Saturday, 28 May 2011

Thoughts from the back of the herbaceous border...

am I a pansy 

or a poppy?

Both flowers I adore.

The idle gardener rides again...

My method?

Let Mother Nature get on with it, after all she's been doing it a lot longer than me.

I love the way without thought, rhyme or reason she just pops things wherever the mood takes her.  When all is said and done she does know best.  No soil tester required here.

Without knowing why I seem to have cracked it.  Friends with a 'uniformity is a fine thing' persuasion come and marvel at my higgledy-piggledy veg plot and wild and woolly border.  I smile sweetly for all the world pretending that was my original idea.  I lie by omission and not own up to the real truth?  How her best mate - God - restrains himself from not striking me down on the spot for fibbing I'll never know?  At the very least my charcoaled remains would enrich the soil.

The G & T type of gardening is my particular fav...

you know the sort of thing, getting the hammock set up between the magnolia and the long suffering weather-vane...
cushions plumped, paperback nestling in the folds, small occasional table ready to receive
the weekend's papers, a bowl of nibbles, accompanied by the sound of...
No... not leather on willow...
ice on glass.

Gently swinging in the breeze to the deafening sound of bird song, tweets, chirrups and ear splitting whistles.  The problem of being the owner of an ancient HUGE hedge!

Today found me gardening with gusto, this I hope gives you a little idea of my casual approach to ' I think the answer lies in the soil!'

I nipped out at 8.30 this evening and took these photo's just to give you a flavour, 
hence the poor colour.

The border in which I bottom uppermost...

hoed and dug over, trying for all the world not to flatten too much!

My raised beds where I have salad leaves.
banana shallots and garlic.

My triffid marrows (rude ones I've written about before), 
french beans, tarragon and frilly salad leaves.

Climbing French beans, sprouts, calabrese and carrots, tomatoes, rhubarb and more funny marrows

Greenhouse with tomatoes (Sungold), Crystal (wonderful round and friendly) cucumbers and hot, HOT chillis.

And there you have it...

I've quite made myself tired looking at what I've actually done.  And I can honestly say it hasn't taken hours and hours of work; alright I know it looks that way, but it hasn't!  Even I sometimes think how has this happened with the minimum of effort on my part.  Perhaps after all my friend is on-side for me -

"Ours is not to reason why, ours is to do and die"


Sunday, 15 May 2011

As regular readers of my blog will know...

and if you don't,  you'd better catch up!
(See earlier posts)

I have a  MAJOR pash for Alan Bennett.

'All in the best possible taste!' 
as Kenny Everett would say.

My Hubs (current!) saw this in today's Sunday Times, handed it to me and said  - 

'This could be published especially for you!'

Call me kinky I don't care...

I do love that man...

only his intellect you understand?

His beautifully crafted prose, 
his humour and his ability to transport you, courtesy of a 
Yorkshire man's eye view of the world.

Being a quarter Yorkshire myself, I just
get it!

Everything he writes is overlaid with wit, dusted with an air of 
curmudgeonliness  which as you may have guessed by now...
I just adore!

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Welcome to my 'week after' world...

 Chaos castle rides again...

This is my utility room where I have my treasures stashed

I haven't even started on the cupboards, 
nor yet the little loft above...

So much 'stuff' to get ready for...

 My studio, where as you can see, 
I am attempting to sort our my next crafting

I'm having a rethink as to what
new to do? 

Some things have already this morning, been stashed away in the loft
for next time

What a blinking mess

A crafting 'Through the Keyhole'!

I was planning on getting down and dirty 
on the veg plot today...
But No...
I got side-tracked!

Preparing for our next...

this date

Same time, same place...

See you all there!


It was just so lovely to meet some BBB's -
bosom, blogging buddies
especially my all-time fav -


Tuesday, 10 May 2011

A BLOOMING bodice-ripping success...

My first thought as I selected some photographs to show you was...
what a buzzy, busy day.

My second thought was...
wish I'd thought to get WSD to take pictures of each stall before we let everyone in.

This just gives you the flavour of a truly memorable day

Happy faces

Open purses

Real skills from talented folk

Lots of money made for Hospice in the Weald... 
from all refreshments and home-made cakes

The very best of British crafts

lovingly made..

What more could you ask for?

Be sure to come along to our next 
Kitsch and Stitch Vintage & Makers' Fair
Saturday 3rd September

I'll write more personal thoughts on the day when I recover my 

I know I put it down somewhere?

Friday, 6 May 2011

Are we ready, or are we READY...

Cast off your knicks as well as your inhibitions...

We are READY to rock & roll at our first ever...

Be there folks!


Thursday, 5 May 2011

Things are certainly hotting up...

that's me...
never knew I had it in me!

The panic gene is winning over the excitement one at the moment.

Until you do these things, you really have no idea just what goes on behind the scenes.


Get on with it LL, the reason for this post is...

Roll of drums here please...

Well that's what I'm passing it off as any road?

Red tap shoes at the ready...

If you live within a thousand miles of Cranbrook please come.

Both Debs and I look forward to meeting blogging pals old and new.