Friday, 26 November 2010

Acme single camber

This is a very large stack of roof tiles for the porch. 4 sample tiles were bought home to choose from and we decided on the "Heather sandfaced"
All that needs to happen now is to nail them to the roof!

But far too cold for roof top work this weekend, it was -2 C this morning, the light dusting of snow that fell last night has not melted all day. Brrrrr.....

Monday, 22 November 2010


This year I grew 18 runner bean plants in my back garden. I chose a variety called "St George" as they were supposed to give a high yield. A month before planting I dug two trenches and filled with worm compost from the wormery. I grew the seeds indoors indoors in the boxes that fruit juice comes in and planted them out in midmay, the morning before the last major frost of the year. Saw the weather on the news and rushed out and covered them with fleece, all but 2 plants survived, lucky for me that I had a couple of spare ones in the greenhouse.

The plants grew well and gave a massive crop, so much that we got a little fed up with runner beans for tea!!! I froze some too.
And so I decided to save the seeds, I left some pods on the plants for as long as possible until they were big and then picked them and dried them on the window sill. I now have a little bowl full of runner bean seeds - I wonder if they will grow as well as this years ones?

Sunday, 7 November 2010


On Saturday morning I drove to Dedham to a farmers market, the market was not very good, more craft than farmers, only bought some pears, apples and a grape vine. I shall plant it on the allotment and see if we get any grapes! But the hedgerows along the side of the road made up for the poor market, full of orange, yellow and brown leaves and berries, I was inspired to pick some, so back home and out for a walk with my secateurs, I came home with a big bunch of twigs. I also found some seed heads in the garden and created these four arrangements.
My kitchen window sill with a beautiful view of next doors garage!
This one on the fire place in a big brown vase that my sister bought me a while ago, with lots of seed heads in it.

This one on top of the telly is in an old tin can, with some red and yellow berries.

Last night I lit some candles and the fire, settled down with my knitting to watch strictly come dancing and x factor feeling very warm and cosy. I listened to the bangs of the fireworks going on in the distance and was so glad to be at home.