Monthly Archives: May 2020

It’s Saturday, a day like any other……

What day is it? Couldn’t quite work it out when I woke up this morning. It’s very confusing this lockdown daily routine. Every day is much like the day before.

Today is Saturday, not that that matters unless there is something on the tv you would like to watch. It’s also a year ago today that Rich and I went away with our good friends Matt and Adam to Berlin. Berlin was fabulous. Rich did so well even though he had to really watch what he could eat and he was very tired after recent nuclear treatment. But we all laughed lots, drank many cocktails and enjoyed the unique city.

So what does one do today. Definitely reflect on last years adventures, try an complete the repair of the waterfall and maybe prepare the hanging baskets ready for planting in the next few days.

The best way to start the day though before all this is a cup of tea in bed. Suzy and I went to the kitchen later than usual this morning and just as I opened the blinds I could see we had a visitor! Heron!! Walking bold as brass across the garden ready to pick from the gold fish menu. We are not having that Mr Heron. Our fish restaurant is now closed. Send out guard dog Suzy! Wow she went bolting our the door to give the heron what for, but it took flight with it’s huge wingspan rather quickly. Hopefully she gave it an ear-bashing with her barking

Ok so we are wide awake now. Let’s get organised. Our neighbour had found us some straw on their travels recently for our strawberry plants. That became the first job of the day as the fruits are growing quite rapidly.

Strawberry patch all cosy.

The next job that needed completing today is the waterfall. Fortunately Bev arrived to collect our rubbish for the recycle centre at the right time. So with both of us balanced Bev applied the sealant into the pond. The work we did yesterday had fully dried. After a few more hours we should be good to turn the waterfall back on.

Water back on and slowed down with the new to me found flow control lever.

The weather is a bit overcast this afternoon so I sat myself in the middle of the lawn with 6 old hanging baskets and one new and started to prepare them for the plants I have been growing in the greenhouse. Normally I like the same plants in them each year but with lockdown that wasn’t going to be possible, anyway I had so many seeds it would be a great distraction to grow it all myself this year. Hopefully cheaper to, which I think it has been.

Some plants have survived from last summer but I took them all out, trimmed them up and replanted.
Basket of begonias, some old from last three years and some new.
This years new basket for outside the kitchen window.

The time just flew by preparing the baskets but Ben was now up and ready for us to take Suzy out. There is certainly more family’s over the country park at a weekend. Some running, some photographing the long grasses and even a group all sat with social distance amongst the long grass, radio on and just chatting. It was really nice to see.

Suzy had a good run off the lead chasing her tennis ball and making new furry friends. After a while though she was worn out and ready to go back home. If you close your eyes and listen to the video you’d be sure there was a steam train pulling in 😂

Suzy loves bouncing in and out of the long grass.

Ben and I decided that we would eat our dinner together on the patio this evening. I can’t remember the last time we did this but it was a beautiful evening and listening to the new water feature is go so relaxing. We had some sausages to cook up and so I thought I’d give toad in the hole ago. I’ve made this on numerous occasions and I’m terrible at it. No matter how hot I have the oven the batter is never fully cooked. You know what they say, practice makes perfect.

Well that’s it from Dartford today. Blog typed and about to be published. Have a safe night everyone x

Sunflower special edition, update 1…..

Happy Saturday everyone. This morning I wanted to share with you our progress on the sunflowers.

Rich and I started growing the sunflowers before he was taken into hospital. It was to be similar to our family gingerbread competition where we would each grow one and see who’s became the biggest. It turned out to be much needed in these moments as it was something we could all watch and nurture in our own homes in these peculiar times as we can not be with each other.

Let me introduce the sunflower club members.

Craig and Sam – live by the sea. Salty air?? Will this cause a problem? They have a curious Cat called Cosmo (will this be a disadvantage? Will she want to climb the sunflowers and snap them?) currently their sunflowers are residing indoors next to the window.

Jan and Lisa – live in Reading. They have a cheeky little dog called Libby. (Will Libby decide you have a little snack on the stem of the sunflowers?) One of their sunflowers had a slight accident in the wind and fell of the table outside. Alas this one belonging to Jan is no longer in the competition. It’s top snapped off😳 However Jan received some new sunflower seeds in the post, Will this be like the hare and the tortoise, Will Jan’s take the lead?? Their sunflowers are presently living in the summer house at night and the garden by day.

Little Libby.

Auntie Jeanie – lives Near Bexleyheath. Now this may be the one we need to keep our eyes on. I’m not sure where her sunflower is living. Is it outside 24/7? Is it being kept under secret light lamps? Is she feeding it magic potions? Best keep our eyes on this one 😉

Nanny Bev – Lives in Gravesend. Owns two huge dogs, although big softy’s and like to lick. Now Bev has named her sunflower Gerald, Will this be an advantage? Does this mean she is secretly a sunflower whisperer? Bev told me Gerald is misbehaving but is this just a ploy to throw us off her magic green fingers?

Jo and Ben – Growers of sunflower seeds. Live in Dartford. Usually we have poor air quality what with living so close to Dartford tunnel but currently with the world staying at home things are a little clearer. We started all the seeds in our greenhouse and distributed them amongst the family. Now did we tamper with any of the seeds before they left us? Did we use a larger mix of enriched soil in some but not others? Suzy lives with us and has not yet shown any interest in our sunflower, phew. Our sunflower is currently in the shed at night and garden by day.

So. Now you know all of the contenders let’s introduce the stars of the blog themselves, let’s here it for the Sunflowers, and Gerald.

Craig and Sams leafy sunflowers.
Lisa’s luscious sunflower
Auntie Jeanie’s sunflower.
Gerald and friends, Bev’s sunflower.
Ben and Jo’s leggy plant.

So there we have the family of sunflowers. Who’s will become the tallest strongest plant? Who’s will have huge head of yellow? Will any succumb to the dreaded slug and snail family? All will be revealed in the coming weeks.