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Tuesday, 30 September 2014


We have them coming out of our ears!!! They have been so successful this year! I would say that I am proud of myself but to be honest all I have done is kept up with watering them. I brought some fertiliser for them but have barely used it.

After coming back from being at home over the weekend I noticed that some of my tomatoes didn't look as healthy as they did before. Some of the branches have gone all dis-coloured and funny looking, with the tomatoes looking a bit rotten. I tried to save as many as I could by picking them green and putting them in the kitchen window and then trimming back the ruined branches.

I have a few ideas what may have happened... first is that maybe they weren't watered enough, specially over the weekend when we were at home; some of the tomatoes on another plant had split which was almost certainly because of thirst. My other two theories being that it's just getting too late in the season or that they have caught some sort of disease... I dunno really..

The cherry tomatoes have been perfect in our lunch boxes and on salad but the larger ones I wasn't using so much. As they built up I decided to make some soup with them. I am not a big soup eater but Scott is and needed to use them somehow.

For the first batch I followed the BBC Good Food recipe. It was nice enough but a little too thin for our liking; which I thought at the time when adding all the stock!

Whilst at home this weekend I gathered some goodies from mums amazing garden. Some chillies, peppers and a butternut squash.

Mum's tomatoes beat mine just slightly!

This time I made it up as I went along. Scott wanted it to have a bit more heat so I prepped as many tomatoes as I had (nearly 2.5kg!), added a pepper, a chilli, 2 carrots and an onion. On mum's recommendation I didn't add any liquid at all and just boiled down the tomatoes until the carrot was properly cooked... It's turned out perfect! Well, actually it's quite peppery and i'm not a massive fan of peppers - actually I really dislike them - but I would eat it..!

I am sure Scott will love it and it's for him I've made it really. I have saved the seeds from the chilli to plant next year, and now thinking about it, I probably could have done the same with the pepper too.. I will with the next one I use!

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Week off spent dressmaking

Having finished my sewing room now, my week on annual leave couldn't have come at a better time!! I have literally spent the whole week in the same room, playing with my sewing machine; and I've loved it!!

Dressmaking has been my task, though I haven't actually made a dress, I have made two tops and a pair of trousers! In November I will be working in the community so wanted some clothes that I could wear - not that I don't have enough but any excuse!! For my first attempt in years I am pretty impressed with myself!

I was very nervous about making the tops. Although the pattern was super easy, they are made from jersey stretch fabric which I haven't done well with in the past. I made sure I had a stretch needle (which I probably didn't before) and was very careful. And it looks like I have pulled it off! I particularly happy with the first one, and although I like the second one, time will tell as to whether I actually wear it.. I don't have the boobs to fill it out haha.

Now as for my trousers... I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE them!!!! They are by no means perfect. I was sooo careful cutting out my pattern pieces but I still didn't get it quite right.. GRRR!! Luckily it didn't make too much difference and when they are on you can't tell at all! They will look lush with my newish boots which have barely been warn.

Next stop, the Stitching, Sewing and Hobbycrafts show the weekend after next where I hope to pick up some more patterns and fabric, then who knows what ill make next!

Monday, 15 September 2014

Sorting Saturday, Gardening Sunday.

It has been an odd weekend.. Started with me and Scott having a good old heart to heart, which we haven't done in ages. Just chatting about everything and summing up 'life' as it is at the moment. I guess it feels like we are in limbo at the moment. Two rooms are decorated now and we haven't started the next one yet for a few reasons. firstly because there's ALOT of stuff to sort in there before we can get going. But the main reason is money is tight this month. We have had a few bills plus needing to pay the credit card off soon has meant there is FAR too much month left at the end of the money...which I really don't like!!!! It's frustrating too as we are saving pretty hard for the wedding and just want to spend the money rather than it just sit there... making no interest, because the banks are crap.

Scott's very busy at work at the moment, and doesn't feel much recognition, so really just wanted to feel like he/we had achieved something. Which did lead to us clearing a load of the junk out of the spare room, which is ace! Still a way to go but in the words of Linkin Park:

"The worst part of ending is starting again."
 (sorry, my favourite song at the moment!). We then spent much of yesterday in the garden. the grass was like a jungle so that's now nice and tidy. I planted my apple tree FINALLY and trimmed the pointless bush at the back of the garden. Scott washed both cars and demolished the old shed by the side of the house; now it looks tidier!!

I never mentioned that the chicken died did I?

After my last post she improved drastically for a short while, pretty much back to her normal self, apart from not laying. Then one evening she seemed out of sorts again, and come the morning she was collapsed on one side unable to hold her own weight,  and incontinent. Basically only living to breathe. So it had to be done. She was an awesome chicken.

I have also learnt how to take cuttings! I have some rosemary cuttings growing on my kitchen window sill along with the ripening tomatoes and cuttings from one of the plants I brought at the garden centre back along, Fingers crossed they take!

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Finishing Touches!

I think its finished now! Only a few extra touches but it really finishes the room off!

First of all my lovely wall clock! doesn't it match just perfect?! I spent ages choosing that haha! It fills that small bit of wall nicely too as it wasn't really big enough to use for much else really.

I am also now set up as a (not so) little office space in the corner next to my sewing machine. The original plan was to have a decent sized tablet sit in the corner so what I could watch telly, play music and browse the internet for tutorials etc!

Scott being to gadget man that he is, hand to find me something to completely knock the socks off a modest tablet computer. Specially as it was my birthday at the weekend.... So what I have ended up with is a 23" full HD Hanns.G touch screen monitor with the smallest computer you have even seen bolted to the back of it!

Initially I was a bit daunted by the sheer size of it but now I am now completely in love with it! As you can see, I an sit and write my blog/use the internet whilst watching daytime telly! I also have a half decent set of speakers attached to it which I wouldn't have had if I had got a tablet... It doesn't seem like a full computer as you cant actually see the computer bit and all the wires are tidy and hidden! It just fills the corner which was basically unused anyway!! Weeee!! Very happy girly!!

My last touch has been taking the arms of my hair (only get in the way of the desk) and re-covering it in leftover fabric from the blind so it all matches!! For a five pound second hand chair I am completely over the moon with it!

Last little touch is another Ikea unit in the corner with a filing drawer at the bottom for my boring bits and pieces. Non-sewing related but very useful. I am much more likely to organise paperwork now rather than add it to the 'ill sort that later' pile!!

Now to get sewing.... I have fabric destined to be 3 tops and a pair of trousers... wish me luck! It's been a while since I have done any dress making so I am gonna need it!!!