Friday, 24 June 2011

in the garden ::

After a week away and lots of sunny/rainy days, the garden was looking dramatically different when we returned.

in the garden ::

The emergence of some lovely flowers and the harvesting of lots of food have been this weeks main activities.

in the garden ::

in the garden ::


We've been eating ::
  • courgettes (lots!)
  • cucumbers
  • potatoes
  • spring onion
  • onion
  • peas (those that haven't been munched away by whatever invisible nuisance it is that's destroying my pea plants)
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
in the garden ::

The potatoes and the cucumber are the big exciting ones for me this week, I failed miserably with both last year. Particularly the cucumbers which all died, despite my over zealous seed sowing. As the first few plants I moved outside and to the greenhouse experienced the same fate as last years, I decided just to keep a couple in the house growing up the patio doors. This has worked so well. The vines are lovely and almost the height of the door now, plus they are full of little cucumbers! We've harvested 2 fairly small ones so far, but they were so deliciously sweet, almost like melon.

in the garden ::

As for potatoes, last year my plants looked so good and then died off quite suddenly, I assumed therefore they were ready, but was super disappointed to discover only a handful of too small to do anything with potatoes under the compost. I guess, as is quite often the case with me, I was just too impatient. This year I planted masses of different kinds of potatoes in a variety of large buckets and old compost bags, most of them have grown huge foliage which is taking up a large corner of my garden, I had a fairly promising feeling about them, even if I was a little worried I may have put too many seeds in each pot, after reading one of my favourite bloggers post on her own potato planting. But before I headed off on holiday 2 of my plants were looking positively dead, I gave them a really good watering before I left and crossed my fingers, hoping for a miracle when I returned. However both plants remained dead a week later, so without expecting much I decided to turn them out and see what, if anything was there. Well I was beyond thrilled with what I discovered! Each bag provided enough for one meal, OK so perhaps not brilliant, but given the circumstances I was super pleased. Not only that they tasted fabulous! The others are all flowering now and I am trying my best to have a little patience, I know it will be worth it.

in the garden ::

I also lifted the onions and garlic this week, they are all drying outside under cover. I'm pretty pleased with these too. The garlic was fairly small, but the onions are great and considering they were all grown in smallish troughs I think they've done quite well.

in the garden ::

Thursday, 23 June 2011

this moment ::

Inspired by SouleMama

In her words...

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.


this moment

Monday, 20 June 2011

on our holidays ::

A photo heavy post of our holidaying adventures ::

We had a fabulous time on the north norfolk coast.

on our holidays

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on our holidays ::

Highlights included
:: a ride on the poppy line steam train, particularly wonderful for my train obsessed boy.
:: a visit to holt country park.
:: much beachy fun.
:: the novelty of sharing bedrooms with cousins (yes there were many late nights and early mornings and a couple of fairly tired mummy's most days)
:: night time walks on the beach
:: lots and lots of knitting!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Thursday, 9 June 2011

in the garden ::

in the garden ::

in the garden ::

in the garden ::

in the garden ::

in the garden ::

this week we are starting to reap the rewards of all our work.

There is lots to harvest (even if mostly they are small harvests of small fruits/vegetables).

This week we've enjoyed ::
  • peas
  • courgettes
  • spring onions
  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • carrots
  • salad leaves
Milo planted the carrots just like Miffy in one of his favourite books. They are only meant to be little round baby ones (I thought quick growing best for a little boy). It's only been 9 weeks since we sowed the seeds and today he harvested lots of little round sweet smelling carrots to enjoy for our lunch.

The raspberries are really starting to fruit now, which is amazing, it feels like a true true treat to eat those beautiful little jewels. However I'm a little disappointed that both the strawberries and the blueberries seem to have stopped flowering, I hoping that the strawberries will have another little flourish later in the year. The blueberries are new this year so I guess I should be pleased to have any fruit and hopefully next year will be better.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

book group ::



a friend of mine brought the 1book140 twitter book club to my attention last week. Mainly, I expect, because the first book on the reading list is by my all time favourite author, Margaret Atwood. The book itself is 'The Blind Assassin' which won the booker prize in 2000.

I first read it back when I was at university, not long after it was published, I loved it. It's such a clever book, I cannot wait to give it another reading.

I just hope I actually find the time to get through it, since having Milo I've managed to read a grand total of 2 books. I used to read continually, constantly and with so much joy, I really hope I can rediscover that.

Monday, 6 June 2011

finding inspiration :: handknits ::

We're off on our holidays next week (horay!) and whilst away I wanted to get to work on knitting a new jumper for Milo. I've been designing a pattern and am almost there with it all written up, except for the details and colours, so I've been scouring the internet for some inspiration.











Lots of lovely turquoise and cosy hoods. I haven't done any knitting for what seems like ages, can't wait to get started!

Sunday, 5 June 2011

cat turn ups ::

:: for milo.

cat turn ups ::

Milo is pretty short of trousers at the moment, due to potty training, the lack of a big ol' nappy means he's a lot slimmer than he used to be, plus we do a few more daily trouser changes now, add in there a bit of a growth spurt and it became apparent it was time for some sewing!

I've been using the basic 'trace round a pair of trousers' technique for pajamas for a while. This works out great for simple trousers and also great for easy up and down (brilliant for potty training), but ideally wanted to make something with a bit more detail.

I saw this tutorial on pinterest a while ago and have been eager to give it a go ever since. As the pattern itself is for a 3 year old, I copied down the basic idea and drew out my own pattern pieces.

cat turn ups ::
It all worked out OK, but I definitely made a few foolish mistakes. The legs are too tapered, when in fact they should probably have been straight, plus a little too long (not a big problem when they are intended to be turned up anyway). But they do the job and Milo seems to like them, plus as with most of my sewing adventures I learnt a lot and next time they will be better.

It is super tricky to get a 2 year to model nicely for you in said trousers, hence the rather blurry pictures and I didn't get any of the trousers sans baby prior to the below episode of supper on trouser activity! So apologies for the lack of pictorial evidence.

cat turn ups ::
  • pattern :: from i kat bag
  • fabric :: a mixture of charity shop finds and scraps I had stashed away.


Friday, 3 June 2011

this moment ::

Inspired by SouleMama

In her words...

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

this moment ::

Thursday, 2 June 2011

in the garden ::

in the garden ::

in the garden ::

:: lots of cornflowers and nasturtiums. I love the nasturtium flowers so much, my favourite salad addition, though they are also one of the few flowers in the garden at the moment, so I'm torn between picking them and leaving them!

in the garden ::

in the garden ::

:: a few strawberries (enough for a toddler sized portion daily now) and one ripening raspberry (I've had to carefully ply said toddlers fingers off this red beauty many many times the last few days)

in the garden ::

:: the first tomato!

in the garden ::

in the garden ::

:: gorgeous clematis creeping over the wall from a neighbour's garden, complimenting the lovely purple little purple flowers growing out of the wall perfectly.

in the garden ::

:: discovering that the caterpillars and the snails and the green fly seem particularly keen on my flowers. Though this is good for my vegetables who seem to be escaping much damage, my calendula, dahlias, poppies and sunflowers and being munched away.

in the garden ::