July 6th 2019

It rained overnight so it’s been a non-nettle weeding day today. Plenty of cleavers to pull out, plenty of herb robert, and plenty of other weeds and stray grasses. In amongst all the chaos in this little patch is my walking onions, some purple sprouts, purple poppies which I did not plant but I love…

Growing Things – Plans…

I may not write “updates” very often but I realise I write in my paper journal more. I thought I’d keep some of it on here too. Current windowsil seedlings, germinated / successful: 32 fig seedlings 4 runner beans 12 kale (cavolo nero 4 peas 21 sweetcorn 2 cucumber 7 butternut squash 2 courgette 5…

Nature Tapestry Looms

Today we’ve been enjoying the sunshine even though it’s quite chilly, and making some nature tapestry looms. I can’t remember where I found the idea for this but it’s pretty simple: tie four sticks together to make a square or rectangle, then loop string around to create the loom. Here’s ours: This first one is…

Growing Things

Last week I got home from school one night to find Steve had finally had chance to make some shelves for the big living room window for me, so I’ve somewhere to set out all my seed trays! The next day I got all the seeds sown – sweetcorn, giant pumpkin, crown prince squash, butternut…

Food forest beginnings

Round the back of the house, there’s a pretty big area that I can see from my kitchen window. For a year now I’ve been dreaming of turning it into my main kitchen garden but there have been other, more pressing, areas to attend to. But. Steve has finally been able to take some days…

Waking up after dormancy

Time for a #weeklywednesdaysnapshot! Been a while, for me. We had a much needed withdrawal from Doing during the first half of Winter. But as Spring approaches, I can feel life also starting to flow through me again. I’m becoming more and more aware of seasonal shifts and cycles living here, and I’m relaxing into…

Restart….

I think it’s time to do a restart. Again. It’s been a long time, and I’ve been through a few burnout periods in that time. I’m fresh out of the latest burnout and feeling (surprisingly) pretty unscathed this time. Maybe I’ve finally learned to be gentle with myself during a burnout. But just as I…

Weds 7th Nov 2018

#weeklywednesdaysnapshot Since I last did a snapshot (I still need to upload a couple I actually managed to write as well) we’ve had 2 birthdays, 3 viruses, and a burnout relapse so rather than this quarter being a chance to recover and reset it’s become a bit of a survival period instead. There have been…

Sat 20th Oct 2018

Today has been Good. Work-wise I’ve harvested and cut back three of four pumpkin plants (the fourth, in the greenhouse frame, hasn’t started dying back at all yet and is clinging on to summer) and set the pumpkins out to cure in the porch, cut back some of the honeysuckle on the coldframe frame, cut…

MUSHROOMS

Just…. mushrooms. So many mushrooms. September has been Mushroom Month. It’s like we actually live in fairyland. So, a post dedicated to all the mushrooms I’ve spotted on our smallholding this month.