Archive | July 2017

Mummys’ little helper…..

There are lots of blogs and Web posts from women who joke about their claims to only get through the day with the kids on a daily dose of a favourite tipple. Wine and Prosecco are all favourites, and rather than ‘Mothers Ruin’ Gin is now ‘Mummys’ Little Helper‘.

I’ve never really taken these claims seriously, and I’ve certainly not judged either. Who am I to say what coping strategy one should employ? (My own is prescription based). I appreciate its often an exaggeration to make a humorous blog post (isn’t it?). All I know is that as a bit of a light weight I couldn’t really trust myself not to just fall asleep before tea was finished, let alone want to crawl into bed before the kids are ready to. That’s most evenings as it is, even without the booze.

I can however certainly see the benefits of that early evening drink. It occurred to me the other day that actually having a drink at tea time (or 6pm ish if we are going to eat after the kids) makes a lot of sense. For one thing, having a drink makes me a lot less shouty at bedtime.

Repeating “pyjamas, bathroom, brush your teeth, where’s your reading book?, why can’t you hang up your uniform?” etc etc constantly doesn’t need to be in a raised voice, it can still be said in a calm manner, even if it is the eleventybillionth time you’ve said it.

Bath and bedtime is definitely a bit easier going if I’m in that floaty-head drunk bubble that a glass of wine or two can do (like I said, Lightweight). Given that I do find bedtimes quite stressful as I’m always worn out, but the kids seem to have boundless energy, I do need a strategy so as not to get so strung out.

The kids love it when Dad chases them up the stairs and around the bedroom a few times before getting them ready for bed, but I’m just not that fun!! Maybe I need to pay more attention to my mood, and self medicate more often, for all of our sakes. 

The sound of the bath running will now be synonymous with the popping of a wine cork or clink of ice cubes in a glass…..!

Although its been a recent revelation to me, I am aware this is not really news for most, and although possibly controversial I trust people will read this as a witty observation, rather than a cry for help, but I’ll wait for the fall out….

In the meantime, Cheers, Iechyd Da!!

 

Apples

I have probably just done one of my least favourite gardening jobs. It feels kind of criminal to be taking off apples when they seem healthy, but this is a good time of year to thin apples out so that the tree can concentrate on growing really good ones and not be over burdened with undersized fruit that we wouldn’t want to eat anyway. 

Thinning out ensures only healthy fruit stays on the tree and has lots of room to grow. It’s an easy task, even if it does sometimes mean sacrificing a few for the good of the many.

Start with those that are obviously damaged or diseased, and then those that are still very small. Next thin each spur down to ideally one apple, or maybe two if they’re on opposite sides.

As one would when harvesting, gently squeeze and twist the individual fruit, so as not to disturb the others. Sometimes they make the decision for you and fall off anyway.

So despite my ‘waste not want not’ view of gardening, I think I have helped the crop along nicely. And I have some lovely additions to the compost pile!

Next was a bit of light summer pruning, with the help of the BBC Gardeners World blog. This popped up on my news feed this morning, so my plan to tackle the trees today seemed even more serendipitous. 

http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/grow-plants/how-to-prune-apple-trees/

Slightly more of a technical challenge, but well worth doing as it helps to let in lots of sunlight and fresh air to the middle of the tree to prevent disease and help fruit to ripen up.

So a productive morning.  Luckily I had some nice company too.