Had a lovely day yesterday.
Funny what delights me.
Gabriel delivered the vintage (2 to 3 years old) moo poo … and I became the … moo poo shoveller … with a little help from Gabriel.
It was a gorgeous sunny day so I decided to stay out and shovel … with my new spade … I feel like a real gardener now.
I moved the teepees so they were on ground with no weeds. When the leaves grow on the trees they will form a little hideaway for the kids.
I planted 3 sparkly xmas trees from Maggies window boxes … and 2 rose bushes. She asked me to replant the boxes and I didn’t want to throw away the old plants.
I don’t think many people know this but Mags has a genius for hairstyling. She cut and coloured my hair this week and it looks better than it ever has before.
People are saying to me ‘it takes years off you’ … and I always wonder how old I usually look!
Anyway … back in the Garden … I strung wool around the teepee so that all the runner and climbing plants can … run and climb.
Love the colours.
The strawberries love their little cloches … and it’s a great way to use plastic bottles.
We have one strawberry flower and heaps to come.
It’s like they each have their own little climate … and the bugs can’t get them.
I had great fun making a willow fence with 3 arches … they will all grow and we can weave them as they do.
We will be planting the sunflowers (we are growing them from seed) there …as well as some sweet peas and jasmine … imagine the colour and scent.
Maeve turned up early and decided the path needed sorting.
Then the rest of the crew arrived and were put to work … all fun.
Thanks to Janice … it’s great having another adult around to laugh with … and she knows a lot more than I do about gardening … so we’re all learning together.
The kids smoothed out the moo poo and then marked out little furrows for the seeds. They also wrote markers to let us know what we had planted and the date.
We all had a great time planting seeds … between the raised bed and the 5 teepees we now have:
- french climbing beans
- barlotti beans
- mange tout
- sweet peas
- 2 types of peas
- 2 types of carrots
And next week we hope to plant out salads including rocket and mizuna and spinach.
Everyone just got into a flow and did little jobs … while laughing and talking all the way.
Nearly all the photos in this post were taken by the children.
Usually we have time to do some painting but everyone got so absorbed that the hour was nearly over.
And kids will always find a way … they decided amongst themselves that they wanted to do some art … so they got out the wood William had cut for them and drew/wrote on it with marker pens.
I’ll be hanging them from the trees over the weekend … the wooden things not the childer!
Today has been wet and grey and this blog post was cut off at 8 am when the Eircom lines went down through the whole town.
Banks were shut … ATM’s didn’t work …people were doing their grocery shopping and then finding that they couldn’t use their cards … thankfully in a small town they were given IOU’s.
I’m off to the opening of the group art exhibition in the Solas Gallery tonight.
Looking forward to seeing the work and enjoying the crowd.
I’ll post photos tomorrow.