Sunday, 27 March 2011

British summer time

It's nearly half past seven at night and it is still light outside, yes the clocks went forward today and we are now enjoying "British Summer Time". Not quite summer yet, but getting warmer and lighter. I always find the coming week quite difficult as my body adjusts to the time, having to wake up earlier and feel quite tired by 9 o'clock. A few weeks ago I went to Greenwich this is where all the worlds time is measured from - GMT or Greenwich mean time. The photo shows my sisters standing with one foot on either side of the line - half in the east and half in the west.

I have had quite a productive weekend and enjoyed a couple of hours at the allotment this afternoon. The best bit was sitting in the sun with a cup of coffee in one hand and a homemade coconut and jam biscuit in the other watching Lukey digging!!!

Sunday, 13 March 2011


This year I decided to order a mixed lot of 5 different types of potatoes. They have been happily chitting in a cool, light, frost free place (not an easy place to find in our house) but put them in the half finished porch.
Today I went to the allotment and planted the first earlies - Lady Christl, the second earlies - Kestrel and the salad type - Charlotte. Still got the main crop, Desiree and Maris Piper to go in, but needed to dig over another bed for these so left it for today.

I am also experimenting with the Strawberries, I cleared and weeded one third of the bed and added pelleted chicken manure and wood ash. I have read that wood ash is good for fruit, not sure if it was for strawberries or not. Will try something else like bone meal on the other part and compare.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

A little bit of emboidery

Another item to put in the Horticultural Society Spring Show. Class 62 a piece of embroidery.
I made a purse!!
I got the idea for the purse from one book and the embroidery pattern idea from another book.
I used a piece of green fabric left over from my bedroom curtains and the lining was from a scrap left over from my bunting. The silks I had been given years ago by someone who had started a project and given up. I did buy a transfer pen though

This is the front and I am pretty pleased with it, think I might make a few more in a different patten