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Oh Dear ……

Published December 16, 2016 by Kim

Where has the year gone ….

January was taken up with spending as much time as I could with my new granddaughter.  Ruby Rose is now nearly a year old and brings so much pleasure to all that meet her.

February, I had my big   50th  birthday bash…. was nerve wracking and will probably never do a party like that again.  what to wear?? How much food to make?? Will people  turn up ??img_0003

It turned out to be a brilliant night,  people I didn’t expect to turn up did and others that said yes they’d be there weren’t, but most of all… those that did had fun and made some special  memories.

Also in February I made a slight career change from Senior Carer to Training Coordinator at first wasn’t sure but then as the job role developed and I caught up, the job became a good decision and became a good move.

March was a  quiet month catching up with live and finances.  As the weather changed and got warmer our thoughts turned to the biggest and never ending  project the garden.

By April we were finally able to start work on our new design and hopefully it will be Ruby friendly garden.

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Moving rubble and soil to level off the area we planned to put a greenhouse started with a slightly raised flower bed this seemed to grow higher every time we worked out in the garden.

May, the month of Hubbs birthday celebrations …. his birthday wish was granted by spending a weekend in Cardiff exploring the sights of Cardiff Castle and of course a trip to the Dr Who museum.

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June and every spare moment until September was filled with spending time in the garden, we purchased a polycarbonate 8” by 6” greenhouse this needed its own corner of the garden which needed a retaining wall to be built, the ground levelling and a hard standing built.  We also replaced 3 fence  panels on one side of the garden making the top part of the garden now much safer for the dogs.

July we had the pleasure of attending a friends wedding in Glastonbury, this meant another nice treat of staying over in a hotel.  Really should do that more often.

In August, Ruby now aged 7mths came for her first sleep over …. reminded me of how much hard work small babies are but I loved every minute of it.  Over the following months Ruby came for more sleep overs not as many as I’d like but that will get better in the new year.

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September we ticked off something else on my bucket list which was a trip to Westernbirt  Arboretum.   The trees were just starting to change to their glorious autumn colours, they have a great collection of Maples which showed this off to the best.

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November I ventured on to what has become the biggest challenge of the year.  I managed to secure a place on the Return to practise course which will eventually enable me to practice as a qualified nurse again.  My place has been supported by Glos  Hospitals NHS Trust so I have been very fortunate in being employed whilst taking the course.

Returning to the NHS after what must be nearly 20yrs I’ve seen some huge changes, some things obviously haven’t changed and with some great people to support me I feel I’ve settled back well into what has become a very fast paced daily routine.  The practical ward placement has been easy compares to the academic side of the course, writing reflective assignments is very new to me although I suppose you could call what I’ve done in this blog …reflective.

This brings me to December ….. nearly a year since my last blog….   I have lots more adventures for Hubbs and I next year ..there’s still a huge amount of work to do on the garden before it is totally safe for Ruby.

So I end this entry by wishing everyone that should take the time to read it

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR

xx

 

New beginnings

Published January 22, 2016 by Kim

Yesterday something very big in my life happened …. I became a very proud grandparent.

A great start to what I hope to be a very memorable year as it is also my 50th birthday in February, my darling hubbs is also 50 in May… my  or I should say our plans are to live a bit this year.  The children are all old enough to manage without us for a few days freeing us up to travel a bit.

This is hopefully going to be the first of many new blogs following my 50th year and our adventures and also the odd trial and tribulations of life.   I’ll pop back in a few days to perhaps do an outline of our celebration plans for the year, just felt as the dogs had got me up at some stupid time before I had to go to work i’d make a start.

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Not a greatly flattering photo but need to take a few more and download to new laptop…. but this is Ruby my very gorgeous granddaughter.

Well be back soon better go get ready for work  🙂

Have a lovely day and thank you for taking the time to read my blog …it will get better I promise 🙂

 

 

Through my kitchen window …..

Published July 24, 2015 by Kim

Today i woke in a bland mood … weather is wet …. so can’t go out in the garden…. was going to spend a day on the sofa and watch my ‘catch up’ tv  but wanted to do something a little more productive.

So many sewing projects i want to do and will probably go and make a start on them shortly but first i’d like to share what i can see from my kitchen window …..

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my garden

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Thats what i can see today …tomorrow there my be other things and as time goes on the garden will change from and organised muddle to a haven of colour, piece and hopefully a thing of beauty.

What can you see from your window ??

