…and finding a WIP…
I had almost forgotten this cardigan I started for my Mum. The back and half of one front are done, the sleeves are integral, so it makes sense to finish it for her birthday.
I’m not sure that it’s even been featured on my blog I’ve had it so long! The colour is more accurate in the top photo. Posting this for the pattern.
I’ve also found out what happened to my favourite project bag and first pair of KnitPro Symphonie 4mm needles…
It’s going to be a warm day in Somerset. Before I paint my garden bench blue, lay a few slabs and plant up my garden pots, I’m taking this young lady for a walk! Taken last night when she was giving her best Hard Done By Labrador impression!
I’ve sewn the squares together in strips and now I’m attaching them to each other. Next step the border!
As well as all this owling around I’ve also been working on my garden – with the help of my Mum – I’m not a gardener AT ALL! But I am loving how this flower bed looks:
All my pots are now filled, just need to sweep and tidy the top patio.
Look at these beautiful tulips! They were planted for me by a lovely man last man last October. He’s back on Tuesday to cut my
lawn field and to quote for putting down some paving for my bench in the perfect location to catch the last rays of the summer sun and for a new herb bed. I love my garden but I like being in it, not working in it 😄 – even though I just love reading The Landrover Owner’s Wife‘s blog.
I love how these flowers (which have multiple heads on a stalk unlike shop bought ones) are so beautiful and blowsy!
My two orchids have just flowered! Last year it was on New Year’s Day, this year ten days later. I’m not someone who has much success with plants but these two obviously thrive on being ignored and watered when I think about it! They live on top of much much used tumble dryer as well.
My Mum’s dog Lucy likes to look out of her front, dining room, window:
I took pictures of two of her orchids which are currently in bloom:
I can never believe how beautiful orchids are.
My 11 year old nephew is saving up for a Play Station. In order to raise the funds he is doing jobs for family members and I had said I would pay him £20 for mowing the lawn and weeding the flower beds. This is a fairly reasonable price – I reckoned it would be about 3 to 3.5 hours work, which works out as roughly minimum wage. Not bad for an 11 year old. Today was the designated day for the work to be done and my husband was the responsible adult… I was at work!
As the grass was so long we knew it would need two mows. I had a text message about 11am proving all was proceeding as planned:
The two lads clearly had a brilliant time once some of the work was done, having pizza for lunch and watching TV. I had asked the husband to check the weeding was done and he assured me he had. I got home to discover that all the dandelions had been carefully weeded and all the other ones left! Proving neither of them have any idea what’s a weed and what isn’t!
So, I set to and showed my nephew what to pull out and what to leave. We then mowed the lawn again, gave my courgette a haircut on the advice of the Landrover Owner’s Wife:
Potted up my birthday fuschia, given to me by Dilly the spangold:
who dug up my previous one. This is the new one:
Then we tidied up, deadheaded the strawberry plant and had a sit down. Having done a full day at work with a Curves session at lunchtime and then two hours in the garden I was exhausted but my nephew then volunteered to Hoover the floor! I gave him a pound for his efforts. The husband then took him down to the chip shop to get some chips for dinner, which was new to him as his mother, my sister, doesn’t do takeaway food! He was very happy.
This is the garden right now:
I’m very pleased. Sorry the picture is a bit blurry.
Then the icing on the cake was when my friends Sam and Josh sent a text a little earlier offering to take Mollie for a walk up Cley Hill (a local beauty spot which I haven’t been up for years as its quite steep! In fact I think the last time was 10 years ago, just after Damon and I met.) with their lurcher Bentley. I gratefully accepted as I was feeling rather exhausted after the gardening. 😄 She’s just left without a look back!
Woohoo! I think we’ll be having ratatouille tomorrow 😄