Allotment Progress in May ~Grow Your Own

 

Parsnip, shallots and onions

The weather has been just right for planting out.. I took these pictures over the weekend.. But since then Hubby has planted the sweet-corn plants and the runner beans have gone in.  As they have now hardened off from the green house..

So today I am taking you on a different walk.. As I take you down to our allotment garden

Above you will see there  are two rows of parsnips then shallots and onions..

Curly Kale, Cabbage, Brococoli

On the left here are the Swedes and under the netting is Curly Kale, cabbages and broccoli..

The nets are in place to stop the White Cabbage butterfly from laying her caterpillar eggs.. which last year had a scrumptious feast on our mature cabbages…

We are hopeful this year our Strawberries will yield more fruit I moved the strawberry bed last year and replanted the new shoots out.. We only had a few helpings of strawberries .. But this year by the look of the flowers. I hope to have enough to make some jam too .. Fingers crossed …  I need to get some straw to put under the forming fruit to help keep clean and to stop rotting if we get lots of rain.. 

Strawberries now in flower and filling out

 

Outdoor Tomatoes, and Leeks hardening off

In the cold frame lean-too on the side of the shed.. are some outdoor Tomato plants..  you can also see a tray of leeks..

 

 

 

 

Below you can see how we showed our Granddaughter how a seed started to grow.. Thanks to Jack for this idea too..We used a Runner Bean on a damp paper, also a Potato in a jar of water to show how it would sprout and know how to send roots down and leaves up!.. Amazing even now if we think about how each cell knows how to multiply into being a leaf or a flower.. Even more so when you think of the Human body and how each cell splits and knows what its going to form into! .. Makes you think about the Miracle Life really is..

Beans SproutingPotato growing

Gooseberry Bush

 

Below is the Gooseberry Bush.. Looks like we will have enough for that Gooseberry Fool too this year.

 

 

We also have 6 rows of potatoes in this year.. 2 row of early ones and 4 main crop.. We have grown less potatoes this year, as last year we planted 10 rows.. and although none got wasted, last year and they saw us right through winter, ( We gave loads away ) This year we are planting other things such as chard, squash and Spinach. So  we have not used up as much room..  In this next photo you can see the potatoes, 2 rows of peas and the sheds at the bottom of the allotment.

Peas and potatoes 2

Runner Beans

 

On the left is Runner Beans and below is Sweetcorn

Sweetcorn

 

Below  you can see the sheds and the shrubs of fruit, the Raspberries Redcurrants, Logan Berries, Blackcurrants.

View of the Sheds and Fruit shrubs

Pot plants for cut flowers and rows of Garlic

Above you can see pot plants such as Gladioli, and lupines also dahlia’s mixed in is Marigolds.. Which we have planted too among the Vegies ..

 

I hope you enjoyed your walk in the Veggie Garden..

Thank you for reading

~Sue~

 

Bound By the Cord.

When all the trees have been cut down,
when all the animals have been hunted,
when all the waters are polluted,
when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
only then will you discover you cannot eat money.
~ Cree Prophecy ~

I wrote in my journal the other day these words… I was thinking about the Earth and how in such a short space of time we seem to have reeked havoc upon her back, As we have plundered her resources and in the process have managed to make extinct so many of her species she took thousands of years to perfect. And I wondered how long before we annihilate ourselves as we continue along the path. I was reminded of a Native American Quote above..

These are my thoughts.

Bound by the Cord Of Living Energy 

Healing Grid of thoughts

Earth is a wondrous place

Her gifts an endless dance

We breathe as one

We Dream as One

We give thanks for all your sacrifices

Your endless bounty and beauty

May we forever dance together

As we walk and contemplate our intentions

Autumn Beauty

Changes are in the air and beneath our feet

Our conscious flow of energy entwines us both

I honour our sacred connectedness

Let us nurture and care for all of creation

Your love is felt from the source of Light

Sunset Beauty

Help ground us to your heart

Allow our vision to expand with the Universe

For we are the rocks, the flowers, the rain.

Wondrous Water

Our awareness awakens in the New Dawn

As our ancestors blood mingles in your veins

We are Kindred souls within the Matrix

Bound by the cord of living Energy.

