Joe’s photoshoot on the allotment..

It all started when Joe and I watched Monty Don on Gardener’s World telling us it was time to cut back the herbs to encourage a good crop for next year and to prevent them getting all ‘woody’. Well, we had a look at the thyme and marjoram and they are getting a bit woody and they are covered in flowers, but they’re also covered in bees and butterflies. We think we’ll leave them for a while and let the insects enjoy them. It provided a great opportunity for Joe to get some close up shots of bees though, at least he thought it did…

Joe found himself a good spot in the middle of the marjoram where he thought he might get a good close-up shot of a bee…
Nothing happened, so he thought if he held a flower that would definitely bring a bee to him…
So he picked a flower and held it still for a long time and a bee did come a bit closer….
..and a bit closer….
…and flew away.
20160729_135706 Joe tried his hand at ‘still life’. He swears he could see it growing.
He was very still watching the hole in the top of the mole hill. But nothing came out.
So he climbed up as high as he could go to get a better view..
He was very glad these were thorn-less blackberries..
What he saw was a very mysterious and uncharted jungle area. Can you see me now? he asks..
Well how about now ? 🙂

 I found a beautiful butterfly in here ! We better start packing up though, I think the weather’s changing…..

I’ll just pick us a lettuce for tea..

And do you think these tomatoes are ready yet ?

No? Ok, I’ll jump in the basket ready for home…Can I take this broken bird’s egg shell I found? I want to show the new boy 🙂

Saturday is Allotment Day..

Another scorcher today but the weeds don’t care, so new boy (unnamed) and I, set out to clear weeds from around the cabbages, strawberries, beans and squash. We cut down the broad beans , but left the stalk to rot down and release nitrogen and brought our pickings home for freezing. New boy wanted 2 magic beans to show off to his new friends when he got home…..he hasn’t met the family yet….he just emerged from the parcel depot this morning 🙂 He worked hard and earned a break and a nibble .. he can stay.

Latest knits

While we were still enjoying rainfall of biblical proportions, I finished off these little knits. Since then we’ve had a heatwave (35’C  on Monday  18th) and it’s been too hot to knit.

The Norwegian one up last, in red and black, was inspired by watching a 12 hour knitting marathon on Norwegian TV (link kindly supplied by Gillian Buchanan on FB). I watched the whole thing and noticed one of the ‘witnesses’ to whether the speed shearing/spinning/knitting event was successful or not was wearing something similar to this and I had to make one.