Is it ok to eat half a litre of EasiYo in one day? I do hope so, it IS the awesomely tasty lemon drinking yogurt, and it IS supposed to be good for you, isn’t it? It’s absolutely delicious. I'll have to do a bit of extra time on the Wii Fit to make up for it I’m sure!
I'm very much enjoying the 'make your own/grow your own' summer I’m having! Not only have I been enjoying homemade yogurt, but home grown salads too. So far the puppies have left the allotment alone!
This year I discovered that rocket is a perennial – it’s sprung up all over the place and is very peppery. I'm also loving my flourishing lettuces – I'm managing to grow an abundance of them this year (ok, I admit it, the 'Powers That B&Q’ did lend a helping hand), but the strawberries (QVC) are something else.
I'm waiting for the potatoes too (QVC) – they’re looking promising this year, after my abysmal attempts last year. Well, I did plant them under a tree so serves me right. This year I’ve found the right spot – helped along by a paddling pool which Holly scoured a hole in before I replaced it with a Holly-proof hard plastic one from Argos!
Plus, later in the year I’ll have other crops too (hopefully, unless the butterflies, slugs or puppies have other ideas!). I'll be trying to grow beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflowers, carrots, spring onions, marrows (yummy!), runner beans and tomatoes of course – all helped along by Richard Jackson’s Flower Power. In fact, I just had the most delicious lunch today including the first baby spring onions and three different types of lettuce, plus the rocket! Can’t claim the tuna was from the garden though, lol!
My lilies are looking lovely too – growing far higher and more abundantly than last year so am very pleased with those. It’s been fabulous being in the garden in the hot weather, enjoying the garden and looking forward to reaping the rewards of all the sowing!
Reminds me of my childhood
All this reminds me of when I was a kid. Dad’s allotment was the source of much abundance in our house over the years, handy when you’ve got five growing kids. And the reminiscing continued when I dug out some old pics and slides for the recent TSV scanner for pics, negatives and slides – it’s brilliant! Straight onto an SD card, straight onto my computer! Yay!
There’s a lovely one of us when we were kids, taken on the Isle of Wight – the home of Liz Earle’s skincare range. We went to Pontins, and in this pic you can see my dad, granddad and nan (all now passed on sadly), mum, me, sister Linda and brother David. The other two brothers were still a sparkle… The slide’s come out great though, considering it was gleaned from one of those tiny eye-viewers they used to sell at holiday camps.
Does anyone remember the words of the songs they used to make us sing at Pontins, in the days when everyone took part in every competition and had dinner at the same time? For instance, a song from dinner time? It was something like – ‘Always eat when you are hungry… always drink when you are dry…’ What’s the rest? Something about porridge?!
Actually it’s been fun looking at lots of different old snaps, and also going back to the parts of history you'd never remember without prompting – including some early years pics from QVC. See if you can spot the presenters in the pics below! Ahh how young we all looked! Jilly looks the same I think!
Hope you are enjoying the return of the lovely weather! And that your plants are doing as well as mine!
P.S. quick puppy update for you – see the clip below of the two terrors careering round the house after one of my late shifts. It was 4am, but no-one told the puppies that! 🙂
And I thought this pic would make you smile - it's a little pup Patchy had in her first litter around 2003 – he was a yellow lab we called Frankie, and he was enormous! Super cute though! He went to one of Lauren’s friends and we saw him grow bigger and bigger and bigger!
My little chocolate girls are definitely of the smaller breed, which is great but they still chew like demons! The latest victims are my lovely comfortable Birkenstocks EVA flip flops! I knew I should have got two pairs – thank goodness Nicky is back in on Wednesday night (21st) and all day Thursday with another Birkies special!