Just in case you wonder why we did that: Welsh Onions grow back if you leave the root in the ground and just cut off the tops. We had onions all through winter because it didn’t freeze here. So in spring, we cut them all to the bottom and they grew back.
And my goodness was the soil compacted in the other flower bed. I hardly could dig through. My hands are a bit funny now because in the end I had to break everything up by hand. I am definitely grounded now 😉
Have a lovely day my dears and if not know, that I sent you positive energy early on today 🙂
Hello out there, how are you doing? I hope you are doing fine and are not bothered by any extreme weather event. My thoughts and prayers go out to the good people of New Orleans and the surrounding areas. Please stay safe!!!!
I am doing fine overall besides my usual self-critical attitude. Just wrote a little about it over at Therapy Bits so I won’t go into this here.
I have shared the above quote by Cicero several times on my social media but I just feel this to be so so true that it makes its way into my blog too.
I am grateful because we have both. We have a huge garden with a big veggie patch and enough space for the dog to run. And our front room is filled with two bookshelves full of books. Of course, we also have a kindle with a “take-away” library. Aren’t we lucky?
Yesterday I wrote about the fact that I try to do a gratitude journal where I write down ten things I am grateful for every day. I have to admit that it is usually the same things:
enough fresh water
the ability to learn for free on the internet
lots of time to do the things I love
It’s the basics in my opinion but I believe if we are not grateful for the basics then we do not appreciate them enough and we might very soon experience that food and fresh water is in short supply. What is it that you are grateful for today?
As we are short of money I have learned to appreciate that through all this challenging time we have enough to eat and that we can make do with what’s available. That is a skill I am actually quite proud of. God bless my grandmother who taught me this by example.
She is the one I am thinking a lot of lately and the little quirky things she did that I did not understand when I was young. Like re-using freezer bags many many times. She cleaned them in the dish washing water and then hanged them up over the tabs when she was done. Something that comes in very handy in a time when plastics pollute the ocean.
I have to admit that I am not as good as she was with being frugal but I am getting there. And re-using freezer bags is certainly one thing I am starting to do.
She was also a great veg grower. My granddad always dreamed of having a farm but granny was a town girl and felt a proper farm would be too much for her to handle. So they compromised with having a huge allotment all of their life.
I now wish I would have asked her to teach me how to pickle vegetables for winter use. Our freezer isn’t too big so freezing everything isn’t an option. Many of our veg like the huge white radishes or carrots can stay in the ground but runner beans come en masse and I would love to keep some for winter. So I am going to learn how to do that via good old YouTube. I’ll keep you updated. Is there anything you wish you would have learned from your parents or grandparents?
It is rather overgrown at the moment because we have a “green house amosphere” here in North Norfolk: it is often very humid and warm. Today especially: We already had 16c/60.8F when I walked Sherky in the morning just after 7am and we both came home rather shattered.
But it had rained just before we left which was good because I didn’t need to water the plants so much. We only water our veg and what we just planted. The rest has to get on with the rain its getting to save as much water as possible. I also experiment with mulching around the plants to keep the moisture in the ground. Well, I am not a person who potters around in the garden all the time. But I use the mornings to weed a little and do bits and bobs all around. That is why our garden looks a little wild 🙂 in parts.
I like to give all sorts of creepy crawlies a home though and they like it wild. I can’t remember if I posted about the wood I left in the fairy garden for a creepy crawly hotel. Haven’t checked it yet. There is also a bowl with water thats all mucky now. Need to clean it soon and put fresh water in it.
I somehow got lost in talking about our garden and lost my train of thought. Well, maybe you want to know what will be on our table later in the year?
I mentioned the courgettes in one of the above images. This year I build some lovely but rather wonky tipis over them so they can grow upwards rather than using up all the growing space on the veg patch. The greenery you saw to the right side is two rows of chard and two rows of… I think they are called Welsh Onions. They are like spring onions and we cut both chard and onions down for them to regrow. I also sowed some more on the other side of the apple tree with two rows of radishes.
I have planned to grow more radishes because we really love them and some carrots too. Not sure yet where exactly I am going to put them. As I said I love it wild 🙂 . I am rather proud of the parsnips we grew earlier this year. They definitely need some weeding and thinning out.
And then there are the beans. I love beans even though they can be a pain to prepare and get off the plants. One seeded out on the other side of the apple tree so it got a single bamboo stick to grow up on. I feed them with nettle and comfrey soup practically daily as well as the courgette and the apple cucumber. Do you know them?
They look like little green apples and taste rather intestingly. I think they come from Italy but do just fine around here.