Blessed Be…

By Sue Dreamwalker

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Connecting to Earth~Grow your Own

Caterpillar loveHonour the sacred.
Honour the Earth, our Mother.
Honour the Elders.
Honour all with whom we share the Earth:-
Four-legged, two-legged, winged ones,
Swimmers, crawlers, plant and rock people.
Walk in balance and beauty.
~ Native American Elder ~

Just where have the last few days flown too? These last few days seem to have been hectic with my day job, harvesting, and granny sitting which I just love.  Above you can see how my little granddaughter not yet 3 loves to interact with nature… I am trying to teach her not to be afraid of the creepy crawlies and she had this little fellow crawling up over her arms for over 20 mins as she helped us in the allotments…The caterpillar got safely put back in the grass as she gently lifted him, and now knows that caterpillars poo too Smile as she discovered Open-mouthed smile

I seem to have discovered my love of cooking all over again too, and even Hubby who is usually the head cook, has opened his eyes wide at my new found urge to bake more often.. Maybe its the changes in energies as my creative mood seems to have had another boost… So  I will share a couple of recipes with you later in the post.

Ok so remember those Lovely butterflies we have had over Summer?

Peacock

Peacock Butterfly in our Garden

well we also have had our share of the caterpillars and while some in the allotments have sprayed chemicals to get rid of them, we do not use anything like that so its been a case of share and share alike!.

Devoured by Caterpillars

Devoured by Caterpillars

Remember this when I showed you the lattice leaves on the Brussels sprouts ?

Caterpillar Heaven. Herbert the scare-crow, couldn't scare the caterpillar's :-)   The sprouts are just visible below

Caterpillar Heaven. Herbert the scare-crow, couldn’t scare the caterpillar’s 🙂 The sprouts are just visible below

Well my hubby set two and stripped off the leaves which were covered in our little friends and then I went and did the same along the cabbage row.

The potatoes are now all dug up, we had  around 10 rows, and some are still drying out in the shed awaiting to be sorted, but we should have around 8 large sacks full.. These sacks hold up to 25kl and have only been filled half way or we would not be able to lift them ..

Potatoes Drying

Potatoes Drying

5 sacks of potatoes, onions and Apples in store

5 sacks of potatoes, onions and Apples in store

Yesterday we gathered the last of the sweetcorn in, and that is now all safely frozen. we cleared weeds and hoed where the onions were and potatoes were harvested from

Below you can see the sweetcorn patch along with the Leeks and spring onions we set between them. 

Harvest clearance ... Click for more info

Harvest clearance … Sweet corn Patch and leeks in background- Beets in foreground 

 

Blackberries

We are lucky in the fact that we have some wonderful Blackberry brambles around the back of our Allotment shed and have had an abundance of Berries we have picked this year.. In fact upon my travels I have seen many brambles in hedgerows, but would not fancy picking them from the roadside with all of those exhaust fumes which are deposited upon them.

Preserving in air-tight Jars

So I made a wonderful Blackberry and Apple Chutney, the recipe you can find HERE. as I added it to my recipe pages you can find on the top bar under Home Cooked Recipes

Potato and Beetroot Gratin

Then as we have had an abundance of Beetroot my daughter has been adding them to her smoothies and I tried out the Potato and Beetroot gratin which I had never tried before, and we loved it, and I will be making it again..  You can find this recipe HERE upon my Recipe Page.

On the home front in the green house the tomatoes are coming along now nicely as they are ripening, so that green chutney may not be needed. 

Green house Tomatoes

Green house Tomatoes

Ripening Tomatoes

Ripening Tomatoes

I may be quiet again for a time as another busy couple of days coming up again.. I hope you give those recipes a try I was amazed how easy they were to make and they both add that little extra something special to a meal.

Until next time take care and be good to each other..Oh and I am still wading thought the back log of all of your posts 

~Sue~

No Words Today

No Words from me today, Just someone else’s.

Enjoy your Weekend And Catch you all very Soon

 

 

 

Infinite Thoughts ~ A Poem

Infinite Worlds

Below is a poem I wrote a few months ago, as I spent a sleepless night mulling over the world in my mind.. I am being driven ever more to Connect our thoughts to help us realise that we need to alter our ways of being.. I know for most of my readers you are already on my wave length, But for those who may happen upon my post, I ask them to consider their choices, in contributing to a more balanced and harmonious Planet..

We not only need to look at our throw-away material goods and take-away eating habits, but we also need to understand the nature of our thoughts create the very world we live in..  By this I mean how we so easily judge and condemn, how we take what we are shown and never question or look deeper into facts..  We so need to start caring for our communities again.. and learn to live from our hearts with love.

Only through delving and digging do we unearth the truth.. And  many now are starting to see through the mist as they awaken from their sleep and the Illusions we have created.

