After years of shift work and never really minding that we worked Christmas and/or New Year, we appear to be off...no work....at all...indeed.
|Started Christmas Day with breakfast in the garden.|
|A snapshot of the cards|
More photos to follow, as Adam took some great shots of the crowd at lunch and I haven't even got started on the decorations at work.
Gardening has made me much more aware of the seasons, this warmer weather and spurred on new growth for sure, but patience and wonder seem to be the common themes in my mind, we are getting through veg I planted for winter, however the broad beans are looking just about ready. I seemed to have failed at winter carrots, I remain determined and more seeds are in.
|Broad Bean seedlings go in back in August.|
|Now look at them.|
|Red cauliflower and red cabbage seedlings.|
Rather proud of these as grown from seed
|The sheep pellets are an attempt to deter the cats|
|More cauliflower in this bed, along with some onions (protected by the bottles)|
|Time to pick|
|This is so impressive, all from seed. Genetics or soil, or maybe both|
|These look so fab, and so organised, I don't normally manage to plant in rows.|
I seem to have almost mastered the 'give the plants enough room' trick
|Planted back in August lettuce and radish, now a mental concoction of salad stuff.|
|As the strawberries didn't do brilliantly in the baskets I thought I'd go flowers this year|
|Another basket, but this has no plan, I just chucked in random seeds loose at the bottom of my seed box!|
|Herb patch in an odd spot of the garden is going well. The borage is actually growing though a crack in the driveway. There is also a jasmine plant in there which has flowered for the first time and smells so wonderful.|
|The front patch of flowers has burst into summer madness, rather pleased about the foxgloves|
|The latest seedlings in. Sunflowers. |
Will wait a little before I plant them out and hopefully the wind will ease up a bit
|Part of the 'Garden Elementals' a collaboration of 14 artists|
|Exotic Blooms by Bev Goodwin|
|Splayed by Regan Gentry|
101 glavnised shovels!
|'Big Man' by Lucy Bucknall|
|Daisy Blanket by Mia Hamilton|
|Detail of 'Gateway' by Chris Moore|
|'When gorse ceases flowering' by Jeff Thomson|
|No, not sculpture, rather groovy in the kids garden|
|Now just loving the path in the herb garden|
So a week to go till the birthday I better take another look at those lists (things and things) and maybe just carry them over.
Boots make me think of friends, crazy but true and one of those conversations to have over wine or coffee I guess. Plus some of these friends have been reminding me lately how important each and every day is. To cherish, to smile and to love.
August has come and gone but I really enjoyed the August Break project I stumbled upon. This mosaic celebrates those taking part in the project. It is put together with a sad heart following some tragic news, my thoughts and love with those I cherish and miss.
|My RWC whiteboard|
The defining moment came, when, at Jo's insistence I took the first draw in the lucky dip sweepstake, I pulled out.........New Zealand, how bloody cool.
|26th, at home, after work|
|27th, walk in the park before the night shift|
|29th, at the zoo with Poppy|
|29th, Adam enjoying his day at the zoo as much as Poppy|
|29th, another food stop. We snacked our way around the zoo!|
|29th, Poppy at the zoo|
|29th, Auckland Zoo|
|29th, at the zoo.|
|29th, in the meerkat tunnels|
|29th, at the zoo|
|31st, at work. I walk to level 9 from level 3, just beacuse|
|Sugar, butter and poppyseeds in the mixer. Flour, baking powder and salt in the bowl|
|Milk mixing in with sugar and butter mixture. Eggs being separated|
|Full on action, egg whites being mixed|
|Egg whites being folded into cake mixture|
|And into the tin|
|Glaze on the pan|
|A few more minutes|
|Glazed cake cooling|
|Cooling and waiting for icing.........until tomorrow then|