So, one last update on my garden projects for today. This is the front of our house and garden:
It is not as colourfull yet as I had planned. This part used to be fully overgrown with brambles and other fast growing plants. I cleaned it in spring and planted some daffodil-, crocus and other bulbs and hope it will be a little colourful next spring. Then I moved some valerian and mint over from the back. Unfortunately, I didn’t recognise the valerian in my last weeding spree and ripped it out again. You can’t see the mint but I hope it will give the bees some lovely flowers later on. And then again lots of poppies and nasturtium. I had sowed out a wild flower meadow mix but didn’t take into consideration how much at an angle this part is. So those seeds washed away. Just the red poppies stayed on.
And I tried some sunflower seeds but they didn’t make it either. Shame 😦 . My hope is that the poppies and nasturtium self-seed and that we get a wild but colorful front next year. So, that’s the rundown on my gardening projects for today.
a little plot of land
custodian for creepy crawlies
I mentioned it before that I try to incorporate old posts into this new version of my blog (may god (however she or he looks like) grant me the preserverance to stay with it 😉 ). That is why you get a climpse back to February 2015 when James Mayfield was so kind to offer a guest post:
This post is a re-blog from February 2015:
Today I am honoured to have James Mayfield as my guest blogger about motivation:
~ “But” is an argument for our limitations and when we argue for our limitations we get to keep them”
Most people desire success in their lives. We wish to leave our mark on the world and be remembered for achieving something. Some chase riches, others power, while some simply want to feel happy and be respected by others through creating something amazing.
But it’s not always enough just to want something. For it to actually happen, we must focus our efforts and develop the right mentality. Yet, most people have no idea how to do just that.
What happens to most people is that they develop the argument of “but”.
“I want to be a successful writer… but… what if I can’t write? What if I fail? Maybe I should just give up.”
“I need to market my book… but… what if I just waste my money and it doesn’t work? What if nobody likes it? Maybe it’s better to not even try.”
Every time you make an argument for “but”, you are validating your own limitations. And those limitations will strangle your potential.
“Most people fail in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit. Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you’ll land in the stars.”
~ Les Brown
You need to have big dreams and the courage to step forward even if success isn’t guaranteed. Because that is the only way to have real success.
But you also need to work on your goals the right way. Realizing your own potential is invigorating but you still need to put in the work. And the key here is to be consistent and to start with the small things. Dream big, but start small.
“Sometimes it ain’t about being the most talented. Sometimes it ain’t about being the smartest. Sometimes it’s not even about working the hardest. Sometimes it’s about consistency! Consistency!”
~ Eric Thomas
You don’t succeed suddenly because of one single action taken in a moment of inspiration. The blueprint for success isn’t realized in huge chunks, but rather in tiny pieces that are put together day after day.
You don’t become a successful writer by trying to finish your book in a day or concentrating all your efforts on a single day of marketing. No, you succeed by doing small things every day to the best of your ability and then seeing it all add up in the near future.
“Success is the sum of small efforts – repeated day in and day out.”
~ Robert Collier
You have to have faith in yourself. You have to believe in the fact that the small pieces of daily effort will indeed come together to form something greater down the line. Learn to visualize the finished puzzle even when you’re still only looking for the corner pieces. You can see the end result in your mind, can you not? Believe in it. Know that it will become reality as long as you keep working on it.
Can you still experience failure despite giving what you thought was your best effort? Of-course. But don’t be afraid of setbacks if they happen. Failing at something is a part of life. You learn from it. It’s all about your mentality, about how you see it.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
~ Thomas A. Edison
By experiencing setbacks, we learn to succeed more effectively in the future. And the success will feel better for it.
Always believe in yourself and in your dreams. The world will be a better place for everyone if you make your dreams a reality.
I hope you guys now feel more motivated to chase your dreams and put in the daily work needed to achieve them. I know first hand how fleeting motivation can be and how hard it can be to resist depression when faced with setbacks. But never give up!
This is the front of our property that was rather overgrown. I have freed it of the old plants and am getting creative now. These are not bought plants but anything from our back garden that could be used.
Unfortunately, I didnt take a picture beforehand.
This is the part in our back garden, that I call “the fairy garden”. Originally I wanted to create a spiral there with bricks we found at the beach but its not big enough to walk on it. Thats what I would have liked to do: walk on it and meditate.
The new plan is to create a sun with different compartments to have plants in. Today I started to weed out what I dont want in it including nettles and some rather resistant bramble shoots.
At the end of the afternoon it looked like this:
Not much difference yet, I know. Its work in progress and I am curious where I am going with it…