August 2017 in photos


Disclaimer: these photos are *probably* from August – I got horribly behind on posting them and, combined with a lack of date-stamp on the photos themselves, it’s a “best guess” case. So…please forgive the possible slight date-inaccuracy!

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I love how many different types of fushia came with the house – these are particularly frilly!

 

So, August (ish) was when we did the big reveal on our potato plantings. We were fairly happy with our main crop (Cara) but our flour-sacks-over-manure planting set up probably isn’t something we’ll repeat. Unfortunately we ended up with a fair number of green patches on the potatoes and the poor soil under the manure really showed (building / growing the soil is definitely something we’re putting energy into at the moment – the point at which the turf ended and the stony ground started was barely penetrated anywhere in our potato patch). However…potatoes!

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The leeks, however, as planted out by a WWOOFer we had “on loan” (Millie – she was staying at a one of our friends’ houses but as they were away she popped over to us for some company a couple of times), were growing merrily

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I also tried planting out some pak choi but they got very slugged – the ones that stayed in the greenhouse did much better

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Inside the house we were prepping for the new roof on the scullery and bathroom – which meant stripping out a load of old tongue and groove panelling, as well as a bunch of plaster board. Sadly, plasterboard doesn’t burn…but old tongue and groove panelling does! The rather beautiful chair (as seen below going up in flames) came with the house but both had evidence of woodworm (possibly treated, possibly not) and developed a serious break after being used as a step for a while – hence going up in flames. Thankfully Mr Moss had his fun but, ultimately, did *not* go up in flames…

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Snapshots of life *in* the house, including setting some herbs up to dry. Sadly the sage and thyme didn’t do so well – the lavender in the linen cupboard were rather happy, tho’

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In the greenhouse (including both tomatoes and a lonely chilli plant Chris rescued from a local supermarket)

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Some snaps from the front garden (including Chris & Solli playing “lob it” with a water bottle) – the potatoes were also in the front garden

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…and from behind the house (including some of our new plantings – a couple of new roses among others)

 

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And finally, some oddments:

I'd done so well with buying *brand new shoes* with my Birkenstocks, I decided to go for broke and get some walking sandals. Alas, the style I wanted didn't really fit in the sizes available (essentially I needed a half size) so despite trying them out in the sunshine briefly, they ended up going back. But having got a shot of them, heck, they made it into the photo blog...

I’d done so well with buying *brand new shoes* with my Birkenstocks, I decided to go for broke and get some walking sandals. Alas, the style I wanted didn’t really fit in the sizes available (essentially I needed a half size) so despite trying them out in the sunshine briefly, they ended up going back. But having got a shot of them, heck, they made it into the photo blog…

 

Sunshine over the back shed. Just because

Sunshine over the back shed. Just because

Aspiring strawberry plants - unfortunately it looks like not many of them have made it but time will tell

Aspiring strawberry plants – unfortunately it looks like not many of them have made it but time will tell

 

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