Friday, 21 July 2017

gardening...and gardening...

The new bed is done and nearly full of soil...and some well matured pony manure!
It received the seal of neighbourly approval this morning as well.

Then off to a garden twelve miles away , for the Pirate to mow a lawn..leaving nice stripes and for me to attack an old clematis that was invading a roof and smothering an oil tank.     Nice to be paid, but two hours there is far more tiring than two hours in our own garden.
The job was almost finished when a heavy rain shower stopped play....I can't say that we were disappointed!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

How does our garden grow?

So far this year we have Strawberries, last year's Rocket, Broad Beans, Spinach (last year's crop just gone to seed, I'm about to sow the next) ,Cavolo Nero from last year, and five new plants from a friend.
I've just lifted the last of the onions from sets sown last autumn, and there is half a bed of onions from sets sown late spring. The garlic planted last Autumn has just been lifted.

That is in the deep beds and in large pots or tubs there are black and red currants, green and red gooseberries, blueberries, Alpine/Wild strawberries and plenty of various herbs.
We have just bought two nice scented roses, Comte de Chambord and a really dark red Munstead Wood.

I'd love to find "Victor Emanuel", a bourbon rose, as the Pirate is a Victor...but the only evidence of a plant I've found is in San Jose in California!!
Now I've converted the Pirate to old roses.... he wants roses by the door!...unfortunately the front faces Nor-NorWest and only sees a little sun in midsummer.
I love the Auld Scots Rose,the Rosa Gallica, the species roses....

Meanwhile, birthday money has been spent on wood and screws.....

drawing #2

Still a bit tentative and sketchy, working on the hand/eye/brain links by practice.

It will get better.

what do you do with your birthday money?

You build new deep beds for veges!

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

drawing and stuff

Its a beginning.
Then I did some cutting work on a snowy landscape linocut. Feels odd when the sun is out and its in the high 20s!!

birthday Pirate

Friday, 14 July 2017

life and gardening

The rain returned yesterday, just after we had finished hedgecutting (one) weeding gravel (2) and lawnmowing (2).

Our own lawn had had the bowling green was glad of the rain!
This is a pre-rain photo.

Talking to our opticians, they have now been advised to only refer emergency cases to the hospital...sounds like they didn't plan ahead by looking at the population demographics ten years ago, so are a trifle snowed under. At least we still have shorter waiting lists than further south....and at least the Pirate was referred for his cataracts a month we just sit tight and wait...

Meanwhile he is still coughing after  his cold, worse than I's appointment in a week.....

Daughter is suffering the vagaries of the health service in Wales...just found that her appointment with the rheumatologist hadn't turned up. Because he had stopped coming to their local hospital a couple of months ago...luckily the orthopaedic consultant she was supposed to be seeing six months ago ( but the hospital cancelled that and sent her to another, wrong, consultant..) also does rheumatology....

Neither of us feel like drawing, but need I've suggested a drawing drawing "tennis" by email instead of balls on a court.....

watch this space...hopefully