cup of tea and then DB went out to plant up some of the veg he had bought. I filled a pot with compost and planted up the geraniums I got down in Cornwall.

We had lunch sitting in the garden, a bit more planting done and then an hour reading.

A bit of excitement after lunch I managed to blow a fuse, great consternation, one of the plugs involved was the one to the fridge freezer in the kitchen. Eventually I realised that the switch in the hall was up instead of down, it had tripped for some reason, phew..........

It has turned quite sunny and warm late in the afternoon, although there is quite a strong breeze. Two parcels arrived, one contained some new glass dishes the other 6 apricot foxgloves I had ordered.....so another 10 minutes in the garden. They are quite small so I have put them in a big pot to grow on a bit before I plant them out in the garden.

Bacon frittata for supper, I made a green herb salad and potato salad to go with it, I used herbs from the bed outside the back door.

Friday, 25 May 2018

Rain

It was raining when we got up, everywhere was wet. No idea when it started, but the rain continued until lunchtime.

No gardening today, its too wet.

My microwave was delivered back at lunchtime, I hope the problems have been sorted. I will have to wipe out the small oven on the cooker now.

Weeds in the herbaceous bed are a pain in the butt, I have found a wand which eradicates them, I have sent for one, fingers crossed it works it means I can keep the weeds down throughout the garden, watch this space.



Supper tonight fish, chips and peas, not the delicious battered fish we had on holiday unfortunately. Strawberries and ice cream for dessert. The strawberries in the garden are in full flower. We need to cover them, keep the pesky birds off. A couple of days of sun and we will be picking the first strawberries of the season.



Thursday, 24 May 2018

Ice cold here

My goodness the temperature has plummeted, it is freezing,,,,,no wonder people get ill. Sun blasting one day, freezing cold another.....

Up and out just after 8am to go to Aldi, I was so early they had not got the super 6 out, good job I did not want any of them. Home and shopping away by 10am.

Its too cold to go out in the garden, waiting in the hope that the sun breaks through later. DB needs to put preservative on a new piece of wood that has been put in to replace a broken slat in the shed. I have to admit I have learnt an expensive lesson. I read the reports about the shed and they were so good which is why I decided to order from them. I know now I should have got the chap who built our fence and gate to do it for me.

Some more pots planted up yesterday, we need rain to soften the ground a bit so I can put in the plants that are waiting to be planted out. I said I was not going to buy any more plants, a big fail yesterday....I ordered 6 apricot foxgloves for the bottom bit of the garden. After lunch the sun did come out but it was still windy. Sorted out more pots and I have about 30 foxglove seedlings, I plan to plant them in a couple of blocks in the garden once we get some rain. It will be interesting to see what colours come out.

Chicken and bacon pie for supper with mash, carrots and calabrese. I bought some strawberries to have for dessert with ice cream.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

More work in the garden

A duller day, no sun. We needed to be up and at it, friend coming to put the guttering on the shed, and do a couple of other jobs. Shed had to be emptied yet again.



The top of the garden June 2015


The veg patch June 2015


The top of the garden today, fully productive with fruit and veg.


Man at work, the guttering going on the shed.

The chap who is going to sort the kitchen came last night, he is not happy that the floor has not dried out more. Going to speak to the council today. I have got fed up with stuff being all over the place so have now cleaned the base of the unit and put the saucepans etc back in there.

Also has a call from the microwave people, the micro is coming back on Friday, which is good news.

I intended to plant up a couple more pots this morning, cannot find the packet of discs I was going to use, so planted up the fuchsia instead.

Its a bit brrrr this morning, the sun is reluctant to show its self.

I brought eggs back from the B & B so tonight's supper will be egg, chips and beans. I did some rhubarb in the oven yesterday, will finish it off with some custard for dessert.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Garden today




Newly planted


And again


The clematis on the old clothes post.

I am now going to be quite shameless....does any one have a white pulmonaria and could let me have a root? I have been looking for one for ages......pretty please.......

Holiday Pictures

Some of the photos taken whilst we were away.


The water wheel at Cotehale Mill



Bee hives at Heligan


The wall round the garden needs propping up.


Entrance to the walled garden.


Amazing trees


The only bed in the flower gardens with any flowers in.


I love this white Rhodi.


The old well


There were doves in this dovecote.


Fabulously coloured Azalea.

Busy morning, I have planted up some of the pots and prepared the pot for the sweet peas. DB spent time tying in the blackberry and prepping the bed for the celeriac.

Chap who is doing the kitchen is coming tonight to look at the state of it. Cleaners due shortly, so will sign off for today.

Home again

Sorry I forgot to post this yesterday.............

We arrived home just before 12 noon, after an easyish journey up the M5 and M42. Traffic was a bit frantic till we passed Birmingham but then it evened out. I have done a load of laundry since we got back, its on the line. Everything unpacked and put away; back to the simple life for a while.

The gardener has been, grass cut and the start of weeding the borders, the clematis on the clothes post is out in flower, as is one at the top of the garden.

Its been a very warm day, we will have to water tonight, the pots especially are looking a bit dry.

I will down load some of the photos we took tomorrow on a seperate post.

We enjoyed the break, but its not a journey I intend to make again. We are going to Isle of Wight in September, a much shorter journey, part of it by sea.

The B & B was great very nice couple running it, they will do well, they have the right attitude.

I had cooked Bol sauce before we went away, so we will have spag bol for supper with some garlic bread.