Saturday, 4 July 2015

Obadiah, is that you?!

My skin smells of the earth and my body aches a little in that enjoyable 'I've worked hard' way. A great days work was achieved on the allotment today and I am blissfully sleepy now as it is starting to get dark. Maybe I should have a shower and shed the sweat and pollen from my body and hair, but this sofa is so comfy and the blanket is hugging my tired self. I don't think I could make it up those stairs.

There is a soft smile across my face as I think of Andrew, still working there. He's building me a hide away with screening and climbers so I can feel more comfortable over there. It seems to give him endless joy, trying to make me happy and also woodworking outside.

His efforts are so greatly appreciated and the peaceful corner is coming on so well.
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I cut away our musty old diseased honeysuckle today. It was a lot of work but yet so rewarding. That poor plant was only a tiny baby when we put it in the ground to grow up the fencing. But it never did well and was too restricted, prone to all diseases and took up much desired room. Yes it was vigorous and had many flower clusters but each one was infested with aphids and had begun to smell. The rose is going too - it's got the worst, most vicious thorns.  But, on to newer and better things!
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May I just also point out the Felco secateurs are fantastic, if you don't have a pair you need to make hints for birthday or Christmas!
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The weather has confused our little turnips and at home, our rocket, as they have bolted. However everything else seems happy and those things most recently planted have settled in well. Naturally the weeds are continuously happy and procreating like crazy but I have a better handle on it now. Well I keep telling myself that!

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Fun facts ~

* I stopped and dropped everything, because I felt the strong urge to do yoga
* My jeans finally ripped, in doing said yoga, haha!

* We meet up with our frog friend Obadiah who had managed to get himself into a little bottle - he got out again. He seems to like the slate garden and compost area a lot.

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Love and hugs
Carrie

14 comments:

  1. How nice to see your froggy friend again. Fantastic portrait of him! Your little hideaway looks very tempting. I'm sure you'll put it to good use. And you can always shower off after a little nap!

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    1. Oh I was thrilled to see my frog again, I hope he lives his wee life on our plot - he's very welcome :) Andrew is really doing a great job one the cosy hideaway, I think it ought to have carpet and and a tall lamp but he says no, lol xx

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  2. So glad you've had another good trip there. Hard work at the allotment is so satisfying isn't it. Well done Andrew on the hideaway, it's going to be lovely. Turnips and rocket have met the same fate here, I'm wondering if I could sow more rocket now or whether it's all too hot at the moment. It's such a lovely salad leaf though, I miss not having any. I hope you have a good week Carrie. CJ xx

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    1. It's a great place to be when you are in the mood for some hard work!! Get more turnips and rocket sown girl! Can't be without them in my life either, they're fast growing and worth trying again and again xx

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  3. A most enjoyable post and lovely pictures. It's all looking, and sounding, good.
    Happy gardening. Flighty xx

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  4. Hello Carrie sweetie !
    I am so sorry it has taken you visiting me to wake me up and visit YOU!
    Having said that ... I have thought of you often and wondered how you and Andrew were doing and how the allotment was going .. WOW! I love that Andrew is making you a secret corner away from all the business .. a Zen retreat almost ?
    The veggies are looking wonderful and luscious ! ... and this magical little creature which you captured the most amazing shot of him in his "home" is beautiful ... I have such a soft spot for frogs ... I only wish we could have them in our garden .. but the thought of raccoons eating them is too terrible to think about. I will share your happiness of your frog !
    Keep well sweetie !
    Take care
    Joy : )

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    1. Never worry Joy, I have been awful at reading my fave blogs and not even leaving any comments. We hope that this little hideaway will make me feel more secure and cosy on the plots, especially when there are others around. I think it could work.
      I love that frog! We don't have raccoons here but there is a healthy population of foxes and pheasants and badgers etc...still nature will do it's own thing...

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  5. A wonderful photo of Obadiah. Mick found a froggy in the seed tray holding water underneath the container one of the tomato plants is standing in so Eleanor came and relocated him to our little pond, they're such wonderful creatures. How lovely that Andrew is working on an area so that you feel more comfortable, that's true love, it looks to be coming on well. My Felco secateurs have gone missing, I'm blaming Mick but he's having none of it, I do hope they turn up but they've been gone quite some time now. Hope you're not aching too much today after all that work.

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    1. He is a natural at getting his photo taken ;) I love frogs, but never see many so this chap makes me super happy.How lovely you have a pond to put yours in, we aren't allowed any sort of pond at the allotments...sigh...he would be even more happy then.
      NO, not your Felcos! I blame Mick too, where has he put them????

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  6. soft smile and a comfortable hideaway - sounds good

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  7. I love how the lottie is producing! I know it takes hard work to make it so lush. I haven't accomplished much this year, but we did have the garden cleaned up and the tomatoes are loving our hot weather. We're having a heat wave which is quite unusual for us, but it's making the tomatoes very happy and the rest of us cranky. Stay well, lovely girl.

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    1. I have heard such odd extremes of weather from all over the world. Thank goodness Northern Ireland never really changes, though Summer has been a long time coming and of course contains lots of rain as usual ;) I would prefer that to a heatwave - I can't stand being too warm. Hope you aren't getting really fed up with tomatoes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, lol!! xxx

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