Grub-a-dub-dub

May 22, 2007

I was digging up some turf in the garden to make a new border and found loads of these ‘lil beasties.

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What are they??


First Radishes

May 17, 2007

Here are the first few Radish harvested from tubs in the garden.

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We had them in a salad on Saturday and they were delicious. We even added some of the hot peppery Radish leaves to the salad, along the other leaves from the garden.

I’m itching to get inside one of those Potato buckets now!


Decking Pt 3

May 8, 2007

Here is a picture of the lovely Paul taking a well earned break for a photo opportunity.

See how “at home” he looks holding a drill?

I know! What a guy 😉

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Here is a picture of where we finished on Monday. we’ve completed the main deck and just need to negotiate the small end piece at the bottom, still cant decide whether to contine along or have steps down to a lower level.

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Decking update

May 6, 2007

This is the corner between the back door and the conservatory. It went down surprisingly easy once we got started and it looks brilliant 🙂

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More work to do on the main garden area, so thats my Bank Holiday weekend job.

I’ll keep you updated


Been busy?

April 29, 2007

I havent been posting over the weekend because I’ve* been working hard.

Started with this.

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Moved some of it in here.

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Dug lots of these.

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Cut loads of wood and ended up with this.

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It’s a work in progress and I’ll update you when more is done.

Of course, my arms and bones have their own story to tell.

It goes like this.

Ouch, Ouch, Ouch! 🙂

* And with loads of help from Paul’s Stepdad and Brother, Trevor and Russell.


Daily Digest

April 21, 2007

Todays News.

I went topless again today after getting the car roof fixed on Thursday. Hurrah!, Love it.

Did you know that over 80% of humans with red hair or fair skin have a dysfunctional variant of the Mc1r gene? Thats right, its a Ginger Gene! and its dysfunctional 🙂 hahaha!

My brother “found” 4 scaffold planks and dropped them off at trevs, we used the curcular saw to make enough lengths for 8 raised beds on the Allotment.

I discovered that veg and flowers seeds are on sale at Netto for a fabulous 19p a packet! Even cheaper than the 29p at LIDL.

I sowed some Cauliflower and Cucumber seeds indoors in seed trays.

When Carphone Warehouse say please allow 30 days for your cheque to arrive, they mean it. Notification received 23-03-07, cheque received 21-04-07.

We had our first salad of the year in which we were able to include leaves from the garden, they were Spinach, Little Gem, Salad Bowl and Mint.

Mixing a few baby mint leaves into a salad is a brilliant idea!

That is all.


Fave Foto Friday # 8

April 20, 2007

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Less than 3 months ago we had some snow, so its nice to look back now and relish the luvverrly warm weather we are enjoying.

However, looking back at last years photos I see that we actually had a day or two of snow in April so I should’nt speak too soon!


Seasons Greetings

April 16, 2007

and by that I mean BBQ season.

Thats right! we had the first BBQ of the season yesterday, next door in Kev and Jon’s garden.

And thats all I have to say about that!


Hey, I think I’ve found the plot!

March 11, 2007


Plot 26 011 Originally uploaded by Andy2Boyz.

Hopefully this will soon be mine 🙂

Its plot 26 on the Victoria Road Allotments here in Sheffield.

I went up for a look this afternoon, armed with a map of vacant plots. Some of them are really run down, probably needing weeks just clearing the junk thats been dumped. This plot is one of 8 that have been recently re-fenced, cleared and de-junked 🙂

I’ve emailed the Council and should have more news next week.

Can’t wait, Its gonna be great, I’m gonna have some raised beds and maybe a little shed, I better stop there before I get too carried away!


Grassed Up.

February 5, 2007

In a previous post, I briefly mentioned my annoyance at the Postman walking across my front garden.

Thing have moved on since then, so I thought I’d share it with you.

Kev and Jon, next-door neighbours and owners of the other bit of the grass being walked on, contacted the Post Office. Kevin politely enquired whom he should send the invoice for re-turfing the lawn. Explaining that he had taken legal advice (Jon works for Irwin Mitchell Solicitors) and he was aware that after repeatedly asking the Postman not to walk on the grass, the PO may now be liable to put right the damage.

Post office say that this is the first time its been raised officially, they’ll now stop it happening, so no liability or something.

Upshot is that Postie no longer walks across the garden, instead using the gate and walking around on the pavement. He does however leave both gates wide open in some sort of protest.

All is well until this Saturday. We have a different Postman on a Saturday, since the other one has a day off for some reason. Well, I’m stood in the kitchen and said Saturday Postman come tramping across the grass. “I’ll have a word” I thought.

“Morning” says Postie, handing me a letter.
“Morning” I reply, and add “I’d prefer if you would’nt walk on the grass, its damaging the lawn”
Postie “Thats why I’ve walked a wider path so it not all in the same area”
Me “I’d prefer you not to walk on it at all”
Postie “The other postie hasnt said anything to me, he walks on the grass”
Me “Actually, he has been asked to stop and now uses the gate”
Postie “Well, my advice would be to put up some sort of fence”
Me “?????…… Please dont walk on my grass”

I was gobsmacked really and just let it go, afterwards the more I thought about it the more angry it made me.

Its not as if he has no choice, there is a perfectly good path for him to use, it just takes another 20-30 seconds.

Was he really saying that asking him not to do it wasnt good enough, I needed to build a fence to physically prevent him from doing it?

I relayed this exchange to Kevin with some delight, talk about putting bullets in the gun! He was phoning his Post Office complaints lady today. Stand by for an update 🙂