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~

 

 

One Potato ~ Two Potato

My Granddaughter showing the first lifted New Potatoes

My Granddaughter showing the first lifted New Potatoes

I Promised I would update you on how the Allotments were growing.. All is coming along nicely. And as you can see, one little girl was delighted to collect the first dug new potatoes and bag them for dinner. 

Brassica Family and Dwarf beans. Curly Kale.

Brassica Family and Dwarf beans. Curly Kale.

Everything is growing well now..  its just a matter of keeping the weeds down.

Everything is growing well now.. its just a matter of keeping the weeds down

More photos can be found in the gallery Here  on the Update of what else is growing in Dreamwalker’s Garden update. 

Oh and remember our little friend who came to visit and then disappeared some time ago.. Well he was back today. I managed to sneak up on him the second time.. The first time I saw him I walked right under the hanging nut feeder this morning as its positioned under an arch of trees where he was doing his balancing act .. I glanced up and I do not know who jumped first, me or the mouse.. As he jumped back into the conifer hedge. 🙂 I waited a while and he came out again. This time I crept up and he tolerated me and I snapped this picture  until I got too close  then he disappeared again into the hedge. 

He was as curious about me as I was about him.

He was as curious about me as I was about him. My little friend is back

Have a wonderful weekend all of you.

Blessings

Sue

 

I’m Busy doing Nothing, Working the whole day through.

I remember Doing Nothing Quotes - Life is risky Quoteswell that song Bing Crosby sang in it a film A Connecticut Yankee in  King Authurs Court   ‘Trying my best not to find things to do’ I have been busy going nowhere now isn’t that just a crime.. I try to be unhappy, but……. I never do have the time.” or something like that.. the song is in the link above..

So many times in my life I would loved to have had ‘Nothing’ to do,  We are taught from a young age, Not to waste our time, and Time costs money.. Working as I did for many a year within the textile industry on piece-work and later in training and on the production side, targets had to be met so working an 8 hour day meant you were on the go All of the time..

Even as a support worker for over 10 years  I would always be busy finding something to do.. I have spoken before about the transition of  taking early retirement and the difficulty I found in that adjustment..

Well some 10 months later I think this last week I finally got my head into gear as my head finally let go of the need to worry about things which I hadn’t got around to doing.. It stuck me only today, at how conditioned we are for us to feel ‘Guilty’ at pleasing ourselves.. And taking time out for one’s self and not being at other’s beck and call..

For many a year I would find it difficult to say that little word.. ‘NO’ for I would always fill in at a moments notice to cover an extra shift in my support worker role.. and be taken for granted that I would do so, then I would bemoan the fact I worked long hours as often other staff wouldn’t turn up for their shifts and I would have to stay to do a double.. Such was life when someone needs 24/7 support. And staffing levels were short.

This week I have indulged myself in my Garden and  Allotments, and just sat on my lawn reading. I have dipped in and out of WP and for once not felt guilty to the many posts I know others have published that I have missed.. And I stopped feeling guilty I hadn’t posted..  And I have breathed in deeper and Sighed out even louder at the Freedom I have felt from the shift within.. Maybe those of you who are my friends here who know more about Astrology than I, can see that the planets have perhaps helped me get into my new groove in my alignment of my Letting GO and Flow phase. 🙂

Yes even though I thought I had moved that extra step a few months back as I let go.. Yet another shift has taken place, and a new lightness now surrounds me, a smile is now grinning even more often..  My vibration has learned another lesson, And as if to add to the flow, Even the Inland Revenue today sent a letter saying I had paid too much tax and was in for a  refund.. Whooo hoo! that felt Good!..

I am in the Flow!

Keep Flowing and Enjoy your weekend

~Sue~

 

 

Patience………

My Orchid started to flower.

My Orchid started to flower.

We have been busy over the last couple of days planting out our veggies.. And all those flowers seed trays you saw, are now nice little plants, I think I must have planted around 60 or more plants this afternoon, the other half will hopefully be in tomorrow..

I loved logging back here on Dreamwalker’s this evening  to see so many comments waiting to be answered.. I appreciate and love all of your visits, and thank all of you who take the time to leave me your Drum Beats..   And hope you will have patience with me if I have not yet visited your blog to those who have taken the time to comment.. 

Here its a Bank Holiday  Long weekend… And I am so tired, I have run out of steam 🙂  I have not even turned on the Computer the last couple of days.. So I am chilling out over the next couple of days..

Above is a Orchid that lay dormant for a year after flowering.. I thought it wouldn’t flower again..

 This one is for you Maria.. I said I would get around to posting eventually!

Orchid 1

Orchid 1 flower

Patience paid off.. I allowed it to feel neglected for a while then watered it and moved to a warmer sunnier position where it started to bloom..

Amazing when we give something our love and attention how it responds.. 🙂

Orchid 2

Orchid 2 flowers

Have a Wonderful Peaceful weekend all of you.. See you next week after I have caught my breath and rested a little.. 

I will leave you with the Link to a  Poem I wrote Last year.. 

Be good to each other.. 

See you Soon.. 

