Archive for August, 2011

Veggie plot update – 26th Aug

It’s certainly been a wet start to the bank holiday weekend so far but at least the garden is getting a nice soaking after this long dry spell we’ve had.

There’s not much work to be done in the greenhouse and veggie beds as everything seems to be coming along nicely without maintenance. We had the last of our garden peas the other day and am quite chuffed that we’ve had a great season with them and certainly will be growing them again next year.

Likewise, the cucumbers have finished for the year and again have cropped really well this year. My only disappointment was the bush type i’d sown this year so I think I’ll exclude these next year.

The potato grow sacks have done very well and so far we’ve emptied three sacks which has kept us in spuds throughout summer. I’ve still got three sacks left and we’ve not touched those growing out in the beds yet.

Runner beans are still going strong and were frequently picking, boiling or freezing for later.

I’d sown my last salad leaves the other day. I’ve got about six tubs left and these should provide us with fresh leaves way in to Autumn. in particular, Pak Choi and Rocket have been a favourite thus year.

The Tomatoes appear to have picked up a little and the bush plants are full of cherry tomatoes although we’re still waiting for many to ripen. Roy from next door is swimming in them and can’t give them away fast enough. They make mine look like berries 🙂


Can’t wait for these fat Roma’s to ripen.


The biggest surprise was tucked behind a tomato plant. I’ve grown peppers for the past two years and each time, they either don’t grow or the peppers are the size of cherries.

Well, this years seem to be doing much better. Fingers crossed!



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Fake digital ancestry

I happen to come across another fun photo manipulation app for my iPad called Absolute Vintage Studio which I thought I share some of the resulting images.

The app allows you to take the portrait of a picture and superimpose it onto vintage photographs to create your own digit ancestry.


You can also add period items to your photo such as hats, moustaches and glasses as well as adding a period frame or faded old photograph filter.

The app controls for manipulating your image are very straight forward making the process of creating your picture very easy. You can use a picture from your photo album or open the iPad camera from within the app. You can also upload the picture to a number of social media sites from within the app or simply save out to your photo album


Here’s some of my ‘ancestors’ 🙂

Uncle Bob, inventor of the smokeless pipe…probably.


StiGGy Astaire, claims to have invented the moonwalk in 1920.


Able seaman StiGGy – ran away with a mermaid


Great great uncle ‘mad as a hat but don’t stare, StiGGy


Auntie StiGGy, seen here before the change.


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More slow motion video shot with my HS-10

Was having a mess around with my Fujifilm HS-10 this afternoon and shot a few slow-mo videos of the water fountain in the barrel pond.

The first is shot at 1000 frames per sec and the second is at 400 frames per sec. As you can see, resolution is quite poor but a fun feature on the HS-10.

*apologies if you don’t see the video directly inside my post, I’m not sure if WordPress was having a moment when I posted this.

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Tomatoes…it’s about time.

Well, I didn’t think we were going to get any this year and although we’re not exactly up to our necks in them, it’s nice to see the odd tomato is finally growing.


‘Sweet n neat’ – yellow


‘mini cherry reds’  – hanging basket.

‘roma’ plum tomato.

Today i’ve sown, what i guessing will be the last (fifth) sowing of the year of various salad leaves, chard and pak-choi into tubs in the greenhouse. I’ve missed out the lettuce for this final sowing as the last one didn’t turn out so good – prob way to hot in the greenhouse now.

Also, I’d picked the last of cucumbers and added it to the remaining two in the fridge. By far, this has been the best crop I’ve had so far and am really getting to hang of it. The mini’s cucumbers have been coming thick n fast and keeping us with plenty of stock whilst the larger slower growing varieties grow. Sadly, the third variety (and a new one for me) didn’t crop so well therefore I’ll probably try a different one next year.

Peas and Runner Beans are still cropping very well and the latter excess being cut and added to the freezer. We’ve also emptied and finished our first grow sack of Potatoes and just about to start on the second. I dug a few up this afternoon to see how they were doing.


Erm….our ‘bumper’ crop of….Blueberry. It’s a whopper isn’t it 🙂

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