Poppy Patchwork


My little bit of this big World

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Catching up

My yarn selection came this morning, it came from layfamilyarn, I love the colours, these small skeins will allow me to use this yarn before making an expensive purchase. 
I got this tiny pot, looks just like a child for my air plant, I have seen these pots on line and love them, such fun. The air plant I have had for ages.
 My string of pearls is growing well, this was a tiny 99p plant, I got the hanging pot last year, this was put together about 5 months ago, I love the way the beads hang against the pot, this lives in my greenhouse. 
I had a great time with my sister over the weekend, on Saturday we popped to a local garden center, it's an arty one with loads of different things for your home and garden, I got the plant below for my nasties bed, popping in this pot I got last week.
 I have been looking for a lamp for my outside table, I wanted something heavy and strong, most decorative ones are light and plastic, I was pleased to find this lamp, made with metal and glass, it reminds me of a miners lamp, hubby loves it. 
I have not read a Barbara Erskine book for ages, this one was good, huge 576 pages, a really good read. 
Saturday evening we stayed in for a curry cooked by hubby, it was fun to relax together, our local gala was also on Saturday, but my sister did not want to attend, preferring to walk around a garden center. Sunday was a day at home, with a relaxing evening, just hubby and I.
Monday Will came to play, it was just him and I most of the day, it was sunny and warm, so we spent most of the day in the garden, most of the issues in the garden only show on hot days, so our recent weather allowed us to be outside.  I did another local book swap, I have loads of books to read, I do read more when next door is on her mission against us.
Tuesday, I went to sign class, it was only 5 of us a small group, but it was fun, I do enjoy this group of ladies. I stayed in the rest of the day reading, it was non stop rain, this year we are having a true English summer.
Wednesday, we had nothing planned, it was a dull morning, after a very wet night, Will and mummy popped in for lunch, he was a cute as ever, we got him another huge toy car from our local secondhand shop. Later again I read and did a bit of knitting on my socks.
Today is a housework day, as tomorrow we are off for a few days away, going to Wrexham, we have never been there, hubby has a church service to attend Saturday morning, along with loads of ex Welsh guards, but we will have Friday afternoon and evening and Sunday morning to sightsee.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

Another reused 'pot'

I found this copper coal bucket on facebook, it was not too expensive, but perfect for my hosta's, which this year is being ate by slugs and snails, the copper will stop them getting to my plants, it should look good once the leaves come back. i would have liked a bigger pot for both hostas, but I will see if this works.
Just a selection of photo's from my planted 3 chimney pots, these have all been purchased 2nd hand at different times. I love to plant them with trailing flowers, as the pot is as interesting as the flowers.  These 2 pots have been moved around the garden to find their suitable resting spot.
 This is my small chimney pot, it sits in my back garden, filling a corner where nothing wanted to grow, I love the begonia which tumbles out the top each year. 
 I like to group the different pots together, and I will use anything as a pot. 
I did this post because I was asked how I use chimney pots, I love to play with the planting, trying now to use plants which will return each year, bedding plants can be so expensive. 
Because this soil level is so high, I do not remove the plants over winter. The soil stays reasonable dry through the wettest months, and most of my plants don't damage in the cold. I have a geranium in one pot, which is 4 years old and has been outside each winter, even in the snow. 
Pot's can be harder work and the soil does dry out quicker and therefore requires watering more often, but the positive side is you can grow anything in them, your soil does not matter as you can get any type of compost to suit your planting. 
The above photo's I have used are from previous years, my pots are not in flower yet, they give height to my garden, and can change a dull spot very quickly. These 3 are true chimney pots, there are always second hand ones for sale locally, I love the look and feel of them, but I will use anything as a pot, here is the tall white pot which was used to hold an old toilet brush, now reused, next to a ice cream dish and on the lower shelf is a china sugar pot.

Saturday, 15 June 2019

New starts

I love this yarn, Opal is always a good knit, plus the colours here remind me of a summer meadow. I've knitted a short top as these are all for me. 
Thursday we popped to the libary, so I picked up these books, I still have a huge pile at home, but wanted to read authors I love, I have already finished Still me, I could not put it down, a great book as good as the 1st book, and way better than the 2nd book. I'm reading Barbara Erskine next, I have not read any of her books for years. 
Hubby and I spent a great day on Friday at a local spa, just the 2 of us, I got a massage, he had to pass, they don't give masages if you have had an operation in the 12 month previous. We enjoyed a nice lunch, and plenty of rest, as well as using the various things on offer. We sat in a glass roofed section, the sun was really warming, it did us both good.
Thursday we finished the garden with the blue slate around our Magnolia tree, we then popped to town for a couple of things, nothing else came home with us, we did have lunch out.
Today we woke early, have walked to the bakery in the village, and are waiting for my sister and her partner to arrive for the weekend. We have planned a nice meal in tonight, the rest of the time is open to how we feel.

