Summer weather.

The last week has been very hot and dry and the kids wanted to go out and have some fun, but first they had jobs to do, of course 😉

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Joe helped by wheel-barrowing manure to the spot where we’re going to grow sweetcorn.

Then it needed raking in before we could dig some holes and plant the little sweetcorn plants.

20170527_120037 It was very hot work. Joe knows he did a great job.

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Meanwhile, getting quite hot and a bit fed up, Caleb had found a really good hiding place in the chives and thought it was about time someone came to look for him.

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When Joe came to find him they both disappeared off somewhere together…and I’m still looking for them. ……

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“She’ll never find us in here…

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..and even better, let’s wear green next time   🙂  “, chuckled Caleb.

After much calling and searching,  much to their amusement, I eventually found them and put them straight to work in the polytunnel. Now that IS a hot job.

The tomatoes and chillies are starting to flower and they need weeding and watering and feeding now.

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The boys set to the task of weeding and Mum filled a watering can with tomato feed.

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“It’s too hot in here. Shall we go outside and play and cool down a bit ?” suggested Joe. Caleb never needs  much persuasion to go and play outside.

The wheelbarrow was cleaned up and pressed into service as a kidmobile.

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First Joe pushed Caleb past the lavender, then Caleb pushed Joe around the potatoes…

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Then Joe pushed Caleb past the strawberries, but got a bit distracted for a second when he saw real, green baby strawberries growing where the flowers had been,

20170528_184849and it only took a moment’s loss of concentration for him to run over a stone and lose control …

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..and send Caleb tumbling right out of the wheelbarrow onto his head..

“Oh sorry Caleb, here, let me help you up. Are you hurt ? ”

“No, it was fun. Let’s go again  ! 🙂 ”

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Lots of turns later it was time to go home. Two tired little boys headed for the car.

“Are you sure you’re ok, Caleb? We’re still best friends aren’t we ?”

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Happy Bank Holiday Everyone ! 🙂

Wheelbarrow

Bank Holiday on the Allotment

 

On Saturday we put up a little polytunnel so that we can grow tender vegetables like tomatoes and hopefully they won’t all shrivel up and turn black with blight like last year. We’ve used all our supply of bricks to weigh it down and stop it blowing away….

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to us it’s a thing of beauty 🙂 And then the swallows arrived . It took a long time to catch them on camera ..they’re so fast, but it’s wonderful to see them again 🙂

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So now we needed to get some work done. My daughter Emma put her gloves on and mucked in, literally, spreading chicken manure everywhere and planting marigolds…

..and the kids helped to plant tomatoes. This week Kiltie and Adam came along.

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They brought something comfy to sit on for after all their hard work, but had to try it out to make sure it was in the right  spot first. The sofa was fine but there was a funny smell coming from somewhere….

“We can measure ourselves against the tomatoes every week and see who grows the quickest !

The next job was to dig over a space for some lettuce and then dig some little holes for 12 tiny lettuce plants.

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Are the holes deep enough?

“I planted the red ones” ..”and I  planted the green ones, and we both planted some marigolds”

We’ve left our footprints all over…..

I’ll rake it over and then we need to give them all a big drink of water..

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We’ll need to put nets over to keep the rabbits from eating them all….and no sooner had we mentioned the rabbit than we saw him on the next plot, watching us !

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Good luck little lettuces, we’ll come again and water you another day.

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Now we can try out the sofa properly 🙂

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This is nice, but it’s a bit warm in here !

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I’m starting to fall asleep it’s so warm ..

That’s better….now we can relax, until Mum finds us another job.

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Glorious Day on the Veg Patch

We’d been waiting all week to visit the veg patch so we were very excited this morning when Sunday finally arrived. The twins won the ‘name in the hat’ draw that the kids organise so it was their turn to come along and help.  Little did they know that today was mostly about digging a bed for the beans. Bless them, they were willing though 🙂

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even when they saw how much they had to dig and all the weeds they had to clear.

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This whole bed ? I hope you’re going to help a bit, Mum …

You start at one end and I’ll start at the other then we won’t hit each other with a shovel, or soil, completely be accident , of course, Hannah grinned  😉

Much digging and weeding later, the whole bed had been dug over and every last weed pulled up. The kids had a right to feel very pleased with what they’d done and thought maybe the next job could be a bit more fun since this one had been really hard work.

The next job was quite hard too but they found the fun in it, as usual.

They carried over the long canes that the beans were going to climb up..

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…and  untied all the ribbons holding them in a bundle.

Hannah had a good idea…..she saved them to use them later as ‘bird-scarers’, to be tied onto the canes and flap in the wind.

20170423_151508Next job was to space the canes out evenly along the edges of the bed.

20170423_152119and then climb up to the top, with a bit of help, and tie the canes together to make a strong frame….or was it the upside-down hull of a Viking raiding ship? Yes, it was definitely that one 🙂

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You get the best view from up here !

20170423_153751Then they carefully tied string around the canes to give the beans something to hold onto when they were still small……… but they decided it could just as easily be a great big climbing frame for them..

 

20170423_161116..and Hannah remembered to tie the ‘bird-scarer’ ribbons on while she was up there.

We decided we wouldn’t plant the beans today because the weather is going to be very cold this coming week and they might not like that, so we called that job finished for today and the kids went to check on the broad beans, the ones that Mr. & Mrs. Vole and family had munched their way through last week.

