Hello there fellow Gardeners…….. Fabulouso to see the lovely Monty back on TV last night……..Hoping that the BBC dont axe the show, its bad enough waiting for it to come back on after the Winter! Gardening does not stop in Winter – Perhaps we should start a petition for an all year round Gardener’s World! Need a Monty fix, my hero!
Well, yet again my circumstances have changed so I have made the decision to take my old plot back. Oh my goodness, what a mess it is! I am not sure how this is going to pan out as the Ex Hulk has the plot above me and the plot to the side of me – big fun considering he is not speaking to me. He also has the poly tunnel – might have to nip in a steal some tomatoes LOL!
Anyhow, needs must and I need to garden. I have quite a small plot which has previously been used mostly for flowers BUT I need to grow some produce so I can actually taste the vegetables that I eat! I have purchased some seed potates, these are chitting away at my flat. I have some Broad Bean seeds and red onions to plant. However, I am tasked with the madness of the weather and the state of my plot.
I have also been tasked with growing some wild flowers for my Son’s Festival wedding in September. The horror of this is almost too much……what if I fail ???? Year in year out I grow bouquets of flowers and usually have too many for the house, but these are not grown to order, are grown for fun, they are not wild and were to keep indoors pretty as well as to give to my lovely pals. This is a whole new experience and I am worried that I will let them down. Wild flowers will only grow where they are happy and probably not on my plot. I am thinking Cornflowers and Cosmos plus a few others but obvioulsy the weather and time of year will have an impact. Then, I have the problem of what to wear on top of this! There will be a ceremony in the week and a festival at the weekend – Credit card here I come!
At least Spring has sprung on my plot. Rhubarb looks good too:-
I have recently gone back to doing a bit of twitching. Us bird watchers are seen as some sort of strange person as Bill Bailey said in jest ‘ Socailly awkard people’. This is not true, although everyone thinks it, my children mock me, I get looks when out alone without a dog – god forbid and a pair of binoculars! What a weirdo! But I love it. I recently went to Brighton Pier and saw my first Starling Murmuration, it was truly amazing:-
A few shots of the snow:-
Keep planting guys!
Well this blog is not about gardening at all. I am going to rant.
My week started with an elderley client being quite rude and hurtful to me over the course of two weeks during telephone conversations. When I answered the phone and he said his name my heart sank as I thought: I cannot cope with this anymore, I am actually going to cry, I cannot help you anymore, I know you are unwell but this behaviour towards me is getting me down. On several occasions last week this particular client reduced me to tears and although I know I have done everything I can to help him and it is not my fault, it has got me down a lot.
Then, first thing on Tuesday morning we had a problem of stock not being correct at a merchants. The company that this was ordered by did not open until 9.00am so naturally I called the ’emergency’ number so that our employee could get on with their job. Oh my f****** god. The person that answered the phone might as well of got me round the neck and throttled me, he was absolutely livid that I called the ’emergency’ line because it was not an emergency – apparently! He went ballistic at me, shouting and boiling in a very bad temper. I obvioulsy am not allowed to answer back as he is a client so i Just said ‘Thank you for your help’ and put the phone down. He called me straight back and went doubley ballistic at me, saying ‘ how dare you put the phone down on him’, Dont you ever put the phone down on me again, do you hear me’, ‘dont you ever, ever call this emergency number again’. He kept repeating himself. I have never in all my life been shouted at like that by anyone. In the end I said ‘Have a nice day’ and put the phone down. I cried a lot that day, he made me feel so worthless and annoyed all at the same time, I was only trying to do my job after all. A lady called from the company and apoligsed on his behalf and said he would call and apologise……He never called and apologised because he wants an apology from me for putting the phone down! How arrogant is that???????? I am not a personal punchbag for these people to pick on. I am just the unforutnate person on the other end of the phone taking all the grief.
I can honselty say that to date that is the worst week I have ever had at work. As mentioned nobody has ever shouted at me like that before and it wasnt even anything really to be shouted at. What a controlling bully.