Thursday, 13 June 2019

Finishes

Both pairs of socks completed, both for my sister and both Christmas presents, the pink socks I used yarn left over from another pair of socks I made. I still have another three pairs to make, all for men with size 11 feet, but not this month. I have cast on another pair for me, and I have the yarn for my daughters Christmas socks. 




 I have finished the baby blanket for my hairdresser, I will get some pretty pink ribbon to tie it and some pretty pink socks, I have one more appointment before she leaves in 6 weeks. It is so soft, the Alpaca yarn is so soft, just like silk, I love using it. 

My 21st read this year, what can I say about this book, surprisingly I enjoyed it. 
22nd read of the year, this book was good, set with 5 main people, who have history. This is not the 1st book in the series, whilst I enjoyed the story line, I felt too much time was spent and their back story, it would be annoying if I had read the other books. I felt the back story made the book a much bigger read and most was unnecessary. 
I will post photo's of my new start next time, I enjoy the simplicity of knitting socks, they are quick to finish. I am looking for more crochet to make, I think it's about time I tried a design, followed a pattern, how hard can it be. I have not forgot my loom, I am still reading learning, I really don't want to make a long thin piece of material I can't use, my loom does have limitations, but it's the best I can have for the space I have, hubby won't give up the spare room for a floor loom, but I can dream.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Bang the drum

This was something I did not know, I have been happily accepting paper bags, biodegradable, but now with my cotton produce bags I can reuse them time and again. I do follow 1million women, they show relevant statements.  
Both hubby and I watched Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on his new program, this time on plastic, it was interesting, in this house he has a willing audience, I was very sadden to see the effects of the waste we send abroad on the local people, humiliating come to mind. If each country had to sort their own waste packing, mainly plastics, huge amounts, then maybe we would stop the plastic at the source, buy things loose using our own reusable bags. I know certain items, meat, dairy have to wrapped for safety.
It's our attitude to flimsy one use plastic, it's everywhere, over the years we have come to expect it, and why not, it keeps items together, protected, once packed it can be shipped and displayed, it's cheap, perfect medium.
The one thing, which we already knew, was why does unpacked produce cost more per pound than the packed, the Tesco lady said it was because the peppers in the case shown was bigger. But we have weighed packed items on the scales, as if the were the loose ones, and every time the price would have been higher.
Plastic is not a bad thing if we use it correctly, my kitchen has loads of containers, which I reuse and they last me years, most in the thicker soft plastic which could be recycled. Gardner's have plastic pots, again being in use for years, making them a useful tool to have.
It's nice to see Hugh banging his drum on plastic, he tackled waste food a while ago, anything to help make more people aware is a good thing. These programmes can only be the start, I do feel it's up to us, people power to get things moved along. We can't change the past, but we can start the change for our future.

Monday, 10 June 2019

New beds

My new raised bed is looking good, the Coleus are a bit small, but everything else is doing well. The back left hand corner was dug out last week, but no real damage done. The bugs have been added for Will, he loves them, hubby cut down the metal frame, I think it looks better.
 My sink, which sits next to my Acer, with 3 different grasses and 2 Heuchera, Palace Purple, all new plants for me, this year I am trying different styles. I am hoping the colours will sing out next to my Acer. 
 This plant grows along the fence infront of my greenhouse, the bee's love it, every time I come down this end of the garden I hear them, it's very pleasing. 
 I buy loads of bulbs and seeds, plant them and then forget what I have, I don't know what this is growing here, but it looks interesting. I have added 4 packs of seeds this week, they are a bit late, but fingers crossed some will come up. 
  Cucumbers and tomatoes growing, I also have cut leaf salad, spring onions and radishes.
I purchased another chimney, this one is about three foot high, and I won't plant it, I do like it here infront of my Acer, it cost £20, which was a bargain, I have seen the same ones as much as £80. 
We spent Sunday in the garden, we did not have much to do, hubby sorted a couple small jobs and helped me move a couple of pots, all through the year pots get moved in my garden, ensuring I see the best display as possible. I have decided to purchase another Acer for the back area, it will live in a pot, I'm looking for a acid green one, which will add to the area.
My bonsai acer is doing well, I have added to the soil and purchased a feed for it, I had read loads and know it's all about keeping the roots tiny, which keeps the tree tiny, a balance in staying small and being healthy, I do have the bug and would like another bonsai as well as trying to start one myself from cuttings.
Today is Will's day, we had planned to take him to town on the bus, he loves bus and train journeys, but we already have had heavy (lovely) rain and the sky is dark again, so the trip might not happen.  We have nothing to do today, so it's a play day all day.
I am still crafting, I will do a post soon on all my finishes, and hopefully a new start. I am reading alot, getting through the pile of books I was given, there are a couple I have decided not to read, but I still have 10 books in my pile.

