How does your Garden Grow?

Just wanted to update you how things in the garden are progressing, some days I have been so tired I have slept in the afternoons, especially in this heat we are not used to this time of year.. It’s definitely growing weather for weeds which have invaded the garden along with aphids, white fly, and a bug which flew in from Europe which is spreading fast throughout the UK.  To view all the news and pictures  please click the link HERE   On my garden blog.

 

 

Harvesting Goodness

Harvest time is upon us as we reap from our gardens what we have sown. It’s wonderful to see something that you planted from a tiny seed that grows and matures to a full-grown crop.

And haven’t you ever just stopped to think for a moment about those seeds. Just how miraculous they are. Each seed so tiny, yet they know exactly how to grow. Each tiny cell splitting off to become a leaf, petal or fruit. Just as our human cells know which cells form toes and teeth.

Each plant perhaps relying on natures helping hand as the bees pollinate creating new seeds for next year’s seasons

Our Apples

Our Apples

Apples all 5 of them

Apples all 5 of them Smiles

I have so enjoyed this Summer. It started out life here in the UK as being one of the wettest June’s for a long while. It was very cool to start with. Yet despite the cold start Nature catches up. And even though our sweetcorn took 3 attempts to sow this year it too caught up and now we are harvesting the ripe corn cobs

Life is a little like planting. We get to harvest what we have sown. 

I came across a wonderful post from Erika today whose own post was about the seeds we sow in Life.. in her post here entitled  The Challenge of Growth 

How true too about those seeds as Erika  describes them to break down and collapse before they open and bring forth their new growth. I invite you to go read her excellent thoughts on how we ourselves grow through our challenges.

Corn tastle gone to seed Not all can mature perfectly.

Corn gone to seed Not all can mature perfectly.

As I view the world today I see many of our old ways now collapsing, they have to if we are to change.

Everything comes in cycles, Day follows Night, Seasons Change. We look back through history and see how our world has gone through its different ages. It seems we are now in the technological age. One at the moment I seem to in conflict with, big smiles as it seems me and technology are not getting on as well of late.

Not everything in our garden’s can be rosy all the time and in full bloom. But with Love and attention to what is important in our lives as we give our attention to the things which matter. We then reap that which we sow

Begonias in tubs large and small in our front garden.

Begonias in tubs large and small in our front garden.

I ask myself why is that me and techology seem in conflict right now – Could it be the Universe is wanting my attention elsewhere?   I have got much thinking to do at the moment and choices to make.  But I know what ever choice I make, it will be Ok, for there are no right or wrong roads, for all roads lead us to our destinations. It’s just sometimes we can detour off the path and for some they can become lost amid the jungle of choices that in this digital age can distract us from the true seeds we need to sow. Which often are the most basic.

To Care and Share.

We may have forgotten some of  the things that really matter in our lives. As the distractions of this material world have never been greater as they grab our attention and steel our energies and lower our vibrations.

I invite all of you who may be feeling of a low ebb and stressed out with the world right now to reconnect with your inner seed. The one that beats life into you day in and day out. Go into the HEART of Nature and start to listen to your own Heart.

It is patiently waiting for you to understand that all you need do for it to grow and expand to the Light, is for you to nurture it with the best nutrient ever given to man.

LOVE!

Smiling among the Dahlia's.

Smiling among the Dahlia’s.

Sending you huge armfuls of flowers filled with love and gratitude..

~Sue~

Sharing~ and Choosing!

 

Hello my wonderful friends,

You will notice again perhaps how quiet I have been over the last few days.  Sometimes we have to withdraw from the world and the perpetual bombardments of other people’s thinking, and those awful tragedies which have a knock on effect to our energies.

Especially here in the UK where we are going to make a choice on the 23rd June as we vote in the Referendum to Stay or Exit the European Union -EU. I have heard every argument going from both sides to stay or leave until to be quite honest I have switched off from it all.

And the way I switch off is by connecting back into nature, which is my safe haven and energiser from the constant chaos we are being subjected to into our homes from the media with all that is unfolding at this time.

I was looking for a piece of music to share with you on this Father’s Day here in the UK, but as I browsed I came across a favourite speaker and author of mine Gregg Bradon.