Welcome to the World  of Reality  and May you add only Peace and Harmony

~~~~~~

Infinite thoughts flit beyond time
Holding the matrix the spell of the mind
Creator of Cosmos and Spirit of Clan
Perfection was balanced until the dawning of man.
~~
Custodians we are with free will to unleash
Our aim it might seem is our power to increase.
The populous in peril pollutants we thrive
While Our kingdom of animals take a nose dive
~~
Ocean floors rock as the blood we bleed dry
Our birds drop from wing as we pollute all our skies
We microwave and signal with short wave and long
Oceans lay dead as the Whales lost their song
~~
The Bees in decline as the crops are man-made
And  yet thousands still perish for lack of the rains
While ice-caps melt warming oceans high tides
As foolish wars kill for power and pride
~~
Gold became King though I think mind forgot
We cannot survive eating gold in the rot
We’ve created the chaos with gadgets that rule
They do everything except keep our homes fuelled
~~
Because the land left is Desert and the water is all salt
The Sun scorched our bones when we didn’t call a  halt
Our mad rush for Profit doomed Man and his Kind
Known as the  Race left with nowhere to hide.
~~
Evolution will show it again and again
That Mankind did lose his supremo reign
And that Nature our Mother will dress us all down
As her infinite self builds back from Dark clouds.

~~

So if you can change but one thing in your life

Then do it right now and end much more strife

It’s time we all stood together as One

And brought back the teachings of those ancients that shone

~~

For their wisdom is etched in the rocks of the past

They knew we would travel our existing paths

We each have a choice in which road we take

Let’s choose the right one for our Grandchildren’s sake.

By Sue Dreamwalker

hopiprophecyrock

Please click then scroll down to find the above photo to learn more about the Hopi Prophecy in this picture ..and a lovely site I came across today while looking for this particular picture on Google. http://seekeronline.info/journals/y2008/jun08.htm

One World One Tribe

One World One Tribe.

Have you ever looked into a mirror and thought how unique your are

Did you not consider the marvel of creation to wonder upon that Star?

Have you looked at our Race of people, like busy Ants we rush around?

Did you ever seek that silence, as you sat upon the ground?

Have you ever spoke a prayer with words straight from your heart

Did you ever send out your thoughts to a world we all are apart

Can you see we’re not separate in our quest on seeking Life?

We are all upon a journey, we have our loves and strife.

Can you not see in other faces that yearning to belong?

We all have the same emotions as we embrace our own loves song.

Can you forget about our Colours, our Races and our Creeds?

We are all a Race of ‘Beings’ growing up from our small seeds

Did you not hear that voice which shouts inside your head

To follow Peaceful thoughts, did you listen to what was said?

Did you look into your eyes, look really deep inside

If you did you’d soon discover

We are One World One Tribe

© Sue Dreamwalker – 2012 All rights reserved.

Digging of Weeds ~Grow Your Own~

Strawberry Bed full of weeds

Strawberries have always been my favourite fruit. there is nothing nicer than a bowl of fresh strawberries and some ice-cream, or fresh cream.

We didn’t get all that many Strawberries off our plants last year, I think we’ve neglected the strawberry beds for the last couple of years letting them spill over and get clogged up with weeds..

So my task this weekend when I went to see what needed doing in the allotment was to set too anStrawberry Bed half weededd start to weed them ..

I guess I didn’t realise what a task I had set myself, these beds run nearly the length of the width of the allotment which is 45 ft. And because the grass was so well rooted it was impossible not to disturb the plants,, So I decided to try and dig up and get as much twitch roots of grass out as I could, and then replant the new fresh shoots of plants back in..  I only managed about Half of the first square before my muscles protested. So Hubby took over,

I then replanted the strawberry runners which should produce, even though maybe not as many Strawberries for this first year. The other strawberry bed above it will get the same treatment later in the week… .

Shallots and Onions

In the mean time while Hubby took over the heavy weeding I planted 3 rows of Onions and 2 rows of Shallots..

We often bottle the shallots in vinegar which is boiled and spiced as pickled onions. Which make a nice little gift to add to our bottled beetroot in any Christmas Hamper. And they are lovely used as roasted vegetables or in Hotpots or stews.

For anyone wanting a recipe of how to bottle Picked Onions .. here’s the recipe I use..

Pickled Onion Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 lb (1.4 kg) pickling onions or shallots
  • 1 lb (450 g) salt
  • 2½ pints (1.4 litres) water
  • Approx 1 pint (570 ml) Spiced Vinegar (See recipe for Quick Spiced Vinegar)

Method:

  1. Make a brine by boiling the water and salt together in a pan until all the salt has dissolved. Leave until quite cold before using.
