Saturday, 31 July 2021
Thursday, 29 July 2021
Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Monday, 26 July 2021
Today's soft fruits from my wee back garden. The last of the raspberries, the only harvest of gooseberries as it's a very young bush and some blueberries that are now in full production. No more strawberries though. 🍓 I eat some as I pick and then I pop the rest into the freezer. The funny thing about all the soft fruit is that it ripens at completely different stages so there's never enough to do 'something' with it. So all the berries are in the freezer to become either jam or used in smoothies.
Interestingly (at least to me!) the gooseberries are not the variety described on the label. It says they are Hinnonmaki Gron (gron meaning green) and these gooseberries are definitely red! They still taste nice even though they're quite small. They were part of the fruit bush bundle I got last year from B&Q.
Saturday, 24 July 2021
Monday, 19 July 2021
Saturday, 17 July 2021
My chickens finally got an upgrade to their accommodation! For the past 6 years they've lived in a converted dog kennel. It's been patched and repaired many times. The wood is rotten in many places and it won't see another Winter. It's been a great wee coop for my girls but it was time to upgrade!
I bought an Eglu Go Up, no wheels or run. It wasn't cheap (gulp) 😦 but it's a long term investment. Plus the second hand value is good if I ever change circumstances. I actually bought it last October but I needed the ground to be dryish for a good spell (practically impossible in Scotland in Winter!!) plus my son to be around to assist with some lifting and shifting. Our recent spell of scorching weather made it perfect timing today 😊
Friday, 16 July 2021
Thursday, 15 July 2021
I've been struggling with a sore back for the past week so have been spending more time working on my garden. I do a wee bit at a time then rest. And repeat throughout the day. Getting old sucks!! 😂 But it's been a good chance to take a hard look at my front garden as it was neglected last year because the front of the house was getting roughcast (the bit that's not white!) And thanks to the you-know-what that didn't happen.
And it's bad for the soil anyway to be covered in plastic so my plan is to gradually remove it all and plant a more natural garden. I'm not sure how long the stones have been in place (before I bought the house) so I'm guessing the soil is in really poor condition.
Although the heather border at the pavement side has thrived a bit too much!! It's about 4 or 5 feet wide despite me and my lovely mum trying to keep it in check. It's beautiful when in bloom in Spring and the bees love it so it'll be trimmed back and kept.
I had a B&Q voucher so I spent it on some perennials to start planting. I've put them in pots to begin with so I can place them in various situations as I put my 'design' together. I have an idea in my head but who knows if it will work!!
There are 3 types of red roses, a verbena, a white hydrangea, a clematis (not in this pic), 4 dahlias and 2 pinks I already had in pots. I also rescued some French lavender and pelargoniums that I've not potted up yet.
The colours are more stunning in real life!
Can't go wrong for 50p when all they needed was some deadheading and a good drink of water! I don't normally buy flowers as I've always been more interested in growing fruit and veg. Flowers are expensive!! So I'll be trying to source bits of perennials from family and friends and having a go at growing some from seed as I've realised that I'm going to need a lot of them!! 🌷🌻🌼
Sunday, 4 July 2021
It's been a while but I got a large Approved Food order this week. Lots of GF products at a fraction of the cost because they're either just out of date or slightly damaged packaging or the brand is re branding. I was a bit annoyed that I discovered a huge part of my order was missing so I'm 'discussing' that with them by email as it's on the receipt as being in the box!! They're a wee bit guilty of charging you for something when it's out of stock and only giving you credit. My GF Old El Paso GF wraps were out of stock so I got credit for those but my protein bars aren't so I better get them as I don't want £30 credit!!