I hope you have just 10 minutes of your time to listen to him speak upon these changes in this interview he gave.  Touching upon how we can now choose to co-operate and share. Within his talk he speaks of changing our thoughts around from  “ What can I get from the world that exists” ………. To “ What can I share with the world that is emerging”…..

So while you hopefully listen to his thoughts, I am sharing with you all what I have been up to last week and will be spending more time within our Allotment Plot this coming week in picture format.

( Sorry the Video has now been taken Down )

 

 

HERE

Love and Blessings

Sue

 

Many Thanks to you ALL.

My Dear WordPress family,

 

Thank you for your tremendous support and welcome back, after my absence. And I so thank you for all of your contributions which you make to this blog with your encouraging comments and visits..

It is you that keeps me blogging and it is you that makes this blog what it has become today.. So thank you, all of you.

This last week has been a little hectic as I try to condense time into manageable  ‘Bites’  as I flit through your blogs as I attempt to catch up.. And how frustrated I became when pages wouldn’t load and my computer kept freezing. Another Lesson the Universe thought to teach me.

Most all of you know how I love my garden.. And being outdoors. And this next week there are lots of things yet to get sorted in the allotments as well as my home garden. I need this connection with our Earth Mother, for it she that breathes life into my lungs, and heals me. So I need to spend lots more time working her soil and tending her plants.

I am working my way down the list of those I have not yet called in on since my  vacation. But this is taking extra time due to the still reoccurring page freezes that are happening less but still occurring. But this is taking time, as I love reading your posts and love commenting upon them…

You can see what my Hubby and I have been up to since our return on my Garden Blog, which has sadly got very neglected also.

To see what We have been doing is but One click away HERE and it is in Picture format for easy viewing.  So I hope you can see what time has to be spent in preparing such a huge plot of land for growing food.

 

 Thank you all of you for reading and

Have a wonderful week..

Love and Blessings

Sue

 

 

As busy as a Bee!

It has been a while since I posted here upon the progress of our allotment, as I share more within my Garden Blog Dreamwalker’s Garden along with walks in the countryside. Simply because I am aware of the space I take up now here with my photo’s. So that is why I started my other blog. 

But I wanted to share and maybe introduce others to the wonders of ‘Growing Your Own‘… Also I wish say thank you to all for you wonderful support here at Dreamwalker’s Sanctuary and welcome all those who are new followers here and to my Gardening blog.

Yesterday it was a wonderfully Sunny day, very Spring like. The weather here in the UK has been full of April showers, fluctuating from warm to icy winds, rain and hail, to snow.

So we make ever effort to make use of the fine days to walk and get in the garden.

My Husband is the one who gets all the credit this time of year as he is the one doing all the heavy spade work.. I more or less direct from the side lines, until the planting of crops start. I am the one who prunes, hoe’s up the weeds and collects in the harvests.. So first here is the first photo as the potatoes are now in.

Potato Crops now in

Potato Crops now in We have 3 rows of earlies and 5 rows of late..

And so are the Brassica’s

Brassica's under cover

Brassica’s under cover to protect from egg laying butterflies .

Keeping a plot this size weed free is not easy, and many who take on the allotments are not prepared for the hard work that it takes to keep them maintained.. So we have seen a few who took on allotments only a couple of years ago leave.. Plus a few old friends who have had to give up their allotments due to ill-health.. We were sorry to see a fellow allotmenteer  two plots away say goodbye to his plot simply due to ill-health and him not being able to keep it maintained .. But we bought his shed from him.. My husband managed to take it down, it has to yet be erected to where we want it.. In the mean time its in pieces behind our other shed 

Garden shed

Newer shed soon to be put in place at the side of the other one..

The Peas, Turnips, Beetroot and onion sets are in along with Parsnip too.

The Greenhouse is a hub of growth at the moment too, as is our spare bedroom.. I am growing tomato plants and I am trying this year to grow ‘Egg plants’- Abergines.

Tomato Plants

Tomato Plants

I am especially delighted as 4 of these  Tomato plants are from a yellow cherry tomato I had given me last year from another gardener.. They were so sweet I took the seeds from a ripe tomato and dried the seeds out on some kitchen paper.. I didn’t think they would germinate, but all of them did.

