Category Archives: Gardening

Ferns

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Ferns

Firstly, I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and didn’t eat as many of these as I did.

Hot cross buns

I also ate a whole Easter egg in one sitting 😉

Anyway, back to the ferns. Ferns, in the loosest, botanically incorrect sense of the word, I think. I had seen some lovely images of clean simple embroidery on Pinterest. My embroidery board is here if you’d like to have look. It features quite a variety of techniques. I’m quickly swayed towards one style when a search me takes down another route.

My recent sort out of my dmc threads also made me appreciate the lovely selection of greens I had hidden in my tin. Read the rest of this entry

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Girls day out

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Girls day out

With the wedding behind us, along with all the preparations, I thought it was high time I spent a quality girly day with my daughter before she jetted off on holiday for a fortnight with her other family. I ignored the grumbles of ‘if you’ve seen one stately home, you’ve seen them all’, as teenager ‘pretending to be cool’. I asked her to put on a nice dress (more grumbles) and with the promise of a drive through Starbucks (yes, I know) we set off for Castle Howard in North Yorkshire. Castle Howard My husband and I had spent our first few days as man and wife at Whitby, the location of our first weekend away 10 years ago. Read the rest of this entry

Chelsea? I wish.

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I love my garden.

I especially love it when the sun is shining.

I’ve learnt that my garden will never be perfect, that I will never complete all those garden jobs that I can see to do in just one weekend, and that actually no one notices all the things that need doing apart from me and my strive for Chelsea perfectionism.

There are some areas in particular that are particularly pleasing to me at the moment.

I love my succulents.

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And relax!

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Shelling peas with a glass of wine in the garden on a Friday evening

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Rhubarb jam; a recipe in pictures

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Rhubarb jam; a recipe in pictures
Wash jars and lids in hot soapy water

Wash jars and lids in hot soapy water

Place in an oven set on low heat to sterilize jars

Place in an oven set on low heat to sterilize jars

Jam pan retrieved from garage with 1kg of jam sugar (with pectin)

Jam pan retrieved from garage with 1kg of jam sugar (with pectin)

Out into the rhubarb wilderness

Out into the rhubarb wilderness

1kg of rhubarb stalks

1kg of rhubarb stalks

Cut rhubarb into 1 inch chunks (roughly) and place in the pan with the sugar over a low heat. Keep stirring

Cut rhubarb into 1 inch chunks (roughly) and place in the pan with the sugar over a low heat. Keep stirring

Juice a lemon

Juice a lemon

Keep stiring that rhubarb until all that sugar has dissolved. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla paste or the seeds from 2 vanilla pods

Keep stirring that rhubarb until all that sugar has dissolved. Add 2 teaspoons of vanilla paste or the seeds from 2 vanilla pods.

Funnel found and washed

Funnel found and washed

Turn up the heat and boil for 7 mins. BTW you should also have a saucer chilling in the freezer!

Add the lemon juice and turn up the heat and boil for 7 mins. BTW you should also have a saucer chilling in the freezer!

TAKE THE JAM OFF THE HEAT. Place a splodge of jam on the chilled plate and leave for a minute. Does it wrinkle when you push it with your finger? If so it is ready. Otherwise get that jam back to the boil for another minute and test again,

TAKE THE JAM OFF THE HEAT. Place a splodge of jam on the chilled plate and leave for a minute. Does it wrinkle when you push it with your finger? If so it is ready. Otherwise get that jam back to the boil for another minute and test again,

Carefully take those hot jars out of the oven

Carefully take those hot jars out of the oven

And fill!

And fill!

Not quite a full jar; perfect for tomorrow's breakfast

Not quite a full jar; perfect for tomorrow’s breakfast

Breakfast out in the sun with the Sunday papers. And relax!

Breakfast out in the sun with the Sunday papers. And relax!

Love, Lucie xx

CAL week 6 and some raised beds

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CAL week 6 and some raised beds

Busy, busy, busy this week. But I did manage to complete CAL week 6 of the enormous blanket.

CAL Week 6

CAL Week 6

Half an hour of my time, each evening this week, has been taken up with watering this lot. I have been putting the water from last weekend’s paddling pool to good use!

Raised beds - my Peter built these 3 years ago from off cuts from the local timber yard

Raised beds – my Peter built these 3 years ago from off cuts from the local timber yard

Masses of lettuce - have started to give it away!

Masses of lettuce – have started to give it away!

Peas, a couple of weeks away

Peas, a couple of weeks away

Cabbages and brocoli

Cabbages and brocoli

Sprouting brocoli

Sprouting brocoli

Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn

Red currants - maybe ready next week!

Red currants – maybe ready next week!

Black currants - a few weeks away yet

Black currants – a few weeks away yet

French and runner beans - Looks like this lot need a water!

French and runner beans – Looks like this lot need a water!

The cane plant supports that Freya and I made earlier in the year are looking lovely

The cane plant supports that Freya and I made earlier in the year are looking lovely

Long may this gorgeous weather continue.

As an aside; Peter and I are off to book our wedding venue tomorrow! Set for next May; after 10 years I’ve waited long enough!!!

Love, Lucie xx

Peg Bag 2nd Edition

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My new and improved oil cloth peg bag.

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I know a peg bag is a lame little object to most, but I get a ridiculous amount of delight seeing this brightly coloured peg bag swinging about on the wurly gig outside.

And when it rains I no longer think, ‘duh, peg bag is getting wet’.

So I have progressed from this ugly specimen

Ugly old peg bag

Ugly old peg bag

To this in this post here

Shiny new peg bag

Shiny new peg bag

To this!

Latest Oil Cloth peg bag

Latest Oil Cloth peg bag

I’ve made 8 for the stall and the Folksy shop. Now onto something new for the weekend.

Shiny peg bags ready for my Folksy shop

Shiny peg bags ready for my Folksy shop

Love, Lucie xx