Category: life

1. the start of our hydroponics journey

I can not believe we are now half way through March, the months are flying past and the allotment is about to start the 2nd quarter of the year! I’ve been so busy with work and new life commitments I feel I have neglected our search in self sufficiency. With this in mind, this week […]

The crock pot through the year

There have been lots of discussions recently about slow cooker/crock pot cooking, so I thought I’d write out a bit about what our 6.5l work horse does for our household. Our current crock pot is an Ainsley Harriot, re-badged Home-Tek 6.5l slow cooker , model AH165. I’ve had this one for around 5 years now. […]

Song of the Spinning Wheel

Song of the Spinning Wheel SWIFTLY turn the murmuring wheel! Night has brought the welcome hour, When the weary fingers feel Help, as if from faery power; Dewy night o’ershades the ground; Turn the swift wheel round and round! Now, beneath the starry sky, Couch the widely-scattered sheep;– Ply the pleasant labour, ply! For the […]

lost and found

Following on from the last post where I mentioned all the different options for spinning I was looking at, my birthday has come and what should arrive but an Ashford Electric Spinner!  Of course it was opened a day early, as soon as the courier delivered it the scissors were out taking the tape off […]


Back to real life…

It’s been a lovely Christmas and New Year. I started my Tea Leaves Cardigan on the 29th of December 2011, and ended up frogging it back to the neck and shoulders after realising the measurements I had taken were way over my body measurements, even though my swatch was perfect and I had taken the […]

addi addi addi and the beekeepers quilt.

Isn’t that the most glorious thing to do, sit up on the sofa with an 8 year old girl and teach her to knit? It was the most glorious, the most relaxing evening I’ve actually ever had with her for a long time. We sat there and chatted like were both the same age, about […]


Soilless planting

I’ve spent a while thinking about more efficient ways to improve the productivity of my allotment. Whilst I’ve got raised beds to help me focus on the separate beds, and keep it looking tidier, giving me room to move in and out of them, I’ve done a lot of brain storming on how to manage […]

the seed list

Early I know to start thinking of next seasons plant choices, but as we are now over half the way through September, and the year will quickly disappear, I have ordered my seeds for the upcoming Autumn/Winter and Spring/Summer seasons, all apart from the potatoes which I will buy from the allotment shop. This year […]

I love sweeties..

Sweets, I know they rot my teeth, and I know they are full of bad sugars, and I know they only give me a sugar kick for a few minutes.. but there’s just something about sweets. Now I love savoury things, I like tomatoes on toast for breakfast, I like salami and cheese, olive by […]

August plans for the allotment

Well not too surprisingly, this yr at the allotment has been a little unproductive. I would say that a lot of time was spend doing structural work, rotating the plot, putting the giant raised beds in, shifting stones, digging perennial weeds out constantly, and putting perennial vegetable plants in! I say unproductive, but we have […]

Wales July 2011

Oh it was fab.. so pretty .. Wales was really blessed with the weather in the mountains too for the first 4 days… and then erm.. well.. pics later ;) We stayed the longest at Llyn Gwynant.. which I hope to return to at some point.. just gorgeous.. camping right by the lake.. surrounded 360 […]