Thursday, 11 July 2013

Moving on in the garden

I was out in the garden early this morning, before the FH was up, and I removed all the staging from the greenhouse so that I could get the tomatoes planted - I know - rather late!  Sixteen plants are ranged along one side, and the four cucumber plants are facing them, with two of them already producing cucumbers.  They are Telegraph, and we had them last year - they produced some lovely fresh-tasting cucumbers and we loved them.  I also have another variety in pots, nowhere near as advanced, which I think produce a gherkin-like cucumber which I hope to be able to use to make bread-and-butter-pickles which I have seen on Rhonda's blog at Down to Earth [in the blogroll].  With the planting out of more tomatoes in an outdoor bed and the planting of another batch of dwarf beans in a trough, I was working up quite a perspiration and had to hit the shower.

The piano tuner has been in this morning, and he is a lovely chap, but decided not to tune it after all as it sounded great - so he stayed all morning for a chat!  I just had to get on around him, as I didn't have the time to sit and listen to him and the FH chatting about the people they both knew in various local brass bands, and the steam train trips they have been on!  When he left, we decided to have lunch.

This afternoon, I popped in to the chapel group for an hour but ended up just chatting as the crochet wouldn't work for me today, despite help with a new magic circle technique from one of the other ladies.  Needs more practising, I think!  When I got home, the EFG had opened a letter from the Passport people to say that they needed our marriage certificate as further evidence....cue a dash to the Post Office to get that off to them quick smart.  I understand it now, but I wish they had indicated in the first instance that it would be necessary - as the EFG was born shortly before we got married, they needed evidence that the name on the birth certificate was my maiden name, I suppose!

I have had a look at various websites today for some water butts - I would really love some of those big tanks which the Suffolksmallholder has got in her pictures, but we can't find a supply of those locally.....

Tonight the YFG has had her piano lesson, and we came home to carry on with the gardening and other things - I am preparing a service for Sunday, reading applications ready for a shortlisting meeting at school tomorrow for new TAs, and the ironing keeps winking at me, as if to say, "I'm still here!"

7 comments:

simplesuffolksmallholder said...

We have a secret supply of those tanks!! ssshhhhh it's a local company that decants water soluble liquids from big containers to little ones before they go off somewhere else to be sold. We sometimes are able to get them and sell them on after pressure washing so it's a pity you are not in Suffolk!

Angela said...

At 10.30pm last night I was driving Very Close to you [major diversions on A47] One of these days I shall arrange to visit properly!!

Morgan said...

Oh Ang! I feel very sorry if you had to follow the diversion signs and go all that way around. There are two MUCH shorter 10 mile diversions which the locals are using and quite why the Highways agency are using that mad route all that way is beyond me - it's over 50 miles, I believe! You will have seen the signs to the village :)

Lesley said...

I make it a principle to avoid winking ironing. It has to be shouting to get any attention in my house!

Ciao said...

Wish we lived nearer as we have 3 of those huge cubes (cant remember their correct name)and another large plastic drum that collects the rainwater from the back and front of the house. It's very Heath Robinson! but amazing how much it can collect. We aren't on a meter so they dont save us any money but I suppose it's my small effort to be green, Love to you and your family XXX

Morgan said...

@Lesley - I am doing a good job of ignoring it so far - so good that other people have started to iron what they need out of the pile, so I think that is a positive move!

Morgan said...

@Ciao - the supply of those tanks is all very hush hush and no one will say exactly where they come from around here - hence the "friend of a friend" supplier who has failed to deliver! I'm going to bite the bullet and just order basic butts from a website this weekend, I think xx