When the sun came out for a while one afternoon this week, Hannah was quick to volunteer to take Baby out for a walk in the park…and luckily she remembered to bring Bunny 🙂 Click on the link to solve the jigsaw.
Joe’s been practising a special song on his guitar all week. So far only Ted has heard it.
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…
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 🙂
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. The 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.These are funny little beans !They can’t have many beans in them. I’m going to try one and see if they’re nice…
I really think you should check with Mum first !
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.
It’s bean a very nice day, they both agreed 🙂
Joe and Hannah came along to the allotment to help me pick beans and pumpkins today. The spirit was willing but there’s only so much a 16″ vinyl kid can lift and pull. There are so many berries to pick we don’t know where to start…We picked sloes too but the kids are too young to understand what we do with them.
They were keen to see how big the pumpkin was….and what colour it was….would it be orange enough ? 🙂Yes it would !! They took their mini pumpkins along for comparison. The little ones are for their Halloween party. Now, if it’s ready to pick, how will we move it ?Well I can lift the little ones…I don’t think I can lift this by myself………Mum ?Ok, now what do I do ?Hannah ….?How do we do this ?Puuuullll!!
The beans were a lot easier. Again it just needed a little cooperation..I can pick them if you can catch themOk, that’s filled the basket so that’s enough for today.Let’s check the tomatoes……yikes…what’s happened?They all got blight…every single one had to be pulled up and burned…..the kids didn’t have to pick them, Mum did it this time. No chutney this year. This was a few years ago…
So we had another bonfire 🙂
Rufus doesn’t like being left at home when the kids come with me to the veg patch so today he was allowed to come with us, as long as he promised not to dig any holes in the wrong place….like all over the place ! …like last time. He promised.He really enjoyed picking the squash that were ready and got very attached to the big orange one that looked just like his ball at home.
Do you think Mum would mind if we played football with it ? He won’t let go !
I know she’d mind. I don’t think pumpkins like being kicked around like a football. Let’s find him something else to play with..You can help us put these in the basket Rufus, look, they all have a handle 🙂He’s more interested in these little tomato ‘balls’ now …let’s keep him away from the big ones..Rufus was beginning to think this was no fun at all. There were no real balls. Until he thought of playing Hide and Seek. He forgot to tell Hannah and Joe that they were all playing though. Hannah went off to see if the beans were big enough to pick.She thought they were so she went to look for Rufus to give him his very own job to do. But where was he now? Not digging a big hole I hope..She asked the dragonfly if he’d seen Rufus. He’d been watching them carefully. He said he did know where Rufus was and that Hannah just had to go back to the last place she’d seen him.And there he was. He’d been hiding in the basket and then found he couldn’t get himself out. How long have you been in there? asked Hannah.Ever since we started playing Hide and Seek but I’d like to get out now.Oh, we’re sorry….we didn’t even know we were playing. We didn’t mean to go off and leave you.We have the perfect job for you to do. Do you remember Joe’s wheelbarrow ? Of course Rufus remembered it…and he suddenly remembered he wanted a turn being pushed around the plot in it ! Faster ! Faster !
Faster !Ok, once more round the plot then we have to do some jobs ! Hannah has a good one for you. Ok Rufus, I need you to stack these pots up tidily… What ? That’s not a job for a Rufus !! What kind of a Rufus stacks plant pots tidily ??Meanwhile Hannah and Joe went to check the big pumpkin..Well Mum, it’s a bit of a jungle in here. We (you) really need to clear some of this so we can find the pumpkins, btw. I knew I shouldn’t have let her have a mobile phone. But look, it’s starting to turn orange !!! It will definitely be ready for Halloween 🙂 !!And just look at the leeks we planted a couple of weeks ago !They’re much bigger because of all the rain we had this week.And even the cabbages we planted last week are twice as big. Mum wants us to stay here and scare away the Cabbage White butterflies. She says they can get through the nets and lay their eggs and then the caterpillars hatch and eat all the cabbages so we have to make lots of noise and run up and down ! That’s something we’re good at. That’s also something that Rufus is good at. Where’s Rufus ?They went to ask the duck family at the end of the plot if they’d seen Rufus….they hadn’t.They found Rufus near the pots he was meant to be tidying. Instead of that job, he’d found a much better one. He was a wheelbarrow dog now. Even a wheelbarrow full of beans. Actually it was a bit of a struggle to push, but that pile of untidy pots was in the way.Do you need any help Rufus ?You are a good boy ! Mum will say you’ve worked very hard. It’s time to go home now. Can you push that all the way to the car ? 🙂
So many things are ready or almost ready to pick and eat now……
the kids are so excited ! There’s no hard work to do today, just tidying and picking so Hannah and Joe didn’t wait to ask permission to go climbing trees.
Come up Joe….it’s really high !
We’re not allowed to pick any because lots are on the ground already.. they’re called ‘windfalls’ and we’re going to make apple pies with them 🙂
Let’s go see if any raspberries are ready….
Ooooh! golden ones !! We have lots of juicy raspberries to take home today. If we don’t eat them first. Try this golden one 🙂
This is so nice…I suppose we can’t just lie around in the sun all day though. Let’s see if there are any more things to pick….and maybe climb up ! 🙂Hey ! we’re allowed to climb up the bean frames and we can pick the longest ones…I don’t think these are big enough yet though.I can see lots of big ones from up here…I’m right up at the top. I can see for miles !!
We picked lots and we were very brave to go all the way up there… we should start training for the next Olympics.
I’ve seen some different beans over there and we can climb up high to pick them too…
These are runner beans and the bees love the red flowers. Look Joe, I’m just as high up as you were !
Well we can see how big the pumpkins are growing..
This one won’t get a lot bigger…it’s an ‘Onion Squash’. I think we might be able to pick this next time we come. Let’s go and see how the big one is coming along !
It’s much bigger than last time we came but it has a lot of growing still to do. This is my favourite one 🙂
Now we need to help Mum build a big bonfire. The hedges were getting really big and we chopped lots off them and now we’re going to have a brilliant bonfire 🙂It starts off a bit slow, doesn’t it..
Is it supposed to make all this smoke ?
It’s getting hot now. I wish we’d brought some marshmallows 🙂
Well that was fast !! Now it’s just ash and when it’s cooled down we can put it on the garden. All gone !
After all that excitement the kids needed a rest. They remembered how much their tummies hurt last time when they ate far too many plums, so this time Joe had one little apple and Hannah just had a blackberry. They’d worked hard and earned their sit down. Then it was time to go home 🙂
Joe and Hannah volunteered to help out on the allotment this week. The first job, early in the morning to beat the hot sunshine, was to dig up some potatoes and make room to plant something else. They both think that they dug up the most potatoes. And that was just the beginning……
We needed to make room to plant some leeks. We bought these all ready to plant from a clever man in the market. 60 of them. There’s a special way to plant leeks that Hannah wanted to learn. But first Joe needed to check that we had 60. That job was the most important, of course.Hannah made lots of holes (a few more than 60 in case Joe got his counting wrong) with the handle end of a rake. Then asked what she should do next…The trick is to just drop them in the holes….Like this ? Perfect. Now fill up all the holes, please 🙂Joe needs to help me to fill all these holes. It could be a competition !I’ve done all these…look, I’m really fast !Well I’m just as fast, if not faster !Ok, well now let’s see who is the fastest at watering them all… it’s called ‘puddling them in’….I KNOW I’ll beat you at this – my watering can’s bigger !And so it went on. But trying to beat each other at eating the most plums was where they gave in and agreed there’d be no more competitions today. Just as well. Time to go home 🙂