Allotment update August – part 1

Everything is growing ! We have been harvesting and watering for weeks, it’s fantastic.

I’ve grown lots of new veggies and had good fun learning along the way.

The ponds have really settled now and both ponds have fish, and they all seem very happy. The planting around the ponds is continuing, its looking pretty and colourful. Next year when the plants fill out and the bulbs come through it should be lovely.

The tomatoes and chilli plants in the greenhouse have gone crazy, even growing out of the windows and roof ! We have beef and cherry tomatoes at the allotment and plum tomatoes at home. We have hundreds of red and brown onions, although the shallots didn’t do well and we lost 3 patches of garlic to a greedy fox but I don’t think we’ll go hungry any time soon.

The courgettes are ridiculous, I’ve never had so many. I’ve stopped picking them and now have huge ‘marrows’ instead, but finally they’ve stopped producing new smaller ones. The pumpkins are getting bigger and I noticed a tiny butternut squash on one of the plants.

The plans are beginning for next year as I want to get a lot more fruit bushes planted and fill some of the empty beds with permanent crops, also I’m looking at getting some asparagus, artichoke and many more brassica plants in next year. The Brussels sprouts and broccoli I was given by my neighbour have done really well and I’m looking forward to planting many different ones next year. The joy of having so much space is the freedom to ‘play’ and try new things.

 

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July update part 1

It’s been hot, very hot so finding somewhere indoors to explore was a much more sensible plan.

So after buying a load of tickets for people at Christmas and forgetting myself, I finally bought a ticket and went to see the Terracotta Warriors. I’ve been looking forward to it since they announced it a few years ago.

Thankfully the schools hadn’t finished so the museum wasn’t too busy or noisy. The tickets have a timed entrance and started with short film about how they discovered the Warriors and the purpose of them.

Then you can wander at leisure and see lots of artefacts as well as several Warriors themselves. Every one is unique and they represent many different occupations but also many different animals, horses, birds and cats.

It was fascinating to see and they are at the World museum in Liverpool until the end of October. It has made me more determined than ever to get to China one day to see them again.

Routines and schedules

I haven’t been very consistent over the last twelve months with blogging as I’ve struggled with ideas and keeping things interesting when not much has happened. So I looked at other blogs for help, one thing I noticed in many was either an overall theme/topic or a set post on a specific day. I’m too random for one topic, so thinking along those lines I’m going to change my blog a little and possibly turn Claire’s chaotic life into (hopefully) Claire’s less chaotic life.

So here’s the idea

  •  An allotment progress update (around the 1st of the month)
  • A couple of life/what’s going on posts (2nd and 4th week of the month)
  • A 5 things post – once a month, different topics (3rd week of the month)
  • a weekly photo post, something that has taken place that week (Photo Friday ?)

 

Any way the football is about to start and it’s getting a little exciting now…..

Any other ideas, suggestions or topics for the 5 things are always welcomed.

 

2018 reading challenge update

Well we’re six months in and I’m not even half way through. I’ve been rubbish with reading this year, I can’t seem to settle or concentrate for long enough. I can happily pick up my allotment handbook and veg growing guides to flick through but have struggled with ‘proper’ books. I have still been listening to the audio books and even Oscar is enjoying them.

So here we go ….

  1. A book with more than 500 pages –
  2. A book with a number in the title – Three wishes – Liane Moriarty
  3. A book by a female author – Then she was gone – Lisa Jewell
  4. A popular authors first book –
  5. A book with non-human characters –
  6. A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit –
  7. A book from your childhood –
  8. A book with a colour in the title –
  9. A graphic novel –
  10. A book by an author you’ve never read before – The cellar – Minettte Walters
  11. A book you own but have never read – The casual vacancy – J K Rowling
  12. A book that was originally written in another language – The Leopard – Jo Nesbo
  13. A book from an author you love but haven’t read – The hypnotist’s love story – Liane Moriarty
  14. A book with bad reviews –

So far 6 out of 14 completed, not great but better than I thought. I have ideas for 1,4,7 and 8 but I’m struggling with number 14, any ideas would be appreciated also 5 and 9.

Just a thought but would the audio books but acceptable for this challenge ? or would it be cheating because it’s not ‘actual’ reading.

I would like to complete this years challenge as I didn’t manage to complete 2016 or 2017 although both had around 26 books to choose, find and read.