Fort Victoria

On Tuesday, we went to Fort Victoria to do some scooting / bike riding / roller skating.  It was actually a terrific spot – up on top of the fort, it was nice and flat (and had railings) so the kids could do their thing and, although windy, it wasn’t cold.

Fort Victoria
Fort Victoria
You aren't allowed to swim at this beach
You aren’t allowed to swim at this beach
Here's the ferry!
Here’s the ferry!
This car park is awesome for teaching a child to ride a bike
This car park is awesome for teaching a child to ride a bike
Hurst Castle
Hurst Castle

Trip to the sea front

The other day we went down to the sea front with my husband’s brother and sister in law and their kids.  The tide was in (most inconveniently, it seems to be high tide right in the middle of the day at the moment) but the kids could still throw stones into the sea (and the two oldest cousins could practice their roller skating).

My son and his cousin on their bike / scooter
My son and his cousin on their bike / scooter
The Waterfront
The Waterfront
We decided not to walk along this bit
We decided not to walk along this bit

Thank you cards

So yesterday I wrote out the thank you cards.  I like to get this done before the twelve days of Christmas are up – I think it’s actually easier to get stuff like cards done before we go back to normal life.  Plus then I get that lovely warm glow from having done this nice and early.

Thank you cards
Thank you cards

So, I’ve planted out my foxgloves (and the crappy lupins)

After the excellent sounding advice on here from Kal, I planted out my foxgloves and what was left of the crappy lupins on Sunday.  I felt awesome for having done it – it’s one of those jobs that you think will take about 45 minutes but actually takes about two hours.

Here they are in the wildflower meadow
Here they are in the wildflower meadow

I planted the bigger ones out first, in the wildflower meadow.  Some of them really are incredibly leggy – am not convinced that all will survive.

Here they are in the lower garden
Here they are in the lower garden

The smaller ones, I put in the lower garden with the heuchera and acers.  I hope that they will be able to do battle with some of the weeds that come up there – although really, that is not all that weedy a bed.

My nails AFTER scrubbing
My nails AFTER scrubbing

Dormant garden

Although a lot of stuff has started flowering really early, quite a lot of my garden is dormant.  I used to have a load of heuchera on a bank at the side of the garden but most didn’t survive the summer.  I’ve put in a load of heather which I hope will look great once it’s Spring.

My bank - we put the sleepers in after a tree fell down a couple of years ago
My bank – we put the sleepers in after a tree fell down a couple of years ago

My rose garden also isn’t doing very much (which is as it should be).  I’m think of sowing the seeds for the Love in the Mist and poached egg plants there in February.  I hope that the salvia, in particular, perks up next Spring.  It looks really sorry for itself and was fantastic for bees last summer.

Rose garden in December
Rose garden in December

Waste compost bin

As well as my food compost bin, we also have a waste compost bin.  This is for things like weeds, brambles, grass and bits that I hack off trees and bushes (basically, all the stuff that I won’t put in my “proper” compost bin).

This needs emptying.  However, it may be a good spot for hedgehogs, if there are any around
This needs emptying. However, it may be a good spot for hedgehogs, if there are any around