Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Autumn and a lost week.

Hi Everyone,

cant believe another week has passed by already in fact last week was a right off for me so I am glad its over. Last Sunday I took the train to Bristol to meet up with my long term gorgeous blogging friend  Emma we have been friends for a few years now meeting through our love and passion for all that is Vintage. We spent a brilliant day in Bristol visiting the vintage Fair that our other Fabulous blogging friend was selling at Vix we all started blogging around the same time and have become firm friends over the years. We explored the old side of Bristol and enjoyed a wonderful lunch and a cheeky cider at lunch time sat by the river we walked miles and laughed loads it was a truly lovely day :-)

And then on Monday and Tuesday I had a fibro flare up and had to rest and then to add insult to injury I slipped down the stairs on Weds and hurt my arm, collar bone and ankle so I had to rest for the whole week no digging down the allotment was done I felt so low and tearful its bad enough the weather has changed and my body has started to burn and ache again especially in the mornings but i am used to that now but to have a whole week wasted no fun at all. At least I got loads of crochet done so that's a positive :-)

So after resting last week this weekend I was able to get to my Vegetable patch and do some tidying up things are still growing well there. My carrots and leeks are smashing just look....

I was able to dig up some leeks and carrots :-) I am so pleased with my first half growing season and I cant get over how straight my carrots are and how white my leeks are :-) And they tasted delicious to.

This is the view of my vegetable patch from the bedroom window of the cottage its in we are still waiting for news to see if we can rent it but just look at that beautiful view :-) We are getting closer to an answer now we have been told its 150% ours but until I have the Yes and its in writing I wont believe it. We did start stripping wallpaper at the weekend and I cant wait to tell you and show you around and inside once we have definite news I will share the journey with you.

I will take photo's next time the lettuces are growing, leeks, carrots, courgettes, onions and peas and also the Brussels sprouts although the actual plants are smaller than those down my allotment the actual Brussels are large.

But I did pick a small handful of peas and 2 more courgettes :-)

I also picked 2 lettuces from my allotment and I just cant get over how huge they are with the crispy thickest centres ever I put the cup there to show you the size :-)

On Sunday afternoon we went for a lovely walk in the woods just 5 minutes away from the cottage. There are a lot of different routes to take here is ours...

Milly taking the lead.

I love the light and shade at this time of the year all the different colours Nature really has a gorgeous paint chart.

The variety of trees in the woods is beautiful and the way the light casts your shadows

The trees are so majestic and tall. I love the way their roots scamper across the floor

The colours are breath taking

I wonder what wildlife is hiding down the holes

Crazy formed fungus just sitting and waiting

The pretty fir trees I would love to come and dress them with tinsel and little hanging things and see the smiles from passers by

My beautiful girl Kia just taking a moment and drinking in the beauty and the peace the woods offer you.

Yes Autumn is a beautiful time of year even though my body sometimes gives up on me I love this time of year the colours are just so inspiring. I collected the leaves from the woods this is only just a very small collection from natures colour chart at this time of year. It inspired me to look around my own home and make my own Autumn colour chart...

Vintage 70s wallpapers which adorn my walls, Taunton Vale canisters, curtains, tins, flowers, lamps, record case, aprons, 50's bin, casserole dish.....yes Autumn is truly beautiful.

Thank you for joining me here again.

Have a lovely week until next time

Bye for now

Dee xx

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Allotment sowing, greenhouse and more

Hi Everyone,

hope you are all well it looks like its going to be a lovely sunny day here in Somerset although with a lovely Autumn nip in the air. I have had a busy week it started off last Sunday with a nice walk on the beach down in Devon well actually my husband and myself are volunteers with our local Retired Greyhound Trust and we took one of our hounds down to her forever home darling Evie now joins a pack of 3 boys and after filling in the adoption papers with her new owners we left a very happy girl with her 3 new brothers and her new mum and dad ;-) As it was close to our favourite beach were we regularly drive to, a beach free run was in order and it was nice to say hello to our old greyhound boy Ted who's ashes we scattered here early on in the year.  The girls adore it here they love splashing in the sea and feeling the soft sand between their paws we are lucky that we are able to let them off lead they always stay close.

