The past month has been pretty mad up at Pomps Patch. All this sunshine has meant a lot of watering every day but also a fair amount of goodies are up for the picking. There literally haven't been enough hours in the day to get enough done, and with it being so hot there's a limit to how much you can do in the middle of the day, but we're working hard.
We've pretty much got the first half of our plot fully up and running now and are making plans for the jungle that is 'the other side'. I'm also planning what winter veg to put in over the next couple of weeks/months. It's all systems go up at our little patch.
Rich surprised me with a newly painted shed. We'd both love to have a bigger one, but as that isn't an option at the moment we discussed how to make it work for us. I wanted a nice sea blue to make it like a beach hut, and that's what I got! We've also put up a load of hooks to keep everything off of the floor. All we need to do now is the decking and we're good to go!
We were really lucky with our strawberry plants this summer. I think we had about 20+ punnets worth and couldn't eat them quick enough, and quite a few broad beans until the black fly decended and we had to abandon crop. It was kind of heart breaking but I'm just glad we got some and know to plant earlier for next year.
I've said before that one of my favourite things about our plot is the view over Exeter, particularly at dusk.It doesn't get much better than sitting back in the camping chairs with a picnic and taking in that view, and admiring our hard work of course.
A couple of weeks ago Rich and I headed over to Topsham for a mooch around the charity shops. I probably blog about this place too much, but sod it, I love it! Because it's quite a wealthy/retirement town you can often get some amazing finds in the charity shops, including a lot of Dorma fabric, winning!! While we were walking through the town we passed the church where a crowd had gathered for a wedding. We felt a bit weird about the idea of photographing strangers on their wedding day, but it seemed ok to take a few snaps of the horse and carriage.
A couple of the 'Topsham Ten' pubs are right on the river, so obviously we stopped for a drink and to admire the scenery while we planned what to do next. I then had a call from my sister to say she was popping into a local farm shop so we headed over to join them for a bit, any excuse to see Jack. I can't quite believe that he will be 3 in 6 weeks, time goes way too fast but he is still completely obsessed with tractors, as you can see. We played a game where he was the tractor driver and I kept pretending that he had run me over and fell to the floor over, and over, and over. He loved it!
Hope you had a great weekend. I am shattered from a day of digging up at the allotment on Saturday, and then spontaneously deciding to rearrange our living room after picking up a beautiful dresser, pictures to follow.
When we ventured up to Hereford for Amy & Stu's wedding, we decided to stick around on the Sunday and see a bit of the city and grab some food with my lovely friends before we all headed home. As we were a bit short on time we strolled around the town and then headed to the Cathedral to admire the architecture and sunbathe on the grounds.
Although I am not religious, I absolutely love churches and cathedrals for their beautiful architecture. I have so much admiration for anyone who has the vision to design such a huge, stunning building, plus the historical aspect is also pretty fascinating.
The church above was next to our hotel and so so pretty, I wish we'd popped inside but it seemed a bit rude as it was a Sunday.
If you have any recommendations for some great architecture, or know of any abandoned buildings/ruins I would LOVE to hear about them.
Whether you love or hate swans you cannot deny how beautiful they are. One of my favourite things about living by the river is walking past these birds every day, especially in spring/summer when there a cygnets and goslings all over the place. As you can imagine this means I end up taking far too many photos but usually end up doing nothing with them, until now.
My main reason for sharing these photos with you is down to a truly horrible thing that I witnessed last week. While I was walking home I did my usual stop to watch the cygnets playing around. As I was walking up the slip way to the bridge 2 swans started running towards me, being chased by a man who was laughing hysterically. One of the swans lost its footing and fell down the bank into the river, on top of a father swan with cygnets. The father swan obviously thought the other swan was trying to attack his babies so he attacked and then drowned the swan, all because it was chased by this stupid man. A few of us were shouting at him to stop chasing them but it was over before we could do anything to stop it. I cried and called the police (who were useless). How anyone could hurt an animal is something I will never understand, and incidents like this are exactly why I prefer animals to humans.
So to celebrate the beauty of these magnificent creatures, here is some major swan photo spam. Enjoy...