  2. Peel the onions and soak in the brine for 24 hours, using a plate or something similar to keep the onions below the surface of the brine.
  3. Rinse well.
  4. Pack into clean, sterilized jars and cover with cold spiced vinegar.
  5. Cover and label with contents and date.

Note: Leave for a couple of months before using.  If you want a sweeter pickled onion, add a teaspoon of sugar to each jar of onions.

Quick Spiced Vinegar Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 in (50mm) stick of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 2 pints (1.1 litres) vinegar

Method:

  1. Place the vinegar and the spices (tied in a muslin bag) in a heatproof basin and stand the basin over a saucepan of water.
  2. Cover the basin with a plate or the flavour will be lost.
  3. Bring the water in the pan to the boil and then remove it from the heat.
  4. Set aside for 2 – 3 hours to allow the spices to steep in the warm vinegar.
  5. Strain the vinegar and cool.

I hope you enjoyed the day with me in the Allotment?~ Sunday I think is a day of REST Smile .. ~Sue Dreamwalker

Sewing Seeds~ Synchronicity And Your Heart.

Gregg Braden on Consciousness.

THESE SEEDS MUST BE PLANTED WITHIN THE COLLECTIVE .

I have sat on the Bottom Video for a few days now pondering on how I could add it to a post.. It is 30 minutes long and for some of you 30 minutes may be too long for you to view..  So I also found one of 10 minutes long which may suit more of you as you go around your busy days.. But I  do urge All of you who are interested in finding those pieces of the puzzle  we talk about,to listen to the Longer Interview with Gregg Braden below, in “Something Big is About to Happen”

Even though this interview is 3 years old, much more has been discovered and each day we gather yet more seeds of knowledge as we discover the reasons for our existence and how we all of us are connected…

Gregg Braden can tell you more in this 30 minute interview than I could in several long Blog posts. For many years I have been finding my own scattered seeds of information and planting them, deep within my own thoughts as I spun them around.. and I am now sewing them in your directions for you to pick through, water and nurture…

Synchronicity seemed also to be at work today as well,for just as I saved the video on external draft and later pressed the search button for ‘seeds’ of my draft title, this document jumped out at me,which I wrote in 2007 in my automatic channelled writing days. So I will also add it here.. as it seems very apt.

The Seeds of Knowledge  come to us in many ways, just like our jigsaw pieces making little sense on their own.. But when we plant nurture and tend them they grow and flourish. 

We are all seeds….. each of us upon our own journey each of us appearing as separate, and yet we are all of us linked together.

It is now time to gather together and spread out our own seeds of love compassion and understanding, and sow them and nurture them. For our Earth and our Brothers and Sisters around this Earth need to feel that love.. We really do now need to start and visualise and live from our hearts as to what type of world we want to live… It is as simple as learning to live from your Heart.

Please keep love alive in your hearts.. Live from your hearts and do not adhere to Fearful traits ..For we need to help our Earth in this Time of Change to Shift our Awareness- our Consciousness into that of Love, Unity and Peace.  Once again embracing the love of Nature and each other..

Below is the document that jumped up at me..

January 20th 07.

I had started to doodle upon the top of the page as I tried and thought unsuccessfully to link in. I doodled which ended up looking like a string of pearl like beads like so.

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And then I started to write.

You may think you are doodling. But are they not tiny beads? A sphere, perfect and round and each one looking the same? But each is individual. They are beautiful in their own right, and yet when they are linked together with similar beads, does not there beauty increase? And does not it then become something for someone to treasure, to adorn their person.

You are gathering to you at this time seeds of knowledge. On their own, they may not appear to make sense, and seem worthless bits of information. But if you link it all together, you will see a story unfold. Gather unto yourself those seeds, link them together, and then be proud to show the knowledge you have adorned upon your person. Be proud of who you are, of all your achievements of you goals, and most of all, be proud of yourself.

We who are sending those seeds of knowledge, we will be proud you shall wear the beads of truth.

Our love and Blessings, your Brothers in Arms, once more bids you welcome and asked that you hold you high your light. And let no man extinguish it. Be proud sister, we are with you at all times. Call upon us and we hear, trouble yourself not, and do not be afraid to lead. Stand tall, be firm, and go in peace.

We aim to serve, which is what you and your group have also agreed upon.

Serve well, and so it is as it shall always be, in love truth and light.

Our Blessings,

© Sue Dreamwalker – 2012 All rights reserved.

Interview with Gregg Braden.

 

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