Sunday, 3 August 2014

Garden Breakfast

As I write I'm sat in my favourite garden spot at breakfast time, this is where the early morning sun warms the dealing outside the back door. It is here that you can contemplate the world as the sun slowly warms you up ready for the day. It makes a change from yesterdays thunderstorms and general darkness, however I'm sure that the garden enjoyed the drink.
 The greenhouse is full of life, with the heavenly scent of the sweet peas close by. I must remember to take some indoors.
 There beautiful scent and colours are a welcome addition to our home, even the teen" ogres" approve of them.
 As I said not many tomatoes this year, however this is out accidental tomato plant. We had never planted it, it just appeared in a pot with something else and its been the best plant we have had this year.
 If you look closely here you might just be able to spot the chilli hanging there. Hubby and son are chilli lovers. My daughter is not so keen and I put that down to the pregnancy craving I had for curry all those years ago.
 Moving on to one of the beds, the Begonias, violas and sweetcorn you can just see in the back are coming along nicely.
 why this picture has decided to load this way I can not tell you, my excuse ? I'm using my tablet and I haven't got used to it just yet ��
Yummy apples are plenty on the apple tree.
And another lovely spot as you walk past on your way back to breakfast. I hope that the sun is shining wherever you are and that you have a glorious weekend. I'm off now to "supervise" some decorating.

Sunday, 4 May 2014

Drying in the sunshine.

There is nothing like drying clothes out in the sunshine, it is of course a much cheaper alternative to the tumble drier. I have become all too reliant on the drier and most of the washing gets dried this way, in a bid to save money I got Hubby to put up a new line and here it is.

Like many families I am cutting back on the outgoings, care to share your money saving tips ?

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Lurvely Bag

I just thought that i would show you a picture of a bag that I have recently made, and of course a crochet Rose which I gave as a gift to my Mam for Mothers Day.

Friday, 2 May 2014

As the weather warms

We are super busy planting up the garden right now.  I cant remember everything we have growing in the poly tunnel right now but there are tomatoes, chillies, peas and other things.  We both find it quite exciting to see how things are growing and changing day by day. Hopefully everything will continue to grow and we will be eating tomatoes (blech) and chillies (yummy) over the summer.

I live in a city and whilst it has a strong mining history that the locals are proud of but  I feel that it lacks anything new these days. So I'm on a quest to either find some local events that are actually interesting or make my own. A random comment I know but when you look at other blogs there seems to be lots of interesting things happening, like May Day Festivals and other such stuff. Im kind of thinking that "Up north" people are not really interested in these things and just dont get me started on my way of living, Im constantly met with raised eye brows when people find out we grow some food in our garden, I knit, we brew, bake bread and so on.  Its quite funny really ! I feel like a square peg in a round hole, but thats ok.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Picnics in the sunshine and foraging.

Last week in a true spur of the moment I took my dear son for a picnic. Sadly as Old Mother Hubbard seems to have taken over the kitchen we stopped off and bought sandwiches on the way. The sun was shining and it was truly beautiful.
We just sat together munching our food and watching the world go past. I very very rarely buy a magazine as they are far too expensive for my pocket but as a small treat we bought one each. My son bought one on aeroplanes (as any 12 year old would?) and mine was the latest copy of The Lady magazine. 

 We went here to Finchale Priory,  it is free to visit the property but you pay £3 for the car park. It is incredibly beautiful and well worth the visit.
 The picture above was the view from our picnic spot.
 We crossed the river to go for a walk in the woods.
 Magical !
 It was so hot that even I was tempted to dip my toes, although I passed.
 This tree seemed to go on for ever and ever.

We have also been foraging recently. Now we are not fortunate enough to live in the countryside but there are still plenty of foraging opportunities in the city.
 The above are Mirabelle Plums been made into wine. The smell of these are delicious, good enough to eat.
 Damsons !
What else would you make with damsons other than Damson Gin. I know I could have made jam but I honestly have so much jam in the cupboards that we made from strawberries in the summer that I will still be eating it next year.

I haver my eyes on the blackberries but they are not quite ready for picking just yet. 

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

All busy here !
Hi I hope that you had a wonderful Bank Holiday weekend. We spent the entire weekend in the back garden trying to transform it from a tip to a lovely place where we can relax. Sadly the weather had other ideas on Saturday and we had to battle through the rain at times until we were soaking and had to retreat indoors.  However is it so nearly transformed and almost ready for plants. 

I have also been finishing off some long overdue craft projects. I bought the seat below a few years ago and although it is lovely, it has never been right.

 I bought some dotty fabric and foam padding a few weeks back and set to and made a cushion for it. It looks better but will need a smaller decorative cushion made to go with it. Perhaps a knitted or crochet one, I can't decide.  Anyway its looking much better already.
Here is another project I have been working on too. In the winter I like to have my bedroom cold, and by that I mean no heating and the big window wide open to allow the air to circulate. Without this I feel like I am suffocating. This means that my poor hubby freezes, he he ! So I thought that I would crochet a lovely blanket to snuggle up with on the bed. I am just crocheting rows of double crochet and only doing two rows before changing the colour, this means that it is growing slowly and perhaps would have been better in Treble crochet to make it grow quicker. Either way its a lovely way to spend the evenings, have you seen how dark its getting now ? It was completely dark here the other night by half past eight !

Here is a sneaky peek at the delicious apples we have growing in the back garden right now.
Yummy !

Bye for now,


Friday, 23 August 2013

Stop Dreaming, Start Living

The title of this post came about from a conversation I was having with my Mam yesterday. We were talking about her poorly laptop and what she wanted to be able to use it for, I said that I mainly use my laptop to find craft projects (that I never do) and read the many lovely blogs out there. The problem with this is that I find craft projects and blogs and the following happens,

"I could never do that, it will be too difficult"

"I wish I could do that"

"If only my home was like that"

"I wish my life was ......... "

You get the picture?

 I said to my Mam that I needed to start living the dreams I have and stop making thousands of excuses as to why I will never be able to do so and that only other people can do these things.
Is this making any sense ?
Well there you go, perhaps that was the motivation I needed to get back into blogging.


I know from talking to other people that I am not alone in feeling this way so perhaps you might like to join in (if anyone still reads this ) and start living out your dreams.  I'd love to hear from you.