In fact its like having your shadow behind you .

Milly Moo Moo always takes the lead with old girl Kia behind you wouldn't think she was 12 with very limited eye sight.

Love my girls

Every morning in the field I walk my girls there are blackberries and sloe berries are growing. My freezer is full of blackberries from my own bush so I decided to pick some sloe berries. If you click on the photo's they will appear larger for you.

And I think  you can guess the rest

Yep I made Sloe Gin I have never made it before always wanting to but never getting round to it. I used the Jamie Oliver recipe where you freeze the berries over night to pretend they have had a frost. I Have made 2 large bottles and its now put a away until Christmas Eve.

I was also given a large bag of cooking apples 6lb worth so I made a large batch of apple spiced chutney as I have crumbles already in my freezer.

And down the allotment I have been doing some sowing and moving around in my little greenhouse.

Do you remember the old fashioned sweet smelling sweet peas I planted a couple of weeks ago ready for an early Spring crop next year well they are growing much quicker than I thought they would and will soon need putting into bigger pots.

Just over a week ago I sowed some winter lettuces and some winter spinach and already these are poking through. I sowed some directly outside just before I went on holiday but I think the heavy rain we had then washed them away so thought I would plant some inside. Another 2 weeks of growing inside and I will be able plant them out under a cloche frame.

A few weeks ago I brought down 5 pepper plants from my vegetable patch as the colder weather was coming and they were struggling and put them inside the green house I planted 3 plants into the ground and 2 in a pot and as you can see I have a couple of peppers now growing I will be very surprised if they come to anything much as the colder weather is settling in but thought I have nothing to lose :-)

Last week I also brought down from my vegetable patch one of my cucumber plants which has 3 good size fruits on it. So far it hasn't died but they haven't grown any more. It was far to cold for them outside now and again I don't think they will grow anymore now but it will be interesting to see what they do I will let you know.

I do love my little greenhouse one day I will have a glass one but for now this one will do nicely :-)

Do you remember those red Onion Electric bulbs I planted 3 weeks ago just look at them now :-)

I also had to rescue my carrots down the allotment to I was a bit concerned that will poking through the ground so I did a bit of reading and it turns out that I needed to cover them up or they would go bitter. It told me to mulch them I didn't want to use straw or sawdust so just used compost instead they look warmer already.

Poking up quite a lot they were

I just filled my basket with compost and covered the whole plant an did some weeding while I worked along.

No more poking carrots and hopefully they will continue to grow nicely now.

Jobs this week are to continue digging out the last part of my allotment and then I can get building and planting my....actually I will share that stage when its finely dug out :-)

Its getting there.

Now its Autumn I have got out my crochet blanket I started in January this year it was to go in our new house which fell through. I chose pale colours as they were the shades that are in the Vintage 70s wallpaper I bought for our bedroom and although I am not a lover of the colours stupid I know actually its just the pale blue and pink I am not loving and the fact I made tiny granny squares its taking a while well that and the fact its going to be double bed size. I love bright shades of the 50's  60's and 70's if you followed my old blog  here http://vintageretrodelights.blogspot.co.uk/you will see my house and love for all things Vintage and bright there. Although I have included a few photo's on the side of this blog. But I am determined to finish it no matter how long it takes and I am sure if we do get the cottage with the paper and room decorated it will look great.

There is a very long way to go with it yet but at least its keeping me warm :-)

Its quite a contrast to the colours and style I usually do but it will grow on me literally :-)

And on that note that's it from me this week,

Thank you so much again for your lovely comments and for taking the time to read my ramblings,

Until next time bye for now

Dee xx

Monday, 12 October 2015

Allotment growing sowing and more

Hi Everyone,

thank you for continuing to join me here and for the lovely comments. This past week has been productive and finely after returning back from holiday I pulled my bike out of my summer house got my wellingtons on and cycled down to my allotment where I have spent a few joyful quiet hours pottering around in fact time just flies when I am there.

