Friday, 23 April 2010

Wally & garden update

As usual the gaffer was supervising

I have been neglecting my blog recently as I have been working in a sweetie shop! Well not really, my Mum's friend runs a plant nursery and has been very poorly and is finding it difficult to pot on her mountains of plants, so I was volunteered.
I have however had the chance this afternoon to give you an update on Wally who is settling in nicely, and the change in Mums garden .
I have been using a laptop which I am not used to so I apologise for the layout, however I think that the pictures speak for themselves?!
I have managed to plant some runner beans in the allotment but nothing more exciting than that.
I hope that you ar able to enjoy the sun.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

How does the garden grow & here's Wally .......

I thought that I should do a garden path & allotment update, yes I have done some work in my allotment at last!
Firstly the path...
The daffs have gone over, the border is now full of muscari, tulips,hellebores, wallflowers, hyacinths. I love the way that the same border changes so dramatically in a matter of weeks.
Onto my allotment, I have dug most of it over and I know that I am later than most in planting but I have put in, jerusalem artichokes, broad beans, potatoes, carrots, fennel, radish, onions,shallots,chard, gooseberry & loganberry. I have revived my thyme, marjoram, mint, rosemary and have just got to finish tidying the strawberry beds and potting on the runner plants.
We live at the bottom of a lane but I did suggest to Mum that we should have a little stall and put a sign up the lane when we have excess, she also has "millions" of cowslips, foxgloves etc that we could pot up to sell.

In the shed I have also planted some sunflower seeds, lettuce in trays for cut & come again, chard in pots to grow on, in case my planted out ones get munched! Last year I grew chard for the first time in the beds, this time I have planted along the millpond bank as it grew so tall I think it will make a nice screen.

As always the gaffer was hard at it...

This leads me on to the latest addition to our tribe.......

Welcome to Wally.
My Mum has always had terriers since I was very young, also as a child her family had allsorts, a brace of bassets, staffy, terriers etc.
When her own last jack russell died she sort of inherited "Uncle Percy" who was a lovely old gentleman, then came the gentle old Poppy and now Wally.
The owners of these lovely old souls come into Mums life when they appear to be trying to find a new home for their beloved pets, when they know that they will be unable to care for them.
They come to live here and are loved and very well cared for in their last years.
Each one of them has a great individual character, but they all mess in together.
So here he is, our latest recruit, Wally, he's about 10 and can be a bit grumpy, but with me & Mum, Flo, and Daisy & Minnie (the day girls) he is a bit outnumbered.
Like Michael he will eventually learn where he comes in the pecking order!!

Have a lovely evening.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Who can we see through the square window?

Who can we see through the square window????

Why its Lizzie, Lizzie is very busy but managed to stop to say hello!

There are lots of lovely colours & pretty things

What a super day for all.

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

a busy weekend at Shepton & Malvern

Michael & I went to Shepton on a mission to buy some nice things for the Pop-up Vintage Store that I am opening in the Summer in Winchcombe and also for me to find some furniture/shabby interiors stall holders for the Cotswold vintage fair, we didn't really achieve either!
The one thing that I bought to sell was this lovely chippy paint,old fabric child's chair, it is so scrummy that I have left it as it is & not even cleaned it.
The second great buy was Fog Horn Leghorn, he is a very large cockeral made from bits of welded together rusty metal. He gained many an admiring eye as Michael carried him back to the car & many comments which I can't mention here!
When we got him home Mum wanted him, if anyone knows the lady that I bought him from can you let me know please, she did mention Exeter?!
That was it for Shepton, onto Malvern, again I had vintage & blog ladies visit me, again I apologise for my terrible memory, hello to Jayne (, the lady with the VW campervan, Ann, the lady from Leicestershire (, Penelope ( and anyone that has taken a card.
My Mum launders my whites, the above creamy linen with pastel embroidery was sold, I had thought about keeping it as the colours were beautifully muted, but I keep trying to downsize had to go I had lots of comments about my selection of flowers, I always take fresh, this time anenomes, these are locally grown in Gloucester and Mum bought them for me. I love them and always think back to when I had Tom and his dad went out and scoured Worcester to find a bunch for me. (16 years ago)!
I bought this lovely prayer book, inscription 1935, with a small lot of diaries, Mum has them and has read them from cover to cover as they follow a young woman from 1930 - 35 and her daily life and family, they really should be serialised, I will blog them once I get them back!

My chocolate boxes & fabric covered boxes have got to go.........
The beautiful chairs and a Triang wheelbarrow, very sturdy with 2 front wheels,

The well made galvanised tin bath, I had marketed it as "great filled with iced water & beer, for a world cup bbq", the ladies hubby agreed but she is going to grow lettuces in it.
I usually take my large glass vase filled with flowers, as last time when it was full of hyacinths I could have sold it time & time again, but they came home to go back in the garden for next spring.