February Happenings

Hi everyone

Well its been a few weeks since my last blog and its been a very busy few weeks so I thought I’d update you all with what I’ve been up to.

First of all since my last blog I’ve acquired and injury!!!! I was out for a nice gentle run with my auntie Kate and I managed to roll my left ankle over, I thought it was just a sprain so I strapped it up and hobbled about for a few days until eventually my dad took me to A&E where they did an X-ray and found out that I had broken some bits of bone off the side of my ankle. Since then I have been getting about with my left leg in a big rubber boot

This has stopped me doing lots of things I like, like running and canoeing but I’ve still managed to do lots of things to tell you about.

Gardening

Well first of all I thought I’d let you know what I’ve been up to in my garden. The easy answer is not that much, I have cleared the allotment beds ready for this years crop, I’ve cleaned the green house and I’ve also planted my first load of seeds. It’s still quite early and the temperature is still quite low but I’d thought I’d get in early

So far I have planted he following

  • Sun flowers (my own seeds harvested last year and that are for sale on my website)
  • Sweet peppers
  • White Gem Parsnips
  • Cucumber called Beth Alpha
  • Black Beauty Courgettes
  • Red Cherry Marigold
  • Yellow tomatoes
  • Cauliflowers
  • Painted Lady Runner Beans (my own seeds harvested last year and that are for sale on my website)
  • Kelvedon Wonder Peas
  • Onion Sets

To try and help these we’ve bought a paraffin greenhouse heater which is keeping the chill out if the greenhouse

I’ve spent a few hours in the garden topping up the planters with fresh compost from our compost bins. I’ve topped up the paraffin heater and also done a quick check on the seeds I planted two weeks ago. The marigold, peas, onions and cauliflowers are already starting to come out

I’ll keep updated how these progress

Running

Even though I haven’t been running I did manage to get another mention on Marathon Talk. In my last blog I talked about having my photo taken in my marathon talk kit on Christmas Day, well Martin and Tom the presenters of the podcast read this’ll my email about this in the episode that was published on the 9th Jan. You can download and listen to the podcast by clicking this link

I can’t wait for the doctors to give me the all clear so I can get back out running again.

Canals

For regular readers you’ll know that I love canals, either learning about them, walking along them or even taking a holiday on them (like we did twice last year). Well over the last few weeks my family and I have managed to get out and see quite a few canals and even though I can’t walk far in my boot I have managed to get out and see some amazing things.

A few weeks ago we all went for a drive to Bradford on Avon, this is a lovely little village which the Kennet & Avon canal goes through. We had a little walk around the village before walking along the canal a little bit, before stopping for lunch at a canal side pub. It was a lovely little pub and we sat in the grounds in a little heated wooden summerhouse, that we had to ourselves, and watched a few boats go past while we ate our food. There weren’t that many boats as there were quite a few stoppages on the canal so boats couldn’t move very far. After lunch we drove a few miles and went to the Caen Hill Locks near Devizes. Which I think sounds really french!!

Caen Hill locks are a flight of 29 locks and are classed as one of the 7 wonders of the waterways.

We’ve also had a trip and spent a few hours in Gloucester where we visited the Gloucester canal centre and had a meal out at the Wetherspoons.

On the way there we called into Saul Junction to have a quick look around, i may talk about this more in future blogs.

But the highlight of my canal visits was to the Anderton Boat Lift which is an amazing feat of engineering that lifts and lowers boats between the Trent & Mersey canal and the Weaver Navigation, this is another one of the 7 wonders of the waterways. We went when they had an open day, due to work taking place the lift was closed so we were able to go underneath and see how it worked. We also wanted to go on a ‘Top of the World Tour’, which was a guided tour to the top of the lift, unfortunately you had to be over 15 so my dad went up himself.

On the way home we called in to the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct which is not just another wonder of the waterways but is also classified as a World Heritage Site. We walked over the aquaduct which was a long long way up. We walked along the towpath which is on one side of the structure only and has a handrail, however the side next to the water has no edge protection so would be interesting if you were on a boat – i cant wait to do this section of canal on a boat.

Now the last bit of news about canals is that we have a family holiday planned in a few weeks on a canal boat. Regular readers will know that i was lucky enough to have two canal boat holidays last year and I’m excited to be having another one. Due to the time of year there are not many bases open so we are limited to where we can go from so we are going from Great Haywood again, like we did last February.

I’ll let you know how that holiday goes in a future blog.

Other News

One more thing i would quickly like to add is that earlier today (28.2.19) I got a mention on BBC Radio 2! It was during Steve Wright in the afternoon show and i send a text in. You can click here to listen. (About 1hour 31min and 40seconds in)

Not much else to say at the moment, but don’t forget if you need any seeds for your garden then now is the perfect time to buy them and i have a load for sale on my website (Tyla Glas Kitchen Garden).

All these are collected from my own plants that i grew last year so let me know if you want to buy any.

I think that’s it for now, I cant wait for my next blog. Keep your eyes out for it!

Keeeeeeeeepppppppp Garrdddeeenniiinnggggg

Outdoorcae

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