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Washing line at sunset

Whilst this blog was mainly started to share my love of food, I did enjoy it more when I shared snippets of our life as well as just what we’re eating.  In a brief return to that, here’s what we’ve been up to recently (it makes me realise perhaps I haven’t shared general life happenings as much because they’re a bit unglamorous)…

Messy garden

We don’t look at the bottom of the garden and what is supposed to be my vegetable beds – it is a jungle and a mess.  Misery making.  It never used to be like this, when did life get so complicated and busy that I couldn’t grow tasty things to eat?

Overgrown vegetable beds

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Look at this lovely picture the little sister took of my lovely bunny Borage…


Image: Izzy Burton Photography (the little sister)

She keeps changing her blog name, but hopefully now it’s sticking at this.  She also took some lovely photos of deer at my local National Trust – Dunham Massey.  She’s aspiring to be a pet photographer at the moment and I’m her biggest fan.

We woke up to this…

Snow on the canal

We had about 5-6 inches in our part of Cheshire, and it’s still snowing.  It’s a white winter wonderland and snow drifts like I can’t remember.  It is wonderful.

Neither N or I have been able to leave the house for work today as the roads are thick with snow and ice.  Those who dare go out in their cars are sliding all over the place, or getting stuck.  We helped push one car out of snow this morning.

Snow on the canal

This morning we went for a walk around our local woodland.  On the way we stopped and made a snow…bear!

Snow Bear

Here is me with our snow bear…

Snow Bear

Isn’t he cute…

Snow Bear

Everything in the garden is sagging beneath the weight of the snow…

Snow garden

But the bunnies are having fun…

Snow bunny

Snow bunny

Snow bunny

It is snowing here!  How exciting – it never snows here, it only ever rains…and rains some more.  So we are very excited to see big white flakes tumbling from the sky.

The bunnies have been out having fun in the snow – our littlest bunny and newest addition to our family seems to be getting along well with Lovage and so fingers-crossed will be staying…

She has a name too – Daisy.

Here is Lovage and Daisy having fun in the snow…

Borage, Lovage and Daisy had their first Christmas present (I didn’t know bunnies got presents at Christmas!) delivered today from the lovely Carole and Geoff at Fed & Watered.  Carole and Geoff, along with a lady called Clare are our bunnies ‘furry godmothers’ – they come and look after the bunnies when we go away on holiday.  They come highly recommended!

lovage

After a long week with the little sister (who’s been staying with us while on work experience) things are finally getting back to normal in our house.  The weather is surprisingly mild and you might even describe it as sunny! 

N and I spent the day in the garden doing a number of jobs.  N has been re-filling, re-sanding and re-painting our ‘new’ old front door which has been a nightmare (it’s a long story…) – this is what it will look like one day (but not left white – we’re going to paint it a lovely dark sea blue)…

frontdoor

I tidied my vegetable beds a bit and started to sand my new desk top which has been fashioned out of an old ledge-and-brace door. 

I have been trimming the raspberry canes, cutting down sprawling mint (which is all over my garden), and digging up the remaining carrots and spring onions.  Just look at those carrots – slightly overgrown and unloved…

carrots

And these are the Paris Silverskin onions I planted back in the spring, that have been utterly neglected with our manic summer – I’m going to try using them as normal onions, or perhaps in a salad, we’ll just have to see if they taste of anything…

springonions

The bunnies were both out and about today.  Borage was in the run and Lovage had free reign of the garden…he was discovered in one of the raised beds amongst the carrots.  Rather than munching on the carrot tops from those that I had dug up, he was sampling those on the small carrots that are still growing – grr!

naughtylovage

And here is Lovage flying through the air as he leaps across a hedge of garden cuttings and a tangle of nasturiums!

flyingbunny

This is Lovage’s new den…

lovagesden

Back tomorrow with a recipe – not sure which one yet!

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This weekend has been a scorcher.  It is wonderful to be able to tell you that I’m writing this post in my garden, with the blackbird at his post singing his evening song, the hoverflies buzzing around my head, the smell of barbecuing meat wafting over the neighbouring fences, and two lazy bunnies reclining in the sun.

After spending the morning with N digging over my soon-to-be herb bed and giving it a good feed of bunny poo, I have spent the afternoon gardening – both in my own garden and a brief stint down on the allotment.  N is off playing cricket.

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Having finished all the digging, hoeing, weeding, sowing, planting, and watering that I can muster for one day, I decided I would let the bunnies out for a run around the garden.  They seem to have had a blissful day: Borage lolling on his back in the sun, licking his paws and thoroughly checking his long loppy ears for any rumpled hair before smoothing it out; Lovage is not a sun worshipper, and has been lying in the shade and occasionally knawing madly at the bars in an attempt at freedom. 

They are a nightmare in the garden at the moment and cannot be left unattended – they eat or decimate everything, and everything happens to be new and tiny and trying hard to grow.  So the bunnies have to be followed round the garden, and shooed on whenever they eat the wrong thing or look like they are hatching evil plans (Lovage) to hack new paths through my lupins. 

We let them out, one at a time, and it is delightful to watch them and the silly antics they get up to.  Both bunnies are very different, which we already knew, but seeing them in a much larger space really brings out they funny quirks. 

Borage is just on one frantic search for the next mouthful of food.  He can bearly contain himself, all these delicious green things all around him – the grass quite literally always looks greener just over there. 

Borage eating his way through my garden...

Borage eating his way through my garden

He is particularly partial to purple geranium leaves (I’m sure someone will tell me that my bunnies really shouldn’t be eating these as they’re not good for them, but they only get brief nibbles in and have been perfectly fine so far) and ground elder (which I am happy for him to eat by the barrow load). 

butter wouldn't melt...

butter wouldn't melt...

Lovage on the other hand seems to be on some commando mission. 

Lovage tests his SAS skills

Lovage tests his SAS skills

He races around, ears alert, trying to get into small dark places. 

Lovage commandeers a mountain of rubble

Lovage commandeers a mountain of rubble

Always deep in concentration, he seems to planning his next move, whether he can create himself a hideout, or what plant has grown across a well loved secret passage.  Many a new shoot or branch has fallen victim to Lovage and his ruthless trimming.  Damn those irritating plants.

Lovage says "I'm cute really!"

Lovage says "I'm cute really!"

All photos by the little sister www.thegreenorchard.wordpress.com.

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