With the weather going from warm to cold so quickly we have rescued a number of bees recently too.. Who have felt the cold and become lethargic.. For more facts about Bumble Bees Visit Here We put this Bee who was hardly moving on our lawn onto our wall flower holder which still has some pansies in.. I went in doors and put a small amount of honey from a fresh honeycomb I had onto a leaf and spoon full in the the holder.  It wasn’t long before his long tongue came out and he was lapping up the energy and he flew away..  Today he along with some other Bee friends have been back 🙂

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To finish off are just a couple of Spring Photos from our Garden.

Wishing you and yours a wonderful week

~Sue~

 

 

 

Where’s there Muck!..

Digging In

Getting Stuck In. ..

 There is a saying here in the UK.. I am sure some of you have heard of it.. ” Where’s there’s Muck there’s Money.”

Well I can assure you I didn’t find any Gold Nuggets, but this Muck is pure Gold in that it is rich with nutrients the Earth needs for next years growing.

And Like our gardens, so too our Minds and bodies need to be maintained and offered food for thought..  All too often we can rush here and there and neglect to care for ourselves. 

We need to remember to clear away the clutter and the debris which our minds all too often collect. As we  ‘Weed’ out the Muck of those negative thoughts which stops us operating at our best.

All it takes is a shift in our awareness, and to be mindful of what we are projecting out. I all to often hear people moan and groan, and yet when we compare our good fortune to others around the world, I see nothing much to complain about, and plenty to be grateful for.

Next years seeds

New Kidney Bean seeds collected for next year .

If I plant something in the shade, and over water it, it soon shows me its not feeling well, and will soon rot and die.. Likewise if I plant something in the sun and forget to water it, It too will whither and die.. 

We need balance, in all things as well as in our lives . And so at times our Lights can get blocked, dimmed by the shadows of negativity which filters through into our lives from  various outside sources.

That is what I always do, connect to Mother Nature, a change of scenery helps alter your perspective on Life. 

And  that’s just what I have been doing all week.  As I clear out, dig in and Create..

Knitting Waistcoat

New waistcoat I started yesterday Wednesday

 

But we must also remember to take some Quiet time for ourselves, relax and find our centres.. The Source is always there for us, but we can often forget to connect, as we divide our energy in too many directions. So remember to step back into your Own Stillness, and reconnect back to your own Inner Light..

And  so that is what I am doing over the next few days.. I will still be popping up to comment and may even pay you a visit..

But If I don’t, you know I am being Mindful of Myself..  🙂 

Love and Blessings to you ALL.. 

Love 

~Sue~

 

 

Autumn Harvesting

Beautiful Berries along an autumn walk

Beautiful Berries along an autumn walk

Sometimes you just have to leave technology to one-side as you attend to priorities in life. And Harvesting, clearing veggie beds and looking after our own well-being has to come first.

So I deliberately went off line for a week to get to grips with some of the jobs I had been promising myself I would catch up on..  

Including some self indulgence of one of my favourite pastimes, Walking. 

But before there was time for walking I had some Harvesting to do. Hubby dug up the potatoes, Not a very large crop this year.. We only planted 6 rows this year instead of our usual 10, 2 early and 4 rows of main crop..  It was my job to bend down and sort through them. And wouldn’t you know the big ones always get the fork going through them 🙂 

Potatoes ready for sorting and bagging to store in the shed

Potatoes ready for sorting and bagging to store in the shed

Next the onions had to be gone through, they had been lifted some weeks ago and were drying in the shed, I looked like some one who had come up from the Coal mines after rubbing off the soily skins of what would be 2 barrows of onions and shallots.. The onions haven’t done as well, many rotted before lifting, but the shallots are fine. 

One box of shallots, ( we have 3 such boxes .

One box of shallots, ( we have 3 such boxes)

Then there was the Sweetcorn to harvest and freeze.

Just some of the sweetcorn..

Just some of the sweetcorn..

Sunflowers, view from the bottom of the allotments

Sunflowers, view from the bottom of the allotments

Garden

In between there was some time to relax in the late afternoon Sun in the back garden at home.

