Friday, 19 September 2014

Be careful what you wish for

Back when my vegetable garden was new I began trawling the internet for advice & tips. Along with gardening sites I became aware of blogs. Now it was a couple of years after I started my veg patch that I started my own little blog.

Back to the story there was one post & the blog name escapes me about raspberries. The post was mainly about how peeved the person was that their few canes of raspberries kept on throwing up runners far from the initial planting. Another peevement to these people was the amount of raspberries their plants produced were far too much!

What complete & utter tosh I though to myself, how on earth could you have too many raspberries!

Now while I may have a small garden I vowed to fill it full of wonderful things to feed me & raspberries were a definite. I had the ideal space in mind, there is a small path at the back of the veg bed which made the perfect spot.

I researched varieties carefully, autumn fruiting was the best for me being a lazy gardener. Short plants which could be cut down at the beginning of the year ready to sprout again, none of this tying in malarkey perfect!

Except nature rarely does what you want it to - roll on several years after my rose tinted specs moment!
I purchased approx 6 raspberry canes several years back, sufficient for what I wanted - a few punnet's of fruit & some for jam. Year on year these canes have multiplied despite careful culling, they send their vast runners through the veg patch. So much so I could pot them up & start my own little empire selling them. The canes have grown so large  & heavy with fruit they have broken the supports we had put up for them. There will be lots of culling next year!!

There is a thing of too many raspberries, even the birds are sick of them, so the moral of the story is be careful what you wish for.

Enjoy your day xx

Thursday, 18 September 2014


No idea if the spelling is correct but I liked the title. Now I do like a nice parcel through the post & whoever thought of the first blogger swap, well what a fantastic idea!

Trawling my way through blogland a couple of months back I came across a 'From my home to your home swap'. What a fabulous idea I thought to myself. Off I went to look properly & found it was being held by betty-thewoodfairy. So I promptly became a follower & expressed my interest to join. I was matched with Linda from Vintage Hearth.

The lovely thing about this swap was that we had yonks to get our gifts together & the way my summer ended up this was ideal.

So here is my package I sent off to Linda. Due to time restraints I couldn't get out shopping . I really can't tell you how thrilled Mike was, unfortunately for Mike we have the internet so I set about ordering things.

Excuse my jumbled up photo I leave everything to the last minute. The morning the parcel was posted Mike had finished work at 9:30am, he had started at 7 I think & had to go in for records or something like that but as he was way over his hours he finished early. I digress, I saw my chance & hurriedly wrapped my package of gifts so Mike could take them to the post office.

That is possibly where things started to go wrong, I was actually working at the time & no one could locate any sticky tape. Not to be put out as I was determined to post that day I hastily wrapped tissue paper round my gifts, naturally I ran out of tissue paper & had to wrap some of the gifts together. I would like to add this was nice coloured paper & not toilet roll.

I had bought some rather bright wrapping paper with Welsh words on it as after all my home is here in Wales. The lack of tape made me wrap the package together with a ribbon so far, so good.  The package then refused to fit into a large padded envelope I had bought! The parcel probably included strands of my hair at this point.

I was getting more & more peeved, Mike & Harry were battling for control over the TV remote, Rob was mooching around for the possibility of breakfast. I was struggling to wrap my gifts & was about to commit murder.

I chucked the parcel at Mike along with Linda's address & my debit card with the instruction Go to the village post office, buy some brown paper & wrap & address nicely! Get me next day delivery if the cost is suitable.' Now I have no idea what Mike thinks is a suitable price but he spent £13 of my pounds on next day delivery, ahem! Dipstick!!!! In fact double Dipstick!!

Anyway Linda did indeed receive her parcel & thankfully liked the contents. Mike had christened most of the contents as tourist tat but I like things like that I have cupboard full of them. In fact I nearly kept the slate coaster. Mike made me post it.

