Two Black Cats
Friday, March 31, 2006
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
The link shows how to make the paper plant pots which I pictured earlier.
If you use The Times or a similar sized newspaper just omit the first step. Like all 'origami-type' projects the sharper the creases the more successful shape.
In the last week I've had several pieces of good news. I have received 2 separate contracts for exam marking - Year 9 SATS in May, and A Level Statistics in June. I enjoyed both last year, although they are totally different experiences.
Also I applied for a position as an invigilator for the Chartered Accountants exams about 2 months ago. Its a maximum of 17 days per year (yes, per year), but is quite lucrative. Instead of an interview or job offer I received a letter inviting me to the invigilator's meeting on Thursday! I expect I'll get more info then.
And finally, I passed the Science short course on Climate Modelling which I did over the winter. Its fascinating stuff. You can see all the details here : Climate Modelling Experiment
Monday, March 27, 2006
A list of all seeds sown so far....
Seeds Sown 24th - 26th March 2006
Chinese Pak Choi
Courgette Round Green
Courgette F1 Orellia Yellow
Lettuce Little Gem
Lettuce Salad Bowl
Spring Onion White Lisbon
Sweetcorn Early Xtra F1
Swiss Chard Bright Lights
Tomato Tumbling Tom Yellow
Tomato Garden Pearl
Parsley Flat Leaf
Canna Louis Cotton
Ipomoea (morning glory) Blue
Ipomoea (morning glory) Red
Mixed Simplicity (behind the pond where its difficult to weed or plant)
I know it looks like a lot, but they are all in small quantities
Saturday, March 25, 2006
A busy day in the garden and conservatory. The weather was much milder with patchy showers so I planted the Hellebore and lupins. I have made some plastic rings to put around the lupins from a drinks bottle, to protect from slugs, and used the base as a beer trap.
In the conservatory I planted a variety of seeds - red and yellow tomatoes, 3 types of courgettes, parsley, coriander, basil, 3 types of lettuce, peas and sunflowers. I then ran out of labels!
Also pictured are some mini-plants bought today. Pelargoniums and other bedding plants which I will pot on next week.
Friday, March 24, 2006
Friday catblogging - part 2!
Yesterday was incredibly busy. R was working from home, and after a cold start the sun started to shine. We took the opportunity to start the brick edging to the veg plot, and although it's not perfect it will make a practical and aesthetic difference.
The cats, of course, joined in. Lots of exhuberance, but as always it ended in a play-fight!
I also dug up a small part of out rhubarb plant for my mum. We inherited the rhubarb when we moved in 10 years ago - and its probably the only plant we've kept! (the garden was sooooo boring and empty).
In the evening we went to see daughter, K, in her school's production of G&S's Princess Ida. Its a joint production with the local boy's school, and put on at the Town Hall over 5 nights. Absolutely amazing! All the cast and orchestra were so polished and tremendously enthusiastic. I laughed a lot, and had to restrain myself from joining in the choruses that K has been practising since November.