Monday, April 13, 2009

I'll Think About it Tomorrow

It has been another busy weekend down at the lottie. On Friday, Plum said that she wanted a frame to hang her hanging baskets off to stop the slugs getting at her Basil, so we went off to buy some rustic fence posts. Needless to say, while we were trying to get them, it was raining like the devil so we got very wet and then we had to go back to the lottie to erect them.
Saturday morning, we finished the framework and put some bird feeders on it and planted a Russian Vine and a rambling pink rose underneath it to grow up the sides, so we get lots of flowers right up to October. So we will get plenty of use out of these posts, if it kills us. We then painted it green. In fact, we have now painted all our posts green, only the shed has escaped. The upside of this is, that the posts now all blend into the landscape and you don't even notice them. We have transplanted our tomatoes into larger pots and fleeced them up in the shed. We have also made the salad squares and put out a square of each of Little Gem lettuce, beetroot, radish, mazuna, corn salad and spinach. We also planted two rows of Cos lettuce under a cloche and a row of Perpetual Spinach for the Summer and topped up our carrot box with some Nantes seeds that Barry kindly gave to us.
Yesterday, Alan came down to give us a geranium plant 'Apple Blossom' which is apparently pale pink with darker pink markings. We'll wait and see, that is, if we don't kill it first like last years begonia. If it should survive, we have to grow it on in a seven inch pot ready for the Show in August. We had coffee with Barry (next but one plot down) who used his Easter present to make it which is a Kelly Kettle. A nifty bit of kit, very useful for allotmenteers and fishermen. After that it was more sowing and weeding. We are now too tired today to go back and check on the tomatoes. Never mind, as Scarlett O'Hara would say;'I'll think about it tomorrow'.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Watch the Birdie!

Molly has had a wonderful present, it is a reality TV dvd of birds especially produced for Cats! Yes folks, I'm not kidding and we have her and Henry's first look at it, on video, Molly is telling Henry to watch the birdies and we couldn't believe it, but she really did as you can see if you run play. (please ignore the ending as we don't know how to edit yet). Henry is no good at bird watching as you can tell in the photo above. Molly, however, is not to be seen in the photo, she is under the bushes below the bird table as she has figured out it is the best place for a birds eye or cat's eye view.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of

...Hazel's home made raspberry and blackberry wine. Hazel left us .the most delicious looking bottle of wine in our greenhouse. It looks like fruit in a bottle and is so clear that we just know that, when we taste it, it will say Summer, for which we thank her very much. It will be really good that some of our raspberries are in said bottle and that there are other things to do with them besides making jam, and fruit terrines, and this year, home made ice cream. We have finally found a homemade ice cream recipe with a good texture that is not done in an ice cream maker. Now all we need is our plot to yield wonderful strawberries, blackcurrants, raspberries and tayberries and we can go mad and have home made fruit ice cream all through the seasons. So now all I have to do is find the perfect biscuit recipe to serve with it - ooooohhh, Heaven! - a new venture.