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Fruit







My fruit bushes around the garden are producing lovely fruit, I shall be picking a few raspberries soon, with strawberries soon after. I never get huge crops from my tiny plot, but I do love to have space to grow. I have already been showing Will all the different things in the garden, I don't think he will understand until we can eat the crops from each bush.
I am going to get my best season this summer on almost everything, the only one not doing so well is again the gooseberries, after the fruit set, the saw flies ate every bit of leaf on the 2 plants (both planted in the same big pot), I am still unsure if gooseberries are a earning their place in my small garden, but I don't have any suggestions on what to replace them with.
My blackberry plant is doing very well, growing up the garage wall, I have a long line running along the length of the garage, and I have been training the plant to grow on an arch infront of my shed, behind the garage.
Friday we had the wettest day in ages, it only stopped raining for a couple of hours, the rest of the day was steady rain, the water butts are now almost full, so no complaints from me.
Saturday it was very windy, more like October than June, we also had another couple of storms, my newly planted bedding plants are looking good, getting them in the ground before the rain has worked well.
This morning is sunny, and should be a nice day, I don't have anything to do outside, I am keeping on top of everything, I've picked up all the leaves blown around from yesterday. The blossom from the tree behind my shed has covered the space between the shed and greenhouse, it looks just like confetti and smells devine.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Overshoot day

This week was World Environment day, there are many days like this in our year, and truly there needs to be, our earth needs protecting, the governments I feel who have the power do not use it. As individuals, we have little power but together we can help.
 I read somewhere it is better millions of us recycle, reuse, avoid plastic, eat less meat and use local produce, imperfectly, rather than just a few doing it perfectly. 

Overshoot is another important day, last year it was August 1st, this year it's predicted to be 31st July, so what's another day, that's not the question. 
Why do we need the resources of 2.7%  earths to sustain us each year. 
Last year the UK overshoot day was May 8th. 
2019 UK overshoot day May 17th, pleasing improvement. 

I'm not an eco warrier, I'm a daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother, I love our simple lifestyle, I love we (hubby and I) have changed our outlook from commercial living to a gentle way, enjoying what we have, and wanting very little. Making my clothes last much longer, not buying things on impulse, passing on what we can't use anymore. Everything has a footprint, from the amount of water it takes to produce it, to the transport to get it to the shops, and the plastic used to protect it on it's journey.
It is so natural for us to carry shopping bags, and cotton produce bags when we purchase food, this one small thing has stopped the production of millions of single use plastic bags.
I do believe if we all do something, we can make a difference, people power did more quicker regarding the use of plastic drinking straws, so even if you feel your contribution is not enough, just remember the statement I quoted above, which is here again.
It is better millions of us recycle, reuse, avoid plastic, eat less meat and use local produce,  imperfectly, rather than just a few doing it perfectly. 
I did a post last year here, I am really pleased to know we have made improvements on our list.

Thursday, 6 June 2019

D Day commemorations

We had a distant view of The Spinnaker tower and the area near Southsea, we were sat in Porchester wreck along the shore line. 
 The flyby was very distant and my camera would not capture much as it flew over the Spinnaker tower. 
 The picnic was enjoyed by everyone, Will loves these southern fried chicken bites, I did cheat and get 3 meal deals from our local Co-op.
 Plenty of time for finding bugs and walking along the water's edge.


 Under instruction
 I can do it. 
The morning was cloudy but dry, we chose this location so Will could run around and not get bored, a picnic was more fun than sitting in a busy cafe. There were a few people out to watch this flyby, it was a bit distant, hubby got some good photo's using his big lens. This area is just 10 minutes drive from our home, we often cycle up to the local sailing club cafe, where we always have a great meal.
We only stayed about 2 hours, plenty enough time for Will to have loads of fun, we also took a football and a frisbee, such simple pleasures.
According to Will, Trump went over twice in a helicopter and the queen three times, he shouted hi each time one flew over.
How quickly and easy to cheer up, simple family days are so important.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Lovely bags

These bags are in our shopping bag and will be used many times, ensuring we do not use the flimsy plastic bags for fruit and veg. They cost £15.99, and there are 3 sizes, 2 of each are net bags and the 3rd is a unbleached cotton. Hubby was getting fed up with fruit and veg loose in our shopping bag, as I refused to use the plastic bags provided, I do also carry paper bags to use as well. Sadly these bags were held together, yes you guessed in a plastic bag. 

I had a totally different post ready, but changed my mind, I'm feeling blue, each morning I check my garden to see what damage has been done overnight, this morning was good, no digging.
Most of the seedlings coming through in my raised cut flower bed had been destroyed. None of the plants in my bed by the back door are damaged, so I managed to get the bed looking good again.
My happy place is my garden, I like it neat on the edges with loads of colour, I've been working on it for almost 10 years, it will never be finished, which is good as I love to be outside doing things.
I spoke to soon yesterday, mad cat woman has sent us a dodgy looking 'legal' letter, listing all the things she has imagined we have done, drugs was top of the list again. This means she has broken the order sent to her via the courts and our local council, the council has a copy of the letter, they are dealing with it, sadly nothing is done quickly.
So we carry on as normal, living our lives as best as we can, we are meeting Will and mummy for a picnic later, the D Day celebrations are happening in Portsmouth, we are going to sit at our local  water edge and watch the flypast, not the best view, but we have no desire to go into Portsmouth today.

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