I can hardly believe that this day has come………month 60 of living without a wage…..a full five years! Today I’m remembering the first year and reflecting on my life has changed and grown over the last five years……and, most importantly, I am raising a glass to all of you to say a HUGE thank you!
Month: April 2022
Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: Odd jobs in the garden.
As a break from digging and bed prep I spend an afternoon doing all sorts of odd jobs in the garden: mulch and string feature quite a lot! I attend to the broad beans, the onions, some flowers and a recently acquired plant.
On the Sofa: Postbag chat & hospital results.
After a busy couple of weeks I’m taking a moment to sit and chat. I’ve had some lovely post over the last few weeks which I’d like to share plus other catch-up chat….and I’ve been back to the hospital for some follow up after the horrible lung infection over the winter. Grab a cuppa, put your feet up and join me for a natter.
Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: Seedlings, quantities & timings.
It’s time to get on with some more seed sowing; today it’s tomatoes and Nepeta Cataria (Catnip)….it should also have been squash but they’re delayed by a day. I’m also checking on my sweet pepper seedlings and getting them ready for their next stage. As I tend to these things I chat about planning my timings and quantities etc and the importance of my notebook! Toms and Nepeta sown 18th of April.
Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: Onion Day!
Today it’s all about getting my onions in. The white onions are Jet Set and the reds are Red Baron. Before I can start planting, though, there’s the small matter of preparing the bed…..I need to uncover it and see if my crop and drop of last autumn has helped my soil. Planted Wednesday 13th of April.
Beyond Frugal: A low spend year. Bills and Boredom.
Continuing in our low spend year series we’re at month four…….and this is typically the month when New Year’s resolutions take a nose dive…….we get bored of doing it! So today I’m talking about some challenges to try to take our minds off shopping…..and addressing the recent huge increases in bills.
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Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: The herb bed revamp begins.
The herb bed has been looking a bit tatty for a while now and some plants simply have not thrived there……..so, today, I’m starting in on revamping it….out with the old and in with the new! While I’m at this end of the garden I also tend to the plants on the deck and the little areas around the coldframe. It’s great to make a start.
Vivi’s Kitchen Garden: April Garden Tour (’22)…..and a self pep talk.
I’ve missed a whole chunk of time in the garden so I am giving myself (and all of us) a bit of a pep talk before a stroll around the garden to see where I’m at at the start of April.
On the Sofa: A day in the life… part two.
My day continues…..there are a couple of bumps along the way but a lovely ‘reward’ later in the day. Grab a cup of something……it was a long day.
On the Sofa: A day in the life… part one.
It’s a rainy, cold day so I’m getting on with things indoors. Come and hang out with me while I tackle myriad eclectic jobs…….parcels, printers and potting on amongst them. This is part one (it was a long day!)…part two to follow soon.