moving things around

November 21, 2009 at 9:22 am 5 comments

Billy in box copyBilly loves boxes and is often found with his head inside one or just a paw peaking out when the flaps trap him inside.  Mikey favours curling up on top of items of clothing abandoned in new places around the house.  Occasionally they both try to assert their claim on a new curiosity which on this occasion was a Freecycled blanket box in the hallway waiting to be moved upstairs (thanks Jenny, it’s fab).  Billy and Mikey on blanket boxDown on the allotment there’s been quite a bit of bed hopping and moving round over the last month!

1.  cabbages now in the early pumpkin patch

2.  broad beans in the late pumpkin patch

3.  onion sets where the second sowing of beetroot and carrots were

4.  first sowing of spring bulbs where the dwarf beans were, second sowing of bulbs and wallflowers in the early potatoes patch The grazing rye cover crop sown in the blighted tomato bed grew rapidly in the first 2 weeks but has slowed down now.  On the home front we’ve been moving things round in the kitchen replacing an overburdened shelf with a cupboard.  Hoping the new cupboard would house all my jars of chutney as well was a bit optimistic (and hasn’t happened!)Billy on counterI’d envisaged a clearer worktop than this but every vegetable that sits here waiting to be pureed, pickled or creamed is immediately replaced with something else.  The punnets of crab apples have now been pickled and apples, carrots and sprouts are currently filling every square inch of worktop space. 

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  • 1. miss m  |  November 21, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    You’ll need a new cupboard then ! And how will you prepare Billy – pureed, pickled or creamed ?
    Lovely to meet him ! 😀 (I’ve searched for a Poppet post and found just a tiny photo of her with Bilbo. You’ll have to feature her too. I love turtoise shells & calicos !)
    Like you, my Fall rye got off to a great start but has been idle of late. I was expecting it to reach over a foot. Will start it ealier next year.
    Lovely carrots & B. sprouts !

  • 2. Hazel  |  November 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    My grazing rye this year was a huge disappointment – hardly any germination at all, although the pigeons can be blamed in part.

    Those sprouts are magnificent! If my are half as lovely as those I’ll be more than happy – well done!

  • 3. Ann  |  November 22, 2009 at 9:14 am

    You’ve been busy! It’s very satisfying to get things organized isn’t it. You seem to have missed the worst of the weather, your allotment pictures look quite sunny.

    I love your curious cat pictures too, they made me smile!

  • 4. Nip it in the bud  |  November 22, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Miss M – flufffied :o) I shall seek out Poppets best mugshots and post them just for you. She suits her name and really is such a poppet.

    Haze – I took ages sowing it in drills rather than scattering because the birds in the hawthorn trees were getting somewhat excited the morning I was preparing the soil. I’m pleased with the sprouts because back in September I was ready to pull them up – they were almost black from all the caterpillar droppings. Ewwww, fortunately all the rain washed them clean again!

    Ann – I’m lucky I can get out in the daytime between the rain clouds. The bulbs were planted last Sunday after being rained off with the storm on Sat but the sprouts and carrots are from this week and it was a glorious morning that ended with a downpour in the afternoon.

  • 5. Johanna  |  December 17, 2009 at 1:22 am

    love that top photo of billy – I know what you mean about room – no matter what we do we find something to fill any space we make


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