Sunday, February 19, 2017

What a Difference a Couple of Days Make and More Chinwagging with me......

Phillip Island Motogp Testing, Valentino Rossi's Birthday, Marc Marquez's Birthday, Triumph Quiz Night and loads more in just a couple of days.

It's amazing isn't it how much can happen sometimes in just a couple of days, since I last wrote on my blog we have had more testing at Phillip Island Motogp, Valentino Rossi's birthday, Marc Marquez's birthday and Valentines day. We can go weeks without anything and then there is so much going on and not enough time to absorb it all!


Well Maverick Vinales is proving to be the one to watch so far in testing with Marc Marquez on his tail. This is going to be one brilliant Motogp to watch this year.


Rossi has a lot of work to do. That said he always finds away to come bouncing back doesn't he. The Movistar Yamaha Motogp team are very strong and I believe they will actually pull it off this year and I'm still feeling quite positive that Rossi will get his 10th win. He has the experience under his belt and often pulls it out of the bag when we his fans least expect him to.



So Rossi had his birthday this week and so did Marquez, I don't know about you but I didn't realise that their birthdays were so close together.

Being a big fan of the stars I would never have put them both in the same star sign, would you? Rossi is so much more entertaining than Marquez, perhaps it's the age thing,  which I must add at this point sometimes being that little bit older can have it's benefits. Rossi is able to think on his feet where is Marquez being that much younger takes chances and risks which Rossi would not even consider. Now Maverick Vinales can learn a lot from Rossi, his wisdom and knowledge of riding a motorcycle and winning races are not to be sneezed at and Rossi too needs to have a challenge and I think this year is going to be his biggest challenge yet. With Vinales being his team mate sparks are going to fly that's for sure.


Happy Birthday to our legend of all time......



And Happy Birthday Marc......


In the suntop......

Lets talk grow your own for a while. So the sweet peas are coming on nicely, and with the lovely day of sunshine we had (note the word day!) they look even happier. My plan next week sometime is to pot them on into paper rolls so that they can grow really strong roots and I won't have to pot them on again the rolls can go straight into the ground when the weather has warmed up good and proper.


So the leeks are up too, only a few and looking very tender at the moment, I'll continue to cover them in their bags until they become a little more established and again until the weather warms up.


Up at the allotment....

So it was a beautiful day and the allotment looked so different with a little sunshine. I picked my potatoes up from the Waaga shop and their now standing in old egg cartons chitting. Once they have good strong roots they will planted straight into one of the beds, possibly at the end of March.

Really pleased with how things are going at the allotment, I'm on target and everything that I have wanted to achieve up to now I have. All the beds are ready just need raking over one at a time when I am remember to plant the lovely plants that I am growing in the suntop at home and in the greenhouse at the allotment.



Couldn't believe it when I uncovered the cauliflowers, they too are coming through the soil, can just about make them out. Next week when I go up they should look a lot more established, can't wait!



Leeks too have popped up.....


The broad beans are looking great! Fresh, green, strong and growing more each time I visit, really pleased at my first attempt so far.


First attempt at garlic too, this is thriving in the soil of the bed, unbelievable that I have managed to get this far with both the broad beans and the garlic. I read a lot on line and followed all the advice I could get and am so far pleased with the results. I have decided to keep the netting over both of the beds for a little while longer, at least until the plants are double the size they are now.


Your be amazed to know that since I planted these and the onions I have not watered at all. I wanted to see if it was necessary to water them and at the moment it isn't, it isn't warm enough and as we all know we don't generally get one week without a spot of rain in the UK, so, I'm not going to start watering until it really heats up. As I only visit the allotment on a Saturday at the moment I would rather leave them to do there own thing.

I decided to give the hoeing a go in the onion bed, that wasn't as easy as I thought it was going to be, as most of them haven't appeared yet I had to be very careful not to tread on them. Not an easy feat but I done my best and am pleased that the bed looks a bit tidier now. The onions will be left alone now until the bed gets messy with weeds again. I'm contemplating putting the leeks in this bed as well once they are ready to plant. Not sure though at the moment. We shall see.




It's funny but I really love working in the greenhouse, it was extremely warm in there this weekend so I know the seeds will all be showing their little heads soon and I also know there will be an awful lot of potting on to do! All February's seeds have been sown and March is on it's way and there are an awful lot more to sow in March, so that said me thinks that I am going to be a very busy bee. Talking about bee's the one thing that I did notice is that they love it in the greenhouse, two in the space of 30 minutes, not easy getting them out either as the windows in the roof are closed at the moment and the only way out is through the door, using the knee pad I managed to get them out by gently pushing them towards the door, not a big fan of wasps or bees.


Moving on now....

Triumph Solent Motorcycle Club......

After a mad day up at the allotment we shared an evening with our friends at a quiz night, really good fun and me and hubby really enjoyed ourselves, won't be long now and the riding season will start for us and I for one can't wait.

These are just some of our friends from the club there are loads more.....













Back to Motogp......



So who's your bet with? Will it be Vinales or will Rossi get his 10th title? Not long now to find out.

Saw this picture on the web of this beautiful Triumph Motorcycle and thought my Triumph rider friends might appreciate it.

Now this looks mean.......


I love it!

I could just see myself sat on the back of this bike, awesome and powerful just how I like them!

Anyway, that's about it for now folks, don't forget to add any comments and get involved if you want too.

Until later all that's left for me to say is ride safe to all my rider friends and have fun at the allotment my gardening friends.

Until later....

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