I’ve been terribly neglectful of this blog. I’m so sorry. It’s been a mixed few months, and a lot to deal with including travel to see my family. We live out of our camper and time is taken up completely when we’re there. Then there has been work to do to earn a living, chronic health issues and the worst summer for a long time. As you can imagine, a lot of my plans for the garden are behind schedule, but despite that I have achieved some progress. I now have a greenhouse, and have eaten a crop of very late tomatoes. We’ve had a crop of runner beans, a few French beans and some salad, plus herbs fresh all summer. What a lifestyle!
Unfortunately the onions rotted in the wet. I’ve dug over the bed and added plenty of homemade compost plus some old grow bag compost to open up and raise the soil. On a different part of the bed I’ve now planted Japanese onion sets to grow through to spring, but with the current flood conditions started again this week and next week’s forecast I wonder if that was a wise move.
The wood burning stove is now coming into play and we have plenty of fuel in the form of felled weed trees and outdated telephone directories that will end up as ashes on the compost heap.
As winter storms towards us I felt in need of a bit of colour. As you know I support wildlife to the best of my ability. I decided to make a new bird bath. I had a jar full of hoarded little glass beads and bought a clay saucer. It’s very easy to do. I coated the saucer with slightly thinned PVA, let it dry then played, bead by bead from the centre outwards. Use PVA to fix each bead in turn. Leave overnight to dry, then mix a thin grout. Pour this between the beads, wiping any excess away with a damp cloth. You may have to repeat this process once the first coat is dry. Voila! One bird bath. Use an upturned clay pot as the base and you have an attractive, colourful object on your patio in the middle of winter for your birds and you to enjoy. As you can see from the photos, colour should sparkle even in the faintest winter sunlight. The first shot shows you what the mosaic should look like before the grouting. The second is my proud finished project with the poured, dyed blue grouting set. Water and birds next!
You could, of course, use mosaic tiles, using the same technique, or if you feel really adventurous, broken, flat ordinary wall tiles. Snip them into the size you want for your design with tile nippers.