 

Look Within Your Heart 

 Love and Blessings 

Sue 

 

Busy as a Bee and following your Inner Voice.

I am going to let the pictures tell their own story of what I have been up to this week..

Allotments

Well I have been helping hubby out hoeing the allotments and setting more veggies… I also decided that as I post lots of updates about our gardening this time of year with many photo’s and recipes which are rapidly filling up Dreamwalker’s space, I decided I  would create a new blog entitled Dreamwalker’s Garden.. HERE is where you can find all the picture updates of the allotments, only one post so far, and I will direct followers for future updates.

Blackberry and Apple Jam

So what else has kept me busy?

Well as you can see I set too and made a few pots of Blackberry and Apple Jam.. We had a bumper crops last year of Blackberries which we froze and I need to be using and making space in the freezer. I made Jam in the Autumn, and gave most of the pots of jam away. These will end up as being gifted.

Blackberry Muffins

 

 

Also some Blackberry Muffins.. I hope to add this new recipe I tried out today to my recipe list on my Garden Blog soon.

 

 

I hope if you have time over your own weekend to relax you take some time out to sit within your own thought space, and Listen to that Inner Voice.. I am sure if you listen well it will speak right on back to you.

Below are a few pictures of my home garden. Enjoy and I added a link to my Poem The VOICE.

Have a wonderful relaxing weekend all of you… And enjoy my garden gallery.

Blessings Sue .

Please click on each photo to enlarge.

 

Creative Captures.. Happy Halloween Everyone

You would think that Retirement would lend itself to giving you more time . Yet as my Hubby said when upon retiring several years ago he wondered how he had found time to go to work?.

Life in the Dreamwalker household has been busy busy to say the least since I took the plunge and retired.. I still have lots of catching up  to do with your beautiful blogs . And for all those who have taken the time to visit my posts I am in the process of returning your kindness..  But for now I will leave you with a flavour of what I have been up to mostly  in picture format.

So along with alterations around our home, we have been putting the home garden to bed for winter and sorting out the allotments. Hubby moved a row of raspberry shrubs as we learn by our mistakes as they grew I got nicely tangled in their tendrils.. So more  space has been created between them and a support made for the Logan Berries..

Before 
Fruit Bushes, Black and Red currant and Raspberries,  this is the view from the sheds looking back up the garden.

Fruit Bushes, Black and Red currant and Raspberries, this is the view from the sheds looking back up the garden.

  After.

Fruit Bushes tied up and moved to create more space for picking.

Fruit Bushes tied up and moved to create more space for picking.

Click onto Photo’s for slide show or hover  arrow over picture to read writing. 

I have also been busy in the evenings as those darker nights draw in. I am in the process of Knitting a Baby shawl which I was requested to knit. I have about another 15cms to go then it will measure  a metre in length.. I then have to knit a boarder which will then be sewn all the way around it.. So still a ways to finish.

 And Lastly.. wishing you ALL a HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Below is my Granddaughter who over her last few visits has been busy with me Baking and tasting 

 

Pumpkin my granddaughter helped create

Pumpkin my granddaughter helped create

Have Fun!

HappyHalloweenfromDreamwalker

Harvesting the Sun.

Sunflowers from our Garden

Sunflowers from our Garden

“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun”

Pablo Picasso

I promised I would share a little of what I have been up to over last month.. I have enjoyed painting, cooking, gardening, preserving, and reading, several books  in the lazy warmth of Summer’s Sun as it winds down to the cooler days of Autumn..

 I just want to add how you all also bring your warmth and glow of Sunshine to my day.. Some I have yet still to catch up.. others I have already said hello to.. And I wish to welcome all the new subscribers who have clicked the follow button.. I hope you enjoy browsing among my posts..

  So below in picture format is what I have been up to.

I hope to add the recipes I used to my Home cooking pages soon..

All that hard work is safely gathered In. 

Onions and Shallots hung in the shed

Onions and Shallots hung in the shed

Potatoes Gathered in

Potatoes Gathered in

I have been gathering in the harvest and making Elderberry Syrup, And lots of  Blackberry Jam.. I thought I had better take a photo while I still had some Jam left.. I made 12 pots in total. I have already given lots away. 

 

Next I have enjoyed getting back into painting, and creating another Herb tub for our garden.  Apologies the picture came out blurred. 

 For those who knew I was painting an owl on a Milk churn.. Here he is.. 

Close up of owl painting on churn

Close up of owl painting on churn

He is a Little Owl I hope my Acupuncturist likes him.. She requested a painted churn with an owl on it..  

Owl Churn I painted

Owl Churn I painted

Back of Owl churn with poppies

Back of Owl churn with poppies

Large Milk churn in Canal art style, still half finished.. I need to put centre piece on it yet.

Large Milk churn in Canal art style, still half finished.. I need to put centre piece on it yet. This is twice the size of the owl churn..

I hope you enjoyed seeing what has been keeping me busy.. And I look forward to catching up with the rest of your posts soon.. 

Have a wonderful rest of the week..

Be Good to each other

Blessings

Sue

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