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Flick ([personal profile] flick) wrote2017-05-10 03:19 pm

All change

I've just got around to taking the LJ links out of my style sheet. I guess I've really given up on it, now! One of these days, I suppose I should switch to using a modern style: I'm still on a legacy LJ S2 style....

I had Quilt Club at weekend, including a class on Sunday (fortunately, it turned out that the speaker / tutor was far better at the latter than at the former) where we did a modern take on log cabin blocks.

This is what the class produced:

(Mine are the six entirely beige/grey ones about just over half way up the left hand side of the table. "That fabric's very... grey," said Teddy in disapproval when I showed it to him.)

I've done a bit more on it since, and am probably going to do a bit more again shortly. It's been quite interesting, and I'm enjoying it far more than 'proper' log cabin blocks on account of not having to be super careful about cutting the fabric to exactly the right size.

Mostly today I've been gardening. I've potted on almost all the tomatillos and most of the small chillis, and I've planted out the tomatoes, aubergines and peppers in the polytunnel:

(We did have a frost last night, but the thermometer in there recorded a low of 0.0C with the doors open, so they should be safe.)

Unfortunately, I did it a bit on autopilot and forgot that The Plan was to put one of each tomato variety outside thus leaving a grow bag spare for the big chillis, so they'll have to go in the conservatory instead. Which means that it's a good job that I didn't have enough compost to pot on all the tomatillos, as I'll need pots to do that!

Now that I've watered them all in, the polytunnel smells even more of wet dog than it did before (from the old carpet underneath): lovely! Hopefully the bits of the irrigation system that are on back order will arrive soon, so that I don't have to do too much hose-pipe watering.

(Jo was very helpful: after coming in the polytunnel once and knocking half a dozen plants over she decided that it wasn't a good place to be and scampered around the garden instead, where she's probably dug up something that she shouldn't have. On the plus side, she did hear a delivery driver that I didn't, so I was able to dash out and get the package. It's amazing how quickly the driver ran back down the path and through the gate when she bounded into the front garden barking.)

Jo and I are on our own today, as Mike's taken his mother to Belgium for an overnight stay. My grandad's had a partial hip replacement, the op seems to have gone well but he's quite confused and groggy. He should be ok as long as he doesn't pull any of his usual hospital tricks (eg, pulling his drip out, ordering taxis to collect him, attacking the nurses), but the chances of that aren't great given his past form.
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[personal profile] birguslatro 2017-05-11 03:59 am (UTC)(link)
I can see one problem with growing the plants in the soil bags in that you may be disappointed if you crop doesn't look as good the pictures on the bags. :)

Does the polyhouse have a door at both ends? As that'd probably help with ventilation, which might be needed in some weather.
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[personal profile] drplokta 2017-05-11 06:10 am (UTC)(link)
Yes, there's a door at both ends. Although this is England, so it's more likely to be too cold than too hot.
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[personal profile] dorispossum 2017-05-11 08:40 am (UTC)(link)
I've seen nurseries with less stock in the tomato department, so looks like you'll be making a lot of pasta sauce! We're leaving toms alone this year, as they'll ripen when we're in America. In fact our plans this year do demand more thought before planting...
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[personal profile] dorispossum 2017-05-12 12:14 pm (UTC)(link)
We've put in some potatoes, and a bit of kale and sugar snaps - the latter suffering from not enough watering! The perennial stuff - currants, summer raspberries, artichokes - we should get to enjoy before we leave. Will probably give picking rights for figs and autumn raspberries to friends on or who live close to allotment, otherwise they'll be wasted. Also about to put some leeks in, which we can eat in winter. We've given up on corn, as the squirrels eat it all!
Edited 2017-05-12 12:16 (UTC)
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[personal profile] clothsprogs 2017-05-11 11:43 am (UTC)(link)
"That fabric's very... grey," said Teddy in disapproval when I showed it to him.

Well, it IS very grey!