I have wanted to grow vegetables in our garden for a couple of years but last year, with Mum's illness, we just weren't around enough. Everything we sowed got well and truly slugged!
We only have a small patch to give over to veg growing but we've decided to do it properly and build a raised bed, filled with good compost - not our crubbish garden soil.
The naughty people helped me to clear the patch of ground on Sunday morning - at 8.40am!! (Cue continuous hissed reminders from their Mother that 'all the normal people are still in bed and please could they keep their voices down!!')
They worked very hard and within an hour had cleared this:
Moogsdad has made a good start on the technical woodworky bit of building the raised bed but freezing rain eventually made him call it a day.
Fingers crossed, it may be finished tomorrow.
Today we met up with my best friend and her little boy. We decided upon a half way point - the very lovely and very peaceful little village of West Itchenor, in Chichester Harbour.
The only road that leads into the place stops abruptly at the water's edge!
There were some great boaty things to investigate.
I don't know what this plant was but the tortured, stunted stems and bright red buds were interesting against the solid stone wall.
Apart from a few marine businesses, a rather exclusive looking yacht club (dahhhhling) and a boatyard, there are no shops here. There is, however, a very lovely pub called The Ship Inn, that does fabulous food, where we treated ourselves to lunch :)
We had a walk along the water front and began to suffer a shared bout of garden envy!
This is a very wealthy area with the most stunning houses, with vast gardens leading down to the Harbour.
Peak through the trees and there before you is a 'small' part of one garden!
House envy soon followed:
My friend and I have known each other a very long time. We are both quite content with our lot and neither of us aspire to any sort of ostentatious lifestyle.
However, we both felt we could aspire to living here!
This led us to wondering how on earth you ever get to live in a place like this - what job do you have to do? who do you have to marry? is it 'family' money? are they all lottery winners?!!!
Both of us agreed that, if ever either of us ended up living in such a place, which is highly unlikely (!!), then the other could count on being employed as our 'little woman who does'/cleaner (hah! - she's far too tidy to employ me!!).
The kids each chose a house they'd like to live in to.....and proceeded to ask when we were moving!!!
Better buy a lottery ticket just in case ;)
With the kids at home for two weeks I haven't achieved much crafty stuff.
I have made a start on my mini-quilt for Lucy' swap.....not sure I'm happy with it so far but I think it'll look different again once I actually do some sewing!!
I'm way behind on reading everyone's blogs, so I'm now off for a lurk.
The in-laws are coming down tomorrow to babysit - as the time has come for us to go and see................
FRENCH AND SAUNDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Yup, in just 22 hours time I'll be in the same air space as DAWN FRENCH!!!!!!
Did I mention I was going to see them?