Catching up with the 52 Project…11/52 and 12/52


IMG_4355jA portrait of my children once a week, every week, in 2015

Mia: it is so difficult to persuade her that sparkly ballet pumps are not for gardening in

Joseph: he loves to play in Mia’s bedroom when she’s at school, especially on her bed!

Mia: early morning pancakes

Joseph: is so happy to be outdoors, he is going to love this summer

So, here I am again, playing catch-up with this project. If only I could somehow find a few more hours each day, that would be lovely.

I have so many exciting projects going on at the moment, from starting the allotment, a new patchwork quilting project, Easter holiday planning, as well as work and the usual day to day, school and nursery runs, homework, end of term craft deadlines, etc! I am sure my life is no different to that of many other parents, but sometimes it would be nice to take some time to reflect, rather than always just being caught up in the crazy, fun, hectic whirlwind!

Joining in with Jodi and the other lovely bloggers over at Practising Simplicity for theĀ 52 project.


An Allotment

aefc6653e103f9d0c7c2e80fd902f510At the end of last year I received the most exciting news…I had reached the top of the waiting list for an allotment in the village! I have been patiently waiting since 2013, and from early Feb I will be the proud tenant of my own plot!

When we first bought our house six years ago, it had the perfect garden for veg growing, with a large and ready-dug allotment-style plot, and three(!) greenhouses. However, this left us with very little garden to use for sitting, eating, playing with Mia, so we completed a massive garden renovation project and made the whole garden lawn! At the time we were also thinking of selling the house, and we thought a lawn would be more buyer-friendly. After re-homing two of the greenhouses and demolishing the other, picking hundreds of tulips, and hours of laying lawn turf, which are amusingly called ‘sods’, we had a beautiful garden.

But, I missed my veg growing so much, and we decided not to move, so I added my name to waiting list for an allotment in our village. There are only 15 plots, so I knew it could be a long wait! I spent the following few summers squashing in grobags of tomatoes against the shed, building a raised bed under Mia’s playhouse and planting a selection of herbs in small tubs. It has been alright, but not ideal, and with a small baby I’ve not had huge amounts of free time for gardening. So the timing of this news is perfect, and I am so excited. I am busy planning my plot, buying seeds and preparing to start digging as soon as the very cold weather passes. I have created a new allotment Pinterest board, with lots of exciting and inspiring ideas and photos, take a look.

Do let me know if you have any allotment advice, veg growing tips…is there anything you have grown really successfully? Whilst I’m not a total beginner at this, I’m certainly no expert, so any advice or ideas are really appreciated!

P.S If anyone knows the link to the image above, please let me know and I will update Pinterest x