Part II – Foreign Fields, Fencing, Fruitfulness, Fixing, Flowering – and finally the FWord!

Foreign Fields – I am sure that all of you will have noticed that these photos do NOT show foreign fields but they do show Madeleine doing research and work on her diary following a school trip to Boppard in Germany. Foreign Fields to follow….

Ja, das ist wunderbar

I hope you spotted the ‘foreign field’ which fascinated Madeleine because it was so neat.

Some of Madeleine’s favourite places – The Schokolade Museum Lindt! Of course!

Meanwhile back in Barton upon Humber Chris had taken up fencing – no, not swordplay. Less like Errol Flynn and more like Donald Trump – putting up fencing!


Down with the old and up with the new but first of all he had to hack down all the small trees and bushes that were rampaging either side of the original fence.

Great job, Chris.

We kept the old fence in place until the new one was up in order to preserve our privacy and the security of our garden as the pathway outside is well used.

The old fence panels have been recycled (after I stripped them of the ivy) and they are now part of Wes and Rosa’s garden and will also be used in Hannah’s garden at Prospect House – just another job, Chris, don’t hang about, darling.

As you can see, I not only stripped off the ivy, leaving a really good fence panel ready to be re-used but I have also been painting the fence. I kept wishing I was Tom Sawyer and that I could fob the job off onto someone else – any volunteers? We have the other side to do as well!

Aah, what is this? Well, it’s a delivery by James from Barton Builders of slate chippings – a tonne of them. So, many chips off the old block! My latest idea for garden beautification and yet another job for Chris …

To be fair I had dug over, weeded and de-rooted (is there such a term?) the patch of earth in front of the new fence panels in preparation for Operation Slate.

Chris custom made edging and posts before putting down the plastic weed suppressant ready for shovelling in a tonne of slate chippings. So good for his core strength.

Notice the little ramp that Chris created in order to run the wheelbarrow over before tipping it onto the prepared area. Starting to look really good. I had already painted the garden picnic bench to contrast strongly with the pale colour on the fence.

This rather old but very serviceable wooden bookshelf was being thrown out by my Mum’s neighbour, Harold, so we took it off his hands and I painted it to match the picnic bench. I have now filled the shelves with herbs and lots of pots of wild strawberries ready to plant outside the fence to add to the greenery beside the public pathway.


More recycled stuff to paint up and add to the garden. Madeleine busy finishing a House banner for school Sports Day – Go Ancholme House!

Festivities – Madeleine’s 13th birthday – a teenager! Birthday tea with the family.

Frozen – Summer is finally here and so are the lollies. Very lovely watermelon ones from the Co-op. Chris behaving as usual!

Flowers, Food and Friendly Folk. Despite editing and producing and distributing The Barton Allotment Society Newsletter we almost missed the date but here are just a few of the photos from a lovely afternoon spent with some really lovely people  Barton Allotment

As summer continues it becomes clear that we need a gazebo, obviously Daisy is on hand to help Grandad.


Paddling pool out and granddaughter wet.

Flowering – the garden is starting to look like a lush paradise. The new fence with its beautiful seaside blue shade of paint really sets off the greenery. How lucky are we.

Remember those strawberries? Well Daisy as usual wanted to help so here she is squashing the strawberries in the Maslin pan in preparation for starting off the jam.IMG_20170628_133011

So, Strawberry Jam made – two jars already consumed (one of those with lovely scones and clotted cream), one given to Great Grandma, one jar to Heather and David – leaving six jars and a lone jar of Redcurrant Jelly (currants courtesy of Ursula our next door but two neighbour).

Fair weather temporarily in abeyance – just as well for us as all five of our water butts were pretty empty. They are now full along with various containers – in total over 500 litres. Water conservation in extremis! So good for the garden as you can see in the following photographs.


No reason for these photos except I really like them and I really love the subjects x



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Family Fun, Furnishings, Foreign Fields, Fencing, Fixing, Flowering and Fruitfulness – phew! Part I

Family Fun – well, we had to start off in May with a fun event at The People’s Theatre in Scunthorpe. It was a great show and we did not ‘dribble on the dragon’. Much to Matthew and Daisy’s delight Grandad was  looking in quite the wrong direction when approached by one of the main characters! Paying close attention – as usual!

Family Fun has always got to include getting wet – and since we had managed not to ‘dampen the dragon’ instead we decided to ‘dunk the grandchildren’. Well done Grandad for heaving all the warm water up the garden from the kitchen.

Furnishings – first take the large bolster from an old futon bed and a charity find curtain and then make them into a slimmer and longer bolster cushion for the back of Hannah’s settee (that has a low back; so uncomfortable for the neck)


Assemble all tools – insides of old bolster, large kitchen knife, extra wadding and fine fabric to encase modified bolster cushion. So professional!

Recycling the zip from the old futon bolster and the piping from the old sofa bed (shown in all its recovered glory later on in the blog), I made up the cover for the new bolster.

Job done – looking pretty nice and I was very pleased to have modified each end with the hem edging from the old curtain and just enough left over to make a fab cushion cover to help pull the whole look together when it goes into Hannah’s front room.

Very on trend – very contemporary.

More Furnishing Firsts – take a charity shop tub chair from IKEA and recover it in stretchy denim to enhance Chris’s Music Room.

Couldn’t resist recovering a cushion with some brilliant Orla Kiely fabric! I hope Chris appreciates the aesthetics!!


Fields! Well not exactly a field as this is our allotment near the Humber Bridge. This is now much greener – especially the weeds!!


Fruitfulness This is the start of the Strawberry crop and the development of the Raspberries. Thanks go to David for ‘helping’ to prune these earlier this year!


Scrumptious strawberries – now what to do with them? What about making them into jam ready for a few entries into the Barton Allotment Show in July – good idea, Stephanie.


“A few more strawberries from the garden, Gran” “Thanks, Daisy, just what I needed!”