Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Ten things :: June

Here we are at the end of the month. I'm counting down to our (hopeful) holiday, the end of the school year and the end of the medication for LittleR. Hopefully normal life and nursery can resume soon. I need to be more positive I think.

:: It's exhausting trying to work in the evenings when you've managed a 2 year old's flighty temperament particularly when the work you're trying to do is as riveting as mine. Actually, the work is really interesting but I've reached the end of the line and need a break. I'm hoping to get one solid publication done before our holiday. That's the aim anyway.

:: The British Summer is here. I think it actually might be too hot. Well, we're experiencing 2 days of 28-30C in Leeds then, I expect it'll rain and normal service will be resumed.

:: I cannot believe it's nearly the end of the school year. We have sought and obtained a green T shirt (more difficult than it sounds) for BigRs class sports day tomorrow afternoon. It seems they position the parents in the direct sun. For hours on end whilst small people 'throw long pointy sticks' ("what's that called again Mummy?"..."Javelin?") I'll look forward to that then!

:: To make sure we make the most of the weather, we had another BBQ yesterday. In the last 3-4 years we've had maybe 3 BBQs but decided earlier this year to invest in a gas BBQ. Now there's no stopping us. I think this is the 4th BBQ in 2 months! I made some burgers and bought some sausages - standard BBQ fare.The ABO has plans for doing a whole fish now!

:: The garden is looking pretty good even if I say so myself. It could do with a bit more planning rather than chucking it in and seeing what happens (aka hoping for the best!) but most of it is looking pretty good so far. Let's hope it can continue into the later summer.

:: Somewhat disappointing is this year's strawberry haul. I'm not sure what's happened but lots of the strawberries have turned white and hard rather than ripening. We shared the only one suitable for human consumption yesterday. Fingers crossed for a few more. Still our peas and runner beans are looking good. And then there's a late show for the sunflowers, no buds yet but I'm still hopeful!! And of course we still have some apples on the tree.

:: One major success (for me at least) was the fact I grew a radish! Yes just the one but it was peppery and delicious. There are potentially some others on the way - possibly even enough for a salad!  I've tried radishes for the last 2 years and finally appear to have gotten somewhere.

:: There have been a few sweet treats. My parents visited and brought treats from Betty's.
I have made a cherry cake and rocky road (how easy is rocky road? -I'd assumed it was a dark art!). Now I'm planning my birthday cake. Hmmm...what to make?

:: I treated myself to some supermarket peonies. Finally, I found some on offer. I love how they take ages to open and unfurl and then are suitable blousy and frilly.

:: We took the girls to Abbey House Museum one Saturday afternoon. It's a great place to look round, particularly if the weather's bad and the cafe's open. They have one area set up as a Victorian street then the rest of the museum is devoted to toys and games from throughout the ages. Of course the girls' favourite part is where they can make pretend tea parties...of course they can't do this at home because they don't own any cups/plates/jugs/coffee pots or play food.


  1. I'm so excited about your radish! That's wonderful. I'm glad you were able to find the t-shirt. Sometimes those requests can seem unreasonable. If you ever need to find a solid-color t-shirt again (what am I saying, you WILL, ha), I've had good luck with the big craft stores. They usually sell a selection of plain colored and white t-shirts, hats, aprons, etc. for decorating. I hope things get back to normal for your little one soon. Take care and have a good week.

  2. Yay, a radish! I never managed to grow any. Your garden flowers are beautiful, and the shop bought ones, too. Wishing you a few clouds for sports day tomorrow. xx

  3. That's a very fine radish indeed, well done you. Lovely flower pictures, I'm a big fan of sticking things in wherever there's a space. I'm glad the end of the medication is in sight, I hope all is well. I know how hard it is to get things done in the evenings. I often try and do things, but the time flies by and I'm tired and it's not easy. I hope you get the publication done soon. Look out for flying pointy sticks at sports day. Maybe if you sit behind a tall person there will be a little shade, and they'll take any direct hits from the spears. CJ xx

  4. I'd dearly love an apple tree, even just a little one...
    I hope you enjoy your break when it comes around. It's very much deserved. And well done on the peonies - my supermarket ones lasted absolutely ages.
    Fingers crossed you don't roast alive at the sports day! Maybe a reviving Pimms when you get home...
    S x

  5. hurray for the end of the medication and the radish success xxxx

  6. Beuatiful peonies! My favourites. My mum has a whole drift of them in her garden but refuses to let me pick any.

    Good luck re. the pointy stick avoidance, and hurrah for radishes and birthday cakes and the end of your little ones round of meds x

  7. We had Sports Day last half term and it was indoors and parents didn't have to participate so that's good. Hope Big R' s sports day went well. I can't wait for the school holidays to start too. It's great to hear Little R' s medication course is nearly finished. Wishing you all a happy and healthy summer! Btw, your flowers are gorgeous!

  8. Ah, Abbey House museum...I helped Angus's class on a school trip there last November, that's brought back happy memories.

    What beautiful flowers you have in your garden! And the peonies are amazing - their season is so short and sweet I feel like it's ok to buy them all the time as they're just so delightfully over the top and frilly. xx