Friday 27 November 2009

The Peppers are finished!!!!

So here I am as promised with a post for you about gardening...or the lack of it depending on how you look at it!!!

Well my peppers have been an ongoing saga over the season and today with the sun bright in the sky and the wind a little easier than it has been of late I decided it that it was time to take the pepper plants up.

pepper plant
The Pepper plant looking a little sorry for itself.

I hadn't actually had any peppers off the plants even though I knew there were some there as they really didn't get big enough to pick but with the weather now getting colder (though it is late November so I guess I really can't grumble!!) I decided it was better to have a few small peppers than none at all!!!
green peppers
It doesn't look like too bad a harvest.....

Needless to say all the peppers were green and I didn't have a prayer of them ever turning any other colour but I did get a few small ones and they are edible so it wasn't the worst harvest in the world.

green peppers
However this was the biggest of the lot!!!

I have now decided that next year I will plant in tubs and keep them in the little greenhouse from the offset hoping that this way I will have a better pepper crop next year and we might even get to eat some with our summer salads!!! As it is this year they will be tossed into stir-fry's...or at least one stir-fry ....maybe two if they can stretch that far!!!

Wish me better luck for next year!!!!

Saturday 21 November 2009

Quick apologies!!!!

Hi to all my faithful readers...(god I hope you're still with me!!)

I just wanted to apologise for my long silence on my blog but I have been so busy I just haven't had a chance to post...and with the weather the way it's been in the U.K. the last week or so I certainly haven't made it to the allotment.

Well anyway I am grovelling for forgiveness and I assure you that this coming week I will have a little spare time so i will hopefully get up the allotment and see what damage has occurred with all the strong winds and also get something interesting up for you to read........well OK I can't promise the interesting part but there will be something to read.

Thanks all for be faithful and sticking around and please know that I have been enjoying your blogs in the absence of doing sod all on mine!!!

P.S. The reason the text is so big is so it kind of looks like a decent post...promise the next one will be...well something!!!

Sunday 8 November 2009

Autumn allotment planting.

Well I finally managed to get down the allotment this weekend so I can actually write a post ABOUT the allotment...after all, it is an allotment

Well I only went down really to out some broad beans in. The weather has been nice in my neck of the woods this weekend so it was perfect weather for planting. I decided to plant the broad beans in my raised bed as the earth is very fertile here an
d it needed no preparation...laziness really but at least they are in!

Out with the lettuce and in with the beans!!

I had to take up the lettuces first but probably just as well as we are predicted some ground frosts this week.

A few weeks ago I went up and planted some garlic in the raised bed and I was very happy on my visit to see one shoot coming through which is an improvement on the last time I planted garlic as none of it grew...but I will tell you about that another time!!

garlic shoot
My first EVER garlic shoot..yay!!

Saturday 7 November 2009

I recieved an award!!

Today I got an award from Ann at Ann's Snap Edit & Scrap.

Now I hope I have done this right as I haven't done anything like this before and I hope I haven't messed it up.

I thank you Ann for nominating me and I hope you continue to enjoy my blog!!

Not much of one to know what to do with things like this so I am hoping that I have done it right and I hope that everyone I send the award to will be happy with it!!

Here are my nominations for the award,

allot of veg
Allotment Blog
Blunders with shoots, bloss...
Kella's Musings on Growing ...
Mal's Allotment
Norfolk Kitchen
Our Plot at Green Lane Allo...
Realising the Dream
The Good Life

I know there aren't 15 but I hope this is ok!!

Here are the rules for this award:
1. Anyone awarded with this one must pass this “BEST BLOG” Award to 15 bloggers who he/she thinks have the best and greatest blogs.

For the new awardee…
2. To receive and accept this award.
  • Copy and save the award
  • Make a post in your blog about the award, like this one, but write in your own words, or at least a reasonable facsimile.
  • In your post, mention the name of the blogger who awarded you, and include a link to their blog.
Please do leave a comment in this post so I know you accepted the award. This lets me know so I can leave a nice comment in your award post too.

Friday 6 November 2009

Remember, Remember...what it's all about!!!!

Well it has officially passed....Bonfire night has come and gone again although we will no doubt be hearing the bangs and screams for another couple of nights yet.

bonfire nightIt was just a small family gathering.

We bought a few fireworks of our own this year and let them off in the garden as the organized displays are quite far away and to be honest have got a little ridiculous.

bonfire night
With some smiles!!

It seems to me that people have really forgotten why November the 5th is all seems to be about making money now with stalls and rides at some of the big displays which are organized...and I can't remember the last time I saw a guy on a bonfire. Does anyone remember doing 'penny for the guy'???

bonfire nightNot the prettiest of the fireworks but I was a bit rubbish at taking photos!!!

When I was a kids Guy Fawkes night was celebrated in the neighbourhood with all the neighbours clubbing in together and the kids used to make a Guy and go around and collect pennies for it which then was put towards fireworks and food. It was a big community thing and it's a shame that it no longer happens. I guess with all the people moving around these days and commuting so far for work you don't get to know people so much. It really is a shame that things like this have changed...I feel sad thinking that my grandchildren won't have that safe sense of community I had as a child.
And does anyone remember mischievous night??? I certainly do, though I probably won't remind the kids of that one!!!

bonfire night
And how many men does it take to light a firework???lol

So what did you all do for bonfire night??
Do you/your kids know why it's celebrated??

What is your most memorable Guy Fawkes night??