Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Today I've bought the first lot of Hyacinth that I'm forcing in to the light to start growing on. As you can see I have nine in all so I just took the three on the right and potted them up in to a proper bowl. They don't want to go anywhere too warm just yet. Its best to just grow them on steady until you can see a flower bud forming and then you can bring them in to more heat. If you take them straight indoors when they are at this stage they will go all leggy and weak.
Well I have to go and have my dinner now so take care.
Tuesday, 30 October 2007
Today we had the new carpet fitted in the bedroom, so that’s looking smart now. We are just waiting for the new bed to arrive which I think will be Thursday.
Well I’d better get going now as Bob is ready for a sit down. I’ve not had one yet as I’ve been going through some things in the store room, looking for a book. There are still some things that we haven’t unpacked since we moved. Anyway as you can imagine I had to go through every box in there before I found what I was looking for. I also had my little helper with me so every box I lifted off the shelf and went place on the floor there was Tommy standing right where I wanted to put it. Everything turned out okay though. Take care and I’ll see you tomorrow all being well.
Monday, 29 October 2007
Today I've picked the last of the apples, I have 525 apples in store. I also went to the farm to pick up a couple of gas cylinders for the greenhouse heater. I then set too and cleared the soil out of the tomato beds in the greenhouse, I replace it with fresh every year to avoid a build up of disease. I won't put the fresh soil back in the bed until after the new year as the extra height that removing the soil gives means I can over winter some of the taller plants in the greenhouse rather than heating the conservatory which is quite a large space although it would be nice if that were possible. I don't really have any plants that would justify the cost of heating that though so I cram as much as I can in to the greenhouses.
Sunday, 28 October 2007
Today Bob's been very lazy. You see the thing with me is that I was brought up in a time when sunday was sunday and a special day for it. If you go to the North of Scotland today you will still find sunday is how sunday should be - well how it should be in my opinion. Anyway the upshot of it is that for me sunday has to be different, its a day when I please myself or say to hell with the jobs and sit for hours watching a movie with Vicki or just messing around generally wasting time and definately avoiding B&Q and any other place like it - really I don't need that sort of thing invading my Sunday.
I did rip up a carpet from the bedroom this afternoon as Vicki is wanting to do some painting on her day off tomorrow, the new one is supposed to be getting fitted on Tuesday. So thats it, the dogs will be send to hell and dalmation if they dare to drop one hair on the new carpet. Talking of which I did give Tippy a good old going over with the comb this afternoon as she is malting like crazy, I hardly needed a comb I could have pulled it out with my hands. Now she is laid up in front of the radiator so maybe I over did it with the comb.
Also today I cleared the draws out in my desk, they were full of papers gathered over our time here, most of which were no longer needed so they went on the fire, I never throw papers in the bin.
Thats about it for today, so I hope you're all okay and I will see you again soon.
Saturday, 27 October 2007
News from the village is that someone is proposing a wind farm in the area, there was a meeting about it the other day apparently, the first I heard about it was when someone who is planning on buying property here has had second thoughts and from what they were telling me is going to be looking to buy elsewhere. They are very nice people and wealthy so I hope they find somewhere to their liking without too much trouble. I think they will. With the money they have I’m surprised they wanted to buy here in the first place. The village is middling to good but the surrounding area is at best very average. I know if I hade a million to spend I wouldn’t be looking to spend it here.
Just in case you’ve been reading my other blog and wondering why I haven’t added anything to my journey this past few days don’t worry I intend to carry on with it, I’ve just been a bit busy going out and stuff that’s all.
Monday, 22 October 2007
I’ve spent most of this afternoon raking up leaves in the walled garden. People often talk to me about raking up leaves as if its some kind of a chore, I have to say that it doesn’t bother me at all as I have a good leaf blower. The tedious job is carting them away afterwards. I take them in to the wood and make a leaf pile which I leave alone for 18 months by which time its made a really good leaf mould for mulching any beds or what have you.
I took these two pics for you this morning when out with the dogs. It was a really beautiful sky in one direction and then when you turned the sun shinning on the village showed the stone houses and church up very nicely.
Before I go I will just remind you to pop on over to see the hiking gardener http://peakdistrictwalker.blogspot.com/ and take a look at the latest instalment of his journey along the West Highland Way. If you don’t fancy reading there are quite a few pics of Scotland for you to view.
Sunday, 21 October 2007
POINTS AFTER 16 RACES.
01 L.HAMILTON 107
02 F.ALONSO 103
03 K.RAIKKONEN 100
Picture courtesy of: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Kimi_Raikkonen_2007_2b.jpg
Saturday, 20 October 2007
This picture was taken yesterday on my way back from looking over the flock of sheep the estate run. They are a rare breed run for tradition more than anything as they are not farmed commercially. My first job of work every morning is to walk over and check to make sure they're all okay, during the winter months I also take them some feed.
Today it was the qualifying for the final Formula One race of the season which is held tomorrow in Brazil. Its going to be particularly exciting as it will be the day when this years champion will be known, as yet it's open to three drivers to win.