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A New Toy and other things


Look at my new toy that arrived yesterday. Not everyone`s cup of tea but I really love it.

My brand new, state of the art WOODEN composter to replace the plastic thing that was there. It was taking so long to get the amount of compost I need so it had to go. We thought we had a bit of a task on our hands but Jim came up with a bright idea…build the new composter around the old one….which we did….. we just hadn`t thought about transfering the actual compost out of the old bin itself! After some head stratching Jim decided to saw the bin in half while I got stuck in digging the black, slightly smelly stuff out. Eventually the task was complete and we were a bit dirtier than when we started but it was a job well done.

I`m afraid I succumbed while visiting a local garden centre, this Heuchera `Jade Gloss` was a temptation to far…lol!

Remember I told you about the strange-looking Butternut squashes that I had grown? Well guess what…two more are growing and while they are the wrong colour they`re the right shape…curious indeed!

I was really surprised to see this unusual Dianthus in flower again. I was disappointed that I only had one flower from in and that was in early Summer. I must say it IS lovely though.

I`m really pleased with these Asters too. This is the first year I`ve been successful in growing them from seed. I only managed two plants but they are certainly putting on a good show.

This is my favourite colour Cosmos so I thought it would be nice to take a photo of the little bee with it.

Our walk through Burnham Beeches yesterday afternoon…it has changed so much since we last visited this particular part some years ago. It seems more overgrown but more beautiful somehow. The weather was lovely for a change and we really enjoyed the afternoon with our grandson Roman,5, who is staying with us for a few days.

Druid`s oak as its known is at least 800 years old and is held together with strong wire cables. It is still very much alive and well and, according to the sign below it, hasn`t changed its appearance for the last 100 years. It`s the last of the named trees in the Beeches so the authorities do their best to protect it and keep it going strong.

I have no idea what Jim was trying to do here…learning to fly perhaps?!

I hope you enjoyed our walk in the woods. :o)

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so enjoyed your blog sandra, love the new composter, mine is a black bin liner hahah,so lovely having your granson for a few days, something i would love, baz has granchildren but he isnt like me that way, loves to see them but doesnt offer to have them ;o(, but its lovely when they call round. wonder if my lads will ever have kids or settle , early days, love your walk to and wondered who was taking who for a walk , granson or perry ;o))

17 Aug, 2010


I love the wooden composter, Sandra, I have a black 'Dalek' type one, full up now and another black box shaped one which I strongly adise people never to buy ! It was a nightmare to assemble, all plastic clip-together sides, they unclip at random and the top lid doesn't stay up alone ! Utter rubbish.
Anyway, the Dianthus is a beautiful shade, is it scented too ?
Lovely woodland walk, maybe Jim's training to be a Morriss dancer !

17 Aug, 2010


i like your new toy too Sandra its on my xmas list as i type..enjoyed the walk too..:o)

17 Aug, 2010


Love your composter, I am tempted to change mine now, bloomin plastic ones, take so long to compost, I think the open ones are better. Lovely blog and nice walk through the woods.

17 Aug, 2010


I've been begging for a composter since we moved here, but as we are surrounded by mountain meadows, cows, sheep, goats and a couple of pigs (well away up the lane!) plus several very old barns containing hay and animal feed, I've been denied my dream as we'd probably get rats and mice too! I discovered a rats nest in the bottom of the plastic composter I had in Essex and I don't really want to repeat that, so I have to buy in compost from the local 'piensos' (animal feed and organic soil merchant).;o(

18 Aug, 2010


Thanks everyone, I keep looking at my new composter because I like it so! I think the Dianthus does have a scent Shirley but I`m not 100% sure, I`ll check tomorrow. :o)

18 Aug, 2010

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