Thursday, 3 July 2014

Summer So Far



I don't know about you, but summer is off and running here. We have had hot sunshine. We have had rain too, but it has been welcome for the most part, if only to aid watering the garden. June has merged into July around here, and I've hardly come up for air. All this good weather has stretched my days into the evenings. The weather has made a social being of me. I have had friends around mid week for curry and chat. We have sat in the garden until late with family. There has been evening walks with Honey, so that she wouldn't get too hot.

The garden is in fine fettle. I wonder whether I should carry on with those fledgling garden posts? My garden has fledged! I feel as if I have recorded it's humble beginnings. Maybe I should move on to plot number 10. I have had an epiphany about it this week, and I'm very excited about it. It's always been about the flowers for me, and so my allotment will be about them too.

I would like to tell you about a few lovely things that have happened in the garden, however. I noticed only yesterday that there are Nigella growing in the raised beds. I completely forgot that I had sprinkled some seed earlier this year, and have been lamenting the fact. But then I spied their feathery foliage creeping upwards in between the dahlias and cosmos. And I'm so thrilled. I have ripening Blueberries. Last year they were frazzled by the heatwave we had. This year I have what can only be described as an abundant crop. It makes up for my decimated gooseberries and strawberries. They are almost ready to pick. Fancy that, blueberries for breakfast, picked by the front door! I had another surprise while I was rootling in amongst the blueberry bushes. I noticed what appeared to be weeds growing in the pots. On closer inspection I realised that they were actually verbena boriensis seedlings. This is such a bonus because only one of my established plants has grown back this year. So I have potted them, and they may be ready to plant out soon.

We have had more seagull drama. Sam brought home a baby seagull that he had found wandering the streets. I wasn't best pleased. I was all for taking him back to where he came from, in case the mother was still around. But Sam got location amnesia, and so I was forced to look after him for a couple of days. He escaped into the garden, and the nesting seagulls on our roof attacked him. Olly named him Ewan. He has named the three (three) babies on our roof too. They are wandering around in a rather haphazard manner, pausing every now and then for a little lie down. Their mum calls out to them indifferently every now and again. You can almost picture her reading a copy of Take A Break and smoking a fag, while paying lip service to her maternal duties. The other day I caught one of them staring at me through the Velux window in my bedroom. It's very off putting for a woman of my age, I can assure you. I am still scarred from looking up from my bed in my attic room while at University to see builders waving at me from above. I was rather unprepared clothes wise for that moment too....


We are starting to gear up for the summer holidays. I face it with a mixture of anticipation and dread. I have a list of things to do and places to go. I would really like to go to Bristol and see family and friends. But by myself. Marc has said that he'll take the boys camping. I think they'd probably enjoy it with just Dad. I do try and organise the fun more than they would like sometimes. Now that the houses over the road are finally nearing completion, we are hopeful that our house may seem more attractive than it has up until now. To be honest, I think that we are toppling over the move. Hey, we are nothing if not contrary at chez Paxton. We've had a few things happen that have pulled us up by the short and curlies, not least Marc's almost unemployment. And we have to admit defeat in finding something local that would cater to what we'd like to do. Living here is wonderful, but my goodness you have to pay through the nose for it. Travel thirty miles in either direction and it's achievable. But that isn't an option while Alfie is at senior school. Anyway watch this space. You never know what might happen. I certainly don't.

I have almost given up sugar for about a month now. I haven't cut out eating fruit, not when all of those lovely punnets of strawberries and nectarines are available. I have given up all refined sugar. That means no cake, no biscuits and definitely no liquorice allsorts. I have started to eat more protein and good fats. I have already noticed some benefits. I am no longer bloated. My pre-menstrual nonsense has eased, and my mood is stable. I am happy with that. I am still swimming, although that will take a hit during the holidays. I intend to offset it as much as possible by exercising at home. Although even as I type that I am laughing inside ;)))



So a little round up of stuff around here. My summer so far has been cool. I hope that your has too.

