I just don't know where time has gone? I have been busy on the home front. I decided to redecorate our sitting room...but to do that I needed to convert our dining room into a snug, so we would have somewhere to sit in the evenings. That meant turning the conservatory into a dining room. I guess you can see where this is going. One medium sized job turns into a BIG job. So, the furniture was all moved, I stripped the old wallpaper - one week, Mike removed the plaster dado rail and picture wall mouldings. I then made good the plaster and sanded the walls - 2 weeks. I painted the Victorian coving, woodwork, door, window frames and radiators - another 10 days. I got half the papering done, then decided I didn't like the way it looks on the wall - I forgot to check that all the batch numbers were the same...grrr (Not a mistake I will ever make again!) so now it's got to come down and I will need to start again. This may take some time as I now need to prepare for Hugglets.
This is a photo of the mantlepiece in my snug (old diningroom) taken this morning. I think you can tell a bear lover lives here.
I love this time of the year. We always used to be away from home this time of the year, but now I'm retired, we took our holiday early, so I'm at home to gather fruit and vegetables from the garden and enjoy the flowers.
My son, James came to visit on Sunday. He told me my garden looked like a 'Secret Garden'. Maybe he meant it is overgrown and needs a good pair of shears taken to it, but I love the way I can sit hidden away enjoying the peace and quiet.
We are inundated with lovely, fresh raspberries, so those we cannot eat straight away will be frozen for tarts and pies in the winter. We start picking in early June and they go on until late October.
I have grown some different tomatoes this year. I grew Harbinger, a Victorian variety, for the past two years, but thought I would try something different this year. I have grown Tigerella, a red tomato with orange stripes, Black Cherry, a small chocolate coloured cherry tom and San Marzano, an Italian plum tomato. They do not crop as heavily as Harbinger but the Black Cherry and Tigerella have a very good flavour. We have been picking tomatoes for a few weeks, but the plum tomatoes have not started ripening yet, so I'm not sure how they will taste. I tried growing some tomatoes outside this year, but they were badly affected by blight, so a disaster. Thank goodness for the greenhouse - they seem to not get blight in there.
I also tried growing cucumbers in containers in the greenhouse. We have had a really big crop from just two plants. I grew the variete Spacemaster 80. I highly recommend them.
We have been lucky enough to get tickets for the athletics at the Paralympics in September. We were at the Olympics on Super Saturday. We had tickets for the swimming. We saw two new world records set and Michael Phelps last ever Olympic race.
I guess you can tell I love flowers - stunning wild flower plantings all around the Olympic Park.