Easter Monday

I really love a Bank Holiday Monday and as today is Easter Monday, that’s exactly what this is.  I love that feeling of the weekend being extended and although I know that it will send me into confusion later in the week when I can’t remember what day it is, there’s nothing that can diminish that feeling of bliss when I wake up in the morning and realise that I don’t have to jump out of bed early.

It’s the last day off for not so small daughter; she’s back into school tomorrow and we will both have a job getting back into routine, I think – even though she was in school for most of her first week off, the holidays have felt very long.  She’s been off for the whole of April so far, so that is quite a long break!

Not wanting to waste a sunny day with no commitments, I’ve been in the garden today.  I’m still planting my potatoes out – yes, I know, they’ve been on the windowsill for far longer than they should have been but it is how it is and they’re going into the ground now.  Two rows are in and the next bed is full of Echinops ritro (Globeflower) and poppy seedlings (no idea which variety, I think they’re Papaver somniferum) which I want to try to move rather than just dig up.

A raised vegetable bed full of plants that shouldn't be there

I think I’ve already cleared this bed once this year but never mind – I’m quite pleased to have these plants to move to the flower borders and just hope they will survive.  They all have long tap roots that don’t like to be disturbed so there’s a good chance I’ll lose some (if not most) of them but hopefully enough will survive to make it worth the effort.

Ahh …

An orange wheelbarrow is in the foreground filled with plants. Behind is a flower border behind a small retaining wall. An orange mug of tea sits on one of the stones.

It makes me very happy to be outside in the garden … I forget sometimes when it’s wet and windy just how good for me it is to be outside and breathing in the fresh air, and I love to see what’s growing.  I’m hoping that planting the Echinops will attract plenty of bees this year, and I adore poppies so I’m really hoping that they will be happy here on this side of the garden.  They’re very good at self-seeding so if I’m lucky, I’ll get more poppies next year – although I expect that they will just keep growing eternally in the veg box and not in the border at all! 🙂

Christine is digging in the garden with a garden fork. She is wearing battered brown boots, black trousers and a pair of grey, green and blue striped socks

My hand knit socks are hard-working socks.  These are my 8ply (DK) Boot Socks which I knitted in 2016 and they are still going strong.  The yarn is Regia Iglu which you can still buy – this is shade 8991 Lappland – and it comes in 150g balls which gives you plenty for at least one pair of socks depending on the size of your feet.

Today has been a washing day as well, because there seemed to be something in the pillow case this morning …

A stripey tabby kitten is disappearing head first into a pink and white checked pillow case

Luckily for me, Hattie was straight onto it and attacked the pillow to make sure that whatever was in there didn’t intend to stay for long, and she and Astrid (for it was she in there) had a lovely game until I started to get a bit worried that Astrid was going to come out through the side and not the proper opening!

A tabby and white kitten looks out from inside a pink and white checked pillow case

Oh, look at that little face!  It’s a wonder I ever get anything done!

It’s all quiet now and I’m back inside for a brew.  I do have a question to ask you, though … what’s cuter than a kitten on a crochet blanket?

A brown, black, ginger and white tortoiseshell kitten lies on a multi-coloured crochet blanket

Two kittens on a crochet blanket! 🙂

A tabby and white and a black, white and ginger tortoiseshell kitten lie on a multi-coloured crochet blanket

Well, you knew I was going to say that, didn’t you? 🙂


I hope you’ve had a lovely Bank Holiday Monday if you’re in the UK xx



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9 Responses

  1. Susan Rayner says:

    A lovely blog – it is great to be able to get outdoors again – although today was all about pressure washing the driveway and then cleaning up afterwards! Even that felt good. The patio is next weekend’s job! Our flowerbeds have been planted out as in Surrey we are a bit ahead of you most of the time -hopefully no more frosts as we have had enough recently! Love the Regia Iglu socks!

  2. Geeha says:

    Like you my husband enjoys his gardening and I enjoy the results. Arthritis means I just keep him supplied with tea and encouragement. Lovely to see the kittens and crochet.

  3. Shirley-Ann says:

    Your kitties are too cute! I’ve enjoyed a bit of Easter weekend gardening too! Potatoes got planted out but in grow bags as an experiment. I have trays of seeds I started a few weeks ago – some of which are now ready for planting out but I’m holding out a little longer to avoid any surprise frosts!

    • winwickmum says:

      I think that’s a really good idea as you’re not too far away from us and we can still get frost up until the end of May. I hope your grow bag potatoes do really well! 🙂 xx

  4. I’m glad you managed to sit down for a rest (last post – sorry I’m catching up with blogs). Your socks are lovely and your kittens are adorable, full of mischief as is normal for cats. It’s sunny today in Lincolnshire and I’ve repotted a few plants and pruned them a bit, I hope they survive. We need to wash and replace glass in the green house, also clear junk out so I can use the potting table, the greenhouse was here when we moved last year.

  5. Diane MiehleSmith says:

    Lovely to read your activities.

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