Tuesday, 19 September 2017

First attempt at weaving on a loom

I love learning something new and this is it !
The Weald and Downland Living Museum run some very good Craft Workshops
 I think I will be doing more Weaving as I really enjoyed learning different Weaving techniques

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Three hour insomnia Crochet scarf

I made my Crochet Scarf when I couldn't sleep. I used lovely soft variegated Wool. It is missing something ?  I am thinking about adding a fringe to the ends

Sunday, 10 September 2017

It will soon be Christmas Crochet Circle

I am having a rest from making Granny Squares.  My new challenge is crocheting in circles.  I had to block this as it wouldn't lay flat.  I don't know what to do with it now ?   I am sort of stuck so I might leave this one for now and start another one !

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Poor little Bat Cross Stitch

We found a dead Bat. The poor little soul was still intact so I took a photo of him after pinning his wings flat
I don't know what sort of Bat he or she is ?
New Followers of my Blog will have missed my earlier post about Bats. I designed this and sent it to a Cross Stitch Magazine many many years ago.  They liked it and paid me £25 to publish it in the magazine ! There is something very special about Bats

Monday, 4 September 2017

Two Gardening Tips Wool and Apples in Compost

A gardening tip for anyone who uses Wool
 We ran out of Garden String yesterday so I used scraps of Wool instead
I will use Wool to tie up our plants in future as it is so much softer

Our Apples feed us, 4 Chickens next door and two local Horses.  Some of our Apples are so bruised I put them in our Compost Bin. I  noticed some were staying whole and taking months to break down. Now I chop them up with a Garden Spade before I add them to the Compost

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Addicted to making Crochet Granny Squares

My Challenge for 2017 was to learn how to Crochet.  I now LOVE making Granny Squares. I still can't Crochet in rows ! I started making Squares to use up my two Suitcases full of wool

This is for our Son's Dining Room. His Dining Room walls are a mustard colour so I hope it will look ok

Our other Son bought me some Wool for Christmas. I am making him a cushion Cover or Office Chair Mat. This wool is very thick and splits easily. This one will take me a long time to finish

The Wool was easier to knit with so I knitted him some Slippers 

 Another Blanket for our new Grandson using Variegated Wool. I made this on our seven hour Coach journey to Landudno. I am not sure about the Variegated Wool. It makes it look patchy

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

LLANDUDNO Somerset Hotel in Wales Holiday August 2017

The Somerset Hotel in Llandudno in North Wales. Seaview Room on the 3rd floor

There are signs everywhere in Llandudno saying " Please don't feed the Seagulls " 

It was hard not to feed them as they were crying for food on our window ledge

View from the Pier in the evening

The Hotel runs excursions. This was Beaumaris  

Beaumaris has a Castle but we didn't have time to go inside

Betws-y-Coed was beautiful. We also went to
 Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch which translated into English means
 St Mary's Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel Near to the Rapid Whirlpool of Llantysilio of the Red Cave

Carnarvon Castle. There are lots of Castles in Wales !

 The Great Orme is a massive hill overlooking Llandudno with stunning views.There is a Visitor Centre, Childrens Playground  and a Cafe on the top. We went up in a Tram but could have gone by Cable Car. There is a Car Park at the top
I would love to go back to Llandudno for more than three days 

How I grow my Carrots for Janine

Janine from RAINBOW HARE has asked me how I grow my Carrots

This Trough has been the best way I have found to grow Carrots in our Garden after trying for over 30 years
 I emptied the last remaining Carrots in the Trough today. This Trough has produced well over 100 Carrots so far this year from one sowing so I will use it again next year  

Carrots all different sizes just pulled up. I could have left the little ones to grow bigger but the tops were going green.  I think these are Nantes 5 Carrots 
The Trough is only about 20 inches by 7 inches by 6 inches high
It has very good drainage
I used Hilliers Garden Centre's own brand Multipurpose Compost
 Compost added loosely to about an inch of the top of the Trough. Kept loose not tamped down
Compost watered well and left to settle. Compost level goes down when watered so I topped it up a little and watered a little more
Sprinkled Seed on top as evenly as I could 
Covered Seed with about half an inch of sieved Compost
I left them in the Greenhouse until they came up then moved them outside. Slugs and Snails love them !
Fed twice with Liquid Seaweed when the Carrots looked like they had stopped growing
Kept an eye on them watering as needed and removing Slugs and Snails hiding behind the pot
I hung up other pots of Carrots or positioned them as high as I could at least 5 foot off the ground away from Carrot Flies
 I pulled up individual Carrots when they looked big enough
This thins them out allowing the others room to grow and extends the growing season
I hope this helps you Janine and anyone trying to grow Carrots
UPDATE for Janine and Margaret 

Longer types of Carrots need deeper containers
 We have 8 Pots with different types of Carrots in them
 It is the only way we can grow Carrots here maybe it is because like Janine we have clay soil 

Friday, 18 August 2017

GARDEN REVIEW 18 th August 2017

We have grown Carrots in big pots. Hung up above shoulder height well away from the Carrot Fly this year which has been good. They take a long time to grow but taste lovely 

Alderman Peas. Firestorm and Snowstorm Runner Beans
 I have been freezing a lot of Runner Beans and giving some away. Definately worth growing next year

 We haven't had many Courgettes so far this year. I will try a self fertile variety next year like Partenon or Goldmine. Lettuces have been very good this year

Grapes are very small

Our Raspberry Canes have grown ten foot high this year. They were swaying around as I had nothing tall enough to tie them to.  Our Runner Beans have attached themselves to the Raspberry Canes which are now holding up the Raspberries. Isn't Mother Nature clever ! 

I bought two Hedgehog Houses  Hopefully they might rest in these overnight as they travel miles looking for food at night. They usually live under our Shed floor but it needs replacing soon
We need to start deciding what to grow next year....  

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Whitehouse Farm Old Barn Art Update 2 July 2017

It is so sad to see the old Barn at Whitehouse Farm falling apart. Some of the Art has been wrecked or painted over. To be more positive there are some new Paintings

New paintings  July 2017



Three singing heads when you look closely

Funny Owl

  I will miss seeing new Paintings when the Barn is knocked down for a new housing estate