How are you all? Have you had a good summer? I’ve been so busy that I haven’t had time to keep up with my blog, so I gave myself a little break from it. I think that’s ok? Anyway, I’m back now and ready to catch up with the hundreds of reviews that are yet to be published (ok, maybe not hundreds, but several). I’ve missed blogging, and specifically, the blogging community, LOTS so thank you all for sticking with me.
In the meantime, I thought I’d ease myself back into writing g-e-n-t-l-y with an update on what I’ve been up to…
The New Allotment
Oh my goodness, I am OBSESSED with my new allotment. We picked up the keys in March and got cracking pretty much straight away. We’ve taken it from a sea of weeds to creating lots of neat rows of veg, with a grassed area for fruit trees and bushes. This is it about a month ago when it was sill a work in progress:
I’ve harvested peas, beans, potatoes, kale, onions, soft fruits and carrots, baked pies, blanched, steamed and roasted vegetables, made soups, stews and risottos and produced my own jam. As a result, we’ve been eating more adventurously, although not necessarily healthier – plum tart is my new favourite dish! This is the runner bean risotto that I made – we have about a million beans at the moment that we give away to as many people as we can think of:
I’m planning out my crops for next year and I’m planting winter veg now. Exciting times!
The New House
So as an investment opportunity we bought a second property to do up and rent out. We now own a small terraced house which was built in about 1850 and after peeling back the wallpaper and ripping up the carpets, it doesn’t seem to have had anything done to it since then either! It has some lovely original features like a brick fireplace but it also has dodgy electrics, mice and a leaking roof. We’ve stripped everything out, had it rewired, put in new windows and fences and we’re in the process of replacing some of the floorboards and having it replastered. I’ve chosen a new kitchen and bathroom, semi tidied the gardens and had antique lights fitted outside. This is my partner Rich chipping back the plaster to expose the original fireplace:
I can’t wait for the plastering to be finished so I can get on with the decorating!
Summer is a time for relaxing and we’ve had some nice family days out, been to Trentham Gardens (definitely worth a visit, especially at this time of year), had a few relaxed barbeques with friends, been on nights out and had a holiday in Devon with my parents. We also ticked off one of my ‘bands to see before I die’ as we went to watch the Flaming Lips in Birmingham, which was just the best gig I’ve ever been to. It was crazy and funny and an unbelievable stage show. Here’s so poor quality pics that I tried to take on my phone:
The lead singer’s unicorn – he came out into the crowd riding it to throw glitter all over us
One of the many inflatable stage props – this one is a giant robot.
Singing Space Oddessey in an inflatable orb balanced on top of the crowd – as you do.
Anyway, that was my summer – how was yours? Let me know in the comments.