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Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Busy, Busy

Well, where to start????

The Easter weekend was very special as my sister and nephew were here Saturday night and Sunday. It was so good to have them here as I hadn't seen them since Christmas. On Sunday morning MrC and I got up to watch the Fast Cars (Yay! my 3 year old nephew is a petrol-head!!!) His parting shot to Mummy was "NO, YOU STAY IN BED AND REST!" He did really well not getting bored to be honest! - I taught him that the Ferrari's were the red ones, (although not my favourite team they do have the advantage of being easily recognisable!) and he decided he wanted the Ferrari to win (fair enough!) He also heard the commentators saying the name Hamilton a few times (really??? there's a surprise!!!) so we had to try to learn which was he was too and remember that he was driving a McLaren!!!!! After the race we fed the chickens, had a biscuit, brushed Spot-Dog, fed the chickens, went for a walk, fed the chickens, had lunch, fed the chickens, played the piano, had a snooze, fed the chickens, played with play-doh, and fed the chickens!!!! - Chickens were also very obliging and laid us an egg for Lunch!!!!

Mum and Dad came over later in the afternoon, bringing supplies with them (!) and we had Sunday dinner all together which was lovely. It was lovely to see my nephew interacting with the pets too. This is the first time he has seen the chickens so that was great, and he loved them...... but also the first time he has really been big enough and brave enough to stroke and cuddle Spot in his own right! - I did catch a really touching scene at the chicken coop in the afternoon of MrC with his arms around Spotley's neck, and Spot just standing stock still (eyeing up the chickens it must be said!) but it was a lovely scene and one that brought a lump to my throat!!!!

So, since then I have put the finishing touches to my first veggie bed (with the help of Mr Noo!). Here it is in all it's glory:-

It's planted up already with onions, carrots, cabbage and leeks, and there's space for purple broccoli

Things are kicking off in the greenhouse too: -

The sweetcorn is going great guns - and the sunflowers next to it (the tops of each and every one having been chewed by mice!!!!)

The Rocket & spinach on the left is now big enough to pop in a sandwich (brie and fresh picked salad on homemade bread - you can't beat it!)

And the cabbages are coming up although they have also suffered at the teeth of the mice!

Finally the runner beans showed for the first time yesterday. The mice got one, but I've salvaged the rest, and am now covering up all the seedlings at night with netting so hopefully (!) everything will now survive!

I did also have peas and sweetpeas, but the mice have dug all of those up, so I'll have to do them again!

So there you have it, you're all caught up again! - Doesn't take long does it!? I really, really, must do some work for the rest of this week, especially as the new tax year is upon us so there are an inordinate amount of forms to fill and numbers to add up (and get wrong, and add up again, etc etc etc!!) So I doubt you will hear from me again until the weekend. Have fun all!


  1. Aren't 3 years old wonderful and funny. :)

    Your seedlings look well. :)

  2. Golly, I haven;t planted any beans, peas or sweetcorn yet!! Better get moving, but I do have tomatoes, chillies peppers and cucumbers!!!

  3. Sounds like a lovely family time!

    Plants are looking good!

  4. Anonymous12:01 pm

    v impressed at how the bed has come along since the weekend. we had a wonderful time too, thanks for looking after us so well. i expect mrC will be after chickens of his own now....!! xxxx sis

  5. Well done with all the hard work you've put in with your garden you are sure to be rewarded with lots of great veggies!

  6. It all looks wonderful - and your nephew sounds delightful.

  7. Your veggies are quite inspiring! I have dug a bed for some but got no further!

  8. Sounds like you had a wonderful weekend :)

    Your seeds are all coming along nicely! I only just managed to get mine planted yesterday, so we'll see how they go.

  9. Sounds like a wonderful Easter break, and one I'm sure your nephew will remember with much fondness in years to come.

    Your garden is looking great and the first bed looks very well done! And everything sprouting all over the place - I'm sure you will have an abundance in the summer/autumn and shall be asking for preserving recipes so the mice are only helping to prevent too much of a glut :)


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