Furthermore, I went to shops after work on Friday and I went out of my way to let people pass, they just look at you like you are no-one and that you must move out of their way because they are so very important. Then I had to get a bus yesterday to get my car from the town centre. So, I gave the driver my money, went to get the ticket and apparently there is a knack to ripping it off, so he said really crossly ‘No, not like that pull it to the right’. He was the first person I spoke to yesterday he was instantly mardy when I got on a said ‘Morning’. Charming. Shop staff are getting very rude too.
What is wrong with all the RUDE people with a capital R. What has happened to manners and being decent! RUDE
Hey, well I have been totally slack this year with my blogging. The thing is……The Hulk turned out not to be my Knight in Shining Armour (14 years to discover this!). So, I left him. Dogs, the plot, the lot. I miss my dogs so much – access is granted when I ask. (Not allowed at my new place 😢) ,
The great news is my Landlord has given me a plot of land to grow on. I have such plans for this. I am surrounded by countryside, horses, chickens, peace and quiet, but above all freedom to be who I want to be.
The only problem with my new life: I have a lot of digging to do but I’ve made a start! As you can see from the pictures.
I have picked up my old hobby of birdwatching and am loving it. Birds eye view out of my window:-
Keep plotting 😊
Well I only went and bloody did it. OH MY GOSH, it was sooooooo blooming hard, the heat was intense for England. Like a prize berk I purchased some ‘memory foam’ trainers – yes trainers and my god have I suffered. Only now, some two weeks later have I been able to wear office shoes without too much pain! My big toes are blue with bruises as is one of my heels, (the bruise is the size of a satsuma) I have not even been out with the pooches.
We started off so well, almost power walking, my Daughter walked for McMillan Cancer alongside me. Dead proud of her, my Kiki. We were doing really well or so we thought and then the tiredness started to kick in plus the aches and pains associated with walking so far and I have Fibromyalgia so the pain was quite intense but we battled on. I actually thought once or twice that we would have to pull out, we kept ploughing on encouraging each other. The rest stops were most welcome but we were too scared to stop for too long. We finally crossed the finish line some 12 hours and 3 minutes later in the dark, only stopping for rests for about 1.5 hours in total, we were truly exhausted but as we got to the end I felt an urge to run and beat my Daughter, so we ran to the end – I won! It was so painful we were both screaming and shouting as we ran to the finish line – we must of looked like crazy fools!
The Hulk had to come and pick us up, I could hardly move and it was difficult getting in to the car. We had a 1.5 hour drive home so by the time we tried to get out we had both seized up, we were like old ladies, I actually couldn’t move my legs or get up the four steps into the garden, I had to raise my legs using my hands and hoist them up, once indoors I had to go up the stairs backwards! As you can imagine The Hulk found all this highly amusing, especially when we both shuffled over the main road.
I am still suffering now and I am a little short on my target, but hopefully the money raised will help a child or children somewhere to have a chance in life, the chance that some children do not get, the chance to be free and just be a child.
Second Half Challenge
26/08 21:06 : I am a Finisher !! I have just finished in position 65, in 12:03:28. – Visit http://southcoast.livetrail.net to learn more…
Hello, you guys, long time no see. I have been busy plotting and driving over the olive trees again, such a wonderful time had! Back to reality two weeks ago! With a bloody bang. I would be a rich woman if I earned a £1.00 for every time an English person said to me ‘ you did not need to go on holiday, there has been a heat wave here!’. Oh lovely just what I need in a glass fronted office for eight hours a day….do I need to say anymore!
I signed up to a 26 mile hike in November 2016 and never had time to do the ‘Just giving’ page, scary! How can we not have time in this crazy world?? I have until 17.07.17 to raise £137.50 PLEASE HELP!
