Last week we made the trip to our nearest big town, we make this trip about four times a year, mainly to stock up on Organic butter but always try to coincide our visit with other needs only available from a larger town.
This visit I needed some material to recover our bedhead. I had vaguely been aware of a drapers shop in town but had never visited it.
From the outside it looks small, rather scruffy, and somewhat outdated, however when you go in you are greeted by an Aladdin's cave of haberdashery. Stacked floor to ceiling, every type and colour of ribbon, lace trim, cord trim. Buttons! not the type that come in inconvenient amounts on a card so you are forced to buy more than you need, buttons sold loose, from tubs, so you can have exactly the amount you require.
As you walk down the aisle you realise that this is not a small shop, it is a Tardis. The wool section must be forty feet long at least, stacked high with every type of wool you can imagine, including Organic wool. They sell webbing for reupholstering seats, every grade of hessian, from the very fine for tapestry to the coarser type used for sacking.
Then I discovered the upholstery section, I was spoilt for choice, however, at that stage a male assistant appeared, ( rather like the genie out of the lamp) and asked if he could be of assistance. I told him that I wanted to recover a bedhead, Oh, we sell material especially for this , he said, come this way. Although I have been making soft furnishing for years I never knew there was a special material for bedheads! They have just about every colour you can imagine would be used for bedheads.
The bedhead is now done, it complements the new paint work beautifully, and I have sufficient material to make a couple of throw cushions for the bed, a project for the next rainy day.
1. Weed strike, the warmer temperature under the plastic will help germinate any weed seeds lurking in the soil, they can then be removed before planting out the beans.
2. Slugs, any slugs around will be tempted by the warmth under the cover, they can then be dispatched.
3. The black polythene will warm up the soil and give the beans a good start.
By coincidence I had a news letter this week from the GIY network. (Grow it Yourself) One of the topics was raised beds. Apparently the ideal size is 42 inches wide, including the wood, and path ways should be 32 inches wide to allow for a wheel barrow to pass easily and to give sufficient width to be able to kneel down for weeding and planting. Simon had not measured anything, he just worked with the materials available. By luck or maybe some judgement the beds just happen to be 42 inches wide and the pathways 32 inches!
On our way back from a new farmers market last weekend we decided to make a small detour, it is in fact a new bypass road 13.5k long and cost 60million to build, the powers that be said was much needed to by pass a small town which is already dying. However there has been some nice landscaping done along it and some very nice willow sculptures.
It was a lovely day, sunny but a bit chilly so again we took a detour on our way to deliver eggs to one of our customers,