Garden Tales: The Watering Can Edition

Finally the post I have been most excited to write. I couldn’t because it hadn’t happened yet, but now it has. We have now got a filled and set up veg plot. When I say plot I do mean raised bed. It maybe small but it has been highly anticipated in my household, well at least by me.

We started with some old decking that was plaguing the garden when we moved here last year. We cut it into 6ft and 2ft pieces and joined with extra long screws (very technical I know, but we were winging it and didn’t have too much to hand). We’ve lined it with pond liner tapped in with some small nails and made drainage holes in the bottom. I’ve layered in some torn up cardboard because I had read that somewhere (admittedly I cant remember where now), then the compost. Since we’ve been on covid-19 induced lock down, we’ve been sourcing everything we can as locally as we can. When I found out our local garden place was offering a delivery service I got super excited. I ordered what I thought were going to be seeds, picking tomatoes, chilies, kale, lettuce and mini cucumber. They arrived at my door and they were not seeds in small paper packets, but seedlings; growing already and perfectly ready for transplanting.

Dee, of course, helped out. Sticking her dirt covered fingers in to the soil over and over. She was loving every second. She’s a little bit rough with the seedlings and determined to water them – a lot. More especially when my grandma sent over a small watering can for her that she no longer used any more, Dee will certainly use it. All the time. She is already trying, I mean we just had to go out and water it all again before bedtime.

I’ve also planted some seeds, along side a kitchen scrap celery stalk. We’ve done some beets, radish and leeks. I am waiting for runner beans to arrive and a couple of other seeds. Feel like I’m starting a little late, but this is all about trial and error for us. I am seriously hoping that my Grandad is watching from where ever he may be now and is sending his wisdom about everything plant based. He passed just about a year ago this week, and my heart aches for him. I miss him dreadfully. I keep revisiting a post which I published last year close to him passing; My Grandad; Snippets from Charlie. I equally smile and cry when I think of him at the moment.

Watering (lightly) twice daily at the moment, results are anyone’s guess. I will however keep you updated. Keeping the little busy in between watering times feels like Easter exploded all over the downstairs of my house. We’ve been painting, sticking, making, baking, painting some more and of course eating our bakes. And that’s just been today. Please feel for all parents out there at the moment, not having the ability to take a walk to public park and let them kiddos run wild for an hour is a killer. Check on your parent friends, we are run ragged.

Off to sink some Gin, but I wish you all have the best Easter Weekend and stay as sane as humanly possible.

Love and Bunny Hops,

L, xox

The Broken Crayons and The Ginger Whale

Sorting out the littles colouring box and finding a hell of a lot of broken crayons. I’ve seen it countless times online, pinterest, and Insta ect when people melt down the old crayons in silicone moulds and reuse the results. Getting the best out of the broken bits. I’d just like to take a moment to drift back to my own childhood when the paper jackets on crayons would slip off countless times for you to be able to slide the crayon right back in, or they’d be easy to rip back the paper to expose more of the crayon. I remember the waxy smell of them and still to this day love it.

However I can confirm that crayons are no longer easy to separate from their paper jackets. As it took me a good 20 mins to take all the paper off before melting them. But its imperative you do so I did endure it. I filled up an old silicone cupcake tray with the broken old crayons and tried to keep similar colours together. Keeping them similar makes me smile but feel free to mix them up and put in all the colours you would like or stick to one colour per hole.

Pop them in the oven and bake till melted completely. On my lowest setting it took about 15 mins, but my oven is beyond ancient so isnt the best (roll on the new kitchen in the atumn – can not wait). All I can tell you is heat until melted, remove from the oven and cool till solid making sure they are thoroughly cooled before letting little hands touch.

Grab some paper or a colouring book and enjoy those new colours. Dee loved them, easy to hold and they look cute stacked because of the puck shape. I implore you to have a go, in the name of reduce, reuse, recycle and of course as a time filler if you’re lacking bits and bobs to get the little ones involved with.

Dee forever asks to make “gingermans” and today I folded and helped her make some. We made circles, gingermans, stars and whales which initially I thought was a strange looking bunny. Man put me right and hands up it deffo looks like more of a whale than a bunny. What do you think? I can kinda see both. Dee says it’s a bunny.

Recipe to follow shortly for these. They’re certainly a winner in my house. Crisp and spicy with a lingering ginger flavour, for lovers of ginger these are a must.

Love and wishes,

L, xox

Friday, Er I mean Saturday

It comes to light that being at home constantly makes us loose track of what day of the week it is. My body clock has decided to go back to a normal-ish sleeping pattern which is going to totally screw me over when I return to work but I guess I will deal with that at the time it happens (I mean who know when that is going to be).

Toddler life is frustrating right now. Two and a half and she can’t continue with much of what we did before and we are restricted to the house and garden. With the weather as its been too its been mostly indoor activities. Keeping a whirlwind of a toddler busy is more difficult than usual when you cant have a change of scenery. Today we made bird feeders – or as Dee likes to call them Bird Seeders because of course it involves bird seeds. Beautiful toddler logic. So we rolled toilet roll tubes smothered in peanut butter in to bird seed and hung it with a bit of craft wool on our back fence. We cut a little door in to an empty milk carton for doors, decorated and filled it with bird seeds. Took us all of 30 mins to complete as we were working with the little craft stuff we have left in the house at the moment. Note to self; must order some more craft bits.

