Showing posts with label shed&buried. Show all posts
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Monday, May 15, 2017

The Allotments Progress Over a Period of a Month

The Allotment's progressing nicely even if I do say so myself!

Hi folks, been a while since I wrote on my blog about the allotment, been so so busy!

Over the past couple of weeks I took photo's of the plants in the greenhouse and on the plot to show you all how much things have progressed.

I must have a really good site because everything seems to be popping up everywhere including the weeds and the grass in the borders.

It really is extremely hard work, staying enthusiastic is becoming quite a challenge because, me, I am not very patient. I like to be able to do something and that's it it's done, no waiting around for things to happen.

With the allotment it truly is a waiting game, lots of work and lots of waiting around for things to happen. And then it is also out of your control, you can sow the seeds, pot them on, water them and talk to them (if that's what you like to do!) but then the rest is really out of your hands.

Being in control and a positive thinker is really tested when at the allotment because there is always so much to do and I honestly think that I will never get on top of all the jobs no matter how hard I work.

When I get home after spending a full day at the allotment although I am totally relaxed  I am totally exhausted!

I can see why most of the allotmenteers are retired, they have the time on their side with their neat plots, makes me a little envious. I know, my time will come but not for some time yet and am I really ready for that, no, I don't think I am.

After a week off and not helping the patience at the surgery I realise how much I devote my energy on them and I really am not ready to give up on them yet.

Anyway, take a look at the progress.....

Week 1
week 2

As you can see in the week 2 picture the plants have become well established, canes have been put in place ready for the tomatoes the climb up freely. Amazing how much they have grown in the space of a week.

Week 1
Week 2

And I would say that week 2 on the opposite side of the greenhouse has doubled in size too.

Week 1

Ok, so this is the swedes and as you can see they have only just started to appear.

Week 2

And the picture above clearly shows have much they have grown in the space of a week, de-weeding needs to be done and I am determined to get up to the allotment to do this at the weekend.

I think the little gems are almost ready to dig up, I ran out of time and haven't had a chance to de-weed either. When I looked closer I could also see that there was definitely another row of something in between the lettuces and I don't mean weeds, there is definitely something else in this bed, so, we shall have to wait and see.

Radishes and Rocket just starting to appear

week 1
Week 2

And look at this, double the size in week 2. Wow, I'm impressed even if I do say so myself.

eek 1
Week 2

Under the cloche I have put in sweetcorn seeds, as the weeds are growing under there I am sure that they will come up soon, I hope they do anyway, I would love to be able to say that I have grown my own sweetcorn.

Now I'm not at all proud of this sight! This bed has my chard bright lights in it, and the idea is for it to look great alongside the sweetpeas and dill in the middle beds and then on the other side chard bright lights too.

Week 1
Week 2

And in week two as you can see the weeds too have doubled in size! I can now see the chard and when I go up to the allotment the two chard beds are the first I intend to sort out. How embarrassing! Time just goes so quickly, and there were seeds to be sown and that takes so much time. Now that's done I can concentrate on de-weeding and mowing the lawn.

Week 1

So the sweet peas are happy and starting to grow and so is the lavetara, just need to keep tying in the sweet peas. And clear the chard plots!

 Week 2

week 1

The broad beans too are growing beautifully, the bed behind them have all sorts of things in it. I'll talk about that when the seedlings appear.

Week 2

So the two beds below, the one at the back with the netting is the cauliflower bed and the other one is the onion bed.

The cauliflowers have been nibbled a little and this happened because I hadn't covered them with netting. And the onions are few and far between so there is plenty of room in the bed for my leeks.

week 1

Week 2

Leeks are all in now and it took me absolutely ages, at least four hours, firstly I had to make holes then drop the leeks into each hole and then fill them with water, doesn't sound much but it really did test my patients. Glad that job is done.

week 1
Week 2

The cauliflowers have now been sorted out and hubby has put up plastic tubing so that the netting is off of the them, I'll see how they go and if I think there is a chance of them producing flowers they can stay in. 

Spuds are coming up, really pleased with there progress too.

So all in all things are progressing very nicely although time has been against me since day 1.

