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Hanging Around!

Hello everybody,

I have got so much to tell you about. In fact, I could right a thousand words just about today. I’ll try not to bore you too much!

We have been picking tomatoes 🍅 recently, which is a very big relief to me as I spent a long time worrying about them ripening. They are lovely and when you cut them up they have very symmetrical insides! This is very important to me as well as I absolutely hate it when objects aren’t the same!

On Friday I left school at noon and went home to go to Portsmouth for my mums graduation 🎓. She has been studying for 3 years and still carried on with working, being a mum, a wife and other general stuff. She is now a graduate of Portsmouth University and has a masters in Forensic Accounting AND has Msc after her name! So this is me saying thank you and well done to her. We all had a great day and got to stay in a hotel which I enjoyed. I am like the hotel inspector when I stay in hotels and like to check the cleanliness and quality of everything. It is one of my favourite TV programmes and I like how blunt she is.

So as well as all that excitement I had the privilege to have a birthday adventure day doing all outdoorsy stuff. Now as my blog is called outdoor cae I can use this day in my blog and show everyone how much I like doing outdoorsy stuff. It was me, my sister, our parents, my friend and my sisters friend.

A friend of my fathers did the coaching and we went to a multi-activity centre in Llangorse which was about an hour away from our house. We had an absolutely brilliant day, my favourite part was the outside high ropes courses. I found the obstacles quite easy…

But inside the difficulty level stepped up and I became more out of my comfort zone. We did caving, bouldering, abseiling, zip wires, bridge crossing and other things that I can’t remember.

For caving we had to go in a very narrow tunnel and in different directions. Whilst in this passage of fake caves you got very hot and start sweating! Bouldering is climbing up climbing walls but without ropes. I have done abseiling before but this time was even more epic, I lowered myself down and slowly walked down the wall.

I did 3 Zip Wires, One was inside and the other two were outside at the end of the high ropes courses. Another thing that was inside were the bridges, we were tied onto a moving wire that kept us safe. The adults and the kids all had a fantastic day. It’s good to challenge myself whenever I can.

In the allotment we have had some lessons learned. The main one is to be more prepared for how big things can grow to! The pumpkins 🎃 took over the garden – literally, and we have had to sacrifice them as they were like triffids!! The leaves also had some sooty mould. We did have two small pumpkins 🎃 but we definitely hadn’t bargained for how invasive they were.

The green beans have grown well but we have an infestation of black fly and it’s really bad. We have boiled up rhubarb leaves to make a spray but not having much luck. We are organic at the moment but may have to use a chemical spray to get rid. We have also learned that we need more space than planned for peas and beans.

I am growing some sweet peas but I wonder if they will ever flower 💐 as they are as tall as me but no flowers yet. It’s a shame as they smell lovely.

My sunflowers 🌻 are huge and I’m sure I will win the competition for the tallest. The heads are massive and I am going to keep lots of the seeds. I may even sell them as they are from huge sunflowers 🌻 . Maybe I will make my fortune!

The cucumbers 🥒 have been very successful this year and we have picked quite a few. We have plenty more to come. My mum had a home grown parsnip for tea this week and we enjoyed carrots 🥕 and an onion that we had also grown.

The potatoes 🥔 have been great and we have just dug up our second batch. We have also replanted more seed potatoes 🥔. We will have to wait a while for those. Not sure how many more strawberries 🍓 we will pick now. They have been a little disappointing in taste but there have been plenty.

I finish for summer break in two days so I am looking forward to getting out and about and having more adventures to tell you all about. I’m planning to climb Pen-y-fan and do some more waterfall walks and don’t forget plenty of gardening and visiting gardens.

Next year I plan to grow pineapples 🍍 and bananas 🍌. Ha ha, just joking as I think I may struggle as they need tropical conditions all year!!

What ever you get up to – Keeep enjoying everything outdoors and indoors.

Outdoorcae

Heatherton trip!

Hi everyone,

Today’s blog is just a quick one to tell you about tomorrow’s trip to Heatherton!

My school are taking us there and I am very excited, I am taking a camera so expect lots of photos and maybe a vlog or two!

Here’s a link so you can have a look yourself to see what it’s going to be like for me!

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I hoped you liked today’s quick update!

Outdoorcae

Hot Weather!

Hello All,

This time of year is very busy for everyone, I am sorry if my blogs don’t come out some weeks but do the others. The main thing I love is being outdoors!

