One womans struggle to live sustainably in a money obsessed world...

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Spring, food and feet

Spring seemed to have taken forever to get going this year and and although it has taken a few shaky steps recently I'm sure a heavy frost or two will scupper any seed I plant out just yet unless they are of the hardiest variety.  With that in mind I set about looking for potatoes that will sit happily in the soil with a few frosts about and onion sets that will go in the ground now.  I found these and planted them up without a second thought.

I've left the pink fir apple potatoes out for now cause they just won't cope wth frosts and they are too special to lose.  I have to say I am hoping I haven't jumped the gun with the others.  The frosts have been pretty bad and nothing is showing it's head yet.... I'm sure it will be ok.....

Early peas and second planting of garlic ( the first planting are making a good recovery after the chicken massacre) as well as second planting of broad beans are also in.  I'm not worried about these guys as they love a bit of cold, just got to keep the chickens and bunnies off them!

In the mean time I found myself a lovely mushroom growing kit at Hulme garden centre.  It's a box with everything you need inside, literally all you do is add water and 6 weeks later start munching 'shrooms!  In my excitement (and hunger) I scoffed the first crop before taking pictures....Sorry, but I promise to hold back for the next lot so you can see my first crop of the year.  All I need now is an egg off the girls and I can have myself a 'shroom omlette, thanks to Kippax towers mini farm!

Spring also has another effect on me, other than itching to get muddy outdoors.  I always have the urge to redecorate and rearrange my house!  I've been here for 8 years and have always said this was a stop gap home, not somewhere I wanted to stay, it's too small and inner city manchester isn't where I want to be, but life seems to have planted me here and I may aswell make the best of it.  One space that doesn't work well and I've never touched apart from putting some laminate down, badly is my hall. So here it is in all it's pokey shabby glory.  Not very welcoming....
I'm stuck with the size of it but I can make it look nicer and not have my coat rail so high up only a giant can use it.

So, I have started stripping the woodchip off...  Have you ever stipped wood chip?  AARRRGGGHHHH!  Nearly done though. The gloss has been sanded and on the laft hand side and the door has been painted, looking good... I've even started putting an edging down by the skirting board to neated the laminate! 
PS that large thing with a cushion on it is a TV!?  Why do things like that appear in my house?  ....MEN....
I'll repaper with lining paper which I will paint on the left wall and I will paper the right hand wall with something glorious.  Photo's to come soon!

And just as a little something to make you scratch your head..... This thing appeared near to my local food superstore.  It's a giant shoe box!  Io said the BFG dropped it on his way home from the shops.  Apparently he needs some decent trainers for all that running from giant land he does.....   Kids..... :-)


  1. Make him move the telly Del....flipping men!
    If its not stuff like that its wires dragging across floors!

    I've not been over to the "big" shop.....thats a massive shoe box, I may go n have a looky tomorrow....its my day off, I'm shattered....had a supply teacher in today.....made my job twice as hard!

    If you're not too busy in the afternoon before picking Io up....pop here, I'll be back by 1pm...going to the car boot with my Mum...n the charity shops!xxx