A bit of sciatica this week has spoiled some fun. I wanted to wash the pots down, get the garden ornaments washed too, but never mind that will have to wait for now. The horse pill size painkillers and anti inflammatory tables took 4 days to "kick in" . Yesterday I managed a short drive to a friend for coffee but was pleased to get home again and a lay down after a hour or so. For me I have to get the balance right, a bit of standing, sitting upright, laying down and exercises . This morning I was up early at 5 and felt the best in days so fingers crossed.
As normal activities were unachievable I took the opportunity to sew.....every cloud has a silver lining. Mainly hand sewing the hexies but a little bit of sitting in a proper chair too machining , which probably because my posture is better helps the old back...just not for too long.
This little lot is the result of my planting a week ago. Not having a potting shed or green house anymore I put them in my front porch which is a hot sunny room. I was amazed how quick they all took off I certainly wasn't expecting this so quick. Lots of potting on to do now but space is a premium and I may have to use the annex and my craft table. It's not a problem as I have a sink in there to water and then hopefully I can get some more veg and flowers started.
Runners, climbing French beans and peas...
Spinach, cabbage and chard
(Already have some kale, Spring cabbage and leeks nearly. ready to put out)
Toms and courgettes in the background.
I have always grown Scarlett Emperor runner beans before , but this year I am growing 2 different varieties. The main reason being I couldn't get hold of the usual in the couple of garden centres I visited. So this year I am trying Benchmaster and Lady Di. I must admit they both germinated in about 4 days and are growing well so we shall see. The cabbage and chard is coming up but so far the spinach hasn't appeared. I need to do some more salad leaves and get the micro greens going on the kitchen window seal. The window seal is bright and the rooms is always warm with the Rayburn always being on .
A few weeks ago , probably a month ago really , I picked up a little "treasure" or two on one of my little outings.
This little chap is holding a cute puppy
and whilst looking at some,old linen near
the entrance to the sorting room In one charity shop i noticed
this. I enquired if it was for sale and was told it was in the bin to
be chucked out! Well of course it came home,
had a clean, it is a little sewing box now
for Little Miss.
Oh and the book I mentioned...nearly forgot!
Well first I patiently waited, and waited , and waited ...then my turn came at the library to borrow this little beauty, after requesting to reserve it, I waited months before it was my turn but obviously "word" had got about it was worth a look and it was a popular item. It came out a couple of years ago but a look on Amazon made me "curiouser and curiouser" (forgive me the pun) . I didn't want to order it just in case when it arrived I found it was just a typical craft book duplicating what you can find in many more. Well the library copy confirmed what I thought. Anyway I fell in love with this book and just had to get our (me and sweetheart agreed it was such a lovely book) own copy.
It is a fun read with recipes for tea parties, fun things to make like biscuit cutters, invites, hats, Alice themed crafts, like a Hare's teapot cosy, fabric covered old teapots, and a fabric rabbit with clothes how to play croquet, even how to make aprons and fascinators.The templates are so beautifully drawn too.....here's a snippet..... I think it will be a permanent fixture on our coffee table all summer.
The recipes for these cordials sound rather yummy.
Anyway hope to get some of the re potting done on this glorious sunny Sunday. Maybe even a little outside sewing too...now that sounds a plan...see you soon.