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Good Morning All!

It’s another wet day but yesterday was nice and dry and we actually did some outdoor work! Amazing!

While Munchkin was sleeping very soundly in his bed for a nap (which are exceedingly rare these days), J and I set to work out the back. He’s already done quite a bit – moving the shed about, making space for Jasper to sleep in the carport rather than out on the street and getting rid of rubbish. His plan was to rainproof the shed. Mine to convert my old allotment wheelbarrow into a small bed for some veggies. I drilled a few holes for drainage and dumped a pile of barely used soil into it, then we jammed it in place just under the bare tree – making sure the chooks won’t find a way of getting in it!
I have my seeds ready to be sowed, very little this year compared to what we’ve grown in the past. All the seeds I’ve collected are in two tins, it was fun yesterday going through them and choosing what to grow. I sadly patted my purple sprouting broccoli and kale seeds. One day I’ll have somewhere to have lots of those lovely veggies growing!
This year though I’m sticking to basil, rocket, cut-&-come again salad, radish, beetroot and a couple of cucumbers in the little greenhouse.
We must have about ten fruit bushes in pots out there, so the plan is to make a nice flat area on top of the shed and put them up there, again out of the way of hens and in full sun. When they start fruiting I’ll net them to stop all the local garden birds from having them.

On the sewing front, I’ve made a fair bit but still need to make a lot more.

I have five of the small coin purses prepared and waiting to be sewn up, two more of the bucket tote bags with the owl, a few more crochet coin purses, a messenger bag with another larger owl and pile of button-y goodness and I want to make some more make-up/toiletry bags.

Now, I need your honest opinions. Do they look too amateur-ish? Which would you leave out? I don’t think I like that crocheted pouch up in the left hand corner (that was actually that blanket I said I started and didn’t know why!!). If it was a different colour it might be ok but those colours just don’t do anything for me…

So what do you think? Should I even bother?!?!

Sara xx


Is That What I Think It Is?

SUN! Oh wowee!

Quick! Get that washed bedding on the line!

Hurry! Get that child outside and get that sunshine on his skin!

But do it very quickly as there are very, very grey rain clouds heading this way!

I may be hoping in vain that my washing will dry but there it is a bit windy out there so I’m in for a chance.

I’ve been very daydream-y today, and wishful thinking-y, and making nearly-impossible-to-achieve plans that to achieve them would take many many years… They’re very John Seymour kind of dreams.

NO! Not those kind of dreams!

This kind – my bible. I have had this book since 2004-ish. I love it. If I had to get rid of ALL my books and save just one, it would be this one.

In my wildest dreams I’d have the idyllic farmhouse setting surrounded by fields and woodland. There be plenty of space for growing all our veg & fruit, space for more hens, goats and some sheep and a couple of horses.
There would be a few outbuildings to convert into workshops and a dairy would be lovely.
We’d make a living through selling produce and handicrafts and J would buy, do up and sell classic cars.

Realistically though it would be nice to have enough space to grow all fruit & veg, have more hens and a couple of goats.

I am determined that one day we shall live a life as close to this as possible. I’m going off to dream some more while Munchkin is blissfully sleeping.