I am an Essex based WI approved speaker and give talks and demonstrations on an eclectic mix of subjects.
I can’t help but post pictures of more veggies.
The courgettes really are taking over. The warm weather has turned them into wild things growing before our eyes.
This one has come from a plant alongside an old hanging basket container used to protect some lettuce from being eaten by our the escaping hens.
Unfortunately I missed it and it made its own attempt to break through, which of course failed.
Meanwhile the hot weather has brought on the peaches.
This year they are the biggest we have ever grown.
Protected from the wasps by fleece, we are enjoying the sweetest, juiciest peaches ever.
The courgettes are taking over the garden.
We have grown more varieties than ever and the hot weather has brought them on amazingly. Suggestions for recipes gratefully received.
On other subjects, I am currently working on a special sculpture for my mum’s 80th. For obvious reasons no pictures until after the important day in October.
Yesterday was Mildred’s 85th birthday and she had a day out at the seaside.
We headed off at 9am, balloons and birthday signs on show, and took the opportunity for a leg stretch beside a lovely field of echium.
If only we had the bees with us, as it makes lovely honey.
Next stop was Manningtree, where we almost saw the sea.
It was a brief stop as we were heading on to see Grayson Perry’s art house building in Wrabness.
Whilst the garden is lacking in any care, the house itself was very impressive, and only a couple of thousand to stay in for a short break in the summer (providing you win the ballot).
A quick break for the most delicious fish and chips and we were off to visit an old family friend at Frinton-on-Sea.
It had been too long since we last caught up on life and, at an amazingly sprightly 94 (she won’t mind me saying), she beat Mildred into this world by nearly a decade. Mildred took her for a short ride and they both had a lovely time.
11 hours and 130 miles later we arrived home to be greeted by our 92 year old neighbour, who was out gardening.
The balloons were, by now, sagging somewhat and we had replaced a couple along the way.
There may be many things wrong with this world, but, with the average age of Mildred, our neighbour and family friend at over 90, we are all living longer than ever.
That’s the key, as the song goes, ‘Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think‘.
At last Mildred has had her new front spring fitted.
Having fitted her new rear springs about 3 years ago, her front sprint has languished in the workshop. Finally I decided that I had delayed for too long and so volunteered her for a workshop day.
12 keen Austin 7 owners assembled for a 4 hour session, where her old saggy spring was replaced with a nice new firm spring.
In this first picture you can see the old worn spring behind the nice new one, wrapped in denso tape to protect it from road grime and grit.
The spring is held in place by two U bolt clamps in the middle and then by shackles at the ends, secured to the hubs.
Much fiddling was required to get to the nuts on the U bolts, as you can see from the assembled crowd leaning in, over and under Mildred.
However, fuelled by tea and cake, we succeeded. Mildred’s spring was safely secured. She now sits about an inch higher than before and with a firmer ride, so she no longer rubs her tyre on the inside of the front wing when braking and taking a sharp turn.
She also looks much happier with her new springs all round and gleaming shackles.
I was recently asked if I could make a Tower Bridge sculpture for a special birthday present. It was to hang on a wall, but have depth to it, and be 1m long. A lot of sketching and design work later and all was agreed. It was the perfect job to make use of my new plasma cutter to produce the towers and window cut outs.
The result is below. The finish is burnished steel, lacquered to protect the look.
I didn’t take many pictures along the way but the one below shows the base frame from which everything hangs. This gives it strength and makes sure everything is nice and square from the start.