A Potty Project!

The trouble with sowing seeds is… seedlings!

Some herbs – coriander, basil and parsley.  Destined for the herb bed, eventually.

Although I’m not sure all of this is parsley!

There are also some flowers:

And some very healthy looking ones from Rhey:

The upshot of all this is I needed to make some pots, using my useful little pot maker.  This is a job you can do while chatting to a friend or daughter via videolink.

And here are some I made earlier.

Watch this space for pictures of the pots with plants in!

A Lockdown ‘Pub’ Meal

We have been missing the occasional meal in a pub, so took advantage of a Tesco “Meal Deal” and made our own. I’d earlier collected a few pints of “Wantsum Imperium Bitter 4.0%” from our local beer takeaway, and enjoyed a beer in the sunshine while the cook was hard at work!

First course was peppercorn steak with lemon and thyme roast potatoes, pan fried mushrooms and salad. All washed down with a reasonable wine:

Pudding was raspberry cheesecake and cream:

Total cost £10 (plus a few vegetables), including the wine. What a bargain!

Oxleas Wood

As we’re now ‘allowed’ to travel further for our exercise, we decided to walk around Oxleas Wood in the sunshine. This is actually a collection of woods and parks that interlink around the Shooters Hill area in South East London.

We started in Eltham Park South (the park is split in half by the main A2 Dover Road):

Rocco found a stick within seconds of getting out of the car:

We then crossed the A2 via a large overbridge and walked through Eltham Park North, which is mainly woodland. Rocco found a dirty pond of course:

We then walked through Oxleas Wood to Severndroog Castle:
Severndroog Castle was built in 1784 as a memorial to Sir William James, once the Director of the East India Company, by his wife Lady Anne James. It celebrates his most famous exploit, the capturing of the island fortress of Suvarnadurg. Severndroog Castle is 132 metres (432 feet) above sea level, gifting it with exceptional views of the London cityscape, the Thames River and the edges of London’s seven surrounding counties.

It was of course closed, so no “exceptional views” for us. Instead, we stopped for a break on the terrace, then headed back downhill a different way:

This had more meadows (you can see a small open cafe at the top of the hill):

And then back through Eltham Park:

A nice afternoon out!


Lock Down – Open Up

The banners I made last weekend are now in place on the church fence.  We have invited anyone from the community to add their symbols or messages of Faith, Hope and Love.

If you look closely to the left of the “Hope” banner, you can see that someone has already put a mini wreath there.

And a message has been added by the “Love” banner.

Having tied them to the fence last Wednesday, I stopped while walking Rocco yesterday, to take the photos.

Rocco is hoping I will hurry up and take him home for supper!

Rocco Struggles

Rocco enjoys carrying the largest stick (or sticks) that he can get, but struggles with the concept of passing through narrow gaps when they are sticking out each side…

I’d taken this photo just after he’d unsuccessfully tried to get through the gap. But after rearranging them, he eventually managed.


Faith, Hope and Love

This weekend’s project was painting three small banners for the church fence. I prepared some artwork and lettering…

Then I traced them onto some ripstop fabric I had lying around – as you do!

Unfortunately discovered that I didn’t have any blue paint, which I was going to use for the cross.  That could be changed, however I do rather need blue for the rainbow…

So here are the three banners, with the exception of the blue flower and the blue bit of the rainbow:

I’ll post another photo when they are finished and in place!

An exciting delivery

As bread flour has been notoriously absent from the supermarket shelves lately, I have resorted to buying some on-line.  Unfortunately, this meant ordering a bag of 16 kilos.  It arrived yesterday – I just about managed to drag it as far as the larder!

Then I had to decant it into some containers I had prepared for the purpose.  I managed to spill only a few grams!

So, we are OK for bread and pizzas until mid-July…

A Lifetime’s Reading

So, 2019-20 is year 34 of my 50 year reading plan; the years start at my birthday.  Most years, I go to the library in June and find as many of the listed books as I can.  This year, I forgot, and the year finishes next month!  So last week, I did a search to see how many of the books I could find second hand, on-line.  I found a couple in a Kindle edition, one that was a ridiculous price, some that were unavailable, but several that I ordered.  The latest one arrived today.  It’s much bigger than I expected:

I thought it would be OK because it looked like it would be full of pictures.  Not so!  I have a long read ahead of me.  Perhaps Rocco has the better idea…

Next sewing projects

Well, having finished the bedspread, I have to decide what to sew next.  I have had a suit partially cut out for some time, and I have the fabric for a Regency dress which I bought at the start of the lock-down.  To begin with, I printed off the Regency Dress pattern and assembled the pieces.  That was a whole project in itself!  I discovered that an old ashtray was perfect as a sellotape dispenser, and did finally end up with the pattern pieces in a folder, ready to go.

But then I decided to go back to the grey suit.  So I cut out the lining for the dress, and began to assemble it.  My plan is to have it ready for when I go back to court sittings next week.  So far, there’s only the front. Fine as long as I don’t turn round…

A Project Completed!

Many years ago, I began a patchwork bedspread, but it proved to be a huge project which I kept getting bored with.  After many redesigns, stops and starts, yesterday I finally finished it.

Because it was so big, there wasn’t anywhere indoors to spread it out flat, and as it was a dry day, I spread a couple of sheets on the patio.  Then I laid out the lining (made from an old pair of curtains):

Next, the middle layer assembled from two blankets that had belonged to my parents.  I had expected just to sew the two together, but obviously one had been washed more than the other and they were no longer the same size.  So much measuring and planning occured…

Lastly, the top layer which was the one that had given rise to many different designs. (Weighted down with tins of beans.)

The lining was 4cm bigger all round, so the final step was to fold the edges over, pin and sew them.

I can’t believe it’s finished after all this time!  And it definitely helps with the draughts in bed at night. Which was the original plan.