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Robins, Newts, Butterflies and Bees

Drip drip drop little April showers… today is a stark contrast to the glorious weather we had last Tuesday.  Thankfully, I didn’t get soaked when I went for a meeting at Quarry Bank Mill with two lovely ladies, who work in the apprentice garden and the main garden.

The sun was shining and the clouds were fluffy white.  The gardens were alive with the sound of bird song.  The butterflies dancing in the air.

I felt so relaxed.  Watching the tadpoles, newts and Jeremy Fisher in the pond.  It’s great when you can take your office outside and have meetings in the garden.

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A great perk of my job! :) Mr. Robin did a lot of ‘chirping’ in and took the minutes of the meeting :) I couldn’t get a word in edge ways!

Here are some pictures I took around the gardens…

A place of spring inspiration and to be at one with nature :D – buzzin!

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

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Spring Into Action

Daffodils

You know that feeling when you get back from the plot, achey legs, back killing you, dirt under your nails… that was us this weekend – and it felt good. We were grafting away for 4 hours, trying to get on top of the weeds (we still have a bit to go) and creating a little patio area… now this is where I get excited :)

The plan was to dig in around 150 bricks down the centre main path on our plot. We wanted to put some sand stone slabs down so we can sit at the table and not sink into the ground (you sit there and feel yourself going – I’m never sure if it’s the wine hehe :D). From that area, we wanted to have a path going down to the main brick path so the plot gets divided.Brick patternMr.B came up with a new plan… create the T shaped path out of sand stone, which will be so much easier than digging in over 100 bricks on the old path and make a rustic looking patio :)

I’m so chuffed with it. Mr.B worked hard while I dug up at least a football pitches worth of grass :O it’s driving me insane! I know when I finish I’ll have to start all over again! We’re even making Jassy her own little patio area so she can chill on the summer evenings.Jasmins patio

I keep finding myself drifting off, dreaming about the time we’ll spend with our friends, having a few drinks, sitting amongst the bees and butterflies. Our lottie is our haven, our garden and our place to let our hair down. All this hard work and preparation will be well worth it.

Finishing TouchesJob well done

Spring forward everyone, lots more lighter nights so get down to your plots and dig in :)

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Mr B and Jassy
Jassy loves spending time on the lottie, especially when she gets to play with Daddy :D
Jassy & Kaz
It’s great to see Jassy running around, sniffing the bees… I have told her not to but they seem to like buzzing around her :D
Snoozy Bear
It’s great to have a snooze in the afternoon sun :D

 

Caterpillars
I love the colour of these caterpillars :D

 

Tulips

Tulip Surprise

Our friend Hazel was giving her plot a tidy up recently, she had a nice white tub she wondered if we wanted… Well yes, that would be lovely – Thanks Haze :)

I’m going to plant wild flowers in there… but first I’m waiting for some little tulips to pop open and look pretty :D how exciting!Tulips in the tubTulips on the plot

I wonder what they’ll look like? I don’t mind anyway I think all tulips are very pretty indeedy :D

I spotted these bright lovelies on my walk with Jassy today…

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Are you growing any tulips? :D

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Peas & Beans

A Gift of Peas & Beans

During shed duty this weekend I was given some delicious peas and beans from my friend David :)

Peas & Beans

We have got :

  • Golden Mange Toute
  • Champion of England Peas
  • Field Beans
  • French Beans

This should keep us going for years to come, I can save some peas & beans back each year.  Ready, steady, SOW! :D

A big thanks to David, it was really nice of him to give these out on Sunday :)

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

 

Chadkirk chapel

The Garden Awakes

We went to one of our favourite little places at the weekend. Chadkirk Estate.  I was really excited to see beautiful colour and the flowers waking up :)

So many pretty little places to walk with our little Jassy bear, we’re very lucky indeed.  We sometimes pop into the church in the afternoon with Jassy and have a coffee and a kitkat :D yum yum!

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Brian fought the weeds

Weed Wars

I can’t believe how fast this month is whizzing by.  I’ve still got to start my seeds off, I’m hoping to get this done in the evenings after work this week :) (I’ve been a bit on the poorly side since the weekend and haven’t had much energy!)

I’ve been thinking about the work we’ve been doing on the lottie i.e tackling the pesky weeds… and what we still have to do….

This was the plot before we started…

The Start

There were so many weeds everywhere it was hard to know where to start, first things first not every weed is a weed! I’ve moved this little corncockle chappy over to Bug Lane!
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The first bit dug and de-weeded! A quick cup of tea then back to it… I’m flagging at this point! Progress

No need to fear! Help is here :) here comes jassy and Mr.B ready to roll their sleeves up and dig in :)Here comes the help

All set up at the camp, water – check! biscuits – check! Gravy bones – check! :D

Jassy set up campJassy's first day back

Apart from Christmas day this is the first real day we’ve all spent grafting on the allotment :) Jassy was welcoming our new friends to the plot :DJassy Making Friends

Jassy & DaddyMr.B working hard

Many hands make lighter work :) Progress…
Getting there

I dug up the last of the carrots :) We were happily surprised at the size of some of them.  This year I’m going to be sowing them thinly rather than throwing them straight in – big juicy carrots for us :D

CarrotsCarrot Harvest

We’ve still got a bit of weeding to go, on the extra land we’ve been given.  It looks like our neighbour Brian fought the weeds and the weeds won!… :O

Brian fought the weeds

Still some to go

After a long day grafting, we left achy, tired but happy with the work we’ve got done :)Tools down The Brown Family

After such a glorious day on the Sunday, I popped down in the fading afternoon sun to dig up some leeks.  Leek & potato soup was on the menu – it was delicious :) Leek & potato Soup

A Long weekend on the lottie

It’s so good to be back, we’ll soon be in the swing of things.  It will be great to get the extra light in the evenings and pop down to the lottie for a potter.

Lottie Land Girl Kaz xx

Living the 'Good Life' the Brown way!

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