making it home.

With one week in the house i feel quite accomplished.  I have a lounge with pictures hung and books on shelves.  The diningroom, which was the majority dumping ground for boxes now only holds empty boxes ready to go to the tip and the kitchen is unpacked.

The lounge is the first room to be decorated so i am trying to not fill those bookshelves as i will only be moving them in a week or so when i start.  THe whole house has this vile textured foam wall paper which needs removing. The only saving grace is that the ceilings are nice.  In fact i have beautiful coving in the lounge.  I think it was also in the diningroom but it looks like they maybe had problems in there and lowered it.  Everything in the house was done on the cheap. surface mounted heating and electrical. Poor job on installing the windows and don’t even get me started on the kitchen!

But its home.

This weekend is supposed to be beautiful some say even up to 20 degrees!  So I’m getting in the garden while i can.  I plan to dig up some plants and mark out a veggie bed ready for some over winter veg.


Today’s Pickings

My first large handful of runner beans but i know they are going to come in droves now.  Need to request Dads chutney recipe.

 I’m loving the 8 ball courgettes too.



seedling planted

This years crops have been abundant in places and failures in others.  Each a lesson learnt and helps make next years decisions on what to grow.  This will be the first year i will grow over winter as we will hopefully move in to our new Victorian red brick house in September.  Thus, perhaps giving me enough time to eradicate part of the immature border planted area and turn it in to large vegetable beds.

Things I’d like to plant over winter: Gooseberry, Garlic; Celeriac; Rhubarb; Rocket.

The other thing I will be growing over winter is a baby. Our first.  I’m hoping to be as successful in this as my tomatoes in our conservatory.  Not that i want abundance, like my runner beans or potatoes, one child will do just fine please.

As the first trimester rolls on (i’m 6 weeks on Monday) I am training for my 3rd half marathon.  So far so good. I’m not exhausted as yet.  Today’s 10 miler was fine. The same pace as last weeks but felt a bit easier.  I took two two-minute walk breaks, i’ve never done that before, but it was merely to see if it made the second half easier.  I’m unsure.  Given my low mileage week (19.5 miles) i needed a successful long run.  Back on the plan next week.