Saturday, 27 August 2016

The Great British Bake Off


We watched the THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF yesterday
I am hoping this will be my Hubby's new Hobby
He made two Apple and Cinnamon cakes from a Mary Berry Recipe today using the Apples from our Trees.  Delicious hot with Custard. The Great British Bake Off have a Facebook Page and a Website

Kitchen Garden Update 27 August 2016


Probably my last Fruit and Vegetable growing post this year
My last five Beetroot dug up today


My Tomatoes are coming to an end. I have removed the leaves to let the sun ripen them. Lots of them are still green. We still have Runner Beans, Spring Onions, Berries and Apples


Only two Pears and a few Plums. We ate our Rhubarb which was only enough to make one Crumble
I have repotted our mini Strawberries which tasted nicer than our big ones

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Isle of Man Manx Patchwork Kit from Cregneash






I bought a Kit to try Manx Patchwork when we visited the Cregneash Folk Village on the Isle of Man
This one patch only 9 inches big took me three hours to complete ! 
The photo doesn't show the overlapping, like roof tiles technique which makes Manx patchwork so different


There was a demonstration and beautiful Patchwork on display
This was hung up like a Door Curtain but may have been a Quilt 


This was a Cot Quilt and helped me understand the traditional dark and light sides of the squares. I want to do more Patchwork and hope to get quicker now I understand the technique. I find choosing the right fabrics for patchwork very difficult


I love Ann's Christmas Patch. A beautiful example I found on 


Thursday, 18 August 2016

Our week on the Isle Of Man August 2016


We have just returned from the Isle of Man
It is a beautiful unspoilt Island and there were not many Tourists 
This is one of many Horse Trams which carry people for two miles up and down the Promenade in Douglas


Our Room had a Four Poster Bed which was a surprise


This is Castletown with a real Castle to explore

Snaefell Mountain Railway goes to the top of the highest Mountain


We travelled by Steam Train quite a lot during our week there

The famous Laxey Water Wheel
It was one of the best holidays we have ever had and I would love to go back to the isle of Man
Have you visited the Isle of Man ?

Propagating Jade or Money Plant, Fuchsias and Kalanchoe and a mini Frog


I have been propagating a few plants. Fuchsias root easily in water. The leaves dry out so I popped an open plastic bag over them to reduce evaporation


Jade or Money Plants are easy too.  Just plant a piece with two or four leaves in a pot and it will root 
 If a leaf falls off it will grow into a new plant but this takes a little longer


Kalanchoe. When your plant gets leggy or straggly cut a few pieces off and put them in water where they root easily


Close up of rooted Kalanchoe


I spotted a frog in daylight in the garden today. He is so tiny bless him.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Tutorial. How I made a quick and easy Luggage Label

 I need a bright Luggage Label to find my Suitcase at the Airport 


 This is how to make one 


Draw a Cat Head or any shape you like on a piece of felt your chosen size
 This is the lid off a tub of Whiskas Cat Biscuits which worked well as a template 


Cut out the Cat Head.
I keep clear plastic packaging to use in my craft projects
 Cut some clear plastic a bit bigger than your Cat Head 


Sandwich the plastic between the cat Head and another piece of felt


Sew around three sides. My Sewing Machine sewed easily through the plastic as it wasn't very thick
I didn't have any orange cotton so this looks awful !


Punch a hole for the cord to attach it to your case with a hole punch
Trim edges with Pinking Shears if you want to 


I covered my stitching but it isn't really necessary if you use matching cotton !


  Test your new Label. If possible ! 
Yes Wally you would fit in my Suitcase 
Off to The Isle of Man tonight....yippee

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Garden Update 31July 2016 Frogs and Slugs and Bees

Update
I have had to destroy most of my outdoor Tomatoes which were affected by blight. My Greenhouse Tomatoes are still healthy
A few Bees have arrived at last to pollinate our Runner Beans
We have been eating Runner Beans, Spring Onions, Potatoes and Tomatoes
My Cucumbers are still struggling 


I have dug up all of our Potatoes
We have so many enormous Slugs which are too big for our little Frogs to eat.  I go Slugs Hunting at 11pm every evening and find around 50 in our Vegetable Patch. There are always quite a few Frogs around our Pond at that time. They look so cute.  

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Kitchen Garden Vegetables and Fruit Review July 2016




First Beetroot called Perfect 3 ready now. Sown first week in March. Three of my La Diva Cucumbers, sown second week in March are doing well.  Two died


French Breakfast Seed Tapes worked well. We did have to share them with the Slugs !


My Runner Beans, sown first week in April in the Greenhouse have been disappointing. Lots of flowers but sadly there are very few Bees around to pollinate them. Next year I will grow Snowstorm or Stardust which I hear don't need Bees to pollinate them


 Sweet Million or Moneymaker Tomatoes. Sown first week in March indoors. So far so good ....


Spring Onions sown in March have been growing very slowly
Potatoes.  Doing very well. not ready yet 
Rhubarb. Only one plant survived
Artichokes. Hoping they flower this year.
Berries doing well
This should help me decide what to grow next year

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

My first two Pebble Owls


My first attempt at making Pebble Owls
Like most of my projects this would be easy for children to do
I should go back to working in a Playschool !

Sunday, 3 July 2016