Sunday, 29 May 2016

Tomatoes LOTS of Tomatoes .... Potentially

Today is seeing me a drippy, sweaty mess in the polytunnel, working at 30 degree temperatures to pot on my tomato seedlings and put the larger ones into their final resting place in the Gro-Pots.

I've just started on the 'Gardener's Delight' Tomato seedlings.

And I really wanted to show those of you who are a bit dismayed at the lack of growth on your tomatoes compared to the plants you are seeing in the shops that all is not lost.  I have lots of tiny little seedlings that are only just going into their first sized pots after being started off in toilet roll inners.

The variable weather and chilly nights in the polytunnel has kept the growth checked but they will soon pick up now that we have had a few days of sunshine, even though they do look so ridiculously teeny, tiny now they are potted on individually.

These are just some of my 'Golden Sunrise' tomatoes.  I grew these last year and the flavour is amazing ... and they won me a couple of prizes at the two flower shows I entered with them.

This year instead of staking them I am going back to my 'greenhouse' method of allowing them to grow up strings that I have tied to the polytunnel cross frame bar.  They will need tying in a little bit as they wind their way around the string but it means that there is no mass of bamboo canes cluttering up the polytunnel.  We'll see if it works as well en-masse as it did in a single row in the greenhouse.

I have to admit to sowing far too many tomato seeds once again, and there are lots more plants waiting to be planted.  Some of them will be going in the net tunnel when I have hardened them off slightly,  and some if they put on good growth in the next month will be taken to the car boot sale with us to make some extra cash.

Oh well this has been a nice little computer break ... but now it's back to work.

Hope the sun is shining for you today too.

Sue xx

Friday, 27 May 2016

Using The Back Catalogue

The very first photo that appeared on this blog.

When I find a blog that really appeals to me, and I mean really appeals to me, I have been known to go right back to the beginning and read the whole back catalogue.  I find it helps you to learn more about the writer and the reason behind the blog.  Sometimes it's much more interesting than a book, of course like a book there is also the bonus of being able to dip into it when you have time to spare and read forward a few posts (chapters) at a time.

There have been a few people reading their way through from when we originally began our change of lifestyle over the past few weeks, and I have been able to follow their progress on my Statistics page.  Congratulations to the two of you who have just arrived in the present day  :-)

I myself have just spent the last few days starting from scratch with one of the blogs on my sidebar .... and very good reading it was too.  The blog I am talking about is Remembering the Old Ways.  Michelle has a lovely way of living and I simply fell in love with her beautiful cottage.

I've been asked recently how do you get back to the beginning of someone's blog .... well it's really simple.  I'll use my blog as an example, some blogs differ slightly but most will have archives and be similar to use. 

Look for BLOG ARCHIVES on the sidebar.  

First you will see a list of years, go to the oldest (in my case it was 2009)  click on the dark arrow to the left of that year and a drop down list will appear showing the months.

Click on the arrow pointing to the oldest month and another drop down list will appear with the names of all the posts in that particular month.  

You start by going to the very oldest and click on that particular post.  Once you have read this  post at the very bottom, below the comments in my case,  it will say 'Newer Post'  clicking on this will take you to the next post in the sequence and so on and so on.

When I am reading my way through a blog from start to present day I keep a post-it  note in my diary and make a note of where I finish each reading session, so I can click back the next time I want to read on a bit further.  Be warned however ... this is very addictive .... as I have just found out with Michelle's lovely blog  ;-)

Sue xx

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary

Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary
to Barbara and Norman.

And this is where we were over the weekend last week, helping them celebrate with a wonderful family get together and meal at The Old Hall Inn in Chinley.

And then afterwards at Fran and Colins lovely house just down the road in Chinley for cake cutting and champagne.

It wa a brilliant day, lots of catching up with everyone in the family and lots of laughter .... just the sort of day needed to mark such a special occasion.

I hope today is just as lovely for you both.

All our love
Sue and Alan xx

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Chilly Day

The sunshine has vanished today and there is a real chill in the air, so much so that when I was hoovering near the log burner earlier this morning I thought to myself 'thank goodness it's laid and ready to light'.

I think it will be needed this evening!

In other news .... can you spot the difference between this photo and the one that heads the blog?

I think someone has knocked the bottom half of the sign down ..... I'm saying no more  ;-)

Sue xx

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Green Days

It seems no more than a blink of an eye since the branches of the trees were just budding up,  now the long sunny days interspersed with driving Welsh rain has brought everything to almost full greenness.

You all know my love of the colour green, so this time of year with the freshest of greens all around us is the best for me.  To see fresh new life erupting in so many shades and textures is simply wonderful ... and very restorative to the soul.

Of course it's not all green, take a few steps up the hill into our woodland and you will see a carpet of Bluebells merging into the green and yet holding strong with their beautiful shade of blue.

They are dotted all around our land.  I've been tempted to pick a few many times to bring into the house, but each time I stop and think 'no' ..... they look so wonderful exactly where they are.

Of course there's other colours too, I'm a real sucker for Buttercups and always leave patches of this dainty weed wildflower to grow for far too long.  I'm paying the price for last years delay in weeding the front bed with a glorious display of buttercups near the house, but this lone plant in the veggie patch will be sadly meeting the interior of the compost bin in the next couple of days as I need this bed for the Sweetcorn.

The hillside to our left is looking wonderful, and many evenings after bringing in the washing I stand and look, oblivious temporarily to the sound of the cars whizzing past the house, I drink in the fresh greenness of the newly arrived Spring.

Sue xx