zoo_music_girl: (pumpkin - homegrown!)
We ate him.


Very tasty he was too.

Pumpkin, bacon and sage risotto )
zoo_music_girl: (halloween)
I forgot to post the latest photos!

These were taken on Sunday:

IMG_5039 IMG_5042

And I took this one just now. It was too bright to take photos but I'm impatient. I don't know if you can see it clearly, but that tape measure is open to 6 inches. I think the pumpkin is about 5 inches across now.


I think the growth rate is slowing down a bit now, but even if it doesn't get much bigger than it is now, I can carve that, it's about the same size as the turnips I used to carve for lanterns as a child.

My other pumpkin plant is a bit sorry for itself. It's taken much more of a drubbing from the slugs and while it produced a female flower the other day there were no male flowers at the same time, and then it got eaten anyway. There are two female flowers about to open in the next few days though, so maybe there's still time. I think the weather would have to improve a fair bit first for it to do much though.

Also, does anyone want some ox-eye daisies? They'll grow in tubs or beds and they don't require any looking after, just a sunny spot. They don't even need good soil, in fact they might even be better in poor soil.


Also up for grabs is my callistemon/bottle brush plant, which just doesn't go with the rest of my garden. It's a healthy plant and again it doesn't require any special attention, just sun and water. It needs more water than it might appear, it's Australian but it's not a desert plant. It's in a pot but you could plant it out.


I am prepared to meet people somewhere to give them the daisies but the callistemon must be collected.
zoo_music_girl: (clematis)
Yesterday my mum and I went in search of the garden centres that my workmate had told me about. The first one we came across was Northfields Nurseries and it was so amazing that we didn't bother looking for any others. The area dedicated to outdoor pots alone took up the same area as my local B&Q. There were rows of glasshouses, lots of outdoor plants and a small warehouse full of tools, seeds and lighter pots that would blow away outside without earth in them. I came away a hundred quid poorer but I bought some beautiful plants and containers - one large metal square one and two chunky square ceramics, one green and one black. I got a sambuca nigra Black Lace, a Japanese maple/red acer, a jasmine polyanthum, a lavender, a rosemary, a tarragon, a convolvulus, a white/green euonymus, a tray of huge pansies and some small bright flowered plants that I was going to make a window box from but might end up in the back yet.

Yesterday we tore out the old lavender which wasn't flowering much any more, and my mum had already got rid of the two potted conifers for me during the week. Today Simon came over and helped us move the original yellow/green euonymus to the back corner, we moved the lilac tree to behind the gazebo and did lots of potting and repotting. It looks *gorgeous*. I just need to get rid of the gazebo and buy a nice garden bench instead and my garden will be more or less the way I want it.

photies )
zoo_music_girl: (face)

About two o'clock I got a call from Graham and decided to go into town early based on what he told me about the itinerary for the afternoon. Unfortunately it was too short notice for Christa to meet me any earlier so I went in to St James's Park on my own. I found the little girl (and Graham) easily enough, just following the crowds and the noise. I was in a great spot to see her, but not a good place for photos as thin branches were in the way.

She was asleep in her deckchair but soon after I arrived they woke her up and she went for a walk. They were letting children sit on her arms, in the crook of her elbow.

I watched for a while and then went to find Christa. We went straight to Horse Guards Parade and got a reasonably good spot to watch the finale. I couldn't believe how many people were there. I was really glad to have seen so much over the weekend because it took the pressure off to try to get right to the front.

I could only really see by looking to either side of the guy in front or standing on tip toe, but I saw everything. I had to raise my camera well above my head to take any photos for most of the afternoon, so today's shots aren't very well composed and some of them are just plain squint!

We stood around for ages, but eventually the little girl approached from the park, but then turned left and headed up to The Mall. Some more time passed and she reappeared leading the elephant.

They both went into the main arena where the rocket waited. The little girl was dressed in a flying helmet and goggles and lifted into the rocket. The elephant and the little girl said goodbye and the lid was lowered on. The elephant blew steam into the rocket and suddenly silver streamers exploded everywhere. The rocket flared brightly and there were vast clouds of smoke. When they dispersed the lid of the rocket was lifted again, and the girl was gone!

The sultan and his entourage left the elephant, everyone took their bows to rapturous applause and we all went home.

(Well actually Christa, Tanya and I went to look at the cars and then met Aideen and friends for a drink, and then Christa and I had dinner in Melati, but that doesn't sound as neat and tidy an ending.

That was truly one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. I'd consider travelling to see another Royal De Luxe show. I had tears in my eyes when I realised it was all over.)

Full gallery now here.
zoo_music_girl: (solveig)
Day Three's photos have now been added to the gallery. Write up from the last couple of days later.


zoo_music_girl: (Default)
I'm too exhausted to do a proper write up and sort out all my photos properly, but I know some people were keen to see the photos, so here's a small selection of the 100 I took. It was awesome. More tomorrow.

I feel like this at the moment:

More here.
zoo_music_girl: (earthlight)
There's a rocket embedded in Waterloo Place, buried hard into the fabric of the road with dusty smelling smoke billowing out from underneath it. It looks mostly wooden, with some brass fixtures, and there's an oval window with closed red curtains in one side. The first installment of a periodical lies in piles around it and talks of a Sultan and his time travelling elephant.

more )

More photos here.
zoo_music_girl: (Default)
From [livejournal.com profile] kneeshooter, some excellent photos of the Birmingham performance.

(My post about the London show.)


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