Listening to the wind-chimes and fountain in the fish pond

Listening to the wind-chimes and running water of the fish pond

Caterpillars in abundance means butterflies for next year.

Caterpillars in abundance means butterflies for next year.

Above you see just some of the caterpillars off of one cabbage. We usually plant plenty of crops, enough for us and the caterpillars, As we do not use any kind of sprays on our crops..  I put these onto the nasturtiums to munch to their hearts content. 

Munching on the nasturtiums

Munching on the nasturtiums

Wallflowers grown from seed

Wallflowers grown from seed

 

 

 These wallflowers are in the allotments at the moment, Grown from seeds, I will plant out late September, October where they are to flower, along with sweet-Williams. 

I also got 3 pots ready, for the autumn, these contain Cyclamen and Winter Pansies.

 

Preparing the Pots

Preparing the Pots I put some crockery in the bottom along with a brick. This will help weight it down if we get high winds.

I then planted all 3 with cyclamen and winter pansies.

I then planted all 3 pots with cyclamen and winter pansies. These pots are frost proof.

I couldn’t leave out the Kitchen in this post, and also had time to make some Apple and Blackberry Chutney. The recipe for any would be chutney makers is Here on my Recipe pages. 

Apple and Blackberry Chutney

Apple and Blackberry Chutney

Oh and in between all of that I did a little upholstery as I recovered a chair for the bedroom, and did a little dress alterations for my Daughter. 

But I did find time to go walking, And drove some miles to Carsington Water  with my Hubby to walk around the Reservoir which is also a wonderful Nature reserve.  We had a wonderful day. 

Carsington Water

Carsington Water Reservoir and Nature reserve.

Well that was my week.. I hope you all had a wonderful week too. And I wish you all a great weekend.. I hope to be back to visiting you all very soon.. In the mean time..

Take care of each other and enjoy the New Moon.

I hope it heralds in New Beginnings and brings us to be less critical of each other and I hope it brings in  more compassion for our fellow Human beings..

Take Care and Many Blessings

See you All Soon..

~Sue~  

 

Nature does Her Thing.

“What a joy it is to feel the soft, springy earth under my feet once more,    
to follow grassy roads that lead to ferny brooks    
where I can bathe my fingers in a cataract of rippling notes,    
or to clamber over a stone wall into green fields that    
tumble and roll and climb in riotous gladness! “

 Helen Keller

Remember last Autumn when the old compost heap on the allotment looked like this?

At the Back of the shed the old rubbish heap is going to be levelled. This is where we intend to grow our Butternut squash next year. As the allotment next to us just put his squash on old soil and left them.. They were 3 sizes bigger than ours.. So here they will have room to spread out to their hearts content :-)

Then Hubby got to work and started to dig. First digging the rectangle bed out which I was going to set flowers in and my apple trees in. 

Dug over Rubbish heap

He then dug out the compost heap and levelled it  using the old stone boarders from our front garden.

If I had wanted these nasturtiums to grow through the top of this broken old fire onion chimney they most likely wouldn’t have.. But just look at the transformation of the old compost heap..  You now see the new  overflowing compost heap contained behind the abundant Squashes and Courgettes. 

Well now it looks like this.

Some times you just have to let Nature do her Thing.

Some times you just have to let Nature do her Thing.

Flower bed2

This is the flower bed to the left which you saw in the strip of earth in the top photo

Flower Bed

The view from the top nearest the shed.

All the above flowers are within that bed. 

Along with these

Antirrhinums or Snap Dragons

Antirrhinums or Snap Dragons

Not to mention the sweetpeas we have had in abundance 

Sweetpeas Old fashioned mix just love the way the light filters through the petals and the fragrance of these are wonderful

Sweetpeas Old fashioned mix

 Also more flowers within the Allotments

Sunflowers and Marigolds and Hubby weeding

Sunflowers and Marigolds and Hubby weeding

Marigolds and Leeks

Flowers and Leeks, and Beetroot.

Enjoy all that Nature offers you.

Look after and care for each other.  

And remember the Life Force that runs through All things..

Love and Blessings for a Wonderful Week

~Sue~ 

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