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03/02/2021

Wednesday wafflings

 Wow - what a difference a day makes.

Yesterday morning we were up before the sun and were surprised by this .... 


Some one 🐾was delighted of course and we had to go out several times during the morning to check it was still there. Several zoomies ensured whilst more snow fell. On the road through the village it was gentle chaos with cars sliding backwards quite gracefully past our house. Himself managed to get to work but messaged me to say that a bus had slid sideways and had blocked the road and there had been a gentle sprinkling of abandoned cars at silly angles all along the way.  

This snow and the following heavy rain meant an indoors day (good I thought - think of all those chores which need doing and often get blatantly ignored...) So I sewed instead!

My work trousers, although retailed as 'women's workwear', still needed altering. Despite the added elasticated waist band either on the hips or at the back I still have to take the waist in. One set, as a token nod to 'female' clothing was covered in the brightest pink labels - they were the first to be removed! Gah - I can feel' my hackles rising as I type this. Why - WHY do they add pink labels to prove that these are indeed for women FFS.

And breathe.

Any hoo, where was I? Oh yes, trousers. I then had to take the hems up, although I ordered three pairs, one navy and two black and despite all being the same, two of them needed moderate shortening and one was so long I actually had to cut off a huge chunk before I could turn them up? (so, pink labels AND shoddy work)...

Then, as a nod to my inner artistic streak and to my non-conformist dress sense - I started to embellish the left leg in a sketchy Sashiko style stitch - you know, just because.


Now : today is grey, damp and cold.

Any hoo - I still need to complete the up-scaled drawing of the walled kitchen garden - I've laid it out on a large drywipe board. The hard landscaping is in permanent ink and the instructions will be in drywipe. There wasn't a very good crop rotation put into place with nearly every bed having nearly every variety of vegetable planted in it.  


I still need to add the orchard and add all the pruning and rotational planting details then it will go back to work. It certainly has kept me quiet for a couple of days!  All that remains is for me to try and squeeze it back into my car, when I brought it home there was only me as Moss was at home. It is going to be a tight fit!

Bit later ...

Moss and I have just returned from a dripping and sodden garden. I popped into my glasshouse and am quietly pleased to see things have survived and indeed thrived and I suspect as soon as the weather warms, they will romp on. Right - enough waffling, that garden plan won't draw itself and that mug of tea is going cold - have a good Wednesday and see you all on Friday!

xx

10 comments:

  1. Love the sewing embellishments on your trousers. I agree, trousers never fit! I hate shortening trousers so keep them long as I find this helps keep my ankles warm!!! I got dizzy watching Moss; if she's lucky, here might be more snow next week.... x

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    1. I like my trousers long too however these were just tooooooooo long! My worst thing is that gap betwixt shoe and hem of trousers - a real no no no no no! haha I will keep adding embellishments - I rather like the gentle meandering of stitching. Some one at work called them fabric tattoos - that amused me :)

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  2. I stumbled upon your blog yesterday and was excited to see a garden of raised beds... we are in the process of taming a new garden and are looking to do something similar (but on a much smaller scale). I was thinking of contacting you to ask if you knew if there was a plan for this garden (thinking it might be NT or another garden that is open to the public?) but now you have drawn and published it. Thank you! Is there any more information anywhere about how the beds wre constructed, and any pitfalls to avoid?

    - Kate

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    1. Hi, I know very little about this garden as I have not been there long and still finding my way around, it is fairly new and belongs to a charitable group and at the moment is not open to the public due to the pandemic. The raised beds are made of oak and the pathways are a permeable recycled rubber and pebble mix meaning rainwater is captured and diverted to a water storage tank to be used on the beds at a later date. There will be plenty of garden designers on line that would be able to advise you or design a garden for you. The NT do have a goodly selection of walled gardens that are worth a visit but again, probably not for a while yet.

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  3. I am lucky in that I seem to be the right height for women's dress pants/work pants that I wear with seaters and suit jackets-when I go to the office. I would be in a lot of hurt or expense if I had to hem as i am horrible at it. I amm looking forward to a good walk later.

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    1. Chuckle - I am not a shorty but I do seem to need to take up the work trousers, yet I find jeans in my size too short! cant win :D

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  4. Many thanks! The recycled rubber and pebble mix for the paths looks very interesting and I shall investigate further. I have a file full of pictures we've taken in various places, but this is the nearest raised bed set-up to what we want to do.

    One more question if I may - do you know how wide the paths are?

    And scarily, most NT gardens and parklands are currently open.

    - Kate

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  5. I enjoyed reading this & watching Moss. Your stitching is a bit like a tattoo & you can imagine how much I have to take off at times being so short. Clever you with updating the board & can we see the finished drawing. I played on a whiteboard the other day with a 2 year old & drew my famous "stick" cat & she knew what it was. Wonders will never cease as I have no artistic ability. Those paths you spoke about in that reply sound interesting, especially here in Oz. I'll admit to planting all sorts in one bed, but with limited beds you don't have a lot of choice and I'm all for crop rotation when possible. Take care, stay safe, warm & huggles.

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  6. I love this kind of embroidery but have never had a go at it myself. Our office work uniform trousers always came with a pack of wonderweb which worked quite well as the fabric was fairly thin. It’s exciting seeing the plans coming together for the garden. We did our first seed planting last weekend ... can’t wait to see shoots poking through and our gardening year starting all over again 😃 see you Friday 😃

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  7. Wow. All those veg beds. Yes, women's clothes are infuriating - so impractical often. Being tall, I often buy men's clothes and adapt them, but that can be slightly depressing. Love the film of Moss dancing in the snow. Dogs love it just as much as us, don't they! And I relate to 'all those chores but I shall do something else'!

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