Friday, 27 March 2015

Five on Friday

Now my life is presently back on an even keel (note the presently) I can take part in Amy's Five on Friday again.

1. Look sweet peas & broad beans, rather disgracefully plonked on the draining board. I need to move them sharpish.

2. Garlic in the garden, in my rather haphazard style! My more mischievous thoughts include inviting Mark to view my plot, who has an enviable neat plot which proves hard work gets results. In all fairness I tried really hard this time for nice neat rows, some haven't germinated. 

3. As my veg plants are being delivered via Rocket Gardens this year my windowsill propagator is full of flower seedlings. 

4. A nearly completed crochet blanket, pattern & instruction found here on the Attic24 site. I'm super excited by this as I really struggled to understand the concept of crochet. Knitting was & is far easier for me.  It's huge, far far bigger than I thought it would be. 

5. No photo but something to giggle at, well several giggles if you like. I walked to work yesterday & felt an unpleasant sensation, one that I had experienced several weeks back. My tights felt like they were slipping down, in fact it didn't feel like they actually were! I had to clutch the top of my skirt to stop them actually slipping mid walk. Luckily I was sat in the boardroom in a meeting all day & only had to clutch myself on my journey home. Said tights are now in the bin which is a shame as they were the perfect shade of black. I first felt this several weeks back at a staff meeting where I had to make numerous trips to the loo to hoik the buggers back up! 
Notice the new photos my dears, I purchased a new memory card as I still can't locate the box we keep them in. When inserting it into my laptop I ahem found the main missing one.

Enjoy your day all, I'm travelling to Sheffield today for work so will catch up tonight accompanied with a large G&T or tomorrow with a mug of tea xx

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Five days to go!

I have a week off soon & it's very much needed too!

I really feel like I've had no time for anything the past few weeks & once I get April out of the way life would have slowed down to a nice normal pace. Also that means we are in May which sees the first delivery of my Rocket garden veg plants.

Apart from some broad beans & soon to be sown white sprouting broccoli seeds there is very little in the way of seedlings here. Extravagant yes, almost certainly to be money saving & definitely time saving, I'm so glad Mike bought me this as one of my Christmas presents.

On a stroll through blogland several weeks back I came across this post from gillymakes which I thought sounded huge fun. I expressed an interest even though there was a doubt in the back of my mind as April tends to be a no go for me. Anyway I got an email back with more details & the more I thought about it the more I thought I wanted to go.

I mentioned it to Mike who responded with "Why on earth would you meet up with a bunch of strangers blah, blah, blah" Well my dears, my back was immediately put up! I retorted with "Oh I don't know darling, perhaps it's because I live with men, even the dog is male, I'm surrounded by men at work, none of my real life friends have any interest in crafts or gardening so it might be nice for me to spend the afternoon in the company of females go fabric shopping & have afternoon tea in the company of said females, also the train arrives at the station 20 minutes before everyone is due to meet, it is meant to be!" My eyes quite possibly flashed at this point too! I was busy going through the booking of train tickets when Mike rather bravely said you can't go on the 11th can you, you're working.

He was right, I most certainly can't be three hours away from the office on the 11th April, I can't tell you how blinking peeved I was! You see I'm Head of Security for a bookmakers & the 11th April is the National! See I've typed it so small so you can't see the real reason & I'm right slap bang in the middle of a large fraud case too so this week off is really much needed. Time in the garden & time for some crafty bits.

Anyway onto some fun things, my nephew has passed his driving test & his car has been parked on my mums driveway until he passed his test. My sister had phoned my mum to ask her for the registration number so she could get some insurance quotes. My mum is as blind as a bat so phoned me to go over to do it for her. Task completed I was on my way out of the door when my mum called me back. Now it is virtually impossible to leave my mums house without anything. I was sent on my way with - a tray of pork chops, pork & beef mince, crispy pancakes, bbq chicken, 4 cod fillets in batter , a large pizza & two pieces of salmon. I asked her & not for the first time why she buys so much & you do know food lasts in the freezer, to which she replied that she likes to have a selection of food & that she was quite aware of how long food lasts for in the freezer thank you very much I am 76!

I though I had made my escape looking like I had been on the cadge with my overfull carrier bag of food, when I heard a bellow behind me. It was my mother shouting to make sure I returned her bag & to come back Wednesday evening as she had a huge meat & veg hamper coming, it was far too much for her so I will give some to you. I am more than certain that in the close knit community we live curtains twitched as I did my walk of shame looking like I couldn't afford to do my grocery shop!

I will leave you with a shot of the garden which will have to make do for March & quite possibly Feb, the more eagle eyed of you will know it's one of the previous months shot. I do however have garlic & rhubarb poking it;s way through, god knows what has happened to the onions & shallots & I have some rather nice posh green paint to do my fences with, once I find the time of course. I might be hibernating next week as it's half term Yay! Enjoy your day all x

Monday, 23 March 2015

It's all go!

Gosh that was a bit of an unintended break! Purely unintentional but blinking heck life does get in the way sometimes!!!!

It has felt one great big merry go round ride lately & I don't see it stopping soon, my great big long to do list keeps on getting bigger & bigger.

However a few happy things -

I have a tray of sweet peas & broad beans coming through nicely.

The potatoes are chitting nicely on a bedroom windowsill.

I can crochet, I'm so excited about this as I could only do a granny square but now I nearly have a granny stripe blanket &  penguin shaped cushion for Harry.

Photos to follow soon, my nice new camera which Mike bought the other month had to be replaced as it stopped working. I can't find the box of memory cards or the cable to enable me to transfer straight to the laptop so here are some old ones to brighten up this post :)

Not that they are good enough to brighten up any post, but some random edible hedges shots. Old ones mind as they are now breaking into leaf. I know I have Hazel, Elder, Blackthorn & Wild Rose, I just hope that I have crab apple & wild plum too!

Toddle pip & enjoy your day all, I have some serious catching up to do x