Thursday, 24 September 2009

Baking Day revisited

Tuesday was a day off paid work. Yay!! Did a little bit of housework, but honestly - I didn't feel like doing any more. So I baked instead:

From bottom left clockwise:
Lemon cheesecake; Annettes unbaked cake; two pumpkin loaves and a "throw everything in the whizz" chocolate cake. Kids were most impressed and there were plenty of 'taste testing' offers.

Then finished off by making Jo Seagars Farmers Country Style Frittata for dinner, with a nice lettuce salad and some home made wedges.

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Baking Day

Having computer problems . . . will try to post tomorrow . . .

Sunday, 20 September 2009

The big reveal . . .

Thanks for your thoughts, but no, the monstrosity is not for a vine, or beans, or a soccer net.

It also needs some buckets - painted with left over house paint

Some good quality compost (with some horse poo in for good measure)

And tomato plants.

Yes - it's an upside-down-tomato-hanger-upper! Dallas has been reading up on this for ages. Upside down tomatoes - no need to stake. He is quite sure that this will be the most wonderful way to grow tomatoes since . . . well, just since! Of course, this has led to more bets with the neighbour . . .

Still not sure why he needed to build the monstrosity. He could have just hung them from hooks on the fence, but who am I to question?

Thursday, 17 September 2009

The worker

Can you see the worker doing his job? (You may have to click on the photo to enlarge it first).

Oh, and by the way, what do you think this monstrosity might be used for?

Wednesday, 16 September 2009


Contemplating life, contemplating death.

Sorry to be morbid. A few weeks ago a good internet friend had her cancer beat her. Today I went to a funeral of a 45 year old family man who had a massive heart attack.

It makes you think. It makes you want to make the most of today - for who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Sleep might be a long way away tonight.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

The garden(s)

An update on the garden(s). Yes, we now have two! The second one even more 'rustic' than the first . . . and the first has gone another layer of half rounds higher. We couldn't get any more free half rounds, so we got free quarter rounds for the second garden.

The layers of the garden went a bit like this:

First layer: Newspaper:

Second layer: pea straw

Third layer: Horse poo

This was followed by some more pea straw, then compost.

The end result:
Garden One has beans along the back; red onions, spring onions, two each of cauli, broccoli and cabbage; one heritage tomato (Brandywine Pink) and one cucumber. The pot in the middle has a rosemary plant in it.

Here is the heritage tomato:

GardenTwo has heritage peas along the back, two rows of carrot seeds, mint in the pot and lots and lots of dog paw prints!!!

Also to go in this garden are beetroot seedlings when they grow a bit bigger:

Also growing well are the strawberries: