Once again time has flown by, Easter has come and gone, along with the Downtown Redlands Art Walk and Will is about to complete a second year at university!
The Downtown Redlands Art Walk was great fun. Almost 70 people walked through the Redlands Art Association Gallery and we were busy on State Street. It was supposed to be a noon start so I treated myself to a lie in and drifted down only to find I was one of the last to set up and people were making sales already! Many thanks to everyone who stopped by to visit or who purchased something from me. The little girl who bought the lemon earrings was thrilled with them she came back to show me she was wearing them!
Easter weekend, in true “English” fashion, I devoted myself to the garden! At home Easter is a 4 day holiday, from Good Friday through to Easter Monday. As kids we would travel to the cousins, via Kingston Market where there was a fish stall that sold eels that seemed to be as long as the stall, and we’d still eat fish and chips for supper on the road! The weekend was a delight of family meals, shopping in Hitchen Market, learning to embroider and seeing my aunt’s latest creations, getting a new dress made by my aunt over the weekend, reading her precious Worrel’s books, bedtime stories (usually Secret Seven books – such a treat), reading all of our cousins “Bunty” comics, just hang out together and the highlight would be watching the Morcambe and Wise Show. For folklore foodie friends, Fish pie was the Good Friday treat and Easter Sunday there would be a huge roast turkey and all the trimmings. It goes without saying we’d all be given an assortment of Cadbury Easter Eggs while they were still Cadbury’s and not “tweaked” Hershey chocolate! Sadly, my aunt, uncle and Dad have all passed and I rarely meet up with the cousins any more but the memories are still there. I think my uncle spent as much as he could over the weekend in his huge garden, with my Dad helping him!
Morcambe and Wise were the event of the weekend. My uncle had a strong resemblance to Eric Morcambe and came from the same area of the country. He would tease us all, saying he’d just got back from the studios on Thursday night just before we’d arrived! Oh, how we believed him! Sunday evening’s show was a huge event! We never noticed he was shorter than Eric Morcambe!
I only had 2 days but I cleared the long front garden bed of weeds, Bermuda grass (again) pruned the roses, strimmed the lawn except for the poppies and started planting veggies! 3 tomato plants went out in the front garden, along with 2 butternut squash, and I experimented with the fish head planting method from my friend’s website Sunnyside local. She also suggested companion growing with basil and borage. Each plant is sprinkled around with basil seedlings because they reckon they DON”T get the tomato green caterpillars! Fingers crossed! Of course since Sunday the weather has changed and the temperature has dropped! One plant already has baby tomatoes! It felt so good. I know we are on water restrictions this year, so planting veggies in the flower bed seems a great compromise, I can keep my flowers and grow veggies…cottage gardening. And there is room for more veggies out there as well.
I also started planting out the straw bales.
Straw bales:The green plant is the wintered aubergine (egg plant), I had a load of beet seedlings which I planted on the damp earth in the shelter of the straw bales, then there are 8 assorted pepper plants, a melon and cucumber all planted in the bales. I got the ideas for the wood uprights and string supports from
So now it’s a waiting game for peppers to grow, tomato seedlings to reach an optimum size to plant out and the sweat peas and sun flowers to bloom. I’ve planted a round courgette/zucchini and regular ones are now growing! Its exciting.
In the meantime its back to the sewing machine and preparations for the upcoming Riverside Show at the end of April