Sunday, 29 May 2016

Made it

Filofax entry on the task list for the month of May:

Paint fences

Phew, I've made it. I kept writing in 'Paint fences' in the daily slots and finally, finally I've finished all of them. No more until next year. While painting these last few I've had a lot of practice at squats whilst dipping my brush in the paint bucket on the ground and reaching up to paint the top of the fences. It's a good job no-one was watching me.

Low down I was on my hunkers, peasant style squatting.

I also painted myself, while I was at it!


Friday, 27 May 2016

Rhubarb, rhubarb

Rhubarb, rhubarb?

Neigh, neigh.

Rhubarb, rhubarb?

Knot, knot.

Rhubarb, rhubarb?

Nein, nein.

Rhubarb, rhubarb?

Eye, eye.

Rhubarb, rhubarb

Diddly doo, diddly doo, do di do di doo!


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Going green

I think I'm into green at the moment for the kitchen.

Having a black and brown kitchen means that I can add extra colours with pans and other kitchen paraphernalia.

All these 'extra' bits came from the same shop and just happened to fall into my basket when I was food shopping.

The chopping board, green container and baskets I've shown before but the latest green is ...

No, they are not all from the same shop - the baskets
came from I-keey-yah.

… a new ironing board cover that brings Spring into the kitchen.

I'm matching all the green that is outside now the warmer weather has come.

These aquilegia plants have contrasting whites and purples

The green of the iris contrasts with its purple flowers.

And the white flowers have appeared overnight on the mange tout.

We're definitely going green inside and out.


PS 1. Please note the paper to be recycled in the baskets.
2. All our veggie and fruit waste goes in the compost and when DH moved one of the bins wonderful black compost was found underneath. That will help with all this growing.
3. A warm welcome to a new follower.

Monday, 23 May 2016

By the seaside

My deckchair stripe cot blanket is finally finished. It's taken me an age.

The yarn is from my stash and is mainly made up of cooler colours with pops of bright green and red.

The backing is a recycled again fleece which began its life here.

I find Tunisian stitch quite calming to do and each strip was crocheted individually with all the stripes joined together at the end. It's similar to my other Tunisian blanket but a little larger at 36 inches square.

The edging I started as a dc followed by 2 chain and then I found this tutorial for a polka dot edging which is formed on this first simple row. This is a brilliant edging and grows really quickly.

DS and his wife are visiting with babes later in the summer and I wanted it finished before then.

It's quite thick and warm on both sides.


PS Welcome to yet another follower. I hope you enjoy your visits here.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

I fell off

It was only very briefly. Well it was only one afternoon but I did fall by the wayside. If an excuse will excuse me it was because a birthday needed to be celebrated with friends and I didn't choose chips. No, I chose a salad. Granted it had a couple of fried fishcakes with it plus a half or 2 or 3 of very good cask beer and granted I did sneak in a small chocolate bar - just to add to the celebration. Oh my! I'm going to get back on again now and to prove it here's my colourful selection of fruit and veg for the week.

Fruit for afters, folks plus lots of veggies for befores.

I shall complete the journey even if I fall every now and again.


PS 1. Half a pound lost this week.
2. A very warm welcome to my new follower.

Saturday, 21 May 2016

I'll show you mine if you show me yours

Pincushion, that is!

Here's Bun. She's held my pins for a long time and is looking a little faded and jaded.

She hasn't got many pins in at the moment as they are holding the backing on to my cot blanket while I sew it.

Once I'd got most of the pins off her I took out the needles and hunted for more which were buried deep inside Bun's body. I must have fished out 20 needles and I've got pin pricks on my fingers to show for it.

Hiya Bun, as I'm working around the blanket I'll prick you now with the pins I take out!


Friday, 20 May 2016

I'll catch them all

I will, I'll catch all those side shoots on the tomatoes when they appear. I've noted down every other day in my Filofax - 

"Pick out side shoots."

That should do it.

Every year I always miss a few and great long stems appear that I haven't the heart to cut off, so my greenhouse has string everywhere to hold up all the extra leggedy bits. Not any more.

No it didn't do it. Every day I have to check each plant and nip out those shoots. They grow at an extraordinary pace. This little blighter is 2 days old - I missed it!

Now it's  -

"Pick out the side shoots every day."

I'll catch them all!