Sunday, January 25, 2009

First sowing of 2009...

In the greenhouse:
15x Broad Bean Bunyards Exhibition
15x Broad Bean Aguadulce
1 tray Onion Ailsa Craig.

On Friday Baby Digger and I visited my sister Wendy in Tunbridge Wells and called in to her plot after going to the park swings. She's only had it a year but has put a lot of time & effort into getting it productive. We dined on my home grown leek & potato soup (can't take credit for the bacon in it though!) and Wendy's home baked bread.

In the past week I've had a bonfire to try and get rid of the dead grass & buddleia I've hacked down, and put some of my 'inherited' cloches over the soil to start warming it.

HWDD made a rude comment relating to what he thought the cloches looked like, but I won't repeat it here!

Last Sunday was clear & sunny, so we had a family walk in Hastings Counrty Park. The photo is of the 'Fire Hills'. When I first moved to Hastings I joined the Volunteer Rangers in the park and that's how I came to meet HWDD.

Today its cold and wet (again) so we're staying in after having a swim this morning at the local pool. (equally cold & wet!)

Friday, January 02, 2009

Happy New Year!

Best Wishes for 2009!

I'm not one for big New Year Resolutions as such, but this year I will "try my best" to be tidier on the plot. No more tossing the nasty weeds into sacks and letting them sit for months as slug & snail shelters!

Now that I have more space on my second plot, I plan to build a second compost heap to put all the ‘nasties’ into so they don’t contaminate the good compost. By keeping the plot generally tidier, the slugs & snails will go else where to breed & munch!

Baby Digger had a very exciting first Christmas being spoilt by Grandparents and cousins!

He officially took his first un-aided steps on Christmas Day and has been practicing with his little wooden truck ever since. (Not bad for 9 & 1/2 months old!)

New Years Day we explored Ham Fen with our Ranger friend & his family and were very impressed by the lodge the European beavers had made and what easy work they make of felling a tree.