Allotment diary #1

Sunday 21 March 2010

We are very lucky to have an allotment – my Uncle has a huge field and his own allotment and has kindly donated each of us our own patch.

This is our first ever attempt at growing our own veg and everything will be complete experimental, saying that my Uncle has been growing veg for 10 years and knows what grows best there so he is our allotment mentor 🙂

We may have been a little over ambitious but so far we have planted the following;

Lettuce
Brussels
White Onions
Red Onions
Parsnips
Beetroot
Purple Carrots
Spinach

First job to prepare the bed and dig out the weeds..

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Then the fun part – sowing the seeds…

Our allotment :)

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Just need to remember to visit every now and again to check on things! 🙂

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The end of the week…

Watched more Roman Mysteries and baked cookies. After lunch we picked up Star the dog and went for another walk round the village to the park – not much progress. Discussed what we should grow in our allotment and how often we would need to look after it and what would need doing. Girls are very keen – especially as my Uncle has two child size ride on battery-powered vehicles stored there that they will be able to ride about on!

Both girls were given a list of spellings (their request) and Poppy wrote a lovely short story to go with hers;

When Sally the killer whale found out that she got the job for a weather girl, she was so happy that she ate a cheese sandwich. I don’t know why so I’ll have to ask her. But then she thought I get paid 100 fish a week I could go everywhere I want to go to the Southern Ocean. I have got to go now, bye.’

Whilst Pops was busy writing, Skye and I played one of my old board games from when I was little – Staying Alive! It’s amazing what my Mum and Dad keep in their loft!

Had a quick tea and took the girls to Mum and Dads for a sleepover!

Thursday Sent the girls to their Nana and Papa’s with some maths questions and reading books and astonishingly they had completed the maths questions and did some reading!! Generally they struggle to do anything I send over so this is progress!! They went dog walking and popped into town and both came hope in a new outfit!!

Friday Wayne and the girls took advantage of the sunny weather and went round the village on their roller blades, sensibly taking their shoes with them so they could have a play at the park, the girls also spent a fair amount of time in the garden on the trampoline, once Wayne had done a ‘dead spider sweep’!! I am upset that they watched the rest of the Roman Mysteries DVD without me 😦 although they said it was so good that they would watch it again with me 🙂 Need to look for series 2 now! One of the Galore Park Maths books I ordered arrived – it is Prep Book 3 so is quite advanced for them, Poppy certainly, but thought I would get it for the future but it would appear that the girls have made a start! The beginning of the book is basically working with numbers, going over addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. From then on it gets a bit more tricky so we’ll see how they go. I have other books ordered and on the way 🙂

I came home from work to a lovely dinner, had a lovely chat about their day, tv, then bed.

HE History Day – The Stuarts

Friday 26/02/10 Wayne, Skye, Poppy, Fran and Maddy all went along to the Peterborough HE history day themed on the Stuarts. Skye and Poppy wrote a brief account of their day as follows;

‘When we arrived we sat down in a room because they had already started. A girl called Alice talked about fashion in the Stuart times with spot the difference between two different Stuart fashions. First she showed the girls fashion and then the boys. She was excellent and very confident. A boy went up and talked about food in the Stuart times. We tried chocolate that they would have eaten – it was dark chocolate and it was disgusting! We also had some pineapple and some cheese sandwiches. Pineapples and bananas were introduced in the Stuart times. Another boy talked about the Great Fire of London. We had a play outside in the play park but Poppy fell over and got very wet so we had to leave!’

They had lunch with Nanny, did some reading and watched a movie.

The sun is shining!!

What a beautiful morning – such a contrast to the awful weather we have had over the last few weeks! We have spent the weekend watching the brook in front of our house slowly creep up to within inches of the top of the bank but fortunately it is now creeping back down again!

Went to the cinema on Saturday morning, really wanted to see ‘Where the Wild Thing Are’ but unfortunately it was sold out so we went to watch ‘Up’ for the second time – but such a fantastic. It reminds both Wayne and I of us in some ways – we have been planning a ‘big trip’ for the last few years but there has always been something that has stopped us 😦 One day we’ll go – I think this film has made us more determined! 🙂 Popped to the library on the way home.

Poppy had her friend over for the day and I baked a birthday cake for my friend. Later in the afternoon popped the cake round to S’s with her birthday present. Wayne was suffering with a headache so crashed out on the sofa for a couple of hours.

Sunday was a horrible rainy day so spent most of the day doing a lot of nothing in particular – girls played with playmobil and on the wii. Went to Mum and Dad’s late afternoon and ended up stopping for tea.

Monday didn’t manage to get to Merry’s as my car is poorly! However we had a lovely day – I think having the sun pouring in on us helped!! Both girls made cookies, did some maths, made gooey slime from their Horrible Science Book of Experiments that they took our of the library.

We read a book about the Saxons together as we are hoping to visit the Saxon village at West Stow on Sunday.

Took our friends dog, Star, out for a lovely walk in the sun! Stopped off at the play park, which was mostly closed as they are finally updating and putting in some new wooden equipment. The girls were very excited and were trying to guess from the turf that has been dug up what they might be putting in. Thinking so far a trim trail and possibly a climbing frame and concluded that it is going to be fenced in with a gate! 🙂

Back home, Skye played on the wii and managed somehow to wipe her Animal Crossing character which she was very upset about 😦

The ‘Roman Mysteries’ DVD arrived so Poppy and I watched the first two episodes – Poppy loved them! I thought at first she wasn’t enjoying it so when I asked her she replied ‘I’m just really concentrating – its fantastic!’. I think she would have watched the whole series but ideally want Skye to catch up so we can all watch it together.

Tuesday the girls started off with some Maths – Skye looked at number patterns and her times tables. She took herself off to work on her own as Poppy likes to talk things through and she found it too distracting! I have no idea how she coped in a class of 33!! Poppy sat with me and did a little bit of fractions, times tables and long multiplication.

Skye watched the first two episodes of Roman Mysteries and loved it too! All sat and watched the next two which were equally as popular – desperate to watch more!

Had a quick lunch then went out for another walk in the glorious sunshine! Visited the park to see how things were coming along and they have now laid out all the equipment in its relevant space – will revisit tomorrow.

This lovely weather has made me think – we really need to go up to our allotment – we are fortunate that my uncle owns a very large field with allotments and has given each of the girls and I our own patch. Unfortunately we didn’t find time to go last year with school and work commitments but this year we should be able to manage a couple of afternoons a week there – just need to find out what to plant and when!! 🙂 We get through so much fruit and veg so to grow our own would be fantastic!

I had an opticians appointment this afternoon and was informed that I need to wear glasses for computer work!! Girls helped me choose some – I think I look odd in glasses but hopefully I’ll get used to them!

Skye had another great drum session. With very little practice during the week she is very good – with practice she would be great! Still wants a drum kit for her birthday! My cousin has practice kit that he had made years ago that is gathering dust so he has said that Skye can borrow that – fortunately it’s has rubber pads so shouldn’t be too noisy!!

Had a very rushed tea and dropped Skye off at Scouts earlier than usual as they are off to the swimming pool – they have a swimming gala on Saturday and tonight is their last practice!

I went out with a couple of friends for a girly catch up and drink – got home at 12.30am!! Wayne struggles to know what we find to talk about for 4 hours!!