Monday, 22 April 2013

Introducing my new blog.

Introducing my new site; The Paint Shed

This is my Gallery.

It's a collection of paintings and drawings produced by me over the last five years. After much encouragement from many, many friends, I decided to collect most of my work and post them all together in one place. And this is the place.
When you visit, start with the introduction (tab at top of the page), then take a look at the work. The work is posted separately making it easy to comment on individual pieces and before you leave, there is a guest book at the top of the page for you to sign or comment in as you wish. This is something I've been thinking about for a while. It's a 'work in progress', and it's obviously going to take a while to get all my work photographed and posted but; the general idea is that this is the online gallery for my own work. I’ll try to get as much as I can posted before I go to France but I suspect this is going to take a while.

I've looked for the 'join this site' gadget and it has been removed and replaced with a 'Google+' gadget. I really don't want to do this, it entails filling in a new profile that displays your real name and is used on all Google sites including blogger and YouTube. If I fill this in my blogger profile will disappear and be replaced with the new one.

Anyway..........I have a plan, I've left the 'follow by email' gadget in the right hand column and suggest those who want to ‘join’ this new site use the email alert to keep up with new posts and leave their name in the guest book to say they are following. That way I know who 'follows the site', followers get regular updates and I don’t have to join Google+ Hope this is OK with every one.



Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Garden 2013 no 5

Monday 15th April was a rare day of sunshine and I took advantage of this all too brief window.
The shallots I put in last week were virtually unearthed by the heavy rain, they all needed bedding down in the soil again.

I dug over my other small bed and planted out the red onions in neat little rows.
After the onions the garlic went in. Or at least some of it did. I have another whole garlic to split into cloves and plant out individually.
There is a space left at the side of this small bed for my beetroot. I didn’t have time to put the beetroot seeds in because the weather started to turn but that is the next task on the list. Hopefully I’ll not have to wait too long for another window of opportunity. The important thing is that I get these few basic tasks done before heading off to France.
I put some carrot seeds in my big potato barrels late last year and left them to over winter. I wasn’t expecting much because I thought I’d left it too late, and then we had so much awful weather I thought what ever was there would be ruined, but to my surprise, I’ve now got more than a kilo of young sweet and tasty carrots. I intend to replace some of the compost, re-fertilise it and then grow more carrots in the same barrels. I think if I can keep this going, I could get two crops per year.

The ultimate plan is to get the beetroot seeds in, plant the rest of the garlic, prepare the barrels and get some more carrot seed in. Then I’m going to  prepare a couple of the containers. The containers will be used to sow lettuce, radish and salad leaves before I leave, and if all goes according to plan, I’ll come home to fresh salad. I’ll also come home to weeding, grass cutting, tidying, fence painting and all the other routine jobs that badly need doing. Of course on the plus side………….being a retired lady I’ll have the time to do all these little jobs.