I have been thinking this week that my blogs would want to include more YOU! If you would like a picture or a story or just a quick explanation of what you like to do then please email me by clicking this link below! This way when I havent got time to do a blog, I can just copy your message and paste it either in its own post or in one of my big posts.

Outdoorcae@outlook.com

Firstly I’m going to talk about Gardening!

This weather has been fantastic for the garden and all my plants are doing so well, however there is a down side – watering!!!! I spend about an hour everyday making sure that all my plants (Veg and flowers) have enough to drink. This is even more work this week as some of my relatives are away and I have volunteered to water their plants as well, this isn’t really a problem as they do so much for me and my family.

With everything growing so quickly I have had to have a big thin out of some of my veg, so I have really cut back on my parsnips, cabbage and sprouts. If i hadn’t thinned these out each of the plants would have been fighting for space and light and none of them would have grown properly.

My Tomatoes are going incredibly well! One had started ripening so now they should all follow its lead! I’m Very excited for my first tom to eat! When my uncle came round he gave me his first tomato! it was heavenly!

My cucumbers are coming all the time now! We have about 15 growing at the minute and 3 are ready to be picked tonight! When you eat one it’s quite hard to stop cutting your self another and another slice!

My peas are doing extremely well, We have picked too many to count now! I have a bag of them in my packed lunch each day!

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The other day I went up to my allotment and dug up a bag of my potatoes, The original potatoes had rotten and were huge!

My Carrots are also getting quite big now! Some are purple and some are orange! I can’t way to try some with my Sunday lunch! But the BIG question is should I have chicken or beef? Why don’t you tell me below! Here’s a photo a weird looking one i pulled up

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My beans are coming on nicely! They have started growing into green bits now! I hope they grow bigger soon as I absolutely love them!

Now that my allotment is in full flow we have turned our garden development plans to our front garden, at the moment we have a lawn with planters all around (and a few trees) but we think its time to do something more exciting with it. So my mum and i have decided to rip up the grass (well I make my dad do this bit) and turn it into a more flowing garden full of different planting areas. My dad and I have started to extend a stone wall at the bottom of our garden and have now put in a pond with some water lilies and some marginals and today we installed a pump into the pond so it has a nice little fountain in it. We are going to keep on working on the area around the pond and hope to eventually have a bit of a rockery with some succulents – when we have finished the wall and topped up the soil.

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We have two small apple trees in the front garden and these are full of apples which are not quite ready to pick, but I can’t wait for them as I love picking a fresh apple and eating it on my way to school.

It was my dad’s birthday recently (But he is grumpy and doesn’t tell anyone as he doesn’t like birthdays) and he had a lovely kitchen compost pot where we collect our peelings etc ready to take to our big compost bin in the garden

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And the final news for my garden section today is – we have taken delivery of our new gardeners beehive which is not like a normal beehive its more like a bee hotel. We don’t have to do anything with it apart from set it up and wait for bees to find it. We haven’t put it together yet but hopefully we will soon. As you can see from the photo below we havent even unpacked it yet.

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Next I’m going to give you a basic round-up of everything else in the last week,

I will be joining a scout group in September! I am so excited. I hope that it will be fun and that I will enjoy. I am quite sad that I couldn’t join my uncle johns group but it was a little bit awkward that his group meets on a Friday night, I can’t make that evening because I’ve got other commitments to go to.

Today I have been making another one of my chocolate cakes, this weeks cake was a practice for a my mums birthday cake next week. I love baking and think that i must get this from my mum as she is the worlds best cake maker. Here are some photos of some of the cakes I have made over the last few weeks.

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As I’m sure you are aware, dad and me LOVE parkrun and have run loads (I’ve run over 50 and am a proud member of the 50 club and wear my 50 T with pride. Anyway, we have set ourselves a challenge of trying to the parkrun alphabet, this is doing a parkrun starting with every letter of the alphabet (this isn’t fully possible as there isn’t one starting with X, but lets hope there is soon).

Of all the runs we’ve done we havent done one beginning with A so yesterday we went to the new Aberdare parkrun, its was only their 4th event but it was an excellent parkrun, in such a lovely park and organised by such enthusiastic volunteers. I’d recommend that everyone gives it a go.

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Last Tuesday I went to canoe club again, were i helped my dad teach a group of kids. I’m loving kayaking again now and can’t wait for club this week as it’s the first of our outdoor sessions. I get to wear my new wetsuit but still hope it’s not to cold.

