Friday, 9 October 2015

Terrible blogger

Oh dear, I had intended to keep this blog up & do lots of work this year in the garden, but again I didn't do either.

The experiment with the floating fibre stuff in the pond didn't work at all. Nothing grew so I sowed some more lettuce & waited for it to grow before transplanting them, but they just died.

The sweet potatoes took off well & I was left with so many slips I had nowhere to put them. I tried offering them on Freecycle but even then they didn't get taken & I had to throw them in the end. I haven't harvested the ones I ended up keeping, they are in pots & I'm wondering if I can over winter some as I know they haven't had enough time to get big enough.

Normal potatoes did well, still have some in the ground although the tops have now been cut back.

Tomatoes did reasonably well but the plum type still haven't all ripened, they seem to take a lot longer to grow than the normal round cherry type.

Then the lawn mower decided to die on me today. Now it's only a few weeks out of it's warranty, I'm absolutely disgusted that it's done this. Looking at it properly I discovered that the air intake is underneath & has no cover. Hence the fact that when I finally took the cover off to take a look, this is what I found.

As far as I'm concerned this is a major flaw in the design. If I had known this was filling up I would have opened it long ago, however that would have invalidated the warranty.

So that's just a warning to anyone out there with a Qualcast lawn mower. Now I have to go & buy another mower. I tried it after cleaning & there were sparks coming from the motor so I don't think it's going to be useable.

Not a happy bunny.

On the other hand I have been up to quite a bit this year. Instead of gardening I have been trying to set up a business. I have named it after my nana, Lilian.  It's called Lilians Treasures and I can be found on FaceBook, Pinterest, Instagram, e-bay and Etsy.      (pinterest will only allow 15 letters, hence no S) ( had to add Sevenoaks as name had already been taken)

I am making quilted picture ( I call Quiltures). I hand paint on fabric & then quilt them. I then frame in a box frame with either a single or double mount. I have made a few & sold some. I have also made some Christmas items, hopefully these will sell at the Christmas Fair I will be attending in Eynsford, Kent.

Do take a look at my new business, I can do almost any picture & they do make lovely unique gifts. I also intend to add some other handmade items throughout the year.

 These are a few of the commissioned pieces I have done so far.

I think the pug & beeboy are the best, just so cute.  I have added a page on this blog with all the ones I have done, some already sold but I can always do another (except with the commissioned pieces as they are personal to the purchaser). I am always happy to make more if anyone would like one. (you can't blame a person for trying).