Full Steam Ahead

Yesterday I wrote about a number of minor setbacks catching me on the raw.  Thankfully they were all silly and minor but obviously minor things don’t always feel that way.

I was determined to make sure I had a great day today… no matter what! I made sure of it 🙂

Golden Sweet Mangetout - so close to being ready!

Golden Sweet Mangetout – so close to being ready!

Firstly our roof was fixed.  It has been leaking for ages, we have been through many temporary fixes and this time I think we have cracked it.  Fingers crossed.  Getting the work done was simple, quick, painless and not too expensive.

Secondly it was Transition Chesterfield’s repair cafe today.  I didn’t sit on the repairing crew this time (next time I’ll volunteer for clothes mending).  I won’t say too much about it as I want to do a separate post on the whole Repair Cafe (which was awesome!) but I got most of my bike fixed (and I know what is wrong with the rest), I got told what was wrong with an old bottle steriliser (should be simple to fix once we get a small part) and I came away with 2 replacement courgettes, and a bag full of denim scraps for patchworking and mending some of our own jeans.

Big basket of denim scraps and a nearly mended steriliser.

Big basket of denim scraps and a nearly mended steriliser.

Then we walked back in the sunshine and I took a quick break before hitting the garden… and hitting it hard!

I potted out the 2 courgettes from C, 4 tomatoes, 1 mountain mint, 1 french tarragon.

Lots of tomatoes - really tiny still but I'm hoping they'll make it.

Lots of tomatoes – really tiny still but I’m hoping they’ll make it.

I sowed 4 pots chives, 2 pots summer savory, 2 pots of basil, 1 pot of bergamot.

Lots of mint - all safely tucked up in pots.

Lots of mint – all safely tucked up in pots.

I’m starting everything in pots because it is easier to protect them my Nemesis – the slug!

Then I had a quick visit to the pig pen and admired my mangetout and redcurrants – they are both so very nearly ready and looking grand!.

Dark skies, red currents.

Dark skies, red currents.

AND I got another sock mended. Back down to 10 socks to mend.

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7 thoughts on “Full Steam Ahead

  1. lizard100

    That golden mange tout looks brilliant. I should be darning socks too. Lived the variety here. Chuckled at the ‘replacement courgettes’ I misunderstood and thought you meant the veg not the plants.

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    1. Becky A Post author

      This is my first year with the Golden Sweet Mangetout but so far they have been great – they have beautiful purple flowers that look like sweet peas (without the smell!)

      How many socks do you have to darn? I’m just racing to get the pile whittle down before it is Winter again and we really need them.

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  2. frugalinsuffolksimple@gmail.com

    I like the look of the Golden mange Tout – easy to spot for picking. might give them a go next year.

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    1. Becky A Post author

      They are very easy for picking, not only yellow but higher up than my other peas so less bending down which is nice. I got my seeds from the Real Seed Company so I can try seed saving from my own crop but I don’t know if you’re into that.

      Besides they look so tasty I’m not sure I’ll have the willpower to hold some back 🙂

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  3. My Simpel Life

    hi,
    your red currants looking good.i mend also socks,not so much how you.i have also problems with slugs.i plant the most of my fruits and veggies in buckets.
    greetings from germany,
    regina

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    1. Becky A Post author

      Hi Regina

      Thank you for commenting on my post. I think everyone has had a terrible time with slugs this year, I’m sorry you have had problems with them as well!

      Reply

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