Going Green

There’s not too much to say about knitting this week. I’ve been working on my cable jumper and have finally finished the back. But it’s a huge piece of knitting and is taking some time. The evenness of the stitching looks good and I’m happy with it.

IMG_2050Now the weather is better there is so much going on; there’s plenty of time to knit when I make it but there are lots of distractions. I’m keen to get my children out and about being active and to make that happen that involves me.

We had a holiday in the Lake District and did lots of walking and mountain biking. As you can see, we were lucky and it was sunny all week.

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For me, the highlight was taking the children on the North Face trail at Grizedale. It was their first taste of proper mountain biking and they loved it. The trail is twisty and ricky with lots of obstacles but the hills aren’t too big so they could manage it. My son is really into doing more now – this is the first cycling that hasn’t involved dragging him around (or rather riding along with a hand on his back to push him up the hills).

Grizedale Forest
Grizedale Forest
Grizedale Forest
Grizedale Forest 

We’ve also been out in the garden. I’ve made a small vegetable patch (to match the scale of our small garden) and every year, we grow a few veggies. The soil is poor – very thick claggy clay so not a huge amount will grow successfully. We always seem to be on holiday at the moment Summer when lots of watering is needed and everything is about to be harvested – this impacts on our success too.

We started by preparing the ground:

It's been dry here so the soil is baked. We had to water the ground before we could start digging
It’s been dry here so the soil is baked. We had to water the ground before we could start digging

After an hour and a half, the soil was just about ready to be planted – the soil was still quite lumpy but that was as good as it gets:

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We made hanging baskets, planted tomatoes and beans.

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On the blog, I’m going to record the growth of the garden.

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