Make Do and Mend Year has written a blog post called “Taking Stock” which is one of the assignments on her blogging course. It sounded like fun and I could do with some writing practice myself so I’m giving it a go.
I’ve split it into multiple parts though as it was a very long list!
Making : I have two main projects on the go at the moment. Socks for Josh and bunting for R’s birthday. I love the speed of sewing but it requires some set up and I don’t always have a clear stretch of time to get stuck in. Bunting I can sort of do bits here and that (especially the cutting out) but my first love is knitting, portable, easy to pick up and put down and no minute of waiting at the doctors or for a bus is ever wasted.
Cooking : It’s Josh’s turn to cook dinner tonight not me but I know we are having a vegetable tortilla. Since we have guests coming tomorrow though, I’ll be cranking up the bread machine and getting a loaf ready. Our standard loaf is 50% strong white flour and 50% wholemeal spelt flour and it is very tasty!
Drinking : Diet coke – my main vice. Terrible stuff and (I’m sure) horrible for the environment. Something I am still working on.
Reading: I always have a million and one books on the go but the main thing I’m currently reading is “The Wizard Hunters” by Martha Wells. It is part of a huge box I got from a friend when they were downsizing their book collection and it’s taken me ages to get round to reading it but it is good solid fantasy with a slight steampunk twist and several interesting and well-drawn female characters. Just my sort of thing.
Wanting: Chickens! We are in the planning stages for getting chickens. First working out how big a coop to build, then sourcing the materials and building it, then buying a hen house and finally a feeder, food, water thingy and actual chickens. We are still a way off getting them but we almost have a plan!
Looking: For some replacement Courgette plants – the slugs have done for ours and the garden centre has sold out.
Playing: We recently bought two new board games (we have a huge collection of board games and role-playing games) Race for the Galaxy and Ghost Stories. We have been playing them a lot! Definitely getting our money’s worth.
Deciding: How high the fences for the chicken coop should be and whether we need a lid on it.
Wishing: Death to slugs. They are decimating the garden, I lost two most cucumbers to the little monsters this morning. My slug traps are doing well in the veg patch but poorly up with the courgettes and it is hurting.
Much of my current garden news is above – mostly am in full blown war against the slugs. My perennial enemy. They have now decimated 4 cucumbers, 2 courgettes, 2 squashes, all the chillis, one entire salad crop and one purslane crop. I hates them precious.
Currently I’m deploying my standard beer traps, but the weather has been so wet and mild for so long I bet this is going to be bumper slug year. So I’m reading this article with great interest especially the bit about Indian Runner Ducks!