Life Lately: April 2016

April has been a good month. Spending more time at home has been a welcome change and I’m thankful I no longer have a slow commute to work every day. I thought I’d be getting up early and making trendy things like avo toast for breakfast each day instead — hah, who am I kidding? I like my sleep. And when are avocados ever ripe when you actually want to eat them! As well as enjoying more hours in bed I’ve also been motoring through our to-do list, trying to reach the point where we are ‘sorted’. Here are some of the more blog worthy parts of the month…

Yellow forsythia flowers

Forsythia

Eating

Egg mayo sandwiches. This is my ‘thing’ at the moment. A freshly boiled egg with a tiny bit of mayo and some chives from the garden. It stinks the house out; thankfully it tastes better than it smells. I have to take half the yolk out because I can’t stomach it in big chunks or runny (curse all those nasty runny eggs on Instagram!).

Cake on fork

Homemade banana cake

Other things we’ve been enjoying are:

Reading

Kirsten Olsson

Yokes book

I’ve been reading Yokes by Kate Davies. Yokes isn’t not your typical pattern book; it contains interviews, photos and essays about the history of yokes, as well as eleven patterns. I loved learning about Kirsten Olsson and her amazing colourwork. One day a Blue Flower jumper will be mine!

Derek Jarman's Garden book

Derek Jarman’s Garden

Derek Jarman’s Garden was a Christmas present but I’ve only recently got around to reading it properly. I say ‘read’ but it was mostly nice photos! Derek created a colourful garden around his fishermans cottage on a shingle beach in Dungeness. Sadly I don’t think it’s open to visitors anymore, so the book is the next best thing.

Making

Colourful watercolour washes

Watercolour washes

A few things for my Creative Market shop: watercolour Photoshop brushes and feather Photoshop brushes. Getting dirty hands and putting real materials down on paper was good fun and something I should do more often. I’ve kind of lost this part of my work during the last few years.

Watching

  • The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale. Sheesh. What an anticlimax! I think it’s unlikely to be Maggie, Rik or Carl but we’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime I need to stop wasting time reading all the theories floating around the internet.
  • 13 minutes. A film about a failed assassination attempt on Hitler’s life. Very good!
  • Doctor Foster. A series about a woman who plots a way to expose her husbands affair.
  • You, Me and the Apocalypse. A lighthearted (yes, really) series about the end of the world.

Growing

All the things! April has been an industrious month and its been nice to get back outdoors. So far I’ve sown: broad beans, butternut squash, borlotti beans, runner beans, marigolds, nasturtiums, basil, little gem lettuces, sunflowers, chillies, onions, sweetcorn, potatoes, peppers, cosmos, sweet peas and wild flowers for the bees. Everything apart from the borlotti beans have germinated.

Sweet pea seedling in the sun

Sweet pea seedling

This sweet pea was grown from seed I saved from the garden last year. I’m proud! And amazed they actually grew.

That’s all for April. Hopefully you’ve discovered a few new things!

7 Comments

  1. It sounds like April was a good month! The baking sounds lovely, I will take a look at the recipes and see if I can make any without sugar. You have sown so many seeds! I think it will be warmer for you down south than ‘up north, it is freezing here!

    • I think you could probably make the banana cake without sugar — if you try and succeed let me know 🙂 It’s been very mild down here lately although the weather has just turned cold. Most of the veg are on windowsills or in the coldframe at the moment.

  2. Ooh there’s lot’s going on! My mum has been on a boiled egg kick lately, stinks out the house haha!

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