Our gifts were to include a handmade item, so I elected to make a lavender bag type thing. A little larger than I wanted but I embroidered some daffodils & naturally had to include them. I backed it with my favourite fabric which has all four UK flags. Depending on the vote I might have some valuable fabric on my hands!

I received my package from Linda the other day & it was full of lovely things

Look at this lovely crochet hook holder that Linda made for me, isn't it wonderful! It is now full of my hooks. A tea caddy too, I haven't had one of them before & a lovely tin bookmark, a sheep weathervane /teller thingamajig, a mug, a lavender heart made out of an old Durham quilt! Some books, the one on Beamish is fabulous, I am busy planning a trip there but as it is a three & 1/2 hour journey each way I don't think that will happen until next year. Anyway I received a lovely parcel & was thrilled with the contents. A very enjoyable swap. 

Enjoy your day all xx

Monday, 15 September 2014

Lost tribes!

I think there are one or two tribes of pixies & goblins living amongst the planting of the soft fruit bed, I'm afraid it is rather overfilled with this & that. One end houses the asparagus & the other the currants. In between there is sea kale, cosmos, dahlias, sun flowers gladioli, sedums, other plantings that escape me   & of course some weeds! The bed is then edged with alpine strawberries & backed with yellow fruiting raspberries, so it is rather full indeed.
Unfortunately last night whilst we were asleep in our beds, some of the pixies & goblins must have found there way into the house. I was woken at some ungodly hour by a faint whimpering, upon investigating I found Harry out of his bed & pointing at the curtains.

Now A I was still half asleep, B I didn't have my glasses on & C Harry is known for sleepwalking it was a rather confusing few minutes. Harry was adamant he was wide awake & gazing at his curtains waiting to drop off. Suddenly I was told with the great dramatics that Harry is also known for , that one of the curtains lifted in the middle & he heard a noise! The fact that his windows were slightly open combined with Mikes & my window being open & the landing window being open didn't appease him when I said it must have been a draught. Neither was he calmed down by Mike prowling up & down his room saying he has had some experience with hauntings & he was sure there was nothing there! The incident ended with Mike being packed off to bed with the words 'think before you speak dipstick' ringing in his ears & me spending the most uncomfortable night ever with Harry & his extremely noisy fish tank!!

I am rather sleep deprived this morning as while Harry has a double bed he also sleeps like a star fish. He also slept rather lightly last night so each time I moved he woke up & that fish tank was nearly thrown through the window!!

I did however have a lovely day yesterday, Mike was persuaded by my good self to take me out for tea & cake. Naturally the place I wanted to go was Abakhan where I was also treated to some more Christmas fabric, then again it was less of a treat as I'm pretty sure I bought it. Enjoy your day xx

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Autumn greenhouse

It's quite hard getting back into this blogging lark after being away for a month or two.

I took a few snaps of the greenhouse the other day as within a few weeks we will be clearing it out ready to overwinter some of the outside plants.

Mikes chillies have done well, far too well actually. Looks like I will be having chilli jam on my toast instead of plum.

The cucumber is still fruiting, I wish the blinking thing would stop, miserable old trout that I am. Its only me that eats cucumber & quite frankly there is only so much you can eat or give away!

I am rather excited about the bottom photo though. The tomatillos have done rather well. The two plants in the greenhouse have scrambled all over the place & I think I have enough to make something nice next weekend!

I find myself child free today, Rob is back at uni, Harry is away & will be back in time for tea. My plans for this unexpected event I hear you ask - a trip to the garden centre NO, a trip to a place full of lovely yarny fabric type things again NO, lunch out its a NO again. My lovely Mike is replacing some skirting board in the dining room & then would like some help with removing a rather large bookcase from the landing & putting it in the dining room.

My only day off & he is also enquiring over the possibility of a cooked breakfast! I am taking very deep breaths. Enjoy your day xx

Friday, 12 September 2014

I'm back!!

