Holidays

A week of funshine!

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It’s been a busy week….so a quick review….
Birthday. 30. Just enough time to water and save a bee at the plot. Then a mystery day out. Amazing Indian lunch with chocolate samosa. Garden museum. Crazy cocktails at Purl.  And japanese dinner. Lovely day and sunset!

And then we had a week off work. And possibly the best UK weather. Ever!! I have to admit its been much to hot for me at the allotment. Instead we have been rather lazy sitting at the park/ reading/ bbqing/ drinking bubbly/going to the beach/going to Hampton court flower show… All in the glorious sun and heat!! 🙂

With it being so hot the plot has needed a lot of water. And we have started getting crops in, which is always exciting! And it’s non stop sweet pea season.

This week we have had:
Red currants
Broad beans
Spring onions
Sweet peas
Blueberries
Raspberries
Cucumber

Growing success:
-Cucumbers and going like crazy (1st year growing)
-Chillies have flowers!
-Lots of courgette on the way!
-Spring onions (1st year growing)
-Leeks
-Onions!! (First year these have worked!!)

Growing worries:
-Tomatoes seem slow… But making progress
-Potatoes. Only my maincrop have flowered. But we shall see what unfolds.
-garlic epic, but a little less than last year! So that’s a positive at least!

I have started tagging my sweet peas so I know the colours for next year. I ended up with so much white this year! Struggling to know when to stop cutting and just let them go to seed. Any advice?

I’m really pleased with the plot as I feel we have maxed out our growing space this year. The last few years of trail and error are teaching me so much. But there is always a little gap or project to be worked on!!

Photos to follow! And Hampton court show post to follow also!! 🌱

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Weekend away…photos to be added

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It was our anniversary last weekend.

One year has flown by and the sweet peas generation 2 have bloomed!
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This year we took ourselves to Devon.
And spent the weekend in this bell tent.
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Words cannot describe how lovely this place is!
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These lovely ladies supplied us with fresh eggs. I might have fallen in love (just a bit) with chickens now!! And we did actually leave the farm.

We went to…. Overbeck’s We had a great 6 mile coastal walk to the house (3 miles each way) and the garden was stunning! One of my favourites!..
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I have a list of plants I want which is always a good sign! The house told a quirky story and was very much like a mini natural history museum. We also went to Saltram. Again lovely gardens, but we had a great cup of tea and cake here!
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I was very inspired by the Orangarie. And the bees thought the same!!
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And we even spotted the Devon chilli farm! And had a little stop off and treated ourselves to a plant! WordPress for android is driving me crackers so check out  bloomorbustblog for some photos. I will try persist with WordPress.

The suprise weekend

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But we didn’t get to the plot last weekend… as we had a surprise birthday celebrations to be had! (my last post was part of my ruse. But I forgot to post it…ha ha)

We went on a quad safari. At times I thought I might die, at other time I was a speed demon (probably neither are really true, but it was great fun!). And most importantly… I feel if I had to evade a zombie invasion on a quad bike… I now can!

We stayed at Little Brookstreet Farm. In a lovely shepherds hut… nestled in the woodland. And I have finally won Mr over to llama love. It was the most perfect weekend, and we came back feeling very relaxed. The last day at the spa might have helped! And I had 3 cream teas in one day!! We went to a national trust house… Deciding to invest in membership.

Now back to the llamas. We had a pot of llama feed in our hut… Being told we could feed them by hand. I was a bit daunted as 4 fur balls on legs dashed across a field toward us. But upon arrival the llamas were so polite! Although it was clear to see who was the llama boss.

We were lucky enough to take them for a lovely evening walk in the woodlands. I have some awesome photos on my camera… But for now this photo will have to do.

And they even have a claim to fame!!!… Being in last year’s joules AW campaign

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Joules aw 14

Who could resist that fluffy face!

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Joules aw 14 Llama love

Marrakech weekend away

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So we are back after 4 fabulous days in Marrakech! It was a blissful 30c with blue skies every day! (apparently that is unusually warm for this time of year, so feeling super lucky!)

This was our first trip to Marrakech and I cannot recommend it enough!

We stayed in a tradtional riad in the median. Which I mainly choose as it was named after a plant I like… Riad les Bougainvilliers (and the great reviews helped!)

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Inside our Riad!

And it did indeed have lots of bougainvilliers. Every colour imaginable!

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Bourgenvilliers in the roof terrace

We went prepared with 2 guide books, and great suggestions from seasoned visitors, a mini map, and some offline apps on our phones. We both downloaded the trip advisor app for Marrakech… Which seems a bit boring (i know!) but used together with a rough guide works a treat. My phone was actually better for this and I directed us to a few tiny cafe gems…. that we would otherwise have missed! And it’s all offline! We saved a wish list of to do things and then we could easily see what was in each area. Also it saves you being miss directed by the locals. 🙂 and we walked all holiday. Just cabs to and from the airport. Comfy shoes are a must!

On our first day we walked through the souks to get a taster… After the heat it’s like going into a nice cool pool…. Out we popped in the northern part of the medina. Clearly we have a better on board compass than we realised….or it may have just been luck! We didn’t use the map app fully until the final day… After all it is fun to get a bit lost! And we did our fair bit of that!

Day 1:
-souk wander…
North medina tourist hot spots:
maison de la photographie
medersa ben youssef
musee de marrakech

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Plants on a rooftop

Day 2:
-Cooking course at Amal Women’s Training Center & Moroccan Restaurant
This was recomended by a friend and was great! We learnt about the centre and how they work to improve women’s lives through education and training. And we also learnt how to cook a great tagine! And after our hard work… We got to sit and enjoy it 🙂

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Amal

-I got to indulge my ‘plant passion’ at Jardin Majorelle I will post some photos soon… Just need to edit!

-Souk wander: mission cushion! We haggled, but we both agreed we were ‘had’!
– for the evening we walked to cafe clock (no 2# food place in Marrakech) it was great and we went back for lunch on day 3! (The trip advisor map came into its own here…as we walked the winding dark ally ways like experts!)

Day 3:
South medina tourist areas
-Saadian tombs
-El Badi Palace
-Bahia Palace

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Watching the sun go down

Day 4:
-a quick visit to get some pastrys (to take home!🐖) although we did get a few free tasters!

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Sweet treats

-souks… To find a lantern!
-lots of breaks for drinks and lunch in roof top cafes. We found a new ish place called ‘nomad’ we found this from another rooftop… And after some wandering we found it at ground level. It’s not very traditional, but it was great food and very trendy!!

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-stopped for a juice on the market then slowly wandered back to our riad.

Loved it! Next time we hope to do a few days in the atlas mountains!

And then back to reality! I can get my allotment seeds sown now!