Have a lovely day 🙂

7th week update of our allotment plot 1A

Published August 30, 2013 by Kim

Haven’t we been lucky with the weather for the last 7weeks there have been very few days that its rained too much to keep us home.  So every spare minute we’ve had we run off to the allotment   🙂

Being the typical impatient women i am i was keen to get something in the ground other than a spade and took a risk.  I sowed some carrots, spring onions, peas, courgettes and turnips and look what i harvested yesterday.

017  no bad and there’s another courgette growing well.  Only a few of the spring onions germinated, slightly  more carrots, turnips are fighting for survival from slugs and i hope to harvest enough peas on sunday for lunch.

We’ve managed to get hold of a small shed and with some TLC it will shelter us from them surprise showers.

The plot has been split up into 5 edged beds although the 5th has the shed on half of it and we plan to do a small seating area on the other half.  We are slowly digging and finely weeding all the beds, i think we’re on about our 3rd time for 2 of the beds so weeds aren’t coming back quite so quickly,  now thinking about covering the soil with cardboard.

 

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All the paths have been wood chipped to help reduce having to weed and cut the grass on them.  We’ve managed to get hold of 2 quite big draws which we plan to make into cold frames.  I think rather than put my strawberries into one of the beds i’ll do something with pallets (yet to decide on plan)

All in all its going well 🙂 roll on next season.

We’ll continue to grow vegetables in the garden but reduce the raised  beds back to just 2 it will be the smaller things like carrots, peas and spring onions and i hope to get more green house space for the seedlings 🙂

All is good 🙂

 

 

Yayyyy we got it :-)

Published July 20, 2013 by Kim

About 5yrs ago i applied to the local council and a couple of the local parish councils for an allotment, in the mean time we’ve enjoyed growing a variety of vegetables in our garden.  Now proudly have 3 raised beds all fully packed with vegetables.

10days ago i got a call from the Allotments officer at the council asking if we’d like to take a look at a plot on a small site just 10mins walk from the house.  Well  the following day a meeting with the site manager was arranged and we got to see the plot.

First impressions were wow its huge and oh no what a lot of weeds.

 

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plot 1a 

006The plot already has 5 beds marked out with wooden edging.   Its right next to the tap, apart from  many weeds there are a few raspberry bushes and some potato plants.

There are approximately 10 plots on the site with 3 available.   Theres a communal shed we can use but the plot we chose has so much more room than we expected there would be room for our own shed and composting area.

That night my head was buzzing … omg we’re getting so late in the season …. what can we get planted asap…. i did eventually fall off to sleep in the early hours with the full version of how i’d like the plot to look in my mind.

The following day we went to pay the money and collect a key,  even though the weather was burning we did spend an hour having a go at clearing but the heat was too much so left to return home and cool down, but both being quiet impatient people we returned after tea when the temperature had dropped to clear even more.

By visit 3 we’d been able to dig and fine weed  one of the easier beds and even got to sow some carrots, spring onions and turnips.  On the 4th visit we planted some courgette seeds and some peas, not sure what we’ll get but felt the need to put something in the ground.

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clearing the beds 

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seeds sown

 

Think once the bazaar hot weather passes we’ll spend more time clearing the beds, each time one is completed we’ll cover with cardboard to be covered later with compost.

We also need to work on clearing and wood chipping the paths between the beds, arrange a seating area of course and the biggest thing planning what to put where next year.

We still plan to grow vegetables in the back garden but will be reducing back down to just 2 raised beds and also branch out a bit more in the flower area.

the vegetable jungle

the vegetable jungle

I’ve really enjoyed growing sun flowers, also just pulled some garlic i planted last october .. very pleased with that.  May have to invest in a green house which will be put in the garden to be home for so many more seedlings that i’ll need 🙂

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Well i’ve done it … i’ve sowed some seeds ….

Published February 6, 2013 by Kim

I know ….. it’s probably much too early but i really want to get ahead this year with my garden as last year was such a flop.

So 8 days ago i took a chance and sowed just a handful of each,  leeks, tomatoes, chillies, peppers and marigolds, using propagators that i sat on my kitchen window sill (which is south-facing) and look …

marigolds & leeks

marigolds & leeks

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chillis/peppers & tomatoes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As yet nothing appearing of the chillies or peppers but not giving up on them just yet, the others are doing ok 🙂  so that’s it i’ve made a start 🙂

As for the garden we (hubbs and me) have great plans for a total revamp that will give me two more vegetable beds so i can either grow more of what we like or try something  new.

Although this year i’ve already started something new in that i planted garlic in a huge tub last october and leeks are a first too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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