Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Garden Time

A few gardening quotes:

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it. ~ Author Unknown

Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden.  ~ Orson Scott Card

Coffee.  Garden.  Coffee.  Does a good morning need anything else?  ~Betsy CaƱas Garmon, www.wildthymecreative.com

I think the second quote is very apt!

I have been spending time in the garden lately, potting up a lot of flowers. It is something that I did every year at one time then somehow got out of the habit. Thankfully I have got back into the habit. There is nothing nicer than borders or containers full of blooms on a nice summers evening. With the addition of a nice comfy seat to sit and contemplate them.

Carrie very kindly swapped some nasturtiums for some pumkin plants. Give them a couple of weeks and they should be climbing hell for leather up the trellis. The pot beside it is full of lettuce seeds so they should grow and be ready to pick within a month.

I really packed this wall basket with Petunias, it should be stunning when all the flowers are out. Will take some photo's of it in bloom.

My three tomato plants are growing well, not sure how long before they will develop fruit. It's the first time I have grown them. I did have two cucumber plants but sadly they both died. Saves me shouting at Bert, I am sure he would have eaten them. I will have to watch the tomato's, he's partial to those too.

The baskets are growing well, it must be the chicken manure I put in the bottom.

The comfy seat to contemplate the garden and Bert to watch over them.

Only trouble with this is he drops all the grass and twigs etc as he comes running back into the house. The hoover is never away!

Monday, 30 May 2011

Of all the places to build.....................

We got up a couple of weeks ago and found a bird had been very active during the night building their nest. No problem I hear you say, unfortunately they chose to build it on top of the hose pipe outside the back door. Now with the best will in the world it was never going to get any peace and quiet raising a family there.

So I did the only thing I could and took it away. Cruel I hear you say..... but weight up the facts. Bert likes to sit and watch the world go by not two feet away from where it was and the hosepipe is constantly in use for watering the garden and washing the cars. Bert would have had a field day trying to catch it, he constantly has a battle with the Wood Pigeons in the back garden. They sit on a branch a geode him till he goes for the kill then they up and away leaving him flustered and confused.

You can just see the bird leaving another mouthful of twigs. It must have taken them a good while to get it to that stage.

The next morning the whole nest  was back again. Built to the same standard, so once again I had to take it away. To make sure it did not happen the next morning we fashioned a ski slope out of cardboard and fixed it to the back of the hose. They must have build another pretty near as they are often in the front garden. I caught the male of the species hopping under the back wheel of the car and thought ' oh no, not there, they can't have built there'. So we were on our hands and knees just in case. They hadn't thank goodness, he must have just hopped in out of the rain.

Wedding Fayre


I am going to try and get back into blogging using this blog. Please bear with me if I bore you to death.

Weddings of Clay is taking up a lot of my time, but hey, time is what I have in abundance at the moment so I am not complaining.

Lynn and I took a stand at Whitworth Hall Wedding Fayre in April. We made some good contacts and things are starting to happen.

We enjoyed the day but did have a little to say to the organiser at the finish concerning their advertising leading up to the event and their signage at the event! We have not decided as yet which Fayres to do in the Autumn a lot depends on price and location.

But nothing ventured nothing gained.