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Flowers, flowers…

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What a beautiful rose and I didn’t pick it!!! I have found it in a lovely vase from the rose fairy! It seems that m has a soft side! My roses are hidden at the moment behind our gigantic butternut squash plants. Neither m or I realised that they needed to climb until I spotted tendrils on them. After a little web exploration I discovered that indeed, they need to climb! M strung up some wiring and….

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Hey Presto!!!! They have grown magnificently!  So much so, that they will soon compete with my elderflower tree!

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We’re hoping for a good crop so that we can have plenty of these….

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Yum!! Here’s a nice little snack for you….

Half the squash, don’t worry about the seeds, you can scoop those out much easier when the flesh is all squishy after it’s cooked.
Score the flesh and grate some garlic over the top. Add black pepper and a little salt. Now lay it on its back on a baking tray and add an inch of water around it in the tray. Put in the oven on 180 degrees for about 40 mins…  I then grate some cheese on top and pop under the grill.  Serve with buttered toast, scoop out and spread on! Delicious!

I’ve been pottering around in the garden today and I took a picture of these orange flowers that I love!!!! They last for ages in a vase and are so cheerful, but I don’t know what they are called so please, if you know then do tell!!

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B is head over heels with ladybird love again….

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This little beauty arrived from granny and granddads recent excursion to the seaside!   It is sitting pretty next to my now fading Echinacea…

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There’s something really satisfying about seeing flowers that you have planted providing yummy pollen for the bees, butterflies and insects.  Especially as I heard on the local radio the other day that our lovely honey bees are starving to death at the moment.  Apparently, pollen can only be collected after the Sun has warmed it.  Our lack of sunshine this year has had such huge implications on the poor things. I feel very happy to see them on my flowers.  I think one day, m and I may look into bee keeping, but until then, I will keep planting flowers!!

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These flowers were in a mixed hanging basket pack that I came across.  M started them off in the green house and they are fabulous now. The bees love them. I have no idea what they are though!

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They are nice for Rosie to watch over!  Poor Rosie…. She has had a lot to deal with lately so we must look after her. She did live quite happily for many years on m’s parents boat with her lifetime pal Jim. http://RosieandJim.tv
But poor, poor Jim suffered an injury at the hands of some incredibly curious patterdale terriers and now has no nose! Until his reconstruction is complete…. Which may be some time….. Rosie has been rehomed!  She is currently under the cover of our veranda on the swing, keeping her eye on things!

Today, I took little b with me to deliver some leaflets advertising music lessons. I met a lovely lady in her front garden who insisted on us taking some of her beautiful lavender with us. Wasn’t that so nice of her.  I really love the people who live on our hill. There are some lovely people

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And they look and smell delicious in my porch with my lovely tatting cloth.

Well, today is mostly about flowers and veg, but next time, I have a lovely crochet project for you!

Lots of love xxxxxx

Veggies and farms

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Crikey, we’ve had such a busy, busy time here up on windy hill. Little b enjoyed very much playing with this tractor at a local fun park. She absolutely is fascinated with tractors. Next door to us is a small farm. We walk further up the hill every Wednesday to visit aunty s and uncle b with our £1 coin and come back with a dozen eggs. Sometimes they are duck eggs since the sorry demise of 5 of her chucks to the hungry vixen.

one of aunty s’ three boys is a farmer and it’s wonderful to hear the tractor finally bringing in the hay from the meadow. I never really thought much about the saying ‘make hay whilst the sun shines’ until witnessing the battle he has had with the weather in trying to bring it in. He nearly lost the crop, and a hefty part of his livelihood. But it all turned out ok in the end. B waves to our friendly farmer in the tractor and shouts beepbeep at the top of her lungs. She sits on the mini tractor seat, visits the ducks and geese and runs around having a merry time while we are there. The view from the farm is stunning. 360 degrees of horizons to take in. It feels like you are on the top of the world! I am so grateful to having aunty s’ farm next to us, waking up and seeing her geese that are three decades old and hearing them hooting and clucking. Hearing the church bells from the medieval church up the hill and the wind in my old ash tree. I haven’t always woken to these sounds, quite the opposite and it is that previous experience that makes my gratitude to our windy hill house all the sweeter. Our previous garden was small but we cared for it. It was sunny and we made a tiny veg patch and tried to ignore the random goings on in the alley way that ran alongside it! Now, we are totally private as we are surrounded by farm land and meadows, plus, being higher up is a huge advantage. I really must take some pictures of the views we have here. We can see two other counties besides our own. We can see all the way to Leicestershire and Lincolnshire. Recently, more and more wind turbines are decorating our horizons, much to b’s delight as she squeals ‘mill’ with excitement when she sees them.
So I have already shown you the b garden and its happy outlook but here is our other section which we call ‘tinks garden’ as really, it’s only her that uses it currently.

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We do have plans for it, but It will be some time before we can do them.  At the far end, m has made me a sectioned off ‘fruit garden’.  He has bought me apple and plum trees, I have filled it with strawberries and my parents donated raspberry canes and a rhubarb plant. It’s coming on great but I’m afraid the wind battered the young, fragile blossom on the trees this year and they are bearing no fruit.

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This was taken at the beginning of the summer. Everything is much bigger now and also full of weeds!!!! What a year for weeds, it’s been horrific. I gave up in the end with my hoe!

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This is our wooded area with a natural pond. I believe it is the reason we get so many amazing birds and creatures here but it’s dangers need to be contained now little b is in explorer mode!

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Our greenhouse is starting to bear gifts and is bursting with promise

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Mark has planted several types of tomatoes this year and b is loving eating them straight from the plant. We’re still waiting for our ….

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Black cherry tomatoes to ripen with anticipation and our ….

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Tigerellas and plum tomatoes…

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Our little chillie and pepper plants are beginning to prosper

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And courgettes are looking so pretty with their huge flowers

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Our raised beds are full of weeds!!! It’s terrible, but amongst them, our rocket, giant mustard red and salad bowl lettuce seem to be coping with their presence!

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As are our beetroots

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Broccoli

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And beans

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Our onions are not doing great. In fact, we have never had a successful crop of red onions. Our whites are ok-ish but the reds are failing miserably.

I had intentions of showing my next project and indeed, m’s wonderful invention tonight, but I am afraid I have been Whittering on far too long and I want to catch the men’s 100 meter final. Yes little b, if you are reading this in years to come it is the Olympics and yesterday was sensational watching Jessica Ennis and our wonderful team g.b make us all so proud.

I shall explain our projects tomorrow xxxxxxx