20170423_124116Hmm. Some are growing but some have been discovered and turned into a tasty meal and all there is to see now is a  hole where they were ..

20170423_124051..and a few top shoots that weren’t as appealing as the beans themselves. Never mind, there will still be plenty for us to eat in a few months.

Is it time for a rest now and a sunbathe ?

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I think you two would be more comfortable under the little apple tree

20170423_123922 (and then Mum could have her flask of coffee)

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Very last job was to cover up the little baby apple tree with fleece so that all its blossom doesn’t fall off in next week’s mini ice-age, even before the bees have had a chance to visit it.

Poor thing, good luck little tree x

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A quick trip to the veg patch tonight

Joe and Greg will have to find a new place to play hide and seek….

…because the leeks are about to go to seed, like this one  😦

20170413_181744with a flower head about to open up. They’ll all have to be pulled up this weekend.

Hmm, I wonder if you can freeze leeks….?

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Well, that will free up a lot of space to plant climbing beans and sugar snap peas so it’s not a disaster.

“I did so pull this up by myself !” Greg looks sceptical.

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And these  🙂  I planted these last year you know, nearly all by myself. Me last year…..

We could play hide and seek in this field .. the oil seed rape is really high now.

I’m not so sure about all these bees though…

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The first sowing of beans was all eaten by a very well-fed family of voles so these are going to be a bit late this year and will start their lives under netting 🙂

And the Duke of York potatoes are peeping through after just a week. It will be a while before we can dig them up but that was definitely Cam’s favourite job last year so Joe will have to share that fun in a few months.

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Now home for leek and potato soup, all weekend probably.

Happy Easter Weekend everyone – I hope the sun shines on you and your loved ones x

 

Spring Picnic

The kids took advantage of Mum’s trip to the allotment today to have a quick, Spring picnic while Mum pulled some leeks.

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First they chose the spot, then worked together to spread out the blanket.

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The bears just couldn’t wait to see what was in the picnic basket and jumped up and down for Hannah and Greg to PLEASE open it up !!!

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They’d brought drinks, snacks, fruit and cake and biscuits and shared everything with the bears…because this was also a Teddy Bears’ Picnic 🙂

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……then sunbathed in the gentle March sunshine. Nice work if you can get it  🙂

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Picnic Jigsaw

Click on the link below to solve the puzzle

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Today the kids tagged along for the ride

Two kids were keen to come out to work with me today, especially since the sun was shining  and it was a lovely 16° C.20170314_154629

My first call was to a very pretty village, just outside Stamford, called Easton-on-the-Hill…

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…where the kids noticed a tempting patch of grass to run around on.

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They quickly found a likely looking pond and spent a good while ‘pondering’ the chances of finding frogspawn in there.

Hannah thought (new boy) Greg should jump in and go right to the bottom and have a good look,

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but Greg has been a new boy before and he wasn’t falling for that one again. Then they spotted something else that looked like a little stone cottage, just the right size for them.

It was a memorial to the Polish  paratroopers who were stationed in the village during the war and who had flown from here to take part in the Battle of Arnhem in Holland.

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And then they spotted a tree they could climb 🙂 What took them so long ?

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The blossom was just opening up and smelled lovely.

Next we drove through Stamford but didn’t have time to stop. Hannah chose the perfect moment to photobomb my attempt to take a picture of the George Hotel while waiting at the traffic lights..

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The next place we came to was another picturesque village called Bainton….with a KEEP OUT  ! sign. We had to stop.

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They weren’t sure why they had to KEEP OUT ! of this tiny but interesting area so they needed a better look. They might not really need to KEEP OUT ! , maybe ?  🙂

It looked like a hole with a cage in it. Was there a big bear down there ?

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Ah, mystery solved.

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Mum likes wool and that comes from sheep, doesn’t it, so we should tell Mum all about this when we get back to the car.

And they did, and all about how hard it was to climb all those fences and trees today and how nice it was to find a bench that belonged to the Queen…..and it had been quite hard to climb up on that too..

20170314_141209 ..and how sleepy they were now, back in the warm car, in the late afternoon sunshine.

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And then they both went very quiet for the rest of the journey home 🙂

 

 

Joe has a secret..

Joe’s been practising a special song  on his guitar all week. So far only Ted has heard it.20161127_172906

We think he might have a special someone to play it for because he’s just asked permission to leave off practising and go out to the post-box. He put on his new, extra cosy winter jumper and disappeared…

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He wasn’t out for very long because it’s cold and frosty here today and when he came back he had a pink glow to his cheeks  🙂

Bean pickin’

The beans pods are turning yellow and dry and perfect for podding. We’ve podded and frozen lots of beans over the last few weeks and today we picked another basketful along with a few raspberries, the last of the outdoor chili peppers and a small cabbage. 20160924_123852The kids thought they’d worked hard all morning, climbing bean poles and braving prickly raspberry canes so they climbed into the basket for a rest and said they’d never bean so comfortable.20160924_123230These are funny little beans !20160924_123223They can’t have many beans in them. I’m going to try one and see if they’re nice…

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And luckily he did. Instead the kids made campfire tea with their very own Gwenda kettle they’d brought from home. It was a very breezy day today and the fire took a while to start but soon they had  a fire and a cup of tea to warm them up.

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