It’s been so hot this week! I have really wanted to melt at some points! I’d often think that I would die for an ice cream! But we bought a lovely Kilner drinks dispenser that i keep filled with water and ice which make our drink so refreshing in this heat.

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We went for a walk around Brecon yesterday and ended up in our favorite shop Likeys, it’s an amazing shop that sells gear for the outdoors and I’d recommend that everyone goes and has a look around. The staff there really know their stuff and are always so friendly. I was lucky enough that my dad bought me some new flip-flops and they are the best footwear I have ever worn.

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Don’t forget to check out my podcast (on iTunes or soundcloud) and  my YouTube channel for other ways of seeing what I’m up to. You can also follow me on instagram, Facebook and twitter where my username is OutdoorCae, and you can use any of these to get in touch with me (EG Facebook messenger)

I think its time to sign off this week but my final note is Wimbledon starts tomorrow and I’m so excited. I’m a massive Federer fan and really hopes he win again.

So make sure too…

Keeepppp Garrddeeennninnngggg

Outdoorcae

Plant Progress

Hi all,

Did you notice the alliteration. (Plant Progress!) Been busy recently so haven’t been able to right a blog, but here I am back enjoying the powers of the internet.

Todays blog is all a Garden Update on all my plants in my allotment, So here it is.

Tomatoes

My Tomato plants have Toms on them and they are quite big too, my only worry is will they turn red or is the energy going into their size.

Cucumbers

I have picked and eaten a cucumber already, We have been incredibly lucky this year and Planted our Crops early. This could have ended up meaning that we lost everything but the weather has been kind to us.

Marigolds

The only reason we grow Marigolds Is they keep of the insects of our plants, I also think they look quite pretty.

Peas

I am regularly picking pea pods and tonight my family and I had them cooked with our roast dinner,

Beans

We can not pick our beans yet but again I can not tell you about this because I do not know my self.

Carrots

Our Carrots are still small but sweet enough to eat, See the photos below or Open the link at the end of this blog for a picture album.

Radishes

We have picked all of our radishes and there are none left but that is the best bit of gardening you grow then you eat!

Lettuce

Did you know that when you pick your lettuce you can do a little trick that will then make it grow again. See this video to see how to do this

Click Here

Do you have any other plants I haven’t included today that you want me to give you their progress, Fill in this form and I will do another update!

Any Photos from today’s blog will also be visible from this link,  Photo album

If you have any feedback on this change please contact me on this form.

Tonight I made a cake! I loved it! 

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Finally Yesterday I went to BBC Gardeners World show and you’ll never guess who I met, Carol Klein! She is my absolute gardening hero and to have met her and have a picture with her is a dream come true,

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Anyway,

Thanks so much for reading today’s blog

Outdoorcae

General Updates!

Hello everyone,

I’ve been planning to do a blog for a long time giving you a full update on how everything is going in the allotment, I will see if I can write it and display lots of photos and then publish it in the week!

My birthday is the next approaching event and I am so so excited, I have made my birthday list and it is hung up in pride of place on my fridge, (I am really hoping for dogs)!

Over Half term I have been away at my Caravan but back at my allotment my plants were almost calling out for water, every night I popped home just to feed them!

We are now regularly picking radish and lettuce which my mother and father really like. Also we are picking strawberries which saying I love is an understatement! Also my sister really likes spring onions.

In my greenhouse I love growing anything that I can get my hands on, Cucumbers were one of my exceptions however as I grew a few then gave up, but I did plant some more a little time after and bought one from RHS Cardiff!

When I came to check one night I saw that there was a cucumber sitting there as if he was having a relaxing lay on a lounger in Spain! I was so startled I actually told everyone I could think of!

Earlier I got my dad to drive me down to my grans because I wanted to give her some of my tomato plants! I have grown so many different plants and we have loads as everything we planted grew!

Here’s a collection of photos of my tomatoes. I have used google drive so all you need to do is click on this link – Click here

Soon it’s about time to start thinking about what I’m going to sow next, now I have grown most of my veg and will soon be picking it it’s probably about time to start new plants in the greenhouse, then when we have eaten all of what we currently have growing we can make space to start winter crops.

As my Favourite parkrun was cancelled on the weekend I chose to go to a new one called Riverfront! When I first thought about it I assumed that it would be along the main road and by a river! But I was wrong! When we arrived (Me and my Dad) we followed some marshals and found our way to the start line!

When we started running we left the main road and made our way to a lovely coastal path! It was not at all what I expected and that is in a good way!

