Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Ethical Awards

As you've probably spotted, I haven't quite got to grips with Blogger's confusing picture upload and publishing settings, what with my pics and layout being skew-whiffy. I apologise, and I promise to sort it out...

But aside from that, me being a hardened Guardian reader and a militant Ecover user, I noticed this and thought it worthy of a mention.

The whole ethical living thing is something close to my heart, and I imagine there's quite a few folk out there who think the same. Anyway, everyone can vote for it, so maybe give it a go.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Shroom watch 1

As I mentioned before, I received a GYO Mushroom kit for Christmas, and here it is. It looks like something out of the sixties, and clearly the makers have decided that design isn't a necessary concern for people who are likely to grow mushrooms. Who am I to criticise though? If they taste mushroomy, then that's all that matters. Oh, and that's not my local Satyr pictured with them, it's the back half of Milo the cat, who has to be a part of everything.

If anyone fancies growing some fancy mushrooms, then i found there's loads of different sorts you can buy here. Clearly, my bog standard mushrooms have some way to go before hitting the heights of those on that site, but if they grow I'll be happy.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

More snow!

Snow in Crystal Palace!

So there I was, lying in bed with a cat prodding my face, when I realised there was something different about today. It had snowed! I asked for winter, and someone very kindly obliged!

Thanks for all your lovely comments! I've been slightly nervous about the whole 'leaving work' thing, but that's only because the idea of being in charge of myself is slightly daunting. What will I do with my evenings? Probably work still... Ahh the work ethic is strong in this one!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

I've resigned

Well, as the winds rattle through London, sweeping the streets clean of people, I've taken it upon myself to resign from my day job. Possibly the greatest threat to the success of my veg plot has been removed. No longer will I battle away on Saturdays trying to write, when, as of the end of March I'll be able to write all week long. Which means, come those April Saturdays, I'll be able to dig all day.

Maybe between now and then we'll get some winter to break down my soil for me?

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Return of the Sprout

So 2007 is alive and well. I'm fed up with it already, but that's what the first few weeks of the new year are about aren't they – wishing you were somewhere else. (Although, our Wii did arrive yesterday, and I'm loving Baseball even though I have no idea what the rules are. They make about as much sense as wilfully buying sprouts.)

However, as for the Anything but Sprouts plot out back, there's big news in the shape of new bird seed in the feeders. The Greenfinches have returned, and have finally stopped hurling abuse at me from the comfort of their tree. I've apologised for it not being purely sunflower seeds, but I can only do what I can.

I'm going to be starting a new regular post on here relating to the growth of mushrooms. (Who could ask for a better christmas present than a grow-your-own mushroom box?) So in the next week or so, I'm going to have Shroom Watch up and running. I'll keep you posted. I'm sure the photos will be captivating and groundbreaking in equal measure, so keep your eyes peeled!!

This is the start of the return of Anything But Sprouts. It's back, in just the same way as the sprouts you ate on Christmas day returned as a whiffy fart. Although hopefully it won't be quite as whiffy...