Beautiful morning, was out walking the dog this morning with clear blue skies. It has been a long time since we have had weather like or so it seems. The woods were stunning with sunlight streaming thought the trees
A few pictures taken on my overnighter
So I managed to get my self a 12 hour pass to get out for an overnight camp. Where to go,well a few months ago I managed to explore our local area and noted that an old Iron Age hill fort had the potential for a sneaky overnighter.
So there I was at 6.30pm on a Saturday evening with my bag packed and ready for the off but where had all the lovely sunshine gone.
The actual walk was very pleasant if a bit short. A total of 1.5 hours of walking but it found me on top of the hill fort with a touch of sunshine as well. It took awhile to find a good spot as the rhododendron have been scrubbed out over much of the site.i found a little clear area between a small yew and a pine surrounded by wood sorrel and bluebells. The wind was blowing quite hard so I managed to erect a wind break from some old wood and soon had my bed all set up and my dinner heating up on the bush buddy.
After dinner of black beans, Mexican chicken and rice (homemade) I settled down with a hot chocolate laced with whiskey and listened to the wind in the trees and all the sounds of the woodland. As the first star winked into life through a break in the clouds I slipped into sleep.
The morning dawned grey and chilly. I can’t believe it’s June the weather is more like autumn. 6.15am I roll over and light up the bush buddy and soon have fresh coffee on the go.
Sleeping under the stars last night with no tarp means that by 7am Iam packed and ready to go. A 2 hour stroll through beautiful green woodland and farmland sees me back home in oxted by 9am.
With the beginning of June i start to get itchy feet. It’s seems like such a long time since I last got out for a hold and camp and its even longer since I got away for more than one night.
For now though its all about the garden. I have do much to do, I need to build my greenhouse, dig out two ponds, build a new flower border and still keep on top of the vegetable patch and the weeding.
Yesterday I managed to plant out my cobra and white lady climbing beans and my courgette. Also sowed a row of pak choi and tatsoi, aswell as sowing some spinach underneath the besn sticks and potted on my brassicas. My tomatoes seem to be way behind but Iam hoping they will finally catch up.
It looks like Sunday will be another nice day so I maybe able to start work on the base for my greenhouse.
Yesterday I picked up the newest edition to the family, Neguinho a 8 week old black Labrador
Bank holiday Monday was the first day of the year where I have been able yo spend the day gardening barefoot. I love being able up kick off shoes and wander around the garden barefoot, though my partner does get upset at the amount of garden that ends up indoors. It seems that Sophia also likes to fiend her tone in the garden barefoot too.
With the arrival of my soil this weekend it was time to finally get done seeds direct sown.
Monday started slowly as I had Sophia for the day whilst Adrian’s worked. So a trip to the shops and a visit from her granny and gramps meant a late start in the garden.
First of we finally got some seeds sown into the raised beds. One row each of spring onion white Lisbon, chantenay and st valery carrots, cylindra beet root and poach egg plant. We also sowed two rows of mange tout Oregon and fitted all the pea sticks in with were cut in the winter from our woodland. I also sowed a few leaf chard seeds.
After watering in and giving them all some volcanic dust we moved onto the pots . Runner beans, not sure which variety, lettuce, basil and a resowing of marmande tomatoes.
All of the brassicas sown last weekend gave started to show and we have a good supply of tomatoes if they all take
I even got a chance to take a few pictures from our woods of bluebells and march orchids so here are the pictures from a very productive day