I want a mad hatter

Bronze mad hatterHe’s not quite as tall as me, comes hot cast in bronze, is one of a small edition and he’d be a lovely addition to my back garden.

And if you feel you have the money to spare, you can have any number of characters from Alice in Wonderland.

Mind you, I wouldn’t have been able to bring him home on the coach from the Harrogate Spring Flower show. And he wouldn’t have walked home with me from the bus stop either. Not that I had the cash with me at the time.

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You know it’s spring when …

motor bikesThe motor bikes are seen sitting in the sun waiting for the return of riders from lunch.

It does remind me of the days of being pillion, travelling on the open roads of Northumberland. And no better place to be in sunny weather.

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Someone has ..

  • Run off with the nice warm and sunny weather
    • That’s kept the ice cream man indoors for a bit which is good as his van is only round the corner so he starts his round in this road
    • It’s also slowed up all the seedlings on the allotment
  • Started to dig up the main street in Prudhoe and put in temporary traffic lights
    • That’s caused traffic jams, complaints and late running buses
    • Not to mention the fact that all the traders on the main street are short of customers again
  • Closed one of the two better second hand shops in the “other” town for refurbishment
    • Could make it harder to find a pair of gardening trousers for the pair I wrecked
  • Asked if I will help at a village jumble sale on Saturday morning coming
    • Of course I said yes being a generous person but the weather forecast isn’t great so no great hassle
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Slaving over a hot allotment

fruit and vegI looked at the empty tubs on the allotment over the weekend and realised that I needed to sow seeds.

No seeds sown means no produce. So I worked for Easter Saturday and Easter Monday in the sun.

There were already the first showing of peas and broad beans lagging badly but showing. Elephant garlic, winter onions and shallots were already in place as were a few early radishes. Rhubarb is looking good and so are the herbs. Kohl rabi and spinach seedlings are showing. But the seed draw was still bulging.

So two days hard labour in the sun to fill tubs and seed trays.

In seed trays went more peas as well as leeks, brussel sprouts, red cabbage. In the tubs are more radish, lettuce, salad turnips, mixed salad leaves, salad turnips and spring onions. In the ground went endive and beetroot.

And to finish the newest compost heap has been turned to help it speed up in rotting down and encourage the worms to do their own thing. And just a few flower seeds have been added in odd corners. Just to encourage the pollinators.

Today I need to iron up some more gardening trousers, inspect the seed drawer again and visit the garden centre for some sundries. And do some watering this evening no doubt. Oh and consider the home garden! All better than being a domestic goddess!

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A Very Large Money Plant

Money PlantIt’s about 12 years old, large and yes it has been potted crooked. And yes it’s in the middle of the sitting room. Yes it’s a talking point.

Yes it’s had a hard few weeks – moved in full bloom, allowed to finish flowering and then re-potted.

The trouble is that it’s now being to put out new growth.

I might be leaving home sometime. But it’s amazing what turns up on Freecycle. Someone now has their conservatory back.

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