I really have to try to fit in some more time after our trip to France as the time is going to be needed to keep up with the de-weeding, sowing more seeds and the watering seems to take for ever.

Out of all the jobs the watering for me seems to be the most tedious. Thank goodness we have some rain in the South at the moment so the greenhouse is all that needs to be watered three times a week.

That said I hope it doesn't rain to much as a load of the seeds aren't up yet and I don't want them to flood and not come up at all.

So much to think about....

The Suntop

The shrubs in the back garden have grown a little to big now and I can't even see the suntop! That said the seeds do really well and the whole of the allotment has been filled up by seeds grown in the suntop and in the greenhouse at the allotment.

All of the peppers are growing nicely in the suntop at the mo but as of next week they are going to be hardened off and put out in the final bed at the allotment. I know I am taking a chance but I believe they will do better outside than in and I just haven't got the room in greenhouse for them to grow on in there.

Above are the sunflowers and the messy part of the suntop that you can't see normally as it is at floor level. I have now tidied it up and everything looks a whole lot different than it did when I took this piccy.

So, in the trays with lids are the pumpkin seeds and squashes and cabbages, hopefully they will be up soon.

The herb rockery is looking lovely....

That's it then, up to date, that brings us up to yesterday. Most of the seeds are in and the next job is to weed and then to get the grass borders looking smarter.

Hopefully once that is done it will be a case of just trying to keep on top of everything and adding more seeds as the first batch start to reach full growth.

With our France trip approaching quickly I don't think I will reach my target, that said, does it really matter? I have to learn that if I don't meet my goal for that day that it really doesn't matter and make it more fun (yeah right, who am I kidding!)

Exciting ehh, I saw the red of my first radish yesterday, so I'm hoping to have some ready to pull at the weekend.

Sad to get excited over a radish I know!

Until next time, happy allotmenteering and lets hope that our new crops don't get water logged with this wonderful UK weather........

Oh and thanks for following my story on the allotment.

(Update:- from wonderful sunny France.

So I am sat here and realise that I haven't posted my allotment blog!

The weather here in France is 24 degrees and sunny. Tomorrow we return to the UK and it's wonderful weather.

I can't wait to visit my allotment, family have kept me up to date with the weather and I am quite sure after 9 days the plants would have tripled in size.)

Look out for my next allotment blog with an update and piccies.

Happy allotmenting....

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Chinwagwithme About Motogp on Wheelie Wednesday and More

Hi Folks, welcome back to my blog on Wheelie Wednesday!

Hope your week is going well, mine, well I have had the week off and am thoroughly enjoying the break!

So lets talk about the Motogp at Jerez. I just don't get it, how can tyres have such a massive impact on the way a bike is handled? Soft, medium, hard, back, front, to me when I get on the back of a bike I don't even give a thought to what tyres are on the bike.

So hubby has said to me that I just don't understand the mechanics of motorbikes, yes I love to watch Motogp and follow the racers and I like to look at the pictures that I am sent of motorbikes and wheelies alike.

I suppose I need to look at it in a different light, if the tools for a particular job aren't working properly then the final result is not good, lets say in the case of making a lovely fruit cake if my mixer doesn't work properly then the cake will probably sink. Think I have now answered my own question.

Quite a few crashes too this time with Crutchlow and Espargaro going crashing at the same turning at seperate times and what a scene when Bautista took out Miller at turn one, never seen a rider so angry!

Well done to Danni great start and great finish. Well deserved.

Let's see what has been said around the web this week shall we.....

Pedrosa:- 'At some corners, the front tire was very critical, It was easy to make a mistake if you pushed too hard. At one time,  think I was off the track. The weekend was amazing' Quote Motorcyclist

Folger:- 'I am pleased with the result and we collected some important points for the championship. I still need to keep improving, but especially on the opening lap. I made too many mistakes when we got going, but in the race, when the tyres dropped, my pace was similar to Maverick and Johann and I made up a lot of ground.

This seems to be the case so far in my rookie season, but I need to work on myself and analyse the Grand Prix to see what I can do differently so that I don't lose as many positions in the first five or six laps.

