22 June 2018

11 days in La Ruche

After a 6 week break we returned to La Ruche.  Its was the longest time we had gone without seeing this side of the family.  The boys had grown, their french improved, and all in all seemed more settled.  The weather for the first few days was hideous, rain, rain and more rain.  Thunderstorms and flooding.  Then ..... the sun came out and work for Peter and I turned to the garden.  Due to the rain  the guys that fitted the new fosse (septic tank) haven't been able to get back and level the drives and gardens so we were limited in what we could do at the back. Though to be honest I think we would have run out of time anyway.

We worked on the vegetable bed, utilising an old pool cover to rid them of some weeds on the patch they won't use this year.  Not perfect but it cost nothing and at least you can't now see the weeds!

Then we turned our attention to two beds at the back of the house that could be worked on.  Removing the large rock edging an using old roofing tiles for a sleeker look. The back has still to be levelled and the contractor will put down finer chippings, making it easier underfoot

The bed over by the garages (atelier) had a tidy up too, and some cheap summer bulbs planted, hopefully some will come up this year

We had a trip out to a lake at Sille le Guillaume, with a lovely beach

Monday was Ru's 8th birthday

Laurie is currently into all things army

Pops made him a canon to go on his go-kart

Use a adhesive gun when you don't have one
We made a start on clearing the sides of the lake, but had to give up as it was too hot, and we had a party to go too.  Still it will be there to do on the next visit.

Then just a few pretties

well ok he's not pretty but he is edible, if that's your fancy

Till the next time

28 May 2018

All things woolly

Looking back over the recent posts it appears that I've made no mention of any of the knitting I've been doing since the start of the year.  Its not been a lot compared to other years but there has been some.

I finally got my stash cupboard sorted and can now see what I have.  I really shouldn't be buying any more yarn for some time....

These are the projects that have found their way off my needles

Balaclavas for the boys

for Claire

Holden shawl for Rachel

Easy Street shawl

Shawl I made up using odd stitches and
using Northern Lights yarn

Saroyan scarf using WYS Aire Valley Fusion aran

Yarn purchases from the Edinburgh Yarn Festival

Ten stitch blanket using WYS Aire Valley Fusion aran

for Jessica - using Stylecraft Special DK -
pattern Stylecraft 8980

Ode to Pinstriping - for Sara
Another Ten stitch blanket is currently underway.  This one is for Gus.  I'm using up blues and greens from my stash for this one.  It is chunky weight, I use as many strands as I need to get 7 wraps per inch. I'm a bit anal about completing each round in the same colours so have to judge my quantities carefully, not so easy as it gets bigger

I also have the yarn to make Gus a new hooded cardigan but as yet to get that one started.  So much yarn so many possibilities......

20 May 2018

The Garden

For the last few weeks we have been concentrating on the garden, I shared with you the before photos at the end of my previous post. We have dug a mountain of roots and stones. Existing plants have been moved around. Two new seating areas created, and lots of new plants installed, with more to come.  I never seem to come home these days without a plant or two in tow.  How I wish I'd taken more from my old garden

Lots has been going on outside........

just a few of the many

second trip to the garden centre

start of a herb garden to the side of the house
Old family bench installed in a quiet corner -
lots of perennials added here can't wait for them to
get established

The wrought iron from the old glass doors does duty as
 trellis.  A huge Choisya was cut hard back here, and is
now starting to sprout back (thank goodness),
same goes for a rampant clematis and honeysuckle

Old and new - I've since added lots more perennials

This area is still a work in progress -
there will be grass back to the fence

There is now a small veg patch to the left of this shrub
and I've started planting around the small patio
That's where we are in the garden. I've also planted up a border of roses in the front garden and there is an area to grass seed there too, but I'll save that for another day. It will never be as grand as Station Rd, but once done will be more than enough and easy to maintain before and after we go off on our travels.

Next up will be a knitting update, until the next time