Archive for May 2014

Veggie Garden 28th May, disaster strikes?

I know I said I wanted a water feature in the garden. I know I even talked about it to a friend last monday. But this wasn’t what I meant, thank you very much…

It began to rain on monday night. Yesterday it stopped for a brief period and we even had sunshine throughout the day. Then, last night, it began to rain again. Over the course of the last 36 hours we’ve had 50 MM of rain. Yesterday our garden wasn’t too bad, while my elderly neighbour’s garden was flooded. Now ours is flooded as well.

I went out with the pitchfork to drain the water more quickly, but the ground is totally waterlogged. I’m really hoping the plants will survive, but I’m thinking the worst… Especially since I decided yesterday to plant the tomatoes out in the garden. Luckily they’re on the slightly higher part…

Finders, Keepers!

While walking on the beach you stumble on a valuable object buried in the sand — say, a piece of jewelry or an envelope full of cash. What do you do with it? Under what circumstances would you keep it? 

This is what The Daily Post wants to know.

I’d do anything in my power to find the owner. I’d use the internet to see if I can find anything.

I once had this whilst walking in a seaside town. I saw a bewildered looking guy with three kids standing near an ATM machine. A few minutes later I saw 500 euro sticking out of the machine. The guy with the kids was nowhere to be seen. I grabbed the money from the machine and immediately walked indoors to give the money to the bank employee. I then went on and looked everywhere for the guy I saw standing by the ATM earlier.

I never found the guy, but a few days later I was back in that same town and went to the bank. I asked if the money had been picked up and it had been. The owner left a note with his phone number and a gift card. I never called him, as I didn’t feel the need. I didn’t even feel the gift card was needed, but it sure was a nice touch.

I’m not a person to keep things that don’t belong to me. I’ve lost a bracelet that my grandmother gave a few weeks before her death. I tried everything to get it back, but it’s never been found. She went out and bought it for me, even though she had so many health problems. The bracelet looked a lot like this one. And even after so many years, I still miss that bracelet.

So no, I’m not going to keep something that isn’t mine!

Veggie Garden 23rd May

I’ve been planting out the runner beans again and they are doing great. The chinese beans need to grow a bit larger before they’re going outside. I noticed yesterday the marrowfat peas are flowering and they look lovely.

Of the five cucumber plants I moved outside only one survived. I’ve sowed a few more seeds hoping to gain some more plants. Of the three courgette plants only one survived which is more than enough for the two of us.

I’ve done the first cutting of the lettuce and we had a wonderfully delicious salad last Wednesday. The tayberries are growing more and more flowers, the black currants still need more sun. I’ve seen the first flowers in the red and yellow raspberries too.

You wouldn’t believe the size of some of the strawberries right now… But they haven’t gained colour yet.

The witch who lost her broom

Random things I saw lying at the side of the road yesterday.

  • A pair of washing up gloves
  • A dead duck
  • A red and white checkered tea towel
  • A blue women’s shoe
  • A witches’ broom

Is there a story in these items?

Broom

Maybe the witch had to leave the house in a hurry whilst doing the dishes. She hung the tea towel on the end of the broom to dry and whilst she tried to get the gloves off she hit the duck. Of course the duck and the witch are to blame for this unfortunate mid-flight collision. The duck shouldn’t have crossed the road while the witch was flying there. But the witch should’ve known better than to do things that had nothing to do with flying.

After hitting the duck the tea towel fell off, the witch lost one of her shoes. The broom crashed to the ground and the witch had no choice but to go further on foot. Bare foot, holding one blue shoe in her hand.

Did she get a lift? Will she get back to pick up her broom? And why was she in such a hurry?

Photo courtesy of Vilseskogen @ Flickr

 

Veggie garden 13th May

So, the runner beans and chinese beans haven’t made it. I knew it was early to plant them outside, so I’ve sowed new ones. The marrowfat peas are doing great!

The cucumber plants have survived cat Dipsy landing amongst them and I’ve moved them outside just half an hour ago. I made a frame with rope to get them to climb.

The beetroot, onions and carrots are slowly starting to get out of the ground, but not much to see yet. The radishes are almost ready for harvesting. I’m thinking of doing a salad for dinner and will be using one or two for that.

The lettuce is doing great and it won’t take long before we can do the first harvest. Mind you, I just take some leaves and leave the rest of the plant to grow bigger.

The black currants are aiting for the sun to give them a little colour. The tayberries are flowering and here and there there’s already the beginning of a tayberry. The strawberries are in full flower and if the flowers are anything to go by, we’ll be eating lots and lots of strawberries in a few weeks.

Things I did in April

It’s been May for quite some time now and I still haven’t done my April round-up post. So here it goes.

The books I’ve read in April are the following:

De vloek van de Pelgrims (Pilgrim’s Rest)
Trixie Belden Mysterie, De Verdwijning
Vakantie op het water

I haven’t released a large amount of books, but I’m still ahead of my target, so that’s going well.

The lawn looks great now that the grass has started to grow back. For a while I thought my best bet was to dig it up (something I really wasn’t looking forward to) and start again, but time has healed it well.
We’re still very content with our new fence. Our elderly neighbour told me a few weeks back that she wished we had done the entire fence, not just the back part. But had I asked her that before we started she would’ve said no. I’m sure of that.

Both cats have had one or more trips to the vet in April. It started with Candy’s check up on her kidneys. Urine testing has shown her kidneys have deteriorated so she’s on different meds. Cat Dipsy decided she didn’t want to eat barely a week later, so another trip to the vet was issued. After some meds and laxatives she started eating very well again.

And about 2 weeks later we noticed cat Candy started falling over. Turns out she’s had a TIA. The vet wanted to keep her to see if her bloodpressure was too high, but Candy decided she didn’t like the vet anymore and started behaving badly. So we picked her up and monitored her closely. After a few days we noticed she wasn’t interested in her food anymore and called the vet again. She prescribed different meds to go with the kidney medication. Our kitchen cabinet is starting to look like a vet’s pharmacy…

The end of April we spent putting up the coat rack. It’s only been 2 and a half years since we moved, so we weren’t in a hurry… 😛
Jokes aside, I’m very happy with the result!

Coat rack