It was my fourth point scoring finish this year, which I am happy about, and I hope to make a step up at the next round.' Quote Motogp

Smith - 'Qualifying was solid but it was tricky in the race today as we'd never run with these kind of track temperatures with a hard front tyre, so it's still a learning process. With hindsight, we could have changed some things but that's what we learn as a team with this project.

But what a step forward from the first three races and a great step to again look forward to at the next race at Le Mans. We have a chance to set tomorrow and get some more data under our belt so that's great'. Quote Bradley Smith Website

Miller:- 'Youv'e all seen the incident with Alvaro Bautista and what happened afterwards when I pushed him after we'd crashed. I went and saw Alvaro afterwards in the box and talked to him. I also got fined 1000 Euros for what I did and yes, I know it wasn't the right thing to do. But there was no way he was going to stop the bike. No way.

He came in too hot, I was halfway into the corner and he hadn't even turned yet, and he just cleaned me out. He's been riding in the world championship longer than I've been riding a road bike, so he should know better than that.

I was just so frustrated because the first few laps were crazy with people lunging from miles back.' Quote - Redbull Australia motorsport

Lorenzo:- 'I saw +1s, +1.3. So in the moment I felt, Ok, keep pushing, keep being focused, it can be our day to finally make it happen with Ducati'. Quote Autosport

Espargaro:- 'We were riding slower than Moto2, street bikes, so this unbelievable. Impossible. We spend a lot of millions to come here and lap slower than Spanish championship superbikes.

'The tyre needs to improve a lot. The problem was not to be fast, the problem was not to be fast, the problem was to stay on the bike. It was one of the most difficult races for me.

'I had the harder option but for me when the track temperature is like this as soon as you release the front bracke just losing, losing, no weight, no pushing to the ground'. Quote Autosport

Rossi :-   'A very difficult race. We didn't expect it. We expected to be stronger, to be more competitive, especially when looking at the result of the past few years here in Jerez.

We struggled always very much with the spinning in acceleration. It was the main problem for all of the weekend. For the race, we try to modify the balance first of all because we were worried for the life of the medium rear.

Anyway, the hard was impossible to use. We tried to spin less. In the end it was worse. I lost feeling in the front. The race was also very difficult for braking, for entering [the corners] in all places where during practice I was better.  In the end, during the last six or seven laps, especially on the left, I started to have a very high vibration and to slow down three seconds per lap. At the end I was lucky to arrive [at the finish].

Sincerely speaking, I cannot speak about problems of degradation because I never had grip. I had a lot of spin also in the qualifying and degradation arrived after ten laps.
We tried some things but we were always struggling. Why? I don't know. Now, we'll check the data. This track is usually one where you spin a lot, especially in the last years. But this time we suffer more.

Now it's easy to say we did a mistake. We risk but as always we had to try because in the warm-up I was ninth. I thought with that setting we could have tried to do a bit better.
But we thought we could make a good race, not just better. This didn't work. It looks like during this weekend our bike was always fighting with the tyres. This made everything more difficult.

It's very interesting if you look at the results because we are four riders [separated by] ten points. You have to look not just at today, but in general from the first race. In the first two races our bike worked very well and ViƱales rode very well and we put two bikes on the podium.

In the next two Honda made the same. I think this year will be like this. Every race track is another story. It's like a mini-championship but we hope that in Le Mans we can go faster.” Quote

Dovizioso:- 'Well I'm happy about the result, because to start 14th in Jerez where everybody knows how difficult it is to gain a position, especially for us. So I'm really happy with how the race was'. Quote

Vinales:- ' I think today was good, we worked quite hard and tried to find a good set-up. Honestly, the right side of the tyre is really good, but when I go onto the left side I suddenly have a lot of wheel spin'. Quote

So there we have it for this week folks, let's hope that things are a little more settled at Le Mans ehh.

Just a few days out for you all to consider from around the web, thanks for sending them to me.

So this crazy guy whilst I'm in the middle of writing my blog asks 'do you want a ride'.....

Let me know what make it is in the comments, if that is you know..... I'll update you next week.

Anyway, thats it for this week folks, have a great week back to watching Shed and Buried with Henry Cole and Sam Lovegrove, cracks me up!

Le Mans on Sunday, yippee!

Ride safe..