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Monday, 20 August 2012

Back from holiday :(

Just got back from a glorious week in the Dordogne region of France, it was spectacular! So incredibly pretty and the weather was great.

Upon our return however the garden wasn't quite so pretty.

Ok so it doesn't actually look that bad there as Scott had already swept most of it up. The wind had obviously been high and knocked my seed propagator over. Luckily everything in it had died (yet another disaster) so nothing was ruined. Enough is enough this year, the seed propagator has been put away til next year. Richard has given me some lovely gardening books so I plan on doing my homework over the winter. Hopefully if I arm myself with a little more knowledge and hope for better weather I may have a bit more luck next year!

The neighbours looking after the chicks had also let them out to roam which we (and they I'm sure) were grateful for. However (as expected) they completely ruined the new grass which was doing very well. I should have obtained photographic proof before they got their claws into it! In hindsight I should have left the netting over to protect the new growth but moving it made it easier for the neighbours to get to the eggs.

I have gained a new plant as well. Actually I have two new plants but I have left one of them at Scotts house the last two times we have been home.. his dad has been looking after it well though! In the picture you can see it still in the bag but it has now taken its place where the seed propagator was. As to whether it stays there or not will depend on how much the chickens like it though!

My bulbs (what bulbs I can't remember, I am terrible with plant names!) finally started flowering too! I got very excited when we got back late last night... However that excitement was short lived. I had planned to support the flower stem this morning but it was too late; the wind must have been strong over night and snapped the bloody thing off before I could get to it grrrr....

At least it looks pretty in my lounge whilst it lasts!

The damsons are also doing really well. I don't know if that's a good or bad thing though because we get far to many to ever be able to use them all and they end up going mouldy and littering the garden.

The chicks have already shown great interest in them so at least that's some of them accounted for I suppose... not looking forward to the poohs so much! I never planned on doing any more wine this year but I think I might try a damson and mixed berry wine. Most of the strawberries I have had this year are in the freezer and the raspberries are starting to ripen; we also plan on going more more walks now Scott has finished at Intel and has a month off before going back to uni. This will provide ample opportunity to 'acquire' come blackberries for it too! I may even treat myself to a larger fermentation vessel so make life easier!

Oh and before I forget, a little update about the job interview at Southmead... despite everything I got the job!

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