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Friday was horrible. took the best part of 3 hours to get home, there were a couple of bits where I couldn't grip the road and so many knobbers who drive too fast and too close. Driving up the street to my street (which is uphill) I was basically knocking off the kerbs on each side of the road. Not fun at all. And out drive slopes downwards so I couldn't park on it without the fear of hitting the house.

Friday afternoon was spent teaching Ex-Cheddar how to make snow angels and throw snowballs. (Her snowball throwing is nearly as bad as mine)

Saturday was spent making a 'better' snowman with Daddy and causing wanton vandalism to mine. (The cheeky gets pushed mine over!)

Sunday I ventured out for the weekly shop which wasn't too terrifying but it's snowed a couple of centimetres here this evening and is showing no sign off letting up so I'm not feeling massively hopeful about getting to work tomorrow. Unless we take the bus. Which I think Ex-Cheddar will love.

Today we made this:

He has been named Snowtoro.

Off to go and find some bus timetables.
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So the year is progressing and our veggies are growing. Not as good as they should be, but not surprising considering the vast amount of rain we're having at the moment. As a side effect of the rain the slug population in my back garden has exploded and they are eating everything they can get to.

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Not pictured: two planters (similar to the courgette ones but three tier) full of my back up lettuce, again propped to prevent slug access and growing great. Every time we go into the back garden the small child helps herself to a handful.

And that is exactly why I wanted to grow veggies in the first place. I want her to know where her food comes from and I want everything in the back garden to be edible. She's not been too interested in the whole growing this this year, but as she gets a bit older she will and she's going to reap the benefits (and eat her body weight in plums again this year as the plum trees are full of fruit again).
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Oh it pleases me that it's finally decided to stop raining and the sun's come out! I've been celebrating the fact by spending an hour every evening in the back garden painting the fences. I believe it is an English tradition or something.

The main reason that I'm glad that it's stopped raining is that it means it is going to be dry on Saturday night when I do the Midnight Walk. (You can still sponsor me by going here) There's nothing worse than a 10k walk in the pouring rain when you want to be in bed.

I've got to go out tomorrow and buy about half a ton of glow in the dark tat from the poundshop. At least you'll be able to see me coming :)

In other news Bilbo has decided that the to of the fridge is his new favourite place in the world. He likes to pat you on the head when you go into it, which is less fun (for me at least)

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So here are the work in progress shots of the vegetable patch:

This is how it began:

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A patch of garden that was doing absolutely nothing. I'd originally planned to dig up the interfacing and the stones and grass it over, but decided a veggie patch was a better use of the 'land'

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And here it is after 3 hours of back breaking labour and playing with a 2 year old (who got bored of helping very quickly and went to play in her house. So many little stones. I need to rake them out down the side of the play house (still) and tidy up around the bottom of the veggie patch, make the garden look a little bit tidier.

So those photos were taken the start of March and here's how it looks now:

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Baby plants! So clockwise from top right, peas, a patch of ground where the tomatoes are going to go, carrots, mixed lettuce, iceberg lettuce.

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Some more peas and some sunflowers. There are random pea plants growing all over the garden where ex-Cheddar helpfully planted them. I think I spotted a couple growing in the front garden too. I'll be having surprise!peas through the summer.

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Here's the lettuce and some courgette seedlings that are currently sunning themselves in our greenhouse/conservatory. (Yes I know the tomatoes are a bit bit to be in such a shallow seed tray unfortunately it keeps being frosty round by us and I don't want to kill them off. I'm going to re-pot them in a flower trough this weekend so at least they'll have room to grow.

Not pictured, but also growing:
[x] strawberry plants in a hanging basket. Haha now try and eat our delicious strawberries, little ants!
[x] rhubarb that came from the old house and even the stresses of digging it up (sans most of it's roots) and having it sit in a tub of water for a couple of weeks didn't kill it off. It is mighty, our rhubarb
[x] 2 plum trees that came with the house. Hopefully it will be as fruitful this year as last.

I want to go out and buy a blackcurrant and a raspberry bush now that would be trained into a pair of pyramids in a pair of pots for the patio, especially with the amount of money we spend on fruit in Tesco.
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[info]dune_drd asked to see:

The place where you do your crafting!


Ta da!

My workspace

Lookit me and my fancypants panoramic photomagraphy! You really an get an app for everything on the iPhone. (You will need to click through to Flickr to see it full sized.)

One of the advantages of having a slightly bigger home is that you don't have to work on the living room floor now. I have a wall of the spare room dedicated to my hobbies. The desk was £20 from IKEA (yes it's a kids one, but it does me fine), the shelving is recycled from the drinks 'cabinet' in the old house and every shelf of that bookcase has four rows of books on it. The little metal filing cabinet was a £25 bargain from IKEA and all the storage boxes are full of beads.

All my 'dangerous' stuff (like my torches and safety pickle) are on the converted spice racks on the left hand side.

The desk is set up for resin work in the picture ad you can see the stuff that's setting on the table, soon to be on sale on the internet. (I just need a name for my shop. Pah.)

The red picture on the wall is of Ex-Cheddar's feet when she was about 3 months old. Her first craft piece. And there's a bunch of [profile] morbid_spark's crocheted grapes in the picture too

All my glass cutting kit is on top of the bookcase along with my first fascinator, which, even if I do say so myself, looked awesome. (I must and a wedding photo to show it off.)

I have a lot of stuff. :/
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[info]chicklet73 asked:

I should love to see a photo of your favorite coffee/tea mug.



This is my work mug, an Olly Moss original based on his Threadless T-shirt (that I was bought when I first announced the Oncoming Cheddar. Always goes down well in meetings. Especially with the big boss


And this s my home mug, a cafepress original of one of my photos. I've had this mug since 2005 and it's starting to look quite battered. But I'll love it and use it daily until I inevitably drop it or the handle falls off.
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[info]sal101010 asked to see my living room with either Bilbo or Ex-Cheddar in it. Bilbo was out but you do get the bonus of His Lordship's feet.

It's not usually this tidy, but we (the baby and I) have a tidy up session before Waybaloo, it's a before-bedtime rule.

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Keep taking photos of me Missy and I'll claw your face off!

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...Take That and party!Yes, yesterday I travelled on down to a grey and cloudy Wales to see a piece of my childhood realised.

I never thought, after Robbie left that I'd see them on stage again, but miracles can happen and it was worth the 15 year wait, let me tell you.

If you're still going to see them, blimey, you're in for a treat.

Oh, and I took some photos (523 to be exact) but here are the highlights and there's a few more on my Facebook which you'll be able to see if you're my FB friend.

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Cardiff, 15th June 2011, a set on Flickr.

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I took some photos of my garden the other evening. I'm really pleased with how my plants are looking this summer.

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