Also on Apple notes I have made a list of my parkrun ABC which is a list of parkruns that begin with every letter in the alphabet,

If I go to canoe club this week I have got a brand new wet suit! Wet suits are designed so when water goes inside the suit it fills up, keeps you warm and stops other water from getting in! I think they are very well planned out!

Some Friday nights my family and I go to our caravan and that’s exactly what we did over half term! When we were away we still had to come back every night to check how the garden was doing! We still had lots of fun and we were constantly either playing games, cycling or going on long walks.

We went for lots of walks and visited some of our favourite places.

One late evening we were down for a walk in the country park when I said to my dad those bee hives over there look dead, we don’t know if this is true but as far as we can find out they were absolutely dead,

As I am a eco councillor in my school it is my job to make sure that our local community stays as environmentally friendly as possible,

This week I noticed in my weekly copy of First News that on Tuesday the 5th of June it is World Environment day and I decided that my school should do something special on this day, our topic this year is Plastic Waste and we are doing all that we possibly can to help save the planet.

And Finally, Me and my mum built a wigwam out of sticks and bin bags! Here’s some quick photos to show you our masterpiece,

The next day it was falling down so as a early birthday present I had this from Argos!

For the next two nights then I slept in there and had all my meals in there! What a silly billy I am!

Just a few reminders,

My Weekly Podcast comes out every Monday so look out for more outdoor madness then!

On Twitter I am @Outdoorcae

On YouTube I am Outdoorcae – Click here

And of course the blog is at Www.Outdoorcae.com

That’s about it from me today but this week I am focusing on the blog so look out for more of my adventures here at Outdoorcae

Keeepppp Garddeennnniinnnggg and enjoying everything outdoors!!

Outdoorcae

Half Term Break

Hi everyone,

When I write my blogs I’m usually sitting in front of my desktop computer having a drink of warm orange squash (It cools my temper down when I get annoyed whilst typing) but today I am lying on my camp bed in my caravan awning.

I will not be on holiday by the time you’re reading this but right now I am and I’m having a great time in the great outdoors. I have just been over to the toilet block to have a shower that really has refreshed me. I like going out and about as I am a very nosy person! Bet you couldn’t guess that!!

Earlier, my family and I went up the mountain pathway for a long walk. It is uphill for ages then steeply downhill into the river gorge. Then we scrambled over the river which got my walking boots a little bit wet! We met some friendly sheep on the way and some very noisy donkeys!!

For my podcast I have found an excellent recording and editing software called garage band that works on all Apple IOS Devices. I will be using this soon so look out for it in future podcasts.

I played in a rugby tournament last week and it was very exciting. One of the games they played with my Rugby ball. I’m proud of my own rugby ball even though it’s not an expensive one. We did okay in the tournament but it’s not all about winning as the team spirit is great. That’s the best bit for me!

Gardening wise, as I have been away I have only popped into the allotment twice and wow! What a difference a few days make. The weather has been so warm but also occasionally very rainy so has made the veg grow so much. We have fruit and flowers on everything now and if it all survives then we will be in for bumper crops later on!!

The exciting news is we have a well developed cucumber growing and the tomato plants are like triffids with loads of flowers on. My sunflowers are huge and starting to get heads on. I have picked a few handfuls of strawberries, quite a few radishes, a few spring onions and loads of lettuce and salad leaves. It’s much more fun than going to the supermarket and buying everything.

We have plans for the front garden with a lily pond and more fruit trees so keep reading for future updates.

We set up new pea and bean canes to help the plants grow into lovely veg for us to eat. Gardening, for us, has been learning whilst doing. The original sticks were a bit short so we replaced them with longer sticks. Also we put out netting to stop white butterflies eating our cabbage. They really like laying their eggs under the leaves and when they hatch, watch out!!, as they eat all the lovely green leaves. I can’t wait for the peas and beans to be ready as I really like them and my mum and dad do too. Mmmm.

I went for a long walk in the country side and it was lovely, I went around a lake and then I tried to cross a river but my boots got a little bit filled up with water. I don’t hate anything more than wet socks! ❌💧🧦, I came out lucky though because my sister’s boots were full to the brim with river water! It was great fun. We saw a bird called a Dipper. Mum says they are unusual but we see them every time we visit this area. Talking of birds. Woody our friendly woodpecker is back and he is a very hungry bird at the moment, I expect he has a nest to feed. We also have a friendly robin who visits. We call her Rosie. The call of the cuckoo is always a reminder that May is on its way out. That’s good for me as my birthday is in June and I can’t wait.

