Ok, I've often wondered about all of your days, today here is half of one of mine - I'd love to hear about your saturday morning................ This saturday morning, no work looms and I've a day of things to do, but I don't have to go to the office (and be chained to a computer as I'm writing up)! My life begins with coffee - so the kettle goes on! Whilst I'm waiting for that I venture into K2 (utility room, 2nd kitchen (K2)) and find wellies and grain. I'm in my pjs of course - aren't we all at this ungodly hour - its 7am.........!
Then I pop out and check the day out, if its not blowing a gale and raining I go out and have a peek............mind on, only IF its not raining! A bit of snow on the hills still - a bit chilly but a nice clear day!
Then to the hen feeding - I've a bin of it in K2 that means I can scoop some up and give the hens some grub. Good way to use up a tin! Grain is free from work as its the 'floor sweepings' after they've finished work, the floor is swept up and bagged - free to anyone who wants some for hens. Bit dusty but they don't mind.............
I'm what you might call slow in the morning until I've had one or two cups of coffee, door open - Karin the hen gets a bit impatient and comes inside.....................wanting some brekkie!
I have to be quick smart and get her outside and give her a bit of grub - not long until she's joined by her chums...............
Then time to check the cuttings and make sure they're all OK. Then its time for my cuppa - time for a sit down and to check ebay for plant seeds and sales.
I'm lucky, santa got me an ipad and for this kind of thing its very helpful. I do like my cuppa - I can do both at once, brilliant.
I've sold a few seeds today so time to get them sorted and packed up!
Before all that sorting and posting I know it is time for a bit of http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/ which I have to say is the best site on the planet - I have learnt so much on here and its spurned me on to have my own little 'patchwork' cottage industry even from up here - I've so many virtual friends on here that I find life up here so much less isolated - thank you all!! Anyway having said hello on there the next task of the day really is to get the seeds sorted out before 8am!
Time to rake out the recycled envelopes and begin to fill them with seeds to go here there and everywhere - I wish I was so well travelled!! The postie comes at about 10-11am so if I get them sorted in time, he will take them for me - whilst I'm still in my PJ's I've got that job sorted!
Bit of daydreaming out the window watching the hens in the side of the garden wandering through the newly establishing willow hedge. Their days are numbered in there though because this afternoon this area will be fenced off from them - I've two fences to put up and a couple of gates (which I hope my brother will make), so for today I'll enjoy them out there - then its time for Einstien and the girls to stay out of my garden.
A few cuttings to list on ebay now that I've got the seeds done, this Tradescantia is a good house plant here and very easily propagated - folk like these and I do sell a few of them.
The Tolmeia also are getting ready for a new home, these four are off to Perthshire, but I won't post them until Monday - I don't like plants being in the post more than overnight - from here its easy enough, all our post flies out of here everyday and I can get plants from up here in Orkney to Cornwall in less than 12 hours 99% of the time! One advantage of our distance, we have airmail!
However, as I try and get more plants sorted there is a small revolution happenning in my sunny room.
He's up on the bench, pulling at my fingers - someone wants to play! I've been presented a bright pink bone - it would seem the puppy wants some time too!
What can you do, can't exactly ignore him - time for a bit of a play! But, I've a few things to do this morning in town - my daughter has an extra cello lesson - she has her grade 5 examination on Monday - so time to think about getting her into town and I'll have a bit of time at work, in the polytunnel whilst she's busy.
Before we go in I check for milk, need to get some out of the freezer - we keep milk stash in there so we don't ever run out - long way for milk from here - We did have some - left it out before we went into town, dropped her off and then woo hoo - got into the polytunel at work - I've been given a corner from the chap I teach with, I'm not working on anything except a thesis at the moment - I've no excuse to be in here during my working week - I'm chained to a computer! However, this morning is rather special - I'm in town at our college, I've got access to the tunnels and NO one is here - all to myself - yippee. Oh look a hole in the door - time for a peek!! I'm so excited a couple of hours in here all alone!!
I'm not a proper gardener - which we've talked about before (Janet did to begin with - and we've agreed there is no right or wrong way to garden, only your own way!) - I'm lucky - I do this for work, I've kind of have a bit of training, a bit of grannie and granpa's hand me down knowledge, bit of experience from working at various nurseries and a bit of 'good life' how can I do that better inspiration and lots of years of plootering away by myself. But, I still don't consider myself a proper gardener - I'm absolutely still learning everyday! But, today, some time in a polytunnel, all by myself - bliss - oh the anticipation seeing the latch.....
Before any work though, time to find my apron. When I'm in the polytunnel potting up or doing anyting really - I wear a kitchen apron. You heard right - an apron. When I was working in Fife with a huge nurseryman (6ft 6) my first day he lent me an apron - told me to bring my own if I wanted - but 'In MY nursery, no need to go home messy, your pay doesn't come with a box of soap powder' we were told. Never seen anything like it and felt a bit daft in the potting shed in my apron - but blow me down - its a great way to keep clean when plootering about with compost. Good for stashing the labels and pencils and seed packets!
I'm now a convert - I never pot up without it - or if I do, I don't feel right - aprons and potting sheds are now a must for me - quite a strange but simple idea to keep you clean. Perfect! Next..... time to find a space to work on the potting benches - I love these little planting areas - so simple - some plywood a couple of screws and there you go - a potting area to die for!!
I told you I'm not a proper gardener - we use one type of compost at work - general all purpose - does everything from seeds to potting up - if it needs more minerals we add them - otherwise one size fits all. It works and makes life a whole lot easier when you're potting up alot of stuff.
There are my trays before they were filled and labelled (I did remember the labels!) - today I've done tomatoes, onions, leeks, squash, courgettes, rosemary, cape gooseberry, chillis and lavender. They have gone onto a heated sand bed - I asked for a bit of bench space and I was given an area of heated sand, I wasn't going to complain - my tunnel isn't up yet!! Then I went for a bit of a nosey - and in the other tunnels (we've 4 at work, and one under construction) - low and behold - a tunnel full of early cabbage - just shows what you can do with a bit of shelter even up here!!
Don't they look good? Anyway thats my morning just about done - the apron now a bit more mucky I lost track of time, whoops! I ended up driving in my car wearing it to pick up my daughter- not unusual - I am not readily known for my stylish outfits arriving in a mud splattered apron wearing a wooly hat - nowt unusual for me! But as I looked down at my fine attire, outside the cello teachers door - I did stuff the apron into a ball as I took it off hasitly! Then we popped back to the tunnel to tidy up and then go home!
Time for a quick drive home and a bit of lunch - I've really enjoyed my lovely time this morning - I must have been good - to have such a lovely morning! In the afternoon I did a bit of fencing with my son and finally I've reclaimed the garden for my own. I have to say however - my fence is not very aesthetic but its functional! The dog is very upset - he couldn't get in beside me today - and the hens could't either - (insert an evil laugh here). The dog forgives me after a cuddle though.............!
Not a bad morning off! I wonder how yours was?