They’re alive

The Mothership called at 9 in the morning the other day telling that her good friend from Sweden would be coming to visit. You know that friend who you used to play with naked in a paddling pool with as a toddler? Well this is his mum. So of course I had to come way earlier than planned to see them.The parental unit are going to Paris on holiday in two weeks so I was going here anyway to look after their pets. So I’ve been living of cafe Mothership freeing up money for more nail polish which isn’t bad.

The guests arrived yesterday and are leaving tomorrow. So Friday was the big cleaning day, getting everything tidied up and cleaned for the arrival. Also Papa J is watching all the Tour de France he can fit in between work and sleep so mum is going crazy already. She’s apparently done a ton of laundry.
We did make muffins for the guests, two portions as someone doesn’t like banana muffins.We also did the big Sunday roast thing which was really good. There was of course the roast, pork, then oven baked potatoes, boiled carrots (raw ones for someone..), boiled pointed cabbage in a white sauce and garlic bread.
Even Ingeborg, the hedgehog, ate some raw pointed cabbage.

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Feast your eyes on the Mothership’s cooking

Today was bbq day. I am normally not the biggest fan of bbq or mosquito/bug meat as I call it but today’s menu was actually really good. Even though I had to peel all the potatoes, or most of them, for the potato salad. It was really good so I do it well.
Next year mum’s friend is turning 50 and her partner just told Papa J that he’s planning on proposing to her then so he asked Papa J if he would be his best man. This may be the event that finally gives mum the chance to see him in a suit. Stranger things has happened before.

Every year the village the parental has a yearly village celebration. Starting out with a big party Friday night and ending Sunday with a parade. Usually the village is divided into streets and there’s a big competition on who can make the most impressive wagon.  In the front is a marching band and the local moped club ends the show. The local line or western dancing club and the village’s local football club are also in the parade every year.
This year only two streets seemed to have participated though. So it was a shorter parade than normal but still a fun thing to watch. There was a wagon with a fishing theme and one with a troll theme.

Now the seeds seem to be doing very well so far. They’ve all started growing and I’ve already repotted three of them. The salad, cherry tomatoes and basil are now in bigger pots and the leek and aubergine are not far behind. I did seem to have over watered them at some point so I had to cut back on the watering for a while.
There started growing mould on the sides of the cardboard boxes which sent me into a right panic. I am very paranoid about mould. I took calming words from both Leggy and the Mothership to make me see that it wouldn’t effect the plants and there was no need to throw them out.

I hope you’re all enjoying the summer and if you meet mum’s friend then mum is the word.

23 thoughts on “They’re alive

  1. “So Friday was the big cleaning day, getting everything tidied up and cleaned for the arrival”

    You mean you don’t keep your place ALWAYS spic ‘n span???

    Heehee… that Mama song sounds like some of the songs featured in Fallout 4! Listen to: (Grandma plays the numbers)

    and (He’s a Demon. He’s a Devil. And He’s Mine!)


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  2. “This may be the event that finally gives mum the chance to see (Papa J) in a suit. Stranger things have happened before.”

    Yup. Leggy in a suit. (And Leggy in a kilt!!)

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  3. Bravo on the seedling progress so far…. 😀

    Glad to see labels in the pots too. 🙂

    Mold on the pots not a problem, on the seedling is a disaster. I note on the top right picture that the seedlings seem to be leaning to one side? If this is so then you need to rotate the pot every day 180 degrees as all plants are photosensitive and will naturally gravitate towards a strong light source. By rotating you get much stronger plants and of course they grow vertically not sideways towards the light.

    If you water them by pouring water into the dish you have them standing in you encourage longer and stronger root growth as the roots seek out the water in the dish instead of being soaked from the top.

    Don’t pot on now until you get strong root growth which is when the ratio of root to compost is 70% to 80% root 30% to 20% compost. When ready tease the roots gently to encourage more growth and plant in their final growing place in the soil or a pot (tip) clean your pots with a diluted solution of Jeyes fluid (best known disinfectant known to man in my humble opinion) and make sure you rinse them at least three times. That way risk of infections from fungus etc will be eliminated.

    If you want some tips on how to get strong tomatoes plants with good fruiting and long thicker white leek stems just ask.

    We enjoyed our first home grown salad today with fresh radishes (soooooo….. easy to grow and they ripen quickly) and salad (again easy to grow)

    Bon provecho

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    • Be careful with Jeyes fluid. My father once cleared the front garden with it and turned it into a bare earth wasteland for about 6 months. Even the privet hedge died and not so much as a dandelion could take root in there.

      The following year he planted a really weed free lawn but if using it on pots, rinse really well afterwards.

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      • tis true Jeyes is a most powerful expunger of life as we know it and that’s why I like cleaning any areas that have been exposed to fungal or bacterial infection with a suitably diluted amount.

        Usual rules of handling and safety apply of course (eye protection gloves etc)

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        • I’m not sure if it would be wise letting me loose with that stuff. I’m not always sure if I should be trusted with acetone.

          I do water in the dish. I have been doing one thing right. 😀
          I’ve started rotating the plants as you suggested. Whenever they seem to lean I turn them around. I hadn’t even thought of that.
          I’m pretty proud of my progress so far. Ive haven’t grown anything really since I was a kid and grew garden cress in old cardboard milk cartons and cotton.

          I’m always up for some pointers. I’m still very much a newbie.

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