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Training Climbers

Last June Mr MC&W and I planted a lot of climbers against a fence to the side of the garden. The good news is that they are still alive and have not died, I am am really rather good at killing plants. As you can see they are growing well, with a lot of new growth since they were planted.

Planting climbers

I have decided not to prune them this year, instead I have been very busy weaving them and getting them to grow where I want them to. With in reason, climbers seem to have minds of their own.

There are quite a few areas of the fence that have very limited cover so my mission is to get them to grow covering those areas. As you can see at the moment they are pretty easy to tie and weave into the fence and I can carry this on as they grow more. Lesson learnt, cut your twine before you go out and secateurs are no good for twine cutting.

Hopefully soon the Clematis Montana Tetrarose will be flowering and providing us with lots of flowers and the pollinators with a welcome meal.
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Meal Plan Friday 16th March 2018

We had a few changes to last weeks meals, no chilli as we had roast beef left over and with my new drive to cut down waste we had stroganoff as I had some sour cream and I just got a few extra mushrooms from the farm shop.

This week we do not have anything to use up which is good.

Friday - Scampi and Chips for Mr MC&W and I the boys will have fish fingers

Saturday - Spag Bol using the minced beef meant for the chilli

Sunday - Roast Chicken

Monday - Cauliflower cheese, Spinach and pasta bake - not sure how I will do this for the boys

Cauliflower cheese and spinach pasta bakes

Tuesday - Lamb Tikka Samosas

Lamb tikka samosas

Wednesday - Omelette's and Chips these are a pick and mix of cheese, ham and mushrooms.

Thursday - Spicy Honey Salmon and roasted tomatoes. Boys will have jackets with sausages and beans

Spice and honey salmon with couscous

Meal Plan Friday 9th March 2018

Last week was great and I do not have any waste in the fridge other than a rather old feta that I found near the back. This week we only have some sun dried tomatoes that need to be used in the next couple of weeks.

I am really happy with how this went and am trying to put a little more time and thought into the meals we have.

Friday - I discovered Whitby cod Goujons and they are lovely so will be having them as fish finger rolls with lots of tartare sauce and wedges for us all

Saturday - Boys will have main meal at lunch and we will have Sticky chicken

Sticky chinese chicken traybake

Sunday - Mothers Day and Mr MC&W will be cooking roast beef 

Monday - Spicy Cheese and Tomato Bake - This will be using some of the sun dried tomatoes I have and the recipe I will alter to be able to do this. This is for us all

Spicy cheese and tomato bake

Tuesday - Prawn Laksa boys will have the noodles and veggies and will try some prawns

Prawn and coconut laksa

Wednesday - Chilli in the slow cooker with nac…

Meal Plan Friday 2nd March 2018

It has been a tough week with the weather being so cold and then the snow. I had been watching the weather forecast, a massive shop arrived at 7am on Monday 26th February with enough planned food for the next 7 days. It was the right decision as well. 

I am trying not to waste as much food so we have a few meals that will use up bits from last weeks meals. I am ed up of finding half a used feta that I have to chuck it is so wasteful.

Friday -Fish, Chips and Peas all from the freezer

Saturday - Frozen Pizza with tomato salad

Sunday - Lamb Shanks got them on the Monday and froze them. These will be slow roasted with lots of veggies

Monday - Bacon and Mushroom Pasta - this will use up the leftover pesto. The boys with have pasta, bacon and tomato sauce

Bacon and mushroom pasta

Tuesday - Crispy Greek Style Pie to use up the feta cheese. The boys will have some little parcels based on the below. Both served with salad

Crispy greekstyle pie

Chicken mozzarella pesto filo parcels

Wednesday - Sausage an…

Winter flowers vs snow

Wow what a week of weather we have had, from the first real snow in 8 years to the wind which made you shiver to your bones. The boys had never experienced proper cover your boots snow and it is safe to say they loved it.

As you all know I was so happy with my winter container plants and border, lots of wonderful colour for the cold grey days and then the snow came and came and came.

We were very lucky we missed the most dreadful weather and school only closed for one day.

The snow has gone a little and the plants now have wilted and look like this

With more snow on its way will they pop back to life or has the cold snap finished them off.

Mudpie Fridays

Maintaining Winter Container Flowers

As you are all aware I am a total novice gardener and learning everything as I go along.

I bought and planted some winter flowers for a border and them some more for containers as I loved them so much.

Winter container flowers and Winter flowers primroses and primula

These poor little flowers really do have a tough time, they experience snow, frost, heavy rain, hail and the occasional warm and sunny day. The flowers at times look sodden and really rather sad making me wonder how they survive at all.

I noticed that some of the primroses and primulas flowers were starting to die off and not recovering, I was worried they were about to go over only lasted a couple of weeks.

Then I looked a little closer, I noticed lots of new buds appearing under all the withering flowers.

Cutting the dead and dying flowers back allows the plant to concentrate on the new buds coming through, it also lets more light get to the new buds. 

We get a much longer flowering period.

Another lesson learnt to look careful…

Meal Plan Friday 23rd February 2018

Mr MC&W is now back from a 4 day business trip to Poland, we have coped well though making all the decisions regarding OBs type 1 has been tough.

We are both in need of some lighter food this week, even though the beast from the east is meant to be bringing in some very cold weather. Not sure the two will go together.

Friday - Pasta with mozzarella and fresh tomato sauce. Beans with cheese and toast for the boys

Pasta with mozzarella mint and fresh tomato sauce

Saturday - A Smoked Mackerel Salad with a horseradish dressing, the boys will have ham, egg and chips

Sunday - This is a bolognese dish from the wonderful Busy Mums Cookbook by Mary Gwynn and is just the most amazing sauce ever, served with a green salad

Monday - A Gino Dish from his healthy cookbook, Baked Potatoes with Broccoli and Gorgonzola served with a fresh tomato salad. The boys will have jackets with tuna mayo and salad.

Tuesday - This is an Ainsley Harriott meal from his meal in minutes book called crispy orange chicken …