A Job Well Done

Not by me! A month ago, I shared these images of the blocked grid outside our house.

I emailed the council and they came and cleared it the week of the local elections (2-6 May). Then I received an email from the council saying it was on their To Do list and they’d send someone out in due course. I emailed back to say it had already been done, and thought no more about it.

This morning, a council water tanker appeared and cleaned the grid again; and again. I went out to take some photographs of my garden have a chat. It seems that when today’s crew checked it out, there was still a blockage somewhere along the line but they were going back to the depot to take on more water and would be back after they’d had their lunch. Which they were.

Two hours later and it appears everthing is sorted (at least they didn’t ring the bell to tell us it wasn’t, and I wasn’t cheeky enough to go outside again, so I snuck these photos from behind the bedroom net curtains).

Apparently there are only two of these drain-cleaning lorries to cover the whole of our local authority area – 169 square miles of mixed industrial areas near the coast and less populated rural and hilly/mountain areas inland. As you can see (blue arrow), we are right on the furthest edge, close to the boundary of Wrexham County Borough (the very same that has been accorded City Status for the Diamond Jubilee and is off the edge of this map at bottom right).

My mission – should I chose to accept it – is to “keep an eye on the grid and give it a poke with a stick if anything gets stuck in the top”. I wonder how much I should deduct from our council tax bill for doing that job?

I also wonder, looking at the county boundary on this map, who was allowed to play with the office Etch-a-Sketch!

A Nice Surprise

It’s amazing what you find buried deep in a cupboard while looking for something else!

We have some new members at the allotment who, judging by posts and comments on our Facebook page, have – as yet – little or no knowledge of growing vegetables. As our AGM takes place tomorrow (on May Bank Holiday Sunday) I thought it might be a good idea to take my old copies (2020-2021) of Kitchen Garden magazine for people to borrow and return, as a resource library.

It’s pointless leaving books which will only be destroyed by the local youths who somehow manage to get in, but they might leave magazines alone for a while.

Anyway, back to my find:

Six RHS practical guides. At £4.99 each they would have been too costly to buy singly, so probably I bought through a book club (when we were allowed such things in our workplace).

They were printed in 1999, but the information and guidance is just as valid now as it was 23 years ago, though varieties may have changed. I shall look forward to browsing through them. I can skip the lawn care part as I don’t have one 😃

Besides, May is no-mow month!

Jobs for the Weekend

My birthday present pot of narcissi ‘Minnow’ have put out lots of leaves but there are no signs of flowers. They are well behind the outdoor Minnows which have been in flower for a couple of weeks.

Roots were coming out of the bottom of the pot and the pot had split, so I concluded they were searching for nutrients due to overcrowding, and in danger of me overwatering them. Plus, when the sun shines, my study windowsill gets very warm – too warm for spring bulbs?

I’ve re-potted them and put them outside on one of my raised beds. I’m sure I heard them heave a huge sigh of relief!

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Six on Saturday: 26 February 2022

I do like a frosty, sunny morning; not so much when we’re still waiting for a delivery of heating oil that keeps being put back amid claims of a shortage due to events in the Ukraine. While the people of that country have all my sympathy for getting caught up in events not of their own making, that has only really kicked off in the last week – we’ve been waiting for our delivery for three and I’m still drying washing in my Potting Shed. It’s supposed to arrive today, so while I’m waiting, here’s this week’s Six on Saturday.

After Eunice, then Franklin, there was a break in the weather on Monday afternoon, and I spotted these – the dark purple crocuses had appeared almost overnight. They are in the shadier section of the front border and appear to be inching their way towards their paler sisters as there a lot more of them than I ever planted. They are darker than they appear.

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Six on Saturday: 19 February 2022

Good morning on this grey and wet – but thankfully not as windy – day. I hope everyone survived with homes and gardens intact.

For health and safety reasons, Images 2-5 were taken from the safety of my Study window – hence the poor quality of my Six on Saturday (which should really have been a ‘One on Wednesday’ or ‘Two on Thursday’); I make the best of what I’ve got!

Before the storms, ‘Joyce’ popped her head above the parapet. She’s still there!

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The Great Houseplant Count

Nineteen spider plants

Cacti and Aloe Vera

Though I have included latin names (in Tags) for the cacti and aloes, I am by no means confident that these are correct – mine just look like the images I found online.

Air Plants (Tillandsias)

Six on Saturday: 12 February 2022

Good morning from a grey and cloudy North Wales. At present a gentle breeze is wafting the branches of the tall trees across the field, but our forecast is for heavy rain later and darker clouds are moving in from the south at quite a speed. I shall follow their example and move swiftly on to my entry for Six on Saturday, hosted by The Propagator.

Last Sunday morning we heard the welcome sound of a chain-saw in our neighbour’s garden, with this result. Not quite as short as I would have liked, but a start. No sign of an action in the back garden though.

We have a view!
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A Curious Leek

It may actually be an overgrown spring onion!

One of two remaining in Raised Bed B since 2020. They didn’t smell particularly oniony which is why I left them to grow on and see what developed (in case it was a purple allium).

Last year, I accidentally pulled this one up while removing some lettuces that had gone over, so I just left it lying on the bed. Since then, it has grown much longer (horizontally) and is now at least two feetl; it formed a flower head, and now has a ‘baby’ growing. All without its roots in the ground.

I’ve put it back on – but not in – the bed for now.

Six on Saturday: 20 November 2021

A grey morning, mild but no rain forecast. Apparently that’s all set to change from tomorrow when the wind changes from south to north east. Will we have snow? Are we really going to have a mini-ice-age? I hope not as my husband and I both have our booster jabs next week. He’s on Friday at 3 pm at the vaccination centre just seven miles away; mine’s on Sunday at 4.30 pm at a different one, eleven miles away. Either way, if it does snow here in North Wales, and it sticks, we won’t be going anywhere and will have to re-book.

But we’ll worry about that nearer the time. For now, here is this week’s Six on Saturday.

From soil to stove in forty minutes (includes twenty minutes scrubbing and chopping time). Leek and potato soup on the stove – half for lunch, half to freeze – and the start of Jerusalam artichoke soup for tomorrow’s lunch in the slow cooker – braising slowly in chicken stock.

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