homestEAd ~ out in the garden

Another glorious day today, bright, sunny and clear blue skies – after stripping the bed and throwing the bedding in the washer I was tempted out into the garden and ended up staying out all day…with the washing.  I planted Allium, narcissus and tulip bulbs, cleared the last of the leaves that had fallen into the borders and spread a bit of manure around some of the plants.CyclamenThe Cyclamens are now planted in the front border by the footpath providing a splash of colour, although there is still quite a bit here and there in the garden.HebeMeanwhile DH spent time on the new shed.  It is has now been slotted into the space at the side of our house and waiting a fit out inside – a few tool hooks and some shelving.  We are reusing some white melamine that was once part of the wardrobe in my eldest daughter’s room, it is still in good condition so a shame to waste it and it will create a bit more space in the garage.

The shed is draped in polythene sheet for the moment to protect it from the rain and allow it to dry out enough to paint.  It will be so good to get the gardening equipment out of the garage and back to where it should be. Once the shed is finished DH will be concentrating on painting the front door.  We have plans to get a new one but to make it look more presentable for the time being we are going to paint the present one.

I may have mentioned that we had been contacted by the National Statistics Office to take part in a survey.  We agreed to be in today and the nice gentleman came at 5pm which was helpful as by then it was far too dark to garden.  The questions were not difficult – mainly about education, career and our present circumstances.  It was hard remembering just how many GCE’s I have though and what the subjects were;  no-one has asked me that for a long time.

I still have the selection bags to make.I tried out a couple of prototypes (apologies for the colour – flash light is never great) using the wrapping paper and some old cut up Christmas cards as tags.  I will probably go with the one on the left with the string tie though each tag will be different.  I have made a note of the paper size I used on the trial one so I can cut them out and make them up all at once and have a bit of a production line going…putting 5 assorted fun sized chocolate bars into each bag will make 8 bags.

Tomorrow I shall have to decide whether to make the bags or clean out my freezer – I doubt I will get both done as I will need to iron the bedding I washed today and also pack to go back up to our daughter’s for the celebration this weekend.  I am really looking forward to seeing Little L and Sweetie again.

But not the packing!

So a few more jobs off the list – shame I have to add some new ones on.

6 thoughts on “homestEAd ~ out in the garden

  1. The bags are great – really pretty. Given a choice between making those and cleaning out the freezer, I definitely know which I would choose. 😆
    Have a lovely weekend! X

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    1. You know how the best made plans change – well I will be doing neither today as we have to go to Sheffield to pick up the anniversary present for my daughter and her hubby! Bags and freezer will have to be rescheduled for Monday!

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  2. It’s nice to see plenty of interest still in the garden at this time of year. My hebe finished flowering ages ago but I do have honesty seed heads, they’re so pretty once they’ve turned silver, aren’t they? I remember my grandma having them in vases when I was a child. It sounds like your new shed is going to be organised and tidy, unlike ours which is full to the brim as we don’t have a garage so everything gets dumped in there.

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    1. I am not sure why my Hebe is in flower – I don’t remember it this late before. We have been managing on minimal gardening equipment since we have had no shed so I am hoping this new one will not get full of needless clutter – I can only hope!

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