~pottering & salad in a jar~

i have been in pottering mode this week...as well as blogging more than usual.

*pottering in the garden*

we have had a custom size cage built for mismi~his cage was fine except for when it rains. two thirds of the top is the door so in wet weather it gets wet when cleaning him out.
so we have had a rather swish two level cage four foot long, three foot high and two foot deep...

so now i have to share the nook with mismi as it is the only place that will be shaded from the sun (ahem...when it shines!) as our garden is a huge suntrap and ferrets do not like the heat
at all.
so i trimmed the rambling rose where it is growing up the fence that faces east, moved the few plants that were growing at the base and we have moved mismi's hone there~i just need swampy to cut a wooden base for it and it will go a little further back...giving me more of my nook back!

in building the footprint of the g*c swampy has had to build up the edge of the flower bed that is cody's and add an extra step to the two that lead to the end of the garden.
he had a small off cut which i appropriated and stood on two pots to act as a small garden table ~enough to hold two mugs, my piece of granite, one of my antlers and my mini cauldron i use for burning incense...

each day it is dry i pop out to do a little dead-heading and check my wild garden over~it really has become a beautiful wild garden, the kind i have always wished for...

that's my friend calv's little house and we enjoy many a chat over the fence

the day i took that photo was a surprisingly sunny day, i sat in my nook and just kept gazing up at the blue, cloudless sky as we had just come out of a few days where it rained so hard many areas of the south was flooded.

meet vita...

my pottering created some garden waste so we popped down the 'tip'
(waste recycling centre...i still go with tip!) and of course i had to have a little look in the 'shop' that is down there and came away with two little side plates and a jar minus lid...

so sweet


the next morning...

well the pond is now properly in place and stepping stones laid leading from our archway to where the g*c door will be and we just need to now lay bark chippings (no lawn-our two attempts at a nice lawn were a dismal failure) and some slate around the edge of the pond.
the pump has actually been in a bit longer as we were keen to test it...

i am slightly obsessed by the tiny bowl that collects the water on its way down.

the waterfall is made up of a fibreglass mould that has been covered in ground cement and i am glad to see small patches of lichen already colonising it.


well last week i was intrigued by a part of a post by boho mom about a salad in a jar and thought what a fantastic idea it was, especially given how by about 4pm i am usually beaten down by my m.e/fibro and not up to cooking.
so when we went shopping i bought 3 kilner jars and my usual salad stuff and got to chopping...

 ...white cabbage, broccoli, carrot, organic heritage tomatoes, cucumber, salad onions, sweet red pepper, pine nuts and some new forest grown salad leaves i found in the farm shop.
i am not a huge fan of dressing as it masks the taste of the veggies so no dressing here.

i have to say it works really well and does keep it really fresh~the salad leaves went a tad limp and the pine nuts were not as crunchy but it was a great salad and was if i had just made it up.
because of the size of our fridge i can only keep three jars but that's is fine.
so if you saw boho's post and thought about having a go, then do so!