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Bulb day at the Allotment

Hurray!  It's sunny! 

Was the first thing I heard this morning. 
After several days of greyness and cold, today really felt like a blessing.

Days like these we just want to be at the allotment.  So after a quick trip to our local garden centre, Riverside, where we stocked up on Onion Sets, had a quick coffee and toasted tea cake.  Ooo, toasted tea cake, I quite forgot how yummy they are, especially with butter and strawberry jam. 

We headed off to the plot to plant a gazzilion bulbs!

I had earlier in the month bought a job lot of daffodil and tulip bulbs from Aldi (here's to crossing fingers that they will work!).  £1.40 for a pack of 20 tulip bulbs, so in the end I bought 5 packs of tulips, 3 packs of daffs and 2 packs of alliums... that's alot of bulbs to plant!

With a whole allotment you would have thought I would have plenty of space... WRONG!!  We ran out of flower space quite quickly, so Dan set to making a whole new flower bed alongside the original cutting garden.  Thankyou, he's so lovely!

Charlie helped me to plant a few before the lure of bike riding with his friends stole him away.

Planted 50 onion sets into last years potato bed (not sure if this is okay in the crop rotation rules, but it will have to do).  These onions are Senshyu Yellow, which will be ready end of the summer or as spring onions around April time.

To be honest all this bulb planting did my back and patience in. So I wondered off for some colour and pretties...

Ta da!  Fit for an autumn bride. 

 The cosmos and asters matched my t-shirt!  I gave this bunch to my dear friend Melanie, who was busying herself on her allotment spreading manure and clearing up a load of rubbish that her neighbours had unkindly dumped.  Some people eh?

I can't get enough of these flowers... they are so gorgeous.

Boys soon became tired, and I had enough of digging holes... so we headed home.

I still have another 99,000 bulbs left to plant tomorrow.


Outside my window

Outside the window of my lounge we have a Crab Apple Tree.  Dan bought it for me two years ago to celebrate our anniversary.. diamonds moi?  I think not!

Crab Apples are supposed to symbolise love..  well it did to the Ancient Celts. (I have read it somewhere, I didn't make it up honest!) 

So, we planted our lovely little tree in a pot to sit outside our lounge window so we could see it everytime we came home.

At the moment it is looking it's beautiful autumnal best.  Gosh it is breath taking in the sunshine.

One day, I plan to plant this tree in the garden of our forever home.. and there it will stay.

But for now it shines golden, brightening up our lounge and our street.

And living in a row of victorian terraces in Bristol, our street much like all the others round here, does need to be brightened up.

I just have to remember to water it more often, and take better care.


A week of cornish bliss

Padstow, Ice Cream & The Camel Trail
Hello!  It's been a while I know, I have had a funny old month.  Feeling unwell, having a birthday, the rain... not feeling up to blogging much.  Mojo most definitely missing.

What I needed was a holiday, so a holiday we had!

A week in a lovely cottage in St Merryn, just outside the gorgeous Padstow.  We have had a ball!  Found the most wonderful beach at Trevone, amazing rock pools, the clearest sea, clean sand, a hop from the carpark which had a fab cafe & shop!  Perfeck.

I love Padstow, I love the Padstow Cycle Hire, for their speed & quality of service.  We hired two bikes and a trailer for the boys and cycled the camel trail from Padstow to Wadebridge.  Now, I haven't really been on a bike since I was pregnant with Charlie, so 5 years!  And I found the whole ride absolutely exhilarating.  The  Camel Trail runs along the Camel river on an old disused railway line, it is car free and thankfully very flat!

Eden Project

We visited the Eden Project.  Charlie was so excited (this boy of mine is soooo ready to start school in September), he was running from activity to activity wanting to learn everything that was on offer!  It was exhausting!  For the school holidays, Eden had put on a Survival Summer Splash, which involved Den building, making runs with guttering and pumps to push water down a hill, fire lighting and survival.  I couldn't keep up!  Half way though den building number two, I made a quick exit and found a little corner for a much need coffee... watching Dan and his boys erect a tipi from large pieces of bamboo and an old parachute.. ah more cake!


We did wish to spend every day on the beach, but unfortunately on day one, Rufus' eardrums decided to burst and horrible thick goo pour from his lobes... yuck!  A quick visit to the docs and some yellow medicine he was on the mend.  So instead on sea and sand for a day, ear puss and sand I felt did not mix, we visited Lanhydrock 

Beautiful garden with stunningly blue hydrangeas.
 If you are ever in Cornwall, this is most definitely worth the visit.  Hydrangeas in white, blue, purple and pink, an amazing display of Astilbes and clipped yew trees.  A garden to get lost in and perfect to get married in... quite romantic and whimisical.

So we are now back, somewhat rested (although 6 hours to come home is no rest I can tell you!)... I am itching to get to the lottie and see how things are... tomorrow..

So hello, dear friends, I am back... x

Wee watering cans

The past visits to the lottie have been pretty much water, weed, water, weed.  And to be honest not much fun for the boys.  After all, I just can't let them weed as, after experience, they just randomly pull anything out of the ground.... ooo there goes the spinach and the radish into the compost trug!

So, my grand plan has been to set them up watering the potatoes, whilst I can busy myself with weeding or sowing of seeds.

Well, so much for plans..

With a big man sized watering can and a tiny orange sand pit watering can between them, the task of watering the potatoes has been a squealing and arguing chore!  Headache not only to myself but I am sure the rest of the allotmenteers at our site!

So today, Grandpa gave the boys £2 each pocket money, and to a 2 and 4 year old this a fortune!  Neither of them mentioned what to spend it on, it was just suggested they should put it in their money boxes for later.

On the way back from grandparents, I stopped off at the garden centre to get some tomato feed, artichoke plugs & some bedding plants for hanging baskets at home, when the boys spied these cute little watering cans.

Small enough for them to carry, but importantly large enough for them to do a decent amount of watering without getting too bored!

I was proud and delighted that they asked if they could spend their £2 pocket money on a watering can, so they can help out at the allotment!

So of course, we are now proud owners of these cans, and the boys put them to good use as soon as we got home, and watered the back garden's concrete floor!.... hmmm gonna have to work on this a bit more..

Hope your friday is a good one... enjoy your weekend x