Friday, 1 April 2016

Still Troshin

I have shaken the cold/lurgy off now and feel so much better, yesterdays wall to wall sunshine helped tremendously. Francesca arriving this evening for a whole week has also helped to revitalise me.
Yesterday was mostly spent driving and walking, I took my disabled friend to Wyevale and walked every path both outside and in. 
The plants are lush but a bit pricey. £14.99 for a plastic tray holding a small conifer and 6 assorted primroses. Morrison's have primroses for 50p and small green plants are available everywhere for around £2.
I did find a gilet for £13, in dark turquoise fleece with 2 very deep zipped pockets. There were some pretty pink, cream and reds but all had shallow pockets without zips. There were a range in pretty colours, quilted and trimmed with piping  but were too short in the body for gardening or dog walking and at £40 overpriced for me. 
We selected our compost, had a cuppa and then left for the builders merchants to look at timber. My friends have a new greenhouse going up next week and the timber was for a base and to mark out the beds inside. Of course we walked all the way round and looked at everything.
Then it was on to Tesco for food for Archie and Dolly, and we went up and down every aisle, again.
I am not moaning really, on my own I only do the aisles that I need to and like to be in and out as fast as possible. I do realise that these weekly trips are a day out for my friend and try to manage 2 trips each week, even if it is only to have a look at the weekly offers in Lidl.
Back to the garden. My leeks are a bit thin on the ground but at £3.99 for a small tray in Wyevale I decided to just sow some more seeds.

I have lost both pots of French Tarragon, at least they both look as deceased as the Monty Python Parrot. I have given them a liquid feed and a couple of weeks to show me otherwise, then I will have to look for replacements.
My Oregano is also looking very brown still, no signs of new growth, it too has a deadline before being composted.
On the other hand both the Basil and Coriander seeds have sprouted and are growing away merrily, last year both were abysmal.
I have now sown more seed to ensure (fingers crossed) a steady supply and some more flat leafed parsley, I tend to use those three herbs almost daily in the summer months. Along with the very youngest mint leaves they liven up a green salad or a pasta sauce and are wonderful tossed with new potatoes and a pat of butter or a glug of good oil.
On the subject of potatoes mine are well chitted and due to be planted over the weekend, all in tubs and growing bags.

The crochet blanket is growing, albeit slowly. It makes me so warm that I do an hour then put it away to cool down. I had hoped to have it finished by this weekend but in reality it may be done by the next one.
I still have not finished the pink cardigan, there is no rush as I still have not pinned the skirt pattern to my fabric yet.
I have been going through the shelves in the craft/dining room and lots of dross has been weeded out. Many treasures have been unearthed and I intend to give the sewing machines a quick clean during the week. Fran likes to play at sewing so I will have her sew scraps together till she gets bored.
Now it is time for me to get Ben out for the first walk of the day, we get a good one in before the day heats up.

                     TTFN                                             Pam

I have just cottoned onto the fact that it is April 1st, I should have written a spoof post. Not to worry, maybe next year.


  1. The plants in Wyvale always look tempting but the price is a big put off, I always have a look in the redundant retired corner have picked up some lovely bargains that just need a little tlc :-)

  2. Glad you're feeling better and it's sounds like you've been busy as always. Sorry about the plant loss, that's always frustrating.

  3. So glad your cold has gone. Mine is still hanging on.
    The garden centre we went to seems to have been taken over by clothing for sale. The plant area seemed very small. I think we will try visiting one of the many nurseries in our area instead. At least they concentrate on plants and seem to be better priced -x-

  4. Sounds like you have lots going on to keep you busy, as usual. Plants are expensive here too so I'm hoping my seeds will sprout and do good.

  5. Like Dawn, I love the half dead plants, I see it as a challenge. Not putting anything yet, I'm waiting a couple more weeks.

  6. I have enjoyed reading your blog off and on for the last several months. I enjoy your sharing, coming over by way of mean queen blog. Glad to read you are feeling better!

  7. Good that you are over your lurgy in time for Francesca coming. have fun.


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