Sunday, 26 August 2012

Another weeked and nice weather too!

Last Sunday I took a walk around the Knab and put some flowers on Victors Mum and Dad's grave from my garden.   It was lovely - no midgies at the Knab but there was plenty around our house!   Gorgeous blue sky and sea.

 My first cabbage from my garden and it was lovely - a couple have shot but most have hearts.
 Status Quo on Wednesday night - brilliant.
 The landslide in Tingwall Valley.
 Scalloway East Voe with Pony in foreground.

 Could not beleive that my Christmas Rose is flowering - it flowered in winter too.
 Flowers cut from my garden.
Yoal Racing in Lerwick Harbour today.

Been out in the garden most of the morning.  Cut the grass last night and also been trimming back my Red Currant Bush.  Planted some seeds in the growhouse, Sweet William, Bellis and Wallflower and also topped up my salad seeds. Did some cutting back and deheading of the poppies and lupins.  Weeded and tidied - it is non stop at times.   Checking my potatoes but think I will leave them another couple of weeks.  The Peas could be ready to eat this week, well some of them.  I picked some of my Red Onions and had one in a salad last night - quite strong.  Victor loves Red Onions.  Disappointed with my strawberries this year.

The hedgehogs are visiting every night.   Even early evening and throughout the day.  Definietly finding lots of food.

Snowy caught a Sparrow yesterday and had a lovely feed under our bed.  We were still half asleep!  He has been sunbathing and on birdwatch today.  His black long haired friend appeared at one point.  Think I know whose cat it is.

We went out and about yesterday and visited the Scalloway Museum - what a diference from the last time we visited and so professionally done. Congratulations to all the volunteers for all your hard work.  Lovely history of Scalloway as well as the Shetland Bus.  We also went to look at the landslides around the area at Sundibanks. Wow. Cant believe that the water has gone where there was a swimming pool just as you came into Scalloway.

Planning a trip away to see Mum and Dad and also do a bit of relaxing.  Mum is doing well.  Always cheery.

Another working week beckons - better go and get some ironing done.  Victor off out to an Up Helly Aa meeting

Elaine xx

Saturday, 18 August 2012

Photos over the past month!

This hedgehog I rescued
Snowy on a sunny day in my chair.
Another hedgehog

See the size of my cabbages - mind you the slugs are still having a feed.

Its been a while

I tried to upload photos and a Blog earlier this morning but everything crashed.    Apologies to those who like to see my photos and my wittering on!

At last nearly clear of the chest infection I have had since June.  Still wheezy at times and still coughing fits but not so bad as they were.   Going to see Doctor this week so hoping to get my asthma sorted out.   Since I wrote last I have not done anything big in the garden.   Generally tidying and weeding.    The weather has been mixed with some sunshine - today it is foggy.   

The Peas are shooting up and I have staked and tied them up.  Cabbages doing well and hoping to have one for lunch tomorrow.  Going to pick my early potatoes at the end of the month.  They were a bit dry this week and had to be watered.   The onions, garlic. Spring Onion and carrots are doing well.  Planted Lambs Lettuce, Mixed Lettuce, Pak Choi, Spinach and neeps in the growhouse.  Had some lettuce and spinach and Pak Choi the other night in a salad - delicious.   Still picking tomatoes from my plant in the kitchen.   The strawberries are not doing very well even those I replanted in the new strawberry planter. They were new plants last year too.

Whilst deadheading today I noticed that my pansies and violas which were doing very well at the beginning of the season have got mildew on them.   That will be with this foggy weather. 

The flowers are all growing and I will take photos and do a photo Blog only.

My sad news is that my Mum had a Massive Stroke and is in Woodend Hospital.   She is coming along slowly being able to say some small words, but she is paralysed down her right side.   She is also being able to swallow more thicker food. She is getting all the treatment, physiotherapy and speech therapy. It is very frustrating for her especially not being able to speak but she is very cheery.  Victor & I went down at the beginning and I saw her again last week.   Dad is being cared for.  He has lots of good neighbours and friends.

Snowy is still the master at bird watching.  We have only been aware of 2 sparrows and a starling possibly 2 who have lost their lives.   He is extremely patient.  It is very funny watching him when the hedgehogs are around as he seems to think they are play things!   There are lots of Starlings and Sparrows feeding.  The Crow family seem to have 3 youngsters.   A couple of seagulls have young too who are very noisy. He still keeps trying to catch them. We definitely have a family of hedgehogs nearby as they are varying sizes.  Possibly 2 youngsters and 2 adults.

Now I will go and have a wander around the garden and take some photos for the Blog.

Bi for now