Friday, 27 February 2009

Carrots and Kids is Fixed!!!!!

Oh. My.
That was tricky.

Come and meet me  HERE. Please. It's all fixed.

I'm now blogging at And let's just gloss over how horrendous that all was (so horrendous I was on the verge of giving up my blog). Note it's .com and not (yeah, gloss, gloss, gloss).

I'll pour you a cup of coffee from my flask, cut you a slice of banana cake and we'll swap plans, moan about growing carrots, talk about the joy of gardening alongside our children and on our own and admire each other's plots all the while leaning on our spades......

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

The Good Thing About Snow......

 The hated front garden. I do feel brave, showing you this!

There are many benefits to the snow. Mostly, it has to be said, if you are a child. I can honestly say it doesn't hold that much appeal for me. I try. We went for a snowy walk, the children made a snowman and a couple engaged in a snowball fight involving lots of children.

The view greeting me out of our front door

One thing I am grateful to the snow for is how it hides all my garden's imperfections. Which means, it covers it completely because we all know my garden has many faults (all of them laid squarely at my door).

One of the boring borders

So I'm enjoying the look of my patch while I can. I'm wearing my snow goggles. Then the thaw will start and it'll be back to reality....

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Gardening and Other Plans

Although it may not seem like it, I do have plans. Kind of. Oh, ok then, things I would quite like to do if I don't get sidetracked doing other things or if I can actually work out how to bring these things to fruition.

Many of my gardening plans involve spending money. Now there's a surprise! I'd rather they didn't, obviously, because that means they will all stay in my head instead of becoming a lovely reality.

However, the bones of our garden need shaking up a bit. Take the front garden. I dislike it intently. Every time I walk up the path I think "I hate this front garden" and, this may sound loopy, even if I don't articulate the thought it is still THERE. The feeling is as much part of me as....say, my eyelashes. I don't need to say to myself "I have eyelashes" to know that there they are.

So. It is becoming is quite stressful. I hate the wibbly hedge, the fact that we have no gate (it rotted and has never been replaced) and that it is a dumping ground for ladders and deliveries for Hubby's work.

I also intensly dislike the layout - path, grass and two boring borders under the windows. Yeah, I'm not proud of it.

Other gardening related ideas include deciding once and for all about moving this blog, posting more often and saving up for a macro lens, costing out the front garden's redesign and, gulp, save up for it.

Oh yes, and find a money tree to plant in the back garden.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Dear Blog.....

Don't worry, this isn't  a Dear John letter. It's more of a grovel, sorry-I-neglected-you type of note. Really, I am very sorry.

My head was turned by another. Plus, let's face it, it's been cold and dark and not really gardening weather. I know others have managed to lavish love and attention on their blogs but........what can I say? I'm a rubbish blog owner.

Still, I'm feeling the stirrings of spring. Yes, seriously. It could be just wishful thinking but really, we know She's on her way. First I spotted some daffodil plants sleepily poking their head up through the ground. And then I noticed it's getting darker, later.

I have big plans for the garden and allotment. Yeah, I know we've heard it all before. I wish I could say I had big plans for you, dear ole blog but as usual I shall just bumble along. I may do a bit of tweaking here and there.

So - here's to you and me and all the other sowers and growers and plant-heads and to spring.
We have much to look forward to.