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Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Mostly bags and berries

 

We’ve had a little sun but a lota lota rain so the berries are struggling a bit this year. however we are getting through the strawberry milkshakes, strawberry ice cream and strawberries on anything else we can find. after all we don’t want the giant slugs to get them do we? and i do mean giant – urgh.

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i’m not sure strawberries on porridge is that  yummy but it looked aesthetically pleasing! lots of little wild strawbs and some raspberries sneaked in too.

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I have harvested some of the garlic and this too has been an unmitigated sucess this year. the only other time i grew it,  was in pots,  where it just rotted, so i was pretty pleased with this haul. they are currently drying in the shed. whenever i open it to get my garden tools out i get a very strong whiff of garlic indeed. i’m sure that’s good for something… J took these pics.

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i’ve been doing some paid garden work for a friend recently and now she has decided to have a full landscape job done by Stokie Bloke which is pretty exciting! maybe this is more my metier after the craft show horror?my back may disagree though as its very stiff at the moment.

Stokie Bloke has given up beer for a week in honour of two big weekends out. i’m not sure i can ever remember that happening before! It’s fast approaching the end of term and summer fairs and sports days are upon us. I actually won a raffle prize a the school summer fair of a family portrait session so watch this space! family haircuts first methinks, as we are all looking a bit woolly. We celebrated lots of june birthdays for family and friends over the last week – 3 on the same day!! J and I made courgette and apple cake for uncle wim from Katy’s “I can cook” tv recipe and I have to say it wasn’t bad at all. will add my amended recipe next time.

Courgette and apple cake

finally quite alot of sorting of the stash has been taking place too. i returned 5 bagfuls to WRAP of stuff i would probably have never done anything with ( although some bits i am missing already – sad I know) and some other stuff to charity instead of trying to ebay it. this left me with an idea for some quilts which are nearly finished and also some useful pieces to make Rowan’s bag with. Rowan is part of the Holt gang and i much admired her bags at the recent do ( see previous post). Promptly i borrowed “ Sew Pretty Homestyle” by Tone Finnanger from the library and here is numero uno. i agree with Rowan that the fabric handles are much nicer though. i’m not a huge fan of all the sew pretty twee stuff but this one is a keeper!

i had a super young model to pose with it. thanks O – great job!

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bye for now

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