Man and I are currently working through all the marvel films in chronological order (no release date order) to keep us busy on evenings and last night we had a tiny date night. this resulted in us drinking beer (some of us (enjoy your hangover man) more than others) and sitting in the hot tub after a homemade lasagna. Cloud spotting and googling random sea creatures. It was nice to actual switch off a little and just be once the little was in bed.

Just a small snippet for now, a couple of larger post coming Monday and later next week which will include a porridge run down – and yes I’m excited about everything you can do with this versatile wonder at the moment. Theres and impending skincare routine and a curly girl method update of what I’ve found so far on my CG journey and a sweetie haul from a vegan sweet company I found online!

Love and squeezes,

L, xox

Easy Peasy

When toddlers take things at face value we often find ourselves puzzling, doubled over in laughter or even blushing with embarrassment. When Deedee had a conversation with her daddy today in the garage we were no exception to that rule.

She was practicing riding her trike, shes having trouble pressing down on the pedals with alternate feet. Her attention span ain’t all that, so she wanders off to find daddy doing man things in the garage. They end up having a conversation where shes asked him if the moon was going to come out. He quickly replied that he would get the moon and stars for her “easy peasy lemon squeezy”. Okay daddy.

She comes into the kitchen where I’m having a rare four and a half mins and a cup of peppermint tea. And she says “Mummy, can I have the juicy lemon for daddy so he can get the moon to come out” I tried to hold back the giggles, but this kid was serious so I asked her how he was going to do that to which she replied “he needs the easy peasy juice lemon to get the moon and the stars to come out”.

Yes, darling; daddy is going to get you the moon by squeezing lemon at the sky. I mean, what do you say to that. I’m in stitches, she’s really pleased I’d given her the lemon juice (juicy lemon squeezy) out the fridge and she wandering in and out the garage trying to give daddy it so he can get the moon.

You’re killin’ me smalls. You’re really killin’ me.

Love and squeezes,

L xox

Toddler with a Trowel

Today has been a day of in the garden sun sitting. Pottering about with two shadows following – toddler and my four legged bestie. We’ve been avoiding the news and my work chat groups today as the constant chatter about Covid-19 is driving me up the wall. I know its huge right now, I know its important and scary and impending so much doom on the world but I’m cutting off from all things related for much of the day. Our house hold is high risk so it doesn’t even bare to think of what could happen and for that reason as well as my own sanity I’ll have an up date once a day.

Anyway enough of the doom. we’ve been planning out what we are going to do with the garden. My veg box is now re-constructed to a different height, my first attempted was too tall, we we’ve just shortened it down a bit. We have to line and fill it now. We planted more herb seeds after the propagator blew over again a week and a half a go. I will not give up. I do have a pot luck veg/herb/flower pot so your guess is as good as mine as to what may grown from that beauty.

Delilah was in her element wandering round with a trowel in her hands, digging in mud, getting mucky hands and dirt under her finger nails. I’ve been trying to show her how to peddle on her trike too, she needs a little more practice. Her mantra is ‘I can, I will’ which I am really hoping stays with her for life. Right now just getting her to commit to learning new things, as with all toddlers can be a challenge. The kid never stops moving, shes a right scatter brains.

Today we planted tomatoes, chives, basil, rosemary, thyme and some cress. We’ve ordered some grass seed suitable for our very clay like earth and hope to make good on the lawn after an awful stormy time at the end of winter combined with the dog peeing on it. For the dog we found some Dog Rocks (I am in no way affiliated with pets at home -we use and have bought these ourselves), we love them and seem to really work with our boy dog. I really truly recommend them, it means a lot less pee burns on the lawn.

I marked out the lawn where I’m going to put a cherry tree and placed my box where it’s going to be once its filled up. Delilah and I replanted the garlic (the only surviving thing of our original planting), we’ve planted it along side some parsley. I’m really not sure if they going to make the best bedfellows, but it’s all trial and error in my garden. We will learn, even it is the hard way.

Hubs cleared and and painted his benches in the garage and a couple of days ago we put in a shelving rack up in there. that was a flat pack nightmare. I’m normally a dab hand and throwing up flat pack, i like a little logic workout occasionally. But I’m thinking that this particular package came from another dimension due to the hyper strange instructions. the pictures of the items in the box didn’t even correlate to the actual pieces we had. We got there though. Garage is looking pretty neat now, garden looking better, but certainly not how we want it yet.

I’m now putting daily updates on the new Insta feed, keeping up with Twitter and posting so much more frequently on Facebook now so please do keep up with me on those platforms. I’d be so please to see some interaction from you guys on there. Newest platform is Pinterest for the blog too, but I will to this once I’ve set a couple more boards up. So off I go to get some updates done across the platforms.

Stay safe, stay well and stay as sane as you can.
Love and stuff,
L, xoxo