The Hulk is amazingly happy at the moment with the goings on at the plot, almost everywhere is spick and span in preparation for our road trip to the lower Sierra Nevada in Southern Spain next Saturday (Can’t blooming wait, two years without this wonderful place). The poly tunnel has been harvested of its fantastic Winter Onion crop, although I goofed the Red Onion crop because I LOVE LOVE LOVE Red Onion I crammed in too many and failed to follow direct Hulk instructions – Whoops! However, this has resulted in a considerable amount of thinning out (yummers) and far smaller onions than the White Onions! Damn it. One is a greedy cow.
Over the last couple of weeks the poly tunnel has been planted by The Hulk (far too hot in there for me) with numerous varieties of Tomatoes, Chillies and Peppers along with Aubergines, Sweetcorn, Basil and Spaghetti Squash. The Spaghetti Squash does somewhat take over, but the yields are far more impressive than if it is grown outside.
We are off plotting today and tomorrow with some final tidying and planting by me. My cutting patch is doing well although no one told me that Nigella and Love in a Mist are the same plant……I felt foolish but how would I know? I got the packets at separate times so at least that is in my favour! At Least I will have lovely ornamental heads in the Autumn! I have Larkspur, Gypsophilia, Canterbury Bells, Fox Gloves and Cosmos all grown from seed.
We harvested our first New Potatoes last week along with some Broad Beans……note to self (or ask The Hulk!) make Potato and Broad Bean Salad! Truly delicious.
This year we have invested in a heavy duty wire fence to try and keep the Bloody Badgers out of the Sweetcorn. Financially we have nothing to gain with the cost of the fence because we could probably buy twice what we will reap! However, taste wise it will be worth it and the fence should last a few years. The Hulk has mulched with grass clipping to help keep the ground moist. ‘You got ought moist’!
I did not know you could get Yellow Peonies – didn’t actually believe it would be yellow as I got it from a car boot last year for £4.00! What a bargain, it has a delightful fragrance too.
Pooches are still mental, Lili is getting more crazy – worse than a naughty six year old child! And soooooooooo sulky! Takes after The Hulk haha.
It is that mental time of year again when every single spare moment is taken up by plotting. Weed this, weed that, plant this, sow that. The Hulk is in a medium to good mood with his plotting, with good progress made this weekend. Made even happier by my decision not to have any more space in the poly tunnel this year. So I have five foot and The Hulk has 25 foot!
After about five years of growing Kale we discovered that unbeknown to each other our favourite Kale is the same one, we both thought the other didn’t like it! Red Russain Kale is the best, it almost tastes nutty. I thought The Hulk liked the dark purple one which I find a little bland. Kale crisps are delicious. They last yonks and taste yummy. We grew the Kale in the poly tunnel over the winter, along with some red and white onions. Fabulouso return on both crops. The onions store well and will be lifted next week to make way for the Chilli plants, the Kale was taken out this weekend and replaced with six varieties of Tomatoes………think we might be giving a few away! Spaghetti Squash grow well in the poly tunnel, they seems to like the heat and in comparison to an outside plant in the same year, they were three times as big. Butternuts didn’t fair well in the poly tunnel. Sweetcorn are slightly bigger when grown in the poly tunnel but the mice ate it last year! The Badgers ate the outside crop too! We have a new stock fence outside for the Sweetcorn patch, we shall see if that keeps the Badger out and the humans!
The plot is full of wildlife. Last weekend I saw a yellow spider! I see so much: bugs, bees, frogs, Newts, a Dormouse, moths, Coal Tits, Blue Tits, Robins, lovely butterflies too. We have a bird bath which is a massive hit with the Magpies but yesterday we watched in amazement as a Bullfinch flew down and had a drink. The week before that a Green Woodpecker stopped off for a drink. Lovely to see when you are having a cuppa on the plot.
We are going on a road trip in about 25 days so I have had to plant out my Sweet Peas and Cosmos early because I want them established before we go. Little worried as it is so cold at night still and in the day there is an awful chill. Still wearing thermals!
Other uses for ones porch!
Wildlife pond is a hit.
Onions from seed.
Self seeded Linaira.
