Friday 24 September 2010

Poor Enid is in hospital

My laptop has been ill since last Friday and She ie. Enid, is still going to be there for a couple more days being fixed. She has a virus and probably a temperature and a sniffly nose too; so sad.

So life is contining but I simply cannot use this old laptop as the letters stick and some don't work at all = frustrated Cherry Blossom Tattoo.

We are finally moving into the new house on Monday so life is happening and my brain is full to bursting anyway. I shall take many a photo though and be sure to share the adventure.

Love and hugs xxx

Wednesday 15 September 2010

It's getting all Autumn-y at the lottie

I have to confess I haven't been at my lottie much over the past couple of weeks. First there was the onion eating incident (I am intolerant and was sick all one weekend) then last weekend I had a tummy bug :( Oh why world, why??!

Anyway I was able to get out for little periods here and there and I pretty much never go anywhere without a camera :) So,here are some lovely shots of our very own produce from our allotment, the colours of which have cheered me up through my tummy upsets and the dull rainy days. They have also put me mind of the cosy dark and wintery nights that lie ahead and in response to that I have started up my needlework again and even have a sampler to get started :) Being sick though has left me with little energy so I shall write about my newest crafty adventures another day (right now I could do with a nap). Also I have to remember to tell you all about the utterly fabulous Suzanne from 'Little White Dog' as my ATC came in the post with a little gift and has shown her to be an absolute genius; an arty goddess if ever there was one.

So here are my happy newest pics which may go on Etsy but I'm not sure quite yet...

Though I do have some lovely produce photos (the produce is lovely not the photos) from quick trips Andy has made in the gales and rain. We were there today for 15 mins too but boy, the rain started and I had the worst 'thunder' headache.

-----Onion Comp News ----

Winner of the largest onion was.....
Muriel!! (darkhorse to me as I didn't know she was growing onions for the big day) She won a cup :) I have to try and get a picture, haha

Winner of the best matching pair was.....
Stephen! His 2 onions were so well matched that they were weighed over and over just to make sure. They were exactly the same weight! I do so hope at least one of the winners has their cup in their shed and are willing to take part in a photo op as soon as the weather permits me to get down there.

Love and hugs, till tomorrow xx

Monday 6 September 2010

Bloomin' Monday plus Onions everywhere - update!

The mini monsoon that hit us here yesterday (ie. 30 hours of sheet rain and gales) has finally stopped. The silence is deafening and all I can see out my velux window onto the world is a white sky which blends well with the white ceiling in this attic. Oh it sounded rough all night and being in the attic was a little like a rain storm when you're camping - loud but re-enforces that feeling of 'thank goodness I'm not out there'.

I took this photo at the weekend, or maybe it was one night during last week, I can't remember but it isn't important - all these darling blooms will be strewn all over the plot by now :( Hey, at least I always have a camera with me and can capture the glory moments when they do come. Feast your eyes on this load of happy colour :)
oh go on have 2
Look BLUE sky!!
Oh and the onion comp. Well I didn't get to go. "Why not", you ask. "I was looking forward to all the pics and the gossip!". Yes, yes, so was I but before we went we decided to have a Chinese meal, of course Andrew ordered no onions in mine would appear they just cooked it all and then poked them out at the end = food poisoning for Carrie - hooray! I can't eat onions, how many times does this need to be said!

Saturday night was thus a horrid puke fest for me and I spent most of my time in the bathroom. The irony was not lost though, even through the sea of vomit - I couldn't go to the onion comp because an onion had tried to kill me!!
evil onion

Wow, it's not like we were going to win anyway, so why the conspiracy?? Who at the lotties has taken up a part-time Saturday job at the local Chinese. No one is owning up......

So sorry about that. I will try to catch all the gossip the next time I'm there at the plots and who knows maybe someone has photos I can use. Hugs xxx

UPDATE - Tuesday morning
Going from a cafe to the car this morning I was shocked to find a very random and shifty looking red onion in the car park, the next space to us! I'm starting to fear imminent mass attack and have gone into hiding... ;)

Friday 3 September 2010

Dear sweet (not burny) readers

I am feeling a little better :) Boy it has taken a long time for me to come around this time and I have missed you all. Thank you for your comments on the plan - which has been improved (more about that in another post, I am a tease) and now even has a 'story' or is it 'journey', I can't remember but it was Alan Titchmarsh (the god that he is) said that every garden should have one or the other years ago and I liked it.

I was at my allotment tonight, gathering sweetcorn for dinner and taking photos as I haven't been in a while. Mamma G was actually there too today harvesting some of our runner beans for her vegetarian pal who is on driving duty tonight ;) It was beautiful there, a warm sunny day and hardly a soul about as it was dinner time. I love it when it's like that.

I'll put up a couple of photos - but first I must tell you exciting news.....tomorrow (Saturday) is the great onion competition evening. Fear not dear readers I shall have the camera battery fully charged and will try to capture all the action for your pleasure. There is also a BBQ but we have been invited to another BBQ - oh crikey, we don't get invites for any parties for ages then 2 come at once! Either way both venues are veggie plots so you won't mind, will you.

We had the best sweetcorn ever this year, remember those beautiful red tassels earlier in the season? Well, this time last year we were in glorious Brittany and missed the height of the season. We tried the usual 'F1 Swift' but it failed on us :( so this batch is the utterly yummy 'F1 Sundance' - so good, really I recommend this most heartily.

Before I go I must tell/show you the nasty incident with one of our gorgeous Cheyenne peppers. Andrew tasted it and said it was sweet, I nibbled it, yummy and sweet, pass back to Andrew and again, sweet, then ...I took a photo and then I was stupid enough to taste it one more time. Arrghgghghghh - seeds and burny burny heat on my tongue - thus ensued the pain dance and revenge... I hadn't any milk (quite obviously on a plot) or water so I tried a not do this, ever! A burnt tongue immediately followed by a rather acidic berry = even more aow time including involuntary jumping up and down - the shame.