The Land Rover Owners Ex Wife

……becoming me again


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My get up and go, got up and left

A selection of my home grown chillies drying.

A selection of my home grown chillies drying.

The more observant of you will have noticed that in recent weeks, there has been a distinct lack of posts relating to gardening. Naturally this time of the year sees a drop off in garden related activity, as crops come to the end of their cycle, the colder weather sets in and thoughts turn to garden maintenance and preparation for next season. But this year there is a much more prevalent factor behind my lack of posts, a sadness which has over come me, an over whelming sense of disappointment which has driven my ‘get up and go’ right out of the country, never mind the room.

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The Garden Share Collective September 2014

As summer draws to a close and school reopens, it is time for the latest round of updates from the Garden Share Collective members, a full list of which can be found on Lizzies blog. It has been a strange summer break for the school garden, as it has been invaded by hundreds of wasps, not nesting but foraging on the sap of the trees which form the Willow structure in the grounds.

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The School Garden: Wasps in the Willow

2012 Trim and tidy but very close to vegetable patch

2012 Trim and tidy but very close to vegetable patch

About four years or so ago, a willow structure was installed on the grounds of the school beside which the vegetable patch is now situated. For the most part it has flourished in that area and has become a favourite with both the staff and children, offering a quiet place for a child and their friends to sit if, for example, they are carrying an injury which precludes them from joining in the rough and tumble of the playground. It has also been used as an outdoor class room.

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The Garden Share Collective: August 2014

The Garden Share CollectiveWith the children 1 week into their summer break, comes the reminder from Lizzie of Strayedtable, that it is almost time for the next Garden Share Collective and as I contemplate what to write, it dawns on me that this is my twelfth contribution to this brilliant project. Twelve whole months of gardening/garden maintenance has sped past in a blink of an eye and already my thoughts are turning to Autumn/Winter jobs for both the school and my own garden. For now, however, I will concentrate on the monthly update for the school garden and once you have read this, why not pop over to Lizzies’ blog and catch up with the other gardens in the Collective from the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

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The Garden Share Collective: July 2014

The summer is marching along at a staggering pace and with the end of the school year within touching distance, comes the monthly gentle reminder from Lizzie, for the next Garden Share Collective post. Lots has been happening this last month and we’ve even had our first harvests of the year, albeit small ones, so here is the July update for Gardening Club and the school garden.

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Gardening Club: Seeds are sown

Tomatoes and Winter Squash in the little planter, with sunken plant pots for watering.

Tomatoes and Winter Squash in the little planter, with sunken plant pots for watering.

Having left the compost and topsoil to settle for a couple of weeks, last Friday I finally helped the Foundation and Year 1 children sow the seeds in the largest of the new planters. Wearing their brand new little aprons and armed with a pair of gardening gloves, the 4 to 6 year olds came out in groups of 6 and listened carefully as I told them what they needed to do and I have to say that they were a pleasure to work with.

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Gardening Club: Pumpkins and planters

Pumpkins and courgettes will soon be joined by sweet corn

Pumpkins and courgettes will soon be joined by sweet corn

With the Foundation Area planters assembled and in position, it became apparent that there was a slight problem with them……..they were obviously designed for slightly older children and as a result, were too tall for the Foundation/Year 1 pupils.

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The Garden Share Collective: June 2014

Things are really starting to look up in the school garden as I write this post for the Garden Share Collective and I’m looking forward to seeing how the other gardens in the collective are doing when their posts are published on Sunday (June 1st). You can find the full list of participating blogs on Lizzies site by clicking on the link here.

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The Garden Share Collective: May 2014

With the months passing at what seems to be warp speed, I was taken a little by surprise to realise that it was The Garden Share Collective time again. Mind you along with Lizzies’ usual words of encouragement, her reminder email also brought with it the welcome news that she had been safely delivered of a new baby, a little girl called Isla Rose. So on behalf of all those of us at Mudville and the members of Gardening Club, I’d like to wish Lizzie and Roy many congratulations and offer a warm welcome to baby Isla.

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Gardening Club: blossom and paint

The pear tree is in blossom

The pear tree is in blossom

It has taken longer than I anticipated to complete the painting of the Foundation area planters and storage box but all the pieces have now received a coat of wood stain, although I won’t be winning any awards for my decorating skills, if truth be told. Replacement bolts are being dispatched, in place of the rusted ones which came with the small trug and so it won’t be long before we can finally get the items assembled and ready for planting.

The school is currently undergoing some building work and on the last day of term before the Easter holidays, I had been gutted to realise that tonnes of glorious top soil, removed in readiness for the building work, had been trucked away just the day before. When I think of how it would have benefited the beds ….. Continue reading