Sunday, 25 September 2016
Thursday, 15 September 2016
Tuesday, 13 September 2016
My Sister and I have planted many Flowers, Bulbs and Shrubs in front of our Mum's Headstone. When we visit her grave we find that the Cemetery Gardeners have mowed the grass right up to the her Headstone
I now have a little Memorial to her in our Garden using the temporary wooden Cross we had before her Headstone was erected
She died 12 years ago today
POEM Author unknown
You only have one Mother so treasure her with care
You'll only know her value when you see her empty Chair
Saturday, 27 August 2016
We watched the THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF yesterday
I am hoping this will be my Hubby's new Hobby
He made two Apple and Cinnamon cakes from a Mary Berry Recipe today using the Apples from our Trees. Delicious hot with Custard.
Message for my visitors from overseas. The Great British Bake Off is on Television. It has a Facebook Page and a Website
UPDATE. Hubby has made two Pies and three Strudels this week
I hope he makes Cornish Pasties next !
Probably my last Fruit and Vegetable growing post this year
My last five Beetroot dug up today
My Tomatoes are coming to an end. I have removed the leaves to let the sun ripen them. Lots of them are still green. We still have Runner Beans, Spring Onions, Berries and Apples
Only two Pears and a few Plums. We ate our Rhubarb which was only enough to make one Crumble
I have repotted our mini Strawberries which tasted nicer than our big ones
Sunday, 21 August 2016
I bought a Kit to try Manx Patchwork when we visited the Cregneash Folk Village on the Isle of Man
This one patch only 9 inches big took me three hours to complete !
The photo doesn't show the overlapping, like roof tiles technique which makes Manx patchwork so different
There was a demonstration and beautiful Patchwork on display
This was hung up like a Door Curtain but may have been a Quilt
This was a Cot Quilt and helped me understand the traditional dark and light sides of the squares. I want to do more Patchwork and hope to get quicker now I understand the technique. I find choosing the right fabrics for patchwork very difficult
I love Ann's Christmas Patch. A beautiful example I found on
Thursday, 18 August 2016
We have just returned from the Isle of Man
It is a beautiful unspoilt Island and there were not many Tourists
This is one of many Horse Trams which carry people for two miles up and down the Promenade in Douglas
Our Room had a Four Poster Bed which was a surprise
This is Castletown with a real Castle to explore
Snaefell Mountain Railway goes to the top of the highest Mountain
We travelled by Steam Train quite a lot during our week there
The famous Laxey Water Wheel
It was one of the best holidays we have ever had and I would love to go back to the isle of Man
Have you visited the Isle of Man ?
I have been propagating a few plants. Fuchsias root easily in water. The leaves dry out so I popped an open plastic bag over them to reduce evaporation
Jade or Money Plants are easy too. Just plant a piece with two or four leaves in a pot and it will root
If a leaf falls off it will grow into a new plant but this takes a little longer
Kalanchoe. When your plant gets leggy or straggly cut a few pieces off and put them in water where they root easily
Close up of rooted Kalanchoe
I spotted a frog in daylight in the garden today. He is so tiny bless him.
Monday, 8 August 2016
I need a bright Luggage Label to find my Suitcase at the Airport
This is how to make one
Draw a Cat Head or any shape you like on a piece of felt your chosen size
This is the lid off a tub of Whiskas Cat Biscuits which worked well as a template
Cut out the Cat Head.
I keep clear plastic packaging to use in my craft projects
Cut some clear plastic a bit bigger than your Cat Head
Sandwich the plastic between the cat Head and another piece of felt
Sew around three sides. My Sewing Machine sewed easily through the plastic as it wasn't very thick
I didn't have any orange cotton so this looks awful !
Punch a hole for the cord to attach it to your case with a hole punch
Trim edges with Pinking Shears if you want to
I covered my stitching but it isn't really necessary if you use matching cotton !
Test your new Label. If possible !
Yes Wally you would fit in my Suitcase
Off to The Isle of Man tonight....yippee
Sunday, 31 July 2016
I have had to destroy most of my outdoor Tomatoes which were affected by blight. My Greenhouse Tomatoes are still healthy
A few Bees have arrived at last to pollinate our Runner Beans
We have been eating Runner Beans, Spring Onions, Potatoes and Tomatoes
My Cucumbers are still struggling
I have dug up all of our Potatoes
We have so many enormous Slugs which are too big for our little Frogs to eat. I go Slugs Hunting at 11pm every evening and find around 50 in our Vegetable Patch. There are always quite a few Frogs around our Pond at that time. They look so cute.