Those beans are running

I can’t believe how quickly runner beans grow once they start. I didn’t do any watering for a couple of day due to rain and suddenly the biggest bean had doubled in size.

What a whopper!

I adore the scarlet flowers too

I’m still not convinced that gardening is the best hobby though as most of its done during warm or hot weather when I want to hide away not be outside tending to plants.

More postcards

First postcards i’ve bought for ages now. I’ve decided to collect ones of Herne Bay in Kent. We have friends who live there and I’ve only visited for the first time recently and fallen in love with the town.

Its full of original old Georgian terraces anong other great architecture and has the best seafront too with the huge (77ft) clock tower, beach and Neptunes Arm. A breakwater built in the 1990’s to help prevent flooding which is great to walk along, you get a fab breeze and great views out to sea too.

I’ve bought 5 in total but only 3 have arrived so far

I love the rough sea images, must have been scary but very invigorating to watch (from a safe distance of course)

I’ve had a look at the messages on the back of course but havent been able to find them on census returns sadly.

One is dated 1906 which is right in the middle of the censuses so they could have moved by the 1911 and another is dated 1927 which is 12 years before 1939 Register where i may have found them. When you think about it, unless the person has lived in the same house for decades it is hard to trace them between censuses.

Messages are nothing special just holiday talk as I imagine most of them were.

They make a great start to my collection though

searching for treasure

We’ve been doing some metal detecting the last couple of days and its great fun. Just in our own backyard of course, its incredibly hard to get a permission to detect on other people land even before lockdown began sadly.

We found a mixed selection of junk but with some interesting bits.

A lid from a yoghurt pot with a best before date of 1990!

A 30 year old yoghurt pot lid, in the front garden – amazing!

A piece of tile with a design on it. | still maintain it looks like a small dog or elephant but i expect its just a blue squiggle of pattern instead (not so much fun)

This blew me away – a lipstick still in its holder and still with lipstick in!

Now how the hell did that get under out front garden hedge?

But the best thing found was this

A ring that at one time had some kind of stones in it! Isnt that amazing?

Its been cleaned and polished and we dont think its made of anything special but its the best thing we’ve found to date so it means a lot to us.

If anyone reads this and has some land we could detect on i’d be so thrilled to hear from you. Click the email link in the sidebar please.

2 new cacti babies

Just come back from our local and very small bootfair with two new cacti/succulent plants. I cant identify them yet but I am in love with them for sure.

I love the one on the left best, succulants come in all shapes and sizes whereas the other is a typical cactus shape and VERY prickly – OUCHY!

Its like a sprouting cucumber!

I wish i’d bought more now and made a small succulent garden with them – hey ho!

The Luminaries

I’ve watched 3 episodes of this and i’m thoroughly confused. Its written using a ‘non linear format’ which basically means the story goes back and forth in time without any warning to the viewer. So i’ve bought the book in an attempt to understand the story better.

Not sure this will help as the book won a prestigious book prize so makes it way out of my league normally but… we will give it a try

Updates to come

Update 1 – The book is hard going although there are many bits that are quite readable. The TV series opens so differently to the book though and i keep watching the opening again to see if i can follow from the book but its not possible! I guess its different when you adapt it for TV so ill stick with it for now.

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Gertie the greenhouse

Well okay its not strictly a greenhouse you would recognise, it has no glass panels or doors as such but its still a greenhouse to me.

I can start plants and seedlings early next year, hopefully protect some delicate ones over winter and ripen tomatoes off thus extending the growing season.

Its currently helping a tomato plant, sweet peppers, radish and spring onions plus I plan to add my cosmos and hollyhocks seedlings later on when they start coming through.

Its a strange and magical thing how so many people have discovered gardening to be such a great healer in these times of stress.

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