I should have done this a couple of weeks ago, but life has just been really busy. But today turned out to be the perfect time. I’ve had a wonderful morning. The sun is shining, I’ve got washing on the line drying, and the birds have been singing, so what could be better than spending the whole morning in the greenhouse. First I gave it a thorough wash, with hot water and disinfectant, then I got out all the toilet rolls I’ve collected over the years and I started off the Garlic and the Onions. I’d collected quite a few, but have now run out, so I’m not sure what I’ll be starting my Beans off in later. I got 4 Garlic bulbs of “Chesnok Wight” from Mr Fothergill’s. I’ve never grown them before, I usually grow Solent Wight, but felt like a change this year. So it’ll be interesting to see how they get on. And then I started on the Onions. I get my Onions is sets, as you seem to get far better results than planting them from seed. I got 1 bag of “Certurion”, 1 bag of “Hercules” and 1 bag of “Sturton”. I got them in a pack that contains all 3 bags, so they work out cheaper. After taking just about half a dozen mouldy ones out, I ended up with 260!!! Yes you heard me correctly. I’m not sure how that compares to how many I sowed last year, but hopefully they’ll do well and we’ll have loads of Onions to take us through for a while anyway. Time now for a cup of tea and a sit down.
This is brilliant! Fabulous war time spirit. Make do with what you have, and enjoy it….Carrot ice lolly anyone?
You know I never realised how many different colours there were of chicken eggs. Here are many more that you can see, just click here…..
Yesterday was Mark’s 41st birthday, and he had to go to work. But I sent him in with chocolate chip rock cakes, so he didn’t feel completely sad. I took the kids up to London for the day, and we went to the V&A, then the Science Museum, then Hamleys (just for the hell of it). We then met Mark from work and went for a meal. We then went for a walk around Covent Garden, and popped into the Apple store to look at phones. When you’re in there you have to look at all the other gadgets as well, and when you find a MacBook, you just have to Google in “Claire’s Allotment”. It’s a must. The first film that came up was honestly “Episode 200″. I’m not kidding, it just happened. So then you have to press “Play” and let it run. What I didn’t know was that there was an Apple “close talker” Genius behind me, and when I left, he walked over to the screen and started to watch it. He stared at it for a while, then looked at me, then back to the screen. He never turned it off, so all I can assume is that he watched it to the end. I walked over to Mark and the kids and we left the store. We then went to the Prince Charles Cinema to join in the with Muppets Movie sing along. Brilliant!! Looking at my emails this morning I had a new subscriber, and a comment on that very video. Coincidence? I don’t know!
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Now I have to admit, I don’t take the kids swimming very often, mainly because they get to swim loads when we go on holiday to my parents. They can both swim really well, and apart from having a few lesson at school they’ve figured it out themselves with a little help from us. They’re both confident at swimming 25 metres, Emily isn’t keen on diving, but then neither am I after I belly flopped off the top diving board when I was about 15!! George loves diving, and wanted to go on the diving boards, but they were closed this morning, so he spent much of his time at the deep end teaching other kids how to dive. He made friends with a boy named Owen, and they then played a James Bond game in the water. Don’t ask me the rules, as I don’t know them. My two are now at the age where I can leave them in the pool to do what they want, and I can go off and have a swim. When we first got in it was fairly quiet. There were several retired people who were swimming up and down minding their own business, and a few kids with parents. Then after about half an hour all the retired people decided to get out as loads of kids turned up! It then got rather busy. I’m not used to all these strangers swimming with me, it was rather un-nerving. I’m used to having a sneaky swim in my parents pool when no one is looking and swimming several lengths with out being splashed. Not that I mind being splashed that’s what happens in a pool. I decided to leave the chaos and go for a swim in the area that they’d roped off for those wanting to do lengths only. I started in the “Medium Speed Lane”, but I ended up swimming behind a guy that was swimming so slow I could walk faster through the water than he could swim. I then decided to move to the “Fast Speed Lane”! There were 2 other swimmers in that lane and I managed to keep up with them. I swam 5 lengths of 25 metres before I stopped (I’ve not done that for a while) and then it was time to get out. We’d been in for just about an hour, and we were getting hungry. The kids had loads of fun and asked if we could do it again another time. I think we will, but before we go next time I must buy myself another swimming costume as all the elastic has gone in all the wrong places.
Yes it’s that time of the year when we get our seed potatoes ready, and have to get the area cleared for chitting. Nothing technical is needed, not specific temperatures or feeding required at this stage. This is how I do mine every year….Step 1 – Open bag of seed potatoes. Step 2 – Empty seed potatoes on to tray. Step 3 – Label. Step 4 – Put on top of kitchen cupboard until late March. That’s it really. If you want to find out more information check out my video. This year I got all my potatoes from Mr Fothergill’s seeds, and ordered the following varieties: Two bags of Apache, each bag is 1.5kg. I’ve grown these before and they did really well. Two bags of King Edwards, again each bag is 1.5kg. Got to grow something royal. And finally two bags of Sarpo Mira, again each bag weighs 1.5kg. Apparently these are wonderful potatoes. I’ve never grown them, but they grown really well. I also got 10 tubers of Sapphire as I’d ordered so many potatoes. So that’s about 10kg of seed potatoes. Hopefully that’ll give me enough potatoes to last most of the year. I’ve still got about half a sack of potatoes left from last season, so hopefully they’ll last until the end of March.