Leanne xx

I just want to thank you all for your loveliness on my why I write post. I love blogging. Everyone is so positive and can do. It's so good to belong such a positive gathering. And hello to new followers. You are most welcome. I am always awry with the etiquette of the blogger, so if I haven't visited your blog please give me a written telling off. I am rather away with the fairies at the moment. It's the lack of sugar that's done it....













16 comments:

  1. Goodness you've been busy. My son has started school holidays - although he is away with school on a camp this week. We are off to Spain on Monday for almost a month. I can't wait. Just the mountain of work in the office, washing, ironing and getting ready to do first! Have fun. x

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  2. You sound like you need six months of summer instead of the usual two or three! I laughed at your description of the negligent mother seagull, and at the builders who spotted you at university. It reminds me of when I decided to use the "facilities" on a hike two years ago, checking up and down the path to make sure nobody else was nearby. What I hadn't realized was there was another trail just above the one I was on.

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  3. What a lovely chatty post. My blueberry bush has approximately 5 berries - think it's too cold up north. We've had sun but not enough for evenings outside. Long to return to Cornwall like we did this time last year when the sun shone all week for us.

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  4. It certainly sounds as if your garden has fledged!! Now all you need is for the seagulls to fledge off and then you will be able to sit out there any enjoy yourself without worry of being watched!!!! It is bad enough that we have pigeons that sit on our tv ariel and bounce up and down sending noises down the chimney (although we suspect them of being albatrosses with all the noise they make!), but at least they don't look in the window at me! Although I do have to look out the window at them making moves on each other atop the garden fence - there are three great big trees, why can they go and do their business in the tree for goodness sake. Anyway, sorry about that little pigeon rant! Back to your garden! Hope that you enjoy the blueberries and that the no sugar plan keeps working for you, you sound very cheery in your post! Hope too that things with the house work out someway or another! xx

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  5. Well done you for looking after that baby seagull. Exactly the sort of thing my eldest would require of me. There was one on the roof where we stayed last year, and he named him Gully. There are some here this year, and we've called them Gully 1, Gully 2 and Gully 3... Well done you on the sugar thing. I always feel SO much better when I cut it out. It's back with a vengeance this week, but next week I shall stop again. I'd love to see fledgling allotment posts, if you were so inclined. CJ xx

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  6. Awww, how nice to have seagull chicks.. I think?

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  7. So interesting: I've given up the refined stuff too. And what a difference, exactly what you mention too: no bloating, less pms and I've also got way more energy. I'm always experimenting with treats involving 'healthier' alternatives, i.e. things like Maple syrup since it still contains it's nutrients. I have a few nice sugar-free pudding recipes on my blog - healthy fruit crumble is a fantastic one. Anyway. I could go on about it for hours. All the best there x

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  8. I'm very impressed at the giving up sugar thing. But if it helps ease pre menstrual nonsense I might even try it myself....As long as I can keep drinking gin? xx

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    1. I could never give up the gin...x

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  9. wishing you lots more days of summer happiness x

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  10. Lovely post! I came via 'The Year in Books' challenge but have now happily added myself as a follower! I laughed out loud at the idea of your gull mother reading Take a Break while having a fag! And also unnerving you with the staring - they're quite intimiditating birds, aren't they?!

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    1. Hey Petra,
      Thanks for pressing the follow button!
      Leanne xx

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  11. Enjoy your beautiful garden with your gorgeous boys throughout the summer leanne. XX

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  12. I love your summer collages, full of goodness and happy memories. Interesting to hear about the sugar. I am trying to eat good fats on SW, like fish etc, but am missing things like olive oil and avocados. And cake. Yes cake and ice cream. But good for you. xx

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    1. It is interesting all the stuff about sugar. Hannapat over at Cosmos and Cotton is the expert on all of it. She has completely cut sugar for health reasons. She eats avocado though. Perhaps you should have a look at her on IG - Scrummytritious. Lots of advice and recipies. I find it very inspiring. xx

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  13. Well done on cutting down on sugar. I'd need to be more organised on the food front to do that...and I couldn't live without rice crispier (yep full of sugar!) You're really making the most of the summer...those blueberries are coming along...ours don't even have a hint of purple to them yet!

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