Fairy Dust

My little corner of Southern England enjoyed bright blue skies and hot sunshine all day today.  It was wonderful and as I had a day at home, mainly gardening, I was able to enjoy it all.

Scrambled eggs, spinach and cherry tomatoes for breakfast and off I went in to the garden for just about the entire day.spinach, egg and tomsThe first thing I do on such a day as today is to water, slowly, letting the plants have plenty of water while giving me time to have a good look at the previous day’s growth or slug attack.  I started working in the sunny beds but it was so warm, even at 9 am, that I swapped to work in the shade while it was there.  The entire vegetable patch is bathed in sunshine by about 10 am and stays that way all day.
garden in the morningThe spinach and radishes are ready for picking which is always exciting.  Shame I forgot to actually pick them at lunch time though !

spinach is readyThe broad beans are coming along well and the peas are growing incredibly quickly.

peas and broad beans They almost grow while I watch them so the pea sticks are in now to give them support.peas and pea sticks Most of the bean bed is doing very well.  The climbing French beans and the dwarf French beans had a really good germination rate and are growing well.  climbing French Bean cane Unlike the runner beans which managed to produce one stunted little plant out of a whole packet!bean cane with 1 bean The Heligan Vegetable Bible suggests soaking the beans in warm water for 18 hours before sowing.  I soaked mine for about 8 hours which I am hoping helps.The Heligan Vegetable Bible I weeded ALL my vegetable beds today and sowed 8 packets of seeds.8 Garden Organic seed packets It was thirsty but very satisfying work.garden notes and gloves Lunch was very easy.  I roasted a chicken, baked potatoes and made a salad.  I like to have cooked chicken in the fridge for quick and easy mid week suppers so despite the heat and my enthusiasm for being outside, I did manage to roast the chicken.  chicken salad and potato It was very tasty with the added bonus of just a little clearing up afterwards.

As well as the vegetables I needed to make a start on the planting out the 105 flower seedlings Sarah Raven sent me a couple of weeks ago so it was a very busy day in the garden.  chicken salad lunch 18-5-14 It is Harvey’s birthday on Tuesday and he was slightly anxious that this year, our nearly sugar free home may not produce a birthday cake.  Shop bought cakes are not the thing at all on a birthday so he made his own, almost entirely alone.  He made cup cakes and they turned out really well.Harvey with cupcake mixture Once they were cooled and butter iced, he set about decorating them with great gusto.   No pot of glitter or sprinkles went unused.

making cupcakesAs my had-just-been-cleaned-ready-for-the-week-ahead kitchen disappeared beneath a cloud of fairy dust (you may call it glitter) I felt proud of the little fella for having a go.  He has never made cup cakes before but now he has and they are really good.  We had to try them to make sure they were fit for purpose.  They were but are now packed away ready for the big day on Tuesday.
cupcakes by Harvey

And I am finding fairy dust everywhere.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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2 Responses to Fairy Dust

  1. suzjones says:

    Too funny. I had the Tween and the grandchildren in the kitchen yesterday making chocolate slice covered in sprinkles. I agree – that gets everywhere!! 🙂

  2. laura1952 says:

    Happy Birthday to Harvey tomorrow. I love that he did this on his own. My you have encouraged a gourmet chef for a Son like I am lucky enough to have.

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