I had visions of entering autumn with some plum jam to have on my toast or even scones.  As I have had such little time over the last couple of months to dedicate to anything other than work or the  boys I couldn't keep an eye on Mike in the garden. Mike has eaten all of the plums off the tree leaving me with no jam!

My lovely work colleague has had his heart op & is due to return to work next month, I don't know who is looking forward to his return more, me or him, I will be able to days off each week & take weeks off too!

Anyway positive thoughts, I'm still on one day off a week as its the only way I know in my mind that work can be kept on a controllable level for me. But that's my choice & more importantly helps keep the stress levels down.

Mike is taking Rob back to uni today, I can't believe he is starting his third year already. The time has absolutely flown by & he has loved every minute of it, I truly cannot believe he will be graduating next year!

I managed to complete his blanket for uni & he loved it. It's blinking huge, far bigger than I thought it would be but as Rob is 6 ft tall it's just as well!

Garden is looking good & the harvests have been fairly reasonable. Two big disasters to report my net protection had blown off the brassicas & by the time I noticed the slugs & caterpillars had them!! The windy weather a few weeks back caused all of the peaches to blow off the tree, again the slugs had a feast. Minor issues really in the grand scheme of things.

I have taken part in a couple of swaps which I shall do another blog post on as I have forgotten to take a photo of such a lovely fabric Christmas tree that Amanda sent me. I hope to that on Sunday.

Anyway thanks for keeping with me, I really do appreciate it, I'm off to do some catch up.

Friday, 8 August 2014


A quick post just in case you were wondering where I had gone!

Thank you ever so much for your lovely messages on my last post & my apologies for not responding to your comments.

My lovely second in command in work had a heart attack while I was convalescing & is due shortly to have a triple heart bypass. To say that trumps my illness is an understatement!

To accommodate his time off work & my illness I have had to do a little jiggery pokery which means I am mostly without a laptop as my son uses it to work from home in the evening while he is home from uni. If any problems occur I am then on hand to deal with them. This however cuts down hugely on the amount of time blogging. Hopefully the middle of September will see me return, though that will mean a little more jiggery pokery!

Mike ensures I rest in the evening which means I have been busy crafting away, unfortunately no photographs yet! The garden has been super good this year & apart from some blossom end rot on the greenhouse tomatoes everything has been good. I have yet to plant my PSB for next year & hope I haven't left it too late.

Hopefully I will be able to access a computer again so I can leave you some comments, I'm sure you understand things have been stupidly busy of late.

Hope you are keeping well xx

Friday, 18 July 2014

What's a girl to do

I find myself ill again which is rather strange as I feel fine. If it wasn't for Mike being off yesterday I wouldn't have visited the Doctor Surgery. It was less of a visit more of a frog march!

I have, yet again pneumonia & as it is recurrent in an otherwise healthy person I have to go for a chest x-ray on Monday. I also have an inhaler & a course of antibiotics to get through. The Dr also prescribed rest & Mike growled when I told the Dr I had a meeting to go to (I really don't feel ill) anyway to appease Mike & the Dr I took yesterday & today off work.

So what's a girl to do when this opportunity presents, I persuaded the lovely Mike to take me to Abakhan as I needed some white cotton to make this -

Its a quilt from the new QuiltNow mag which I subscribed to several weeks back, the postman delivered the first copy last Saturday & I was rather taken with this design.

We arrived at Abakhan & I noticed they had two barrels of fabric rolls outside the entrance to the fabric part. I normally ignore these but a roll of fabric caught my eye so naturally we had to investigate.

My shockingly bad photography skills really cant show you just how lovely this fabric is, there was also a roll of a cream fabric there which I thought would be suitable for quilt backings so we picked that one up too! The fabric roll in the photo was £5 & the cream one was priced at £2.50 & each roll contained over 5 meters each! Along with the white cotton fabric I went for & a sneaky wool purchase we returned home after lunch.

So today I will be found cutting these into squares & drinking tea, as always enjoy your day xx