First I weeded all the beds and marvelled at the vast growth of the vegetables that I have planted there.

As you step through the front arch the lettuces you can see on the left are doing well I am picking one a week as they are huge.

My Brussels sprout plants are doing great and have some great size sprouts appearing on the stork :-)I am picking off the lower leaves the bigger they grow.

My carrots are growing well but are now poking through the ground I can already see there are going to be some crazy shaped ones here.

The Romanesco Cauliflowers I planted are also growing well although I do have white fly and some of the lower leaves have been eaten a bit they are still happy.

The Purple Sprouting Broccoli is also growing well and seems pretty strong.

My Peas are lovely and thick and have pea pods now growing :-)

The beetroot I planted has finely started to grow bigger to. I am happy with that also

And the Pointed Cabbages I planted are doing well in their cage and have lovely rounded centres already :-)

My leeks are getting bigger to and what with the ones growing up at my vegetable patch they should  see us through the winter months.

And talking of Leeks I pulled up my first ever ones 3 in fact yesterday from my vegetable patch and I am really chuffed with them there is a nice amount of white on them and they smelt and tasted lovely in yesterdays dinner :-)


I also picked a very small handful of peas from my Vegetable patch and we all had a tea spoons amount with our dinner :-) and the Courgettes are still growing well to and I am managing to pick 2 a week.

My potatoes are the only thing that I am hoping are going to be ok they are looking rather sad above the ground but I am hoping come xmas eve there will still be new potatoes below ground. And only 1 row has grown to I planted 2 different sorts.

I also raked and sowed my wild flower seeds into my middle section of my plot I am hoping they will grow and I will have some wonderful wild flowers to pick next year. All the ones I sowed can be sown now.

Cornflowers, wild poppies, wild cornfield meadow old fashioned seeds and a mixture of others I left the packets at the allotment so cant remember them all.

Hopefully next year this space will be filled with colour and lovely different scents.

This past week I also finely met my old allotment neighbour who has been gardening for over 60 years. I spoke to Reg for ages about so many different topics the old days, planting, goats and chickens I was telling him I was going to be sowing my winter peas and he told me the ones he uses and planted just 2 weeks ago and they have sprouted up already are just dried peas you get in the supermarket for 55p a box he said they don't need to be covered with fleece the only thing that might kill them would be heavy snow so I  thought right I am going to give them a go so I hunted them down. I took up the black fabric I had placed on the bed which I was pleased to see was still free of weeds I added my canes and then I sowed them I paid £2.99 for my other winter ones but I have decided to still plant them when my others have finished just to see which work best.

I found them in Sainsburys 55p a box.

Put up my canes :-)

I started to plant them into the ground I actually put 5 around each cane and also staggered them down the middle thinking I will just bend them over to which ever side they lean towards rather than have a wasted empty space. So fingers crossed next Spring I will have an early crop.

I am really pleased with the way the middle section has now started to take shape and just by adding the canes its made the area some how. So just imagine the area at the front of the photo full of wild flowers next year :-)

I also started tackling the final part of my allotment behind the greenhouse I have a large area still left to dig out and design I have plans for this area but I will share those once I have dug it over. I did manage to dig a whole area 9foot by 9 foot in an afternoon and boy did I ache the next day I really should set myself smaller targets but I really want to get this last stage finished before the winter sets in.

I took up the plastic sheeting and then moved it up and over the other part to kill off the weeds underneath. And then got digging, weeding and turning the earth.

I am so chuffed with myself I have actually dug the whole of my allotment on my own. I have a condition called Fibromyalgia which leaves me in terrible pain with my muscles and joints so I have to be clever with my days I can have a day of digging and weeding and then I have to rest for a couple of days afterwards. But I cant tell you how rewarding and such a sense of peace this little space gives me.

I also made my Christmas cakes and they are now in their cakes tins ready to be fed regularly with sherry the smell in my kitchen was wonderful :-)

And that's it from me this week I have been adding and sowing in my greenhouse to but will share that next week.

So until next time bye for now

Dee xx