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taste the difference

My garden is finally starting to produce crop! Just cucumbers so far – hoping for tomatoes soon too. Actually, I did just pull some garlic out, too. Haven’t planted much more than that this year – not the best soil. Looking forward to someday having our own place and putting a bit more into the garden.

Have a look at this haul of cukes:

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They were really tasty. The hubby didn’t believe me when I said that fresh cukes are THAT MUCH better than store bought ones. Now he agrees. Yum!

Sorry for the poor photo quality – iPad photo!

-Jamie

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photo challenge week 32: purple

You know, I totally thought that while I was on holiday, I would be better at blogging, not worse.

I’m sorry.

But there are two pieces of good news:

  1. With my lack of blogging, I have been spending lots of time sewing and crafting.
  2. I don’t have many weeks left of holiday.

I will be working on another couple of blogs in the next few days, so do stay around. I know I’ve also been pretty bad a round-ups, but I’m thinking that at this stage it makes the most sense to do one GIANT round up at the end of the summer. Okay?

Anyhow, here is my photo for today’s yesterday’s theme: purple.

Week 33 PURPLE

I love these little photos. Not sure what kind of flower they are, but I think they may be related to the perwinkle. Love periwinkles.

-Jamie

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green blooms

Okay, that cheesy title isn’t very good… I’m aware of it!

But here is another double round up. And it made me think of something like this:

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Sorry for the low quality – taken on my phone, not a camera!

And now for the round-up!

Green:

My photo

Gary at Gary Byles Photography

Melissa at The Aran Artisan

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Cathy at Nana Cathy dot com

Bloom:

My Photo

Gary at Gary Byles Photography

Sandra at Wild Daffodil

Cathy at Nana Cathy dot com

Melissa at The Aran Artisan

Don’t forget, you can still join us on my photo challenge! Just join in anytime – the next topic is ‘hot’.

Also, if you want to be included in my weekly round-up, please make sure you link your blog post back to me!

-Jamie

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photo challenge week 23: green

Easy one this week. Although I kind of think I didn’t plan very well, fresh last week, green this week and bloom next? Sounds like a lot of nature pics – not that it’s ever a bad thing to have natural pics – they’re my favourite!

Here my green! How many shades can you count? 😉

Week 23 GREEN

Look forward to seeing your greens! Remember, you can still join the challenge!

-Jamie

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round up and other things

Okay, so it would seem I’ve been neglecting my round-up duties. I do apologise. I’ve got lots to share with you today.

First, round-ups – I did promise to catch up two weeks on the photo challenge:

Week 15: emotionPhotography

Garry Byles Photography

Melissa at The Aran Artisan

Sandra at WildDaffodil

Roz at Umpteen Things

Erika at Blogging While Growing

Week 16: free

Garry Byles Photography

Melissa at The Aran Artisan

Sandra at WildDaffodil

Erika at Blogging While Growing

Loving that you’re all still with me!  Please remember to link your entry back to me so it’s easy to find, or put your link in the comments!

I will see you all tomorrow for ‘hope’ images.

Sewing

I’ve been doing LOTS of sewing lately, which has been great. I’ve completed three project, as of LATE last night! I’ll blog that one later this week. Unfortunately, the other two projects are things for my niece’s first birthday, so it will be a couple of weeks until I post those. I’ll give you hints to one of them below. I still haven’t finished my dress – I kinda feel like I’ve been taking a break before finishing this one.

One of the great things about the sewing I’ve been doing is learning new techniques. I’ve learned what a french seam is (and how to do it) and how to sew ruffles. More on that when I share those presents later in the week.

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French Seam

 

Ruffles

Ruffles

Gardening 

I’ve been planting more, as well. Mostly vegetables. Most annoying thing? I planted some cucumber seeds well over a month ago, with my first planting. They did NOTHING. Frutstrating! So I planted more. Then? The first ones have mostly sprouted, 4-5 weeks after planting. So much for quick growing.

Anyways, more about my tasty veg soon! Can’t wait til summer to eat it all!

That’s it for now! See you all tomorrow!

-Jamie

 

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i {heart} gardening

One of the few things that I make sure I get time to do (when I’ve ‘finished’ my work) is to play in my garden. There are few things that keep me as happy as my nice little garden, all colourful and pretty in the summertime. So I thought I’d share with you a few things that I’ve been doing in my garden so far this year.

Last year, we discovered (the hard way) that our leylandii fence was seriously wrecking the soil on that side of the yard, so all of the veg that we had near it died. We decided that this year, we would extend our initial veg patch, which isn’t near the horrible leylandii, so that we could grow a little more. This is what we came up with.

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My little veg patch and the ‘Narnia lamp post’.

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This is the new part of the garden.

Doesn’t look like much, I know, but keep in mind – we rent at present, and so don’t want to put too much into our gardening endeavours. Please ignore the nasty white stuff – our soil is pretty rubbish, so we spend a lot of time trying to get nutrients into it!

And this is the other reason I’m looking forward to time in my garden this summer:

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Between store points and a sale, we managed to pick this up for a song, and I am looking forward to many relaxing cups of coffee outside this summer! One down, at least 250 to go! Coffee and a book… all summer??DSC_6126

Can’t wait for summer to finally be here. Right now, I’m loving all the little sprouts that are just starting to come up (that’s a peony – first year having them – one of my two favourites!) I have some carrots and lettuce coming up as well, and my camellia is just starting to bloom. Loving the gardening so far!

And here’s a little idea of what I’ve got in mind for the rest of the summer! Would love to hear your gardening plans for the summer, too!

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-Jamie