A couple of rest days for me as it’s half term but I’m sure I’ll be out and about seeing interesting things to talk to you about in my podcasts and in this blog.

Until the next time…

Keep wwwwatering that parched ground!!

Outdoorcae (enjoying a break in the great outdoors)

Garden Update!!!!!!!!

Hi All,

Have you noticed the big change in the sky? Yes, your absolutely right, it’s the sun!! Let’s hope this is finally the start of summer and we have some fine, warm and dry weather to look forward to in the next few months. The garden certainly needs it (but this does mean that I’ll have to do more watering!!!!).

The sun has definitely taken effect and all the plants have flowers on and are producing lots of lovely veg for me to eat. My favorite camellia has finished flowering and is ready for its next hair cut!

All this sun means that my greenhouse is boiling which has helped my plants shoot up enough that a lot of them were ready to move outside, this allowed me to have a sort out to make room for all the different types of things we want to grow.

The strawberry plants I bought ages ago have strawberries on them so hopefully I will have a few big juicy fat ones to eat.

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This week every night I went up to my allotment and filled the planter will soil, the way I did this was:

  1. Asked my grandfather to go to B&Q and buy 20 big bags of soil
  2. Because my allotment is up some steps and the bags were to big for me to carry up (And my dad still can’t lift) I cut open each bag and filled up a bucket with soil.
  3. I then carried the bucket up the steps to the allotment (that my father built before his operation) and poured the soil in!
  4. After about three hours of hard work I finally filled the planter and rewarded myself by eating a big round chocolate cake from ASDA!

After that I had the big job of transferring some of the plants from the greenhouse to outside into the planter!!!!!!!!!! 😦

Some of the plants i moved outside were; Swede, beans, peas, lettuce and carrots. My mum then helped me to tie some bamboo poles together for the beans and peas to climb up.

The pumpkins plants are absolutely massive now. They will take ages to grow still but hopefully they will still be ready for Halloween in October. I hope that we can keep them alive that long and make sure they keep growing!

I also managed to harvest a few radish and lettuce which mum and dad enjoyed.

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Mum is a very helpful helper because whilst my dad has been ill she has helped so much with our family allotment and if I do say so myself it is looking absolutely fantastic.

 

On the weekend we went to a National Trust property but before we went my mum made sure that it was suitable and accessible enough for my dad, Yes I know DAD, DAD, DAD! We went to Dyrham Park which was very lovely and would have been lovely walks to if we hadn’t gone with HIM!

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On the back my dad caught the National Trust bus back to the car park so the rest of us could walk the scenic route back (This was a bonus as my mum had bought a big trellis for the garden so he took it on the bus with him). On the walk back we saw a load of carvings out of trees that had fallen down. Some of these were really impressive.

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There was also a natural playground that my sister and I played on.

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We also saw a massive Mushroom on an old tree

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On Sunday I went to my bee course and the main topic was foraging!!! FUN FACT ALERT, Did you know that the bees make their honey out of nectar and the pollen is used to feed the baby bees and is called Brood Food! When they bring the nectar back to the hive they fan it with their wings to reduce the amount of water in it which changes it to honey, there is always some pollen and oils mixed in which gives honey its taste and colour.

This is a photo of me checking a brood frame to see if I can spot the queen and also to see if there are any eggs. I did the see the queen and she was marked with a yellow dot which meant that she was born last year.

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My dads friend, John, has had his new bees but is struggling to find his queen so my dad and I are hoping to go and help him check his bees as long and the doctor gives my dad the all clear to go!

And finally on Friday, in my school we celebrated the Royal Wedding by having a yard party with food, games and fancy dress and as well the teachers were wearing scary masks of the wedding couple. All in all though I had a great time!

My dad is going to see the doctor on thursday to check up on him after his operation, my family and I are really hoping he will be allowed back to work because of his moaning  and me and my dad really want to get back at our running and parkrunning in particular – By the way I’m still waiting for my 50 T-Shirt. To find out more check out this link – parkrun

Now to end the blog I’m going to give you a teaser question to tickle your minds!

If an electric speed train was going north and traveling at 50mph what direction would the smoke be going in?

This Monday I will be recording my second podcast, this will be available on Soundcloud and on Itunes and hopefully on android but that one is a working progress, Please download it.

Well I’m off to enjoy the peace of the garden while sitting on a lounger reading my latest book and then enjoy an early night. So have a good week and don’t forget to…

Keeeeeep gardening!!

OutdoorCae (enjoying being outdoors)