Tuesday, 22 August 2017

LLANDUDNO Somerset Hotel in Wales Holiday August 2017

The Somerset Hotel in Llandudno in North Wales. Seaview Room on the 3rd floor

There are signs everywhere in Llandudno saying " Please don't feed the Seagulls " 

It was hard not to feed them as they were crying for food on our window ledge

View from the Pier in the evening

The Hotel runs excursions. This was Beaumaris .... VERY windy ! 

Beaumaris has a Castle but we didn't have time to go inside

Betws-y-Coed was beautiful. We also went to
 Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch which translated into English means
 St Mary's Church in the Hollow of the White Hazel Near to the Rapid Whirlpool of Llantysilio of the Red Cave

Carnarvon Castle. There are lots of Castles in Wales !

 The Great Orme is a massive hill overlooking Llandudno with stunning views.There is a Visitor Centre, Childrens Playground  and a Cafe on the top. We went up in a Tram but could have gone by Cable Car. There is a Car Park at the top
I would love to go back to Llandudno for more than three days 

How I grow my Carrots for Janine

Janine from RAINBOW HARE has asked me how I grow my Carrots

This Trough has been the best way I have found to grow Carrots in our Garden after trying for over 30 years
 I emptied the last remaining Carrots in the Trough today. This Trough has produced well over 100 Carrots so far this year from one sowing so I will use it again next year  

Carrots all different sizes just pulled up. I could have left the little ones to grow bigger but the tops were going green.  I think these are Nantes 5 Carrots 
The Trough is only about 20 inches by 7 inches by 6 inches high
It has very good drainage
I used Hilliers Garden Centre's own brand Multipurpose Compost
 Compost added loosely to about an inch of the top of the Trough. Kept loose not tamped down
Compost watered well and left to settle. Compost level goes down when watered so I topped it up a little and watered a little more
Sprinkled Seed on top as evenly as I could 
Covered Seed with about half an inch of sieved Compost
I left them in the Greenhouse until they came up then moved them outside. Slugs and Snails love them !
Fed twice with Liquid Seaweed when the Carrots looked like they had stopped growing
Kept an eye on them watering as needed and removing Slugs and Snails hiding behind the pot
I hung up other pots of Carrots or positioned them as high as I could at least 5 foot off the ground away from Carrot Flies
 I pulled up individual Carrots when they looked big enough
This thins them out allowing the others room to grow and extends the growing season
I hope this helps you Janine and anyone trying to grow Carrots

Friday, 18 August 2017

GARDEN REVIEW 18 th August 2017

We have grown Carrots in big pots. Hung up above shoulder height well away from the Carrot Fly this year which has been good. They take a long time to grow but taste lovely 

Alderman Peas. Firestorm and Snowstorm Runner Beans
 I have been freezing a lot of Runner Beans and giving some away. Definately worth growing next year

 We haven't had many Courgettes so far this year. I will try a self fertile variety next year like Partenon or Goldmine. Lettuces have been very good this year

Grapes are very small

Our Raspberry Canes have grown ten foot high this year. They were swaying around as I had nothing tall enough to tie them to.  Our Runner Beans have attached themselves to the Raspberry Canes which are now holding up the Raspberries. Isn't Mother Nature clever ! 

I bought two Hedgehog Houses  Hopefully they might rest in these overnight as they travel miles looking for food at night. They usually live under our Shed floor but it needs replacing soon
We need to start deciding what to grow next year....  

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Whitehouse Farm Old Barn Art Update 2 July 2017

It is so sad to see the old Barn at Whitehouse Farm falling apart. Some of the Art has been wrecked or painted over. To be more positive there are some new Paintings

New paintings  July 2017



Three singing heads when you look closely

Funny Owl

  I will miss seeing new Paintings when the Barn is knocked down for a new housing estate

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

KNITTING Look who has been eating my Runner Beans !

Is he a Caterpillar ? A Snake ? A Worm ? Whatever he is he loves my Runner Beans !
I found the Pattern for him on Ravelry. He was designed by Frankie Brown. I found a new knitting stitch making him called WRAP AND TURN. Thank you Frankie
I have given him away so I must knit another one

Saturday, 15 July 2017

TUTORIAL How I made a Trollen Wheel and Braiding

The lady at Bodiam Castle was using a wooden Trollen Wheel
 She said the Saxons also made them from Leather

 All I could find was a Shoe Insole which was a bit like leather !
I drew a Circle with a Compass then drew a line through the middle
My School Protractor came in handy to mark 45 degree angles making eight segments in the circle
Then I drew a V at the end of each line

After cutting out the Wheel I made a hole in the middle and enlarged it with a Knitting Needle

My Trollen Wheel finished and ready to use
Double Knitting Wool made a thin Braid

Using two strands of double Knitting Wool made a thicker Braid
I will try adding Beads next time

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Trollen Wheel Braiding Bodiam Castle Steam Train

 We visited Bodiam Castle in East Sussex. It is owned by The National Trust and surrounded by a Moat full of enormous Fish
I could write a lot about it but there are full details on the National Trust Website including Opening Times and Admission Charges 

The highlight of the day for me was finding this lady Braiding. She was using a Trollen Wheel and a Lucet. I have a Lucet but I had never heard of a Trollen Wheel before !
 I googled Trollen Wheel when I got home and found a wonderful Tutorial on Angela Barrow's Website
 I must try making a Trollen Wheel to try this technique
There is a Steam Railway just a few minutes walk from the Castle
We had Lunch on the Train on the journey to Tenterton
It was hard to take any photos with so many people on the Station 
There is a lot of Tourist Information on the Kent and East Sussex Railway Website with a Railway timetable

Friday, 7 July 2017


We haven't had to buy any Salad  for a while. Eating Radishes, Rocket, Spring Onions Pak Choi, Mangetout, Carrots and lots of different Lettuces

I will definately be growing Alderman Peas again. I look at them when the Sun is behind them to see how big the Peas are. Some of them are nearly filling their Pods. I am enjoying just looking at them for now

Blueberries  Blackcurrants  Whitecurrants  Redcurrants. 
Gooseberries have finished already. Our Strawberries and Raspberries are all eaten before they reach the Kitchen !
Cucumbers and Runner Beans are flowering
I have found a good Video of a better way to grow Spring Onions

19 male Courgette flowers so no Courgettes yet. Hopefully we will have some female flowers soon or we won't have any Courgettes !

I planted a soft shop bought Onion which has been happily growing two Flower Stalks. I am kicking myself today as I caught the hose on it watering the Beetroot. It broke off ! grrrrr....