Friday, 20 July 2012

Lets talk about the weather!!!

We Brits do love to moan about our weather don't we? I wonder sometimes what we'd have to talk about otherwise! It's a safe subject rather than discussing our plumeting economy or the damage we've don't to our Earth. Whenever I mention to change of the gulf stream affecting our weather, people glaze over and stop listening!!! Are you still with me? ;) Well aparently our weather is set to improve as the gulf stream moves back to it's original course, so here's hoping!

My garden is swamped with growth, but largely weeds and VERY long grass. The pallet garden has begun to thrive and because of it's upright position, it's not become flooded. The slugs don't seem to like the rough wood either, so that's another bonus. The right hand picture is a week old and the peas and pak choi are now quite large. Big enough to start eating :D

So that I could have a succession of salads, I decided to add more containers and being resourceful, I used these old drawers from our dead freezer. They are now sprouting with basil, coriander and another salad mix.

While pottering in the garden, I noticed a visitor watching me from the Studio roof. Does he look familiar?

Clearly he's the rogue responsible for getting my kitties in the family way!!! He's the image of our little Banshee!!!

I wanted to share with you how crazy my home is looking now! These are just the babies as the Mama kitties like go have some quality time alone. Can you blame them?

I had always intended to sell the babies to pay for the Mama's to be speyed. Well, as with best laid plans, there are often hitches. In this case, the very good homes have vanished and I'm reluctant to sell them on to unknown people. Many years ago, we had two boy rabbits. Long story short, one of them produced a litter of babies!!!! I gave the babies away to good homes and none of them had happy endings, I'm very sad to say. So, here is my dilema, do I keep the kittens or take a chance? I think I know the answer!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

A random ramble!

Well, it's still raining and showing every sign of continuing throughout July as well as June. Manchee still needs his regular walks though, so we've been going to the woods where the canopy can at least keep us a little drier!

Last week several events led me to find this enormous Fallow deer antler and believe me I could hardly contain my glee. I actually jumped around a little :D

Then a few days later, this little Roe deer seemed facsinated by me and walked to within 10 feet, where she just stood and stared at me. I think if I'd been alone and not had Manchee whining at my feet, she would have come closer still!

This part of the woods are very eerie, with a large grove of yew trees. The ground is littered with flints and it's a lot like walking on bones! I'm going to take a flask of tea and my sketchbook next week and just see what comes of it!

Back home, a tired dog gets cuddles from the kitties :D

While Tohki slumbers on the sofa.

And Finn and Fae decide to make mischief.

Things are growing well in the garden, but as I'll wait until it's a little drier to get photos. Also, work on the Summerhouse has ground to a halt until we can have a few dry days in a row. Lets hope it's soon!!!