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This is the version of the Little Red Hen story I remember from way back in primary school, how we loved our Ladybird books!
We got to talking about it the other day because my friend Kit was reminiscing about her mum, sadly long gone, who used to quote the Little Red Hen when she had failed to get anyone else to do the necessary thing, whatever it was.
‘ “Then I’ll do it myself,” said the Little Red Hen. And so she did.’
I have been chuntering for ages about the overgrown state of my vegetable patch. It always needs the most attention when I’m tied up with the run up to Open Studios and it’s got more and more overgrown, weedy and wild every season. However, over the past two weeks I have channelled my inner Little Red Hen and I DID IT MYSELF!
It looks great….I’m exhausted! I’ve filled a skip bag with rubbish, the beds are topped up with fresh compost and my little mini cold frame cum green house is crammed full of seed trays and seedlings.
Higgins has tried very hard to help.
Taking the little fences away from the raised beds has meant he could do lots in the way of turning over the soil, and then firming it down afterwards.
He’s carried the trowel about helpfully (and put it away tidily where it couldn’t be lost)
More little fences have turned into a priority if any of the seedlings are going to make it to maturity once they have been planted out. Higgins has history, remember the Mixed Greens?
Did you spot the laburnum tree? This year it’s being completely wonderful – it alternates – and it’s very special as it was a seedling from the one in my parents’ garden.
And the bees LOVE it! For the last week or so, ever since the very first buds opened the air around the tree has been throbbing with the sound of very happy little bees…listen to this…
So this is why it’s been a little quiet here over the past week, and now there’s a lot of catching up to do.
While all this was going on the Green Man went off to the Forum in Norwich for the Open Studios Taster Exhibition – you can just see him dangling next to the patchwork…
Taster Exhibition – setting up
Now it’s all systems go for the main event, which starts on May 24th.
You might like to see a glimpse of the other exhibition which was running at the same time, the most amazing knitted and crochet pergola which was made to raise funds for a local charity…
Just amazing, isn’t it? There’s an interesting post on The Mercerie blog which will tell you more about it.
My next challenge is turning the studio into an exhibition space…eek! I’ve just got so much STUFF.
And I haven’t forgotten about those extra little Boxes of Delight.…
The challenge now is seeing just what I can squeeze inside, so watch this space, I’ll be back soon…x