Thursday, 24 July 2008


There is a family of lizards on my allotment : )
Well, I assume it's a family - there are at least 4 baby ones, all about the same size (tiny!). They like to sunbathe on the wooden edges of my raised beds:

Monday, 21 July 2008

Crochet gathering baskets

I'm addicted to wicker/handwoven baskets - they look good (in my opinion!) and they're perfect for bringing home the harvest. I've collected loads over the years from charity shops etc and I've always fancied having a go at making my own.

The problem with such baskets is that they're too bulky to carry around on the off-chance that I might find something worth collecting. To solve this problem I've desgned some collapsable, crochet baskets that fit in my handbag, *just in case*...

One day (soon!) I'm going to try making cordage from Nettles, and crocheting or weaving a basket from that. I'm also going to experiment with recycled materials. In the mean time, I've made these baskets out of natural garden twine, which is eco friendly and smells like compost : )

Monday, 7 July 2008

Courgette loaf

My breadmaker cost £24 from Argos. I've *easily* saved that much money on bread since I bought it last August. It's simple to use, and it's fun! This loaf was based on a recipe for carrot bread, simply replacing grated carrot with courgette.

Thursday, 3 July 2008

Preserving the harvest

A productive lunchbreak has yielded one large tub of wild cherries. I'm thinking Cherry vodka....