Tuesday, 17 October 2017

The Cacti are Growing!

I promised to keep you up to date on the progress of the cactus seeds that came in a little kit from Texas, and here they are...


They still have the seed pod shell stuck on the top of the shoot but that will pop off eventually.


Some of them had to be potted on shortly after this as they got knocked off the windowsill and scattered. Inevitably, they have not grown much since then as I think they are still in shock... but if they carry on growing, I'll keep you posted!

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Gary Numan

We went to the Gary Numan concert in London at the Brixton academy yesterday...



and it was fab! 
The light-show was right in your face




and these photos totally don't do it any justice at all.
The sound was so loud and all-encompassing that it took your ears hours to recover.




All the hits were there, especially the wonderful new album Savage, and so were his family, watching from the balcony just in front of us.



His daughter Persia sang live on the single Ruin and the concert was videoed for future release (which I shall certainly buy as I was too short to see much).



If you want a taster, checkout the Youtube video someone has put online of the opening song from last night https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFLW1_TOz7U


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Planting Cactus Seeds

Husband had a business trip to a hot and deserty part of America and brought me back a little plastic egg of a greenhouse containing vermiculite and some cactus seeds.


Here are the contents


- an opened egg, the vermiculite (Wiki says : Vermiculite is a hydrous phyllosilicate mineral. It undergoes significant expansion when heated.) useful for planting seeds when you want to cover them but not cut out the light, and a small capsule of seeds.


Here they are planted with 4 teaspoons of water added, as per instructions...



and sealed back inside their tiny ovoid greenhouse to keep in warmth and moisture.

That was the end of August so stay tuned to see how they are getting on.

Monday, 2 October 2017

Happy Stone

Following on from yesterday's post about our family's fascination with finding interesting stones on beaches...

here, with the addition on only a small mouth, is one of he cutest little happy stones I have ever met...


Sunday, 1 October 2017

Drawing on Stones

We love a stony beach - all our family prefer throwing stones or drawing on stones or sorting and collecting stones to just laying on dull sand.


So here is a sample of chosen stones from Bognor beach late this summer - one made into a landscape and one that was just calling out to be made into a seal with very little help from the pen in my pocket : )

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

So Cute!

A friend of mine crochets and has invented these cute little things


She has called them Bootle-Floofs and sells them to loving homes


They come in all sorts of colours and, if you're interested, you can visit her site and see some more of her stuff...

https://www.facebook.com/HambalsAndFriends/

A very talented lady!

Monday, 25 September 2017

Bags of Fabric!

Here is the first thing I made out of the fabric I showed you a couple of days ago... the stuff I wasn't too sure what to do with as the pattern was not really me and a bit too jazzy.


Actually I did like this pattern so have made it for someone as a present.


Cacti and pineapples... not so sure so will probably try to give that one away.


Parrots and watermelons the same... I enjoyed the process but don't want the product.