So behind with blog visiting and predict that work will be the priority until August then a little breather. I got the job that I had an interview for the other week and I was pleased with that as they were interviewing 210 people for a number of posts....a sign of the times. I have a patchwork of different jobs that only I can keep tally of and understand the differences between....I get a bit mixed up sometimes.
On to matters of a gardening nature today - I take more photographs of the garden than anything else I think and could happily open up a gardening blog! It is a teeny garden but there is a lot packed into it (there's a surprise...).
So sometimes you wake up and think: "What I really need today is an nice old cold frame". It is funny how our minds work isn't it.
If today is your day of cold frame needage this is how to make one (sort of - lacking some details that I was not privy to):
Sometimes it takes us a while to get round to making things
Then gird your loins and sand the aforementioned window frame down (if your other half is not watching avoid this step....sadly other half was watching so I was FORCED to sand....I don't like sanding).
I did not take sanding photographs.
Eye up potential spot for mini cold frame...see....that space J_U_S_T there. If short on space (cough, cough) just budge a few things up....and then budge up a bit more....keep budging until budging process is complete and no pins can be placed between any items. Stand back .... take a good look at the space and consider if more budging could be done....one more budge should do it I think...
"To think that only the other week she was spouting on about how she was a 'lah di dah minimalist'...now she is 'Chief Budger Upper' "
Venture into cellar - pretend not to huff at the delay - busy yourself finding half empty tin of paint ready to paint the thing (if other half is not watching avoid the undercoat - sadly other half WAS watching so forced to paint undercoat - I do not like undercoat)
I have no undercoat or painting photographs...because they were NOT worth it..
Search around for a suitable handle for lifting lid to cold frame (note how very carefully I have painted the frame....it takes years to perfect this particular technique...)
Then you do your 'ta dah' moment...
Remember to take quite a few photographs of the same thing as you are so chuffed
And a bit more...
These are rescue plants. Do you do that: rescue plants that are being sold off in B&Q for pennies because they are on the brink of extinction? Dom bought these pots of scabious home triumphantly - 20p and all they needed was a bit of dead heading and WATER (have B&Q not learnt that yet). I know that some people rescue donkeys and if I had acreage I would be rescuing donkeys too - in the interim scabious will have to suffice
I have heard that some people have large, expensive, gas fired barbecues....for years we have used this old stove with a bit of chicken wire on top....
I love my Eno....
What a great word 'budge' is!
Tra la la
Fiddle de dee
'Budge' is the word of the day
For you and me!
PS: Cycling to work yesterday on my old bike (hard going even on the flat but the bike looks lovely so that's what counts) - I was cycling away from the sea front but traffic was pouring in. BBC Antiques Roadshow was in town yesterday - finished work and pedalled like the clappers to the venue to check out the queues. A few thousand had turned up...so I popped home and waited for the children to finish school. As the venue only takes five minutes for us to walk to we could trot round at our leisure and by then there was practically no queue at all, waited about 20 minutes I think. Fiona Bruce is unexpectedly tall but apart from that no other great surprises. We had people that the children recognised from the telly saying that my little item that I took along was very nice (worth about £200 so not retiring just yet....) and then several others came over chatting about various things. A bit of fun for the end of the day. Not forgetting the significance of yesterdays date (which is why the BBC had chosen our locale) and I would usually visit the Local D-Day museum