Wednesday, 22 April 2009


An apple for the birds.
The sun shone and WOW!! the signs of life were everywhere yesterday. As the tractors hummed in distant fields I decided I had to be out there, out there were things were busy growing before my very eyes.

Chives in a bucket.

I spent the day, planting things, some things in bigger pots, somethings in buckets, some things in their own little areas around the wood and somethings in surprising places. I seem to have overdone it with the courgette plants this year. I thought only a percentage of the seeds would geminate, but, guess what....they all did, and the courgette plant when its a baby is a lovely sturdy little chap, and it would be cruel to thin out such healthy babies, so I have planted some in the tyres, a couple in pots and the rest are now dotted around the farm in interesting places. We will see which ones survive best.

An area for flowers in the wood.

I like a mix of plants, flowers and veggies and I think the plants do too, they seem to thrive when mixed about a bit with each other and it also serves to confuse some of the nasty little insects that think my food is their food.

Cauliflower patch on the edge of the wood.

Oxfordshire is looking so lush, green and alive and the sounds and smells of nature are all around. This is why we came here, yes we work hard (very hard) but when you stop, you realise why you're doing what you're doing and it's worth it.
One of the Apple Trees (still a twig really, in blossom).
Enjoy your day wherever you are.
Sue xx


  1. It's been fabulous weather for quite a few weeks now! Long may it continue!! ;-)

  2. It's always so nice to get out in the sunshine and see all the "life" out there :-)

    very jealous of all your lovely plants and space!
    I live in a flat, but we do have a "communal" area and I have recently planted some herbs (rosemary, thyme, chives) in a window box with a strawberry plant!

    Your blog is so interesting, because I would LOVE to start a new life in the country one day :-)

    Rose X

  3. I know what you mean, it feels so rewarding when you see your little seeds grow. I've planted quite a lot recently and they've all started to grow, maybe it's a good year?!

  4. Hello,

    This is the first time I've vistied your blog.

    Are they runner bean poles you've got leaning against the boat swing in your header? If so, what an interesting idea!

    Mary Sharpe

  5. Hi Mary, scroll down to the 17 April post, it tells you all about our new use for the old swing and climbing frames. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    Sue xx

  6. It's all going mad isn't it Sue? Fun though, just not enough hours. I will pop the nettle wine recipe on the blog soon - promise! x

  7. Hi there! You have inspired me to plant a few herbs in containers that are just sitting in my garage. I live in a townhome, so container gardening is for me!!!


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