100 Happy Days – Day 45

Today started with a trip to our favourite “local” butcher (actually a 25 minute drive away), to stock up the freezer – a whole loin of pork, 5kg of chicken fillets and 2kg of lean minced beef. When we buy in bulk like this we get prices and the meat is really good quality – and tastes so much better than supermarket meat.

700769804811339139_2416632On the way home, we stopped off for a treat – a boatload of hazelnut latte for me! The children chose drinks and cakes and we had a nice fun, relaxed half hour or so before browsing the bookshop. Plum asked for a writing practice book, which kept her happily engaged all afternoon. I’m not concerned with whether or not she can form letters at three years old, but it’s helping her motor skills so it’s all good.

 

Crochet Project – Owl Cushion

A-Z ChallengeA-Z Challenge letter: O – Owl

 

 

I’ve been waiting to share this for a while. I came across this crochet pattern a little while ago whilst I was searching for a pattern for something else, and thought it would be brilliant for my mother-in-law, who collects owls. It was about 6 weeks before Mother’s Day, so I decided to make it.

Crocheted Owl Cushion by Barefoot MahalaAnd having made it, I couldn’t then share it because I didn’t want her to see it beforehand. Continue reading

100 Happy Days – Day 44

I’m sorry – it’s another allotment based one, but it’s making me very happy! There’s a story behind today’s picture.

700087246243071758_2416632Seven months ago, our allotment had a different tenant. When he took it on, it had weeds that were waist high. He spent five months working on it – digging, weeding, digging again, digging in tons and tons of manure and getting it ready for planting, at which point he was offered two plots next to each other, but had to give up the one he’d been working on if he wanted them. That’s what he did. It was given to another tenant straight away, who visited a few times, each time dumping their household rubbish behind the shed, but not actually doing any gardening. They had it for two months and I don’t know if they gave it up or if the council took it back (which they are doing a lot more of apparently), but it became free last Thursday morning and was offered to me the same afternoon.

What’s this got to do with the picture? The man who did all the work on my plot has been by a couple of times to chat. Today on my way in, he stopped me and offered me some runner beans. He’d just been planting his and had quite a few left over. We had a chat and he said that the effort we have put in to the allotment so far has been noticed, and appreciated, and that people will be very happy to help us if we need help, because of that effort.

It felt good that people had noticed that we’ve been there every day since we signed the lease and that we’ve done quite a bit so far. And we might well be calling on some of that help (or advice at least) as we set out on our first allotment experience!

Northern View Allotments

A to Z ChallengeA-Z Challenge letter: N – Northern

 

 

allot1We took an allotment on one of local sites called “Northern View”.  We’ve been on the waiting list for about 8 months. We got 179 sq metres and the rent is about £32 a year!

 

 

 

This is a picture of it the day we signed the lease:

Our Allotment - from fence to fence (the greenhouses aren't ours)

Our Allotment – from fence to fence (the greenhouses aren’t ours)

After six hours of working on it, here’s what we managed to far:

First bed - about a third of it dug and weeded

First bed – about a third of it dug and weeded

 

Fabric greenhouse erected and in situ

Fabric greenhouse erected and in situ

old greenhouse bought from neighbouring plot and moved, pane by pane to our site

old greenhouse bought from neighbouring plot and moved, pane by pane to our site

May not look like much, but Bean and Plum dug and weeded this themselves and planted poppies and sunflowers

May not look like much, but Bean and Plum dug and weeded this themselves and planted poppies and sunflowers

 

And here are some pictures of things that caught my eye on our neighbours’ plots:

 

Greenhouse made from double glazing samples

Greenhouse made from double glazing samples

An old toilet put to good use - there are lots of toilets and baths around the place - there's a bath on our plot too.

An old toilet put to good use – there are lots of toilets and baths around the place – there’s a bath on our plot too.

An "interesting" sign on a gate to one plot

An “interesting” sign on a gate to one plot

 



100 Happy Days – Day 43

An easy one today …

When my commission statement for Barefoot Books was published last week,  I decided to treat myself to some new boots, since it was the best statement I’ve had in 18 months!  Today, those new boots arrived ….

Of course, being DMs, I’m well aware that there are some less than happy days ahead for my feet until these bad boys are properly broken in. But … no pain, no gain and all that!

Moogly CAL Number 6

A-Z ChallengeA-Z Challenge letter: M – Moogly

 

 

If you read this blog regularly, you’ll know that I am taking part in the 2014 Moogly Afghan CAL (Crochet ALong). I’m a bit behind, because I should be working on square 7 and I only finished square 6 last night (and only for the first blanket – there are four others waiting to get this far!)

698699438156777416_2416632However, it is done. This one is crocheted in Afghan weight cotton with a 6.5mm hook. The colours in the picture aren’t as true as I would have liked – they are a deep purple and a duck egg blue.

This square will be part of a blanket which is made up of a real mix of colours and yarns. The other blankets I’m making are all made from just three colours.

Anyone else out there taking part in the CAL?

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