3 day w.ends…………

Saturday started of a very lazy day but then at the last minute we desided to take a walk up Crickley Hill which enabled me to enjoy 3 of my favourite things, walking Misha my dog, photography and of course spending some chill time with my hubby.
Crickley Hill is a lovely walk with a mix of open hilly fields and woods.  We tend to stick to the same route and it normally takes about 2hrs at a nice leisurely pace, but today as its been awhile since we visited Crickley we cut a small part off the walk.  Misha as usual enjoyed herself totally, being free to run and play, sadly we didn’t meet many other dogs which is always a treat for her.
With the new season starting Crickley had changed so much since our last visit so both hubby and i were clicking away like mad with the camera’s.    even to the point it began to be a competion, who was going to get the best shot of the day
Sunday, well there were plans to crack on with the garden but by the time we finished playing taxi for the kids, visiting family and shopping there was very little of the day left.  So we ended the day quietly pottering and  lit a bonfire which got rid of a little bit of rubbish and clutter.
Which has now bought us to the 3rd day of the w.end  weather seems overcast and its not very warm.  I started the day with having to read the kids the riot act about being tidy and sitting around all day doing nothing.  Now just waiting to see what hubby feels up to doing before i can make plans  feeling it could be a long week ………….
View from the top of Crickley Hillwalking through the woodslast visit the field had just been ploughedMisha just pausing for a treat


Since moving into to our house, all we’ve done in the garden is clear clear and clear more rubbish, with 100’s of bonfires and many more trips to the skip.
At last we can see a clearing and this year we are attempting to grow vegetables.  That has bought its own problems as the soil is very poor and filled with glass, metal and other rubbish not to mention the for ever growing bind weed.  To get around these problems we desided to grow as much veg as we can in either containers or raised beds which have been lined, filled with sieved soil  and fresh compost added.
Soon all the seedlings over took my kitchen window sill and we had to purchased a small mini green house that has been worth every penny.  We’ve managed to build 1 raised bed using recyled bits of wood and have plans to build 2 more (the 2nd should appear this w.end, weather permitting).
So far the veggies we have planted are, peas, green beans, carrotts, cauliflower, salad mix, iceburg lettuce, onions, beetroot, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers and  courgettes.  The only veggies i’ve grown before were tomatoes so its all very exciting   This w.end i hope to start off some sprouts, turnips and swede.
Both hubby and i have enjoyed watching it all grow and are amazed how much each veg changes if we miss a day in the garden.  Its been loads of hard work but we’re begining to see some ‘fruits of our labour’ as they say, yesterday i spotted the first flower on the peas mmmmmmmmm can’t wait.