Shiny strawbs

Very Berry Strawberry

Shiny strawbsThis year has been fantastic for Strawbs :D We’ve got two beds packed full of them (you can never have too many!) We’re so surprised at how well they have done.  In the past couple of years we’ve lost most of the crop to mould and some very hungry slugs! :(  I think the hot, dry weather has helped us.  I’ve been down to the lottie most evenings to pick them.  We’ve had them with ice cream, in G&T and just on their own (a nice snack when your working hard on the allotment).  A couple of weekends ago, we went down in the evening to water the plot and to see how many had ripened since the last picking… :DDigging for strawbs

We picked over 1kg, which I have to say is pretty amazing for us. Plump, sweet, juicy strawberries.  For some reason, the pesky slugs seem to go for the biggest ones (grrr!) but even so I managed to pick at least 5 monsters that hadn’t been munched on :)A basket of Strawberries

Now I do love my strawberries, but I think we’d turn into one if we ate the lot… what to do with them?… strawberry jam research was on the cards!

Strawbs are great in a G&T
Strawbs add a real taste of summer to your G&T :D

What do you do with your strawberries? Have you got any recipes you’d like to share with me?

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

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Thank you ‘Little Lady’

This morning I received a very exciting email… Diane from the National Allotment Society informed me that I have WON FIRST PRIZE in their allotment photography competition!  I just couldn’t believe it :)

I’m completely over the moon and so happy I could burst.  They said they will try and use the other images I submitted on their website and blog.  It’s all thanks to this ‘Little Lady’ taken last year on our allotment…

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This has been emailed from the National Allotment Society on their weekly newsletter…

NAS News Letter

Well done to everyone, I’m looking forward to seeing the rest of the entries :)

With the prize money I’m going to be adding a new bug hotel on Bug Lane, adopt a beehive and get a beehive shaped garden storage box :D

So thank you ‘Little Lady’, what a happy day… I’m off to celebrate with a glass of champers! :D

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

 

 

 

Fresh honey

Bee Talk at Bud Garden Centre

I have to admit I’m slightly obsessed with bees.  After reading a book by James Dearsley ‘From A to Bee’, following his first year as a beginner beekeeper, I’m constantly thinking about beekeeping and all things of a buzzy nature :DA busy honeySo it was perfect timing last week… me and Mr.B had a drive out to Bud Garden Centre in Burnage, for a free talk about bees and beekeeping :)

Heatons honeyIn the warm evening sun, with a beekeepers smoker gently whisping atmospherically away into the air, we got ready to listen to an insight into the world of bees.  Carolyn Tregaskis lives in Heaton Moor and keeps bees in her garden. She’d brought some of her delicious Heatons Honey (I eyeballed this as soon as I got there! – I just had to have some :D).

Listening to Carolyn’s passion about keeping bees,  she said ‘You start off with growing your own veg, wanting an allotment, you start thinking about keeping chickens, then you want to keep bees’. That’s exactly how I feel :) – a natural progression :D

Fresh honeyOne amazing fact I didn’t know, was that honey can keep for thousands of years, even as far back as the egyptian times! I don’t need to worry about my honey going off then :).   Carolyn took us through all the different compartments of the hive, telling us what each of the bees do. We looked at all of her bee equipment and paraphernalia.  Who knew you could order a queen bee by post?!

The framesWhen the talk had finished, I went up for a closer inspection of the hive, and asked questions. Everyone left buzzing at the end (I know I certainly did). The more I learn about them, the more fascinated I get.  I can image Mr.B in his beekeeping suit… hehe :D Well we are Mr & Mrs B(ee) after all :D Now we’re looking into having our own bees which is an exciting new chapter in our lives :)

Lottie Land Girl Buzzy Kaz xx

Sunny Evening

Percy The Poorly Pigeon

Sunny Evening Watering the plot was interesting tonight… I got Jassy to lie in her little lottie bed, while I was busy giving the veggies a drink.  In the corner of my eye I spotted a rustling in the potato patch.  A pair of little beady eyes were staring at me :O

Percy PigeonPoor Percy pigeon :( it looks like he had hurt his wing.  I was in a bit of a predicament after Jassy had spotted Percy, and promptly went bananas to try and get him. I had to quickly move her off the plot and ask my allotment friend David to come to Percy’s rescue! After a little bit of chasing around the plot, David caught him and popped him over the allotment fence, out of harms way!…

David & Percy

Never a dull moment in your life on the lottie :D

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

 

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From Garden Weeds To Seaweed

Firstly I just want to apologise for the lack of blogging recently. Time seems to be whizzing by and I’ve been spending a lot of evenings on the allotment, watering, weeding and planting. I’ve been taking lots of pictures of our growing adventures and sharing them on my facebook page :D I’ve just not had the chance to sit down and do some writing – so sorry guys :)Allotment Jobs

This past week Mr. B, Jassy and me have had a week off spending some much needed time together, relaxing, catching up on jobs around the house – we even made our first batch of  jam, after harvesting over 1kg of strawberries  :)Strawberry picking

Best of all we took Jassy on her first beach holiday.  Seahouses in Northumberland is a beautiful little harbour town. Having picnics on the beach and watching Jassy running around, sniffing the seaweed and other seaside critters.  It was just lovely :)

Seaweed So everyone, I’m making it my mission over the next week to empty my head of lots of blogs I’ve been thinking about writing, while I’ve been away.

I hope you’re all enjoying the summer time in your garden and on the allotment :D

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

 

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Fantastic Foxgloves

I only learnt yesterday that this week is Foxglove Week (Wednesday 28 May – Wednesday 4 June).  Armed with my camera, I’ve been out to our allotment to have a wander around the site, taking pictures of the striking towers of foxgloves :D

So, I’m celebrating Foxglove Week with you… Here they are looking fabulous on our plot (I’ve sown these babies from seed – I’m so happy they’ve grown and look beautiful.  It really adds a great feature on Bug Lane)

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The bees were very busy buzzing about from flower to flower, they move so fast! It’s really difficult to capture them.  I did capture one little buzzy… Having a rest on my wild flowers after collecting his pollen :D

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And the rest of our lottie site looking fantastic and lush… :)

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I’m hoping to have tons more on our plot for next year, it’s great food for the bees :)

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Pumpkins & Chives

Flowers, Pumpkins, Chives & New Tools

We’ve had an action packed weekend this weekend.  A visit to Barnfield allotments which is near Bramhall.  They had a plant sale in the afternoon.  The heavens opened and didn’t stop raining! Us allotmenteers are hardened to the elements and people could’t resist a bargin. It was great to see so many people turn out, hoods up, armed with brollies :D We met our friend Becky who has an allotment there and did a spot of shopping. There was so many different plants to choose from.  I’ve bought some pumpkins and chives for our plot.  We took shelter from the rain and enjoyed delicious homemade cake and coffee :)

Chives Pumpkins & Chives

It just gets better… I treated myself to two new hand tools from Sainsburys, they’ve got lovely wooden handles :) I can use them to plant my two Verbascum plants that I bought in the week.  They are vintage looking – so pretty :) Shiney New Tools Two new plants Vintage Verbascum

So, what a lucky lady I am :) it’s been a great weekend, zoomed by as usual but it was happy and relaxing.

I hope you’ve all had a lovely weekend :D

Lottie Land Girl Kaz x x

 

 

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