I would not normally blog about this kind of thing but this was absolutely hilarious. We took the in-laws, their dog and our two dogs down to the beach last weekend.
We were all having a nice time mulling along, the dogs were going mental especially Lili, then suddenly Lili and Fudge sunk in the sand, they scrambled to get out and were ok. The Hulk being The Hulk continued to ‘walk’ across the same patch of the beach. Oh my goodness, I looked up to see The Hulk fall forward onto his knees into the sinking sand and in the next second Bill (The Hulk’s Dad) fell backwards on his bum. I was in absolute bits ( I know, I know, I know it can be serious….) but it was the funniest thing I have seen in a very long time. Naturally I went and helped Bill and bugger me if I didn’t get stuck! Trouble is I was laughing so much I could not pull myself out so Bill had to help me. How we laughed!
As you can imagine we were all in a state, the dogs, even my car. I took it to Tescos for valeting and when I got back the girl said to me ‘We only did the outside, it is too dirty inside, we need more money’ & then overcharged me for only cleaning the outside!
Well today we finally got to the plot – once we had got rid of the lovely grandkids (evil Nanny!) and it was too wet to weed. My goodness what on earth are we supposed to do???? It is so frustrating! Did manage a little but it was tough going and not much fun at all. The Hulk was not impressed at all but he cleared some brambles, so felt a bit manly after that.
Spring has sprung! the frog spawn has hatched and we have little tadpoles swimming around. We have newts too, so it is good to see that some spawn has hatched – not sure if that is the right word – hey ho it will do.
We had a seed planting fest last weekend. I got to use my new propagator, unfortunately I did not notice the Cosmos seedlings straight away, some germinated within three days (bit leggy) – viable home taken seed! We love our own ‘home grown’ seed. It some how seems more satisfying. Chitting our tatties too.
We had our first rhubarb harvest last weekend along with a harvest of kale, baby leeks & Christmas potatoes grown in pots – a little late but so tasty, baby roast leeks (Baby roast leek sounds far better than ‘our leeks did not grow this year’) are delicious. Amazing that no matter what you can always take a harvest from your plot. Admittedly giant mustard and roast leeks do not go well together! But self seeded mustard on a cheese sandwich is yummers.
Last weekend we went to plot and pruned the apple tree, medlar tree and the blackcurrant bushes. In the hope of a good harvest this year. It was absolutely freezing, even The Manly Hulk was cold! We didn’t use that many of the cooking apples unfortunately, but we used all the medlars (for wine!) and most of blackcurrants for jam. (freeze well and the stalks rub off easier when frozen – Tip from Alys Fowler’s book, try baking her lavender biscuits they are amazing) I would say homemade blackcurrant jam is the best jam ever, its so ‘fruity’ and doesn’t taste of only sugar. We have made medlar jelly before but you do not get a very good yield, it is tasty but we agree they are better used for wine making, this is tasty (Oh Denzel Washington!) and quite strong, excellent served chilled.
The poly tunnel is still providing produce, we have a fair amount of mustard which has self-seeded in there. It is so delicious and nice to taste something so allotmenty. We are growing onions in there again, as they were fantastic last year and even kept well after harvest…..sometimes The Hulk has a good idea!
The rhubarb is growing lovely and I am determined to use more this year instead of leaving it to go limp (haha oh so rude). We also have some ‘Christmas’ potatoes, they are so creamy and allotmenty. I love allotment food, I can’t wait for the Summer being able to pick and eat tomatoes off the plant (when The Hulks not looking – else I get told off!!!). They aren’t as warm in the poly tunnel as the green house, love a nice warm sunshined tomato. Perhaps I should grow my own under glass just for me to eat on sunny lovely warm days – in England – well occasionally.
We had a bit of snow today, but it was soon replaced by sleet and has gone now. Managed to get up the plot with the dogs, it does look nice in the snow.
OOOOoooohhhhh I nearly forgot, I have my very OWN heated propagator! How exciting, no fights over the little seed trays anymore.