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Forgetsies

Forgetsies

Did I mention that as well as aiming to create a weird and wonderful allotment 2017 is also for me a “Buy Nothing But Experiences Year”. I’ve been reading loads of blogs of people who’ve successfully completed one of these years (spookily they’re usually women!).

My own self-imposed rules are –

Buy no stuff and that means clothes, books, sewing machines or 600mm prime camera lenses or Lear jets (new or secondhand).
Food is OK as without it I probably would not make it to February. I’m including coffees out as I like to write and eavesdrop in cafes.
Utilities and household running costs
No make-up, perfumes, lotions etc (I’m prepared to take the risk of scaring small children)
Experiences are allowed – I belong to a small group of friends who call ourselves The Extreme Day Trippers Club. We see how far we can get across Europe on a day return flight – we did Nice in the South of France in October and last month we got as far as Valencia in Spain (more on this in a future post).
Small experiences figure too like going to the local Seed Swap in February, attending a brilliant U3A Creative Writing course and I’m on the waiting list for a Beginners’ Watercolours Class.
I’m also not allowed to spend anything on my allotment as you’ve probably guessed.
Well, that little lot should keep me off the streets for a while.

Valencia – Christmas Decorations

I had a nice no spend thing at the weekend. I bitterly regret getting rid of my acoustic guitar a while back so I took a chance and asked for one on my local Freecycle network and lo and behold a lovely lady answered and I have a beautiful new guitar!

My “New” Guitar

This is a pic of a little Fox cleaning up the remains left from Scavenger Cam on Simon King’s Wild Meadows nature reserve. Nothing is wasted here. Also a couple of Badgers on – you guessed it – Badger Cam!

Cleaning Up!

 

Badger Night

 

L xx

I Heart Dog Walkers…

I Heart Dog Walkers…

…for letting me pat and photograph their dogs. I spotted this little cutie on my walk along the beach this morning. Stunningly gorgeous in her fetching little red coat.

 

Dog in red outfit1

Love the red, white and blue trim. I reckon all the other dogs on the beach were just a tad jealous of her gear! Thank you to her owner who got her to take a minute out of romping around to stand still for a photo.

Further along the coastal path is a wooden gate with a hole cut at the side of it to allow dogs and very small ponies to pass through. I stood for ages waiting for a dog to pop through and was just beginning to give up when two ladies came along with their dogs. I explained what I was doing and they very kindly got both dogs to do a special ‘walk through’ for me.

Doggie tunnel - small

It was such a lovely morning and there were loads of dogs being walked along the beach and plenty to pat (I am a professional dog patter you know!)

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I better include a pic of my cats as I’ll get into trouble for posting so many doggie pictures. Here is a winter action shot of the pair of them.

Poppy cuddling Daisy-small

I briefly popped over to the allotment to water my sweetpea seedlings and add some more pots to my growing collection in my little shed. My Japanese onions are growing well as well as a couple of unidentifiable shoots – possibly leeks – not sure. The soil is not hard yet so I might see if I can get that last quarter dug over before the big freeze sets in. I also want to put some manure over the plot as well, but I’ll take things easy as I don’t want to put my back out again!

 

L xx