Day 97 – April 7th – New Followers

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It’s always nice to be followed and I’m grateful for the people who follow me on this and find some of what I say either interesting or entertaining. On today’s long walk I collected some extra followers, though I suspect they won’t be logging on to follow the blog. They were at the end of the field I was walking through and I took a looping route to avoid walking through the middle of them. On going past one decided to start following me (possibly it had picked up on the chocolate bar in my rucksack), but that quickly became the whole group. The style wasn’t far away and I’ve been followed by cows in the past (even nudged by them trying to access my rucksack, again I suspect for the food in there) and know that generally they won’t cause trouble. Once I was over the style they stood there and complained a little at not being fed. I however would be within about an hour of having acquired my new fan club.

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Day 90 – 31st March – Peas to you

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OK, so it’s a play on a religious term but given it’s Easter weekend I thought I’d be allowed the pun. The weather forecast was poor today so I decided that a day in the garden, where I could rush to shelter if needed would be good (in the end it was dry most of the day). There was a lot to do but after 11 hours I’d made good progress. The lawn was cut, the raised beds finished and installed, seeds sown either directly or to seed trays for both flowers and vegetables. There’s still a lot more to do, but a lot of the main work has now been sorted. The photo is of the pea netting installed in one of the new raised beds. One of the many tasks I got through.

Day 89 – 30th March – One a penny, two a penny,…

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It’s Good Friday so really a hot cross bun is the only appropriate picture. I quite enjoy them but at the same time don’t like that they are available all year round now. I’m not entirely sure why either. After all the rest of the Easter range of food (chocolate eggs really being the remainder of what is a limited range) doesn’t get the same treatment. I guess it’s because chocolate comes in other forms and hot cross buns don’t. However they symbolise the start of the Easter weekend and an opportunity to celebrate all that Easter represents.

Day 85 – 26th March – Discount Development

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I’ve decided to experiment further with what I’m growing by adding a Goji Berry. I had a 50% off a single plant voucher through the door for a local garden store. While I knew some of the plants that I wanted, sadly the store didn’t have any, so I went for something different. I’ve now got a range of berries and while they are currently all potted, I need to decide whether I will continue with that to plant them out and create a ‘berry’ area of the garden.

Day 84 – 25th March – A very friendly lion

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So the title may be a little cryptic, but for someone of my generation they will recognise the line as from a television show called ‘The Herbs’. I was bought some additional window sill pots for Christmas and have decided to try (again) to grow a small indoor herb garden using them and some other herb pots that I had. If its successful then it’s a good addition to the grow your own that I do, and it will be nice to have genuinely fresh herbs for cooking with. The six I have are Mint, Coriander, Parsley, Oregano, Sage and Thyme.

Day 44 – 13th February – Shrove Tuesday

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One of my work colleagues enjoys cooking and baking. This makes the office a very sweet place to work, literally. Cakes for various events often appear. There is also a tradition that has started, and that is, on Shrove Tuesday, we are treated to Semla. For those who don’t know, this is what is eaten on Shrove Tuesday in Sweden and other countries.