Saturday, 31 August 2013

Plums in Tums!

It's been great fun in the garden in recent weeks with all the yummy things we have been picking. This week, our lovely neighbour, Auntie Muriel, asked us to help pick the plums on her tree and said we could take as many as we liked. Daddy and Connor were very brave going up a high ladder and racing the wasps to the fruit. They managed to get lots as you can see from our picture! So, even after we shared them out with lots of people we still had loads leftover so needed a yummy recipe to make. Mummy chose a Plum Upside Down Cake from the clever Jamie Oliver (1) and it is properly deelish...

As usual, I need to inspect our pickings and ensure
they meet my strict quality control standards


Monday, 26 August 2013

Perfect Potatoes

Potatoes are great, aren't they? They are a bit like me, wonderfully versatile ;) As you all know by now, I am Lulu the Secret Blogger, and I like to update you on what is happening in my garden as well as lots of other general gardening wonderments. Today, I am mostly talking tatties!

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Scrummy Rhubarb & Lemon Cake

It's a busy time of year for us here in the gardens of Vialii Towers. From dead-heading the flowers to weeding the borders there is always something interesting to do. Last weekend, M&D and I decided we were going to harvest some of the lovely fruit and vegetables in the garden and make some wonderful meals. As Autumn is fast approaching we decided to  have a last pick of our rhubarb.


Scrummy rhubarb & lemon cake


Monday, 19 August 2013

Harvesting, Hooray!

I had a really fun weekend here at Vialii Towers with M&D. On Saturday it was really quite wet so we stayed indoors and did lots of fun arty projects with crayons, pencils, paints and glue! On Sunday the weather was a lot better which meant we could get outside and give the garden a bit of a tidy, and also, pick some of the fruit and vegetables we have been growing over recent months.


Sometimes what we were picking
didn't quite make it to the basket...


Thursday, 15 August 2013

The Bees Knees

Hi, it's me, Lulu, The Secret Blogger again! So, the bees knees. What a funny saying. I mean, do bees even have knees? And if so, why are they so good? Anyway, knees or not, bees are very good things. And not just because I can say the word "bee" very well plus I can do a good impression of a buzzy bee! We need bees for lots of reasons...


Eryngium

Monday, 12 August 2013

Fresh Strawberry Yoghurt!

One of the things I like to do in the garden is help M&D in their fruit and veg patch. They have lots of lovely things growing in the garden from potatoes, onions and parsnips to strawberries, plums and apples. It's great fun helping to shell fresh peas or pick strawberries although sometimes I forget to put them in the bowl and pop them in my mouth instead! Today I am going to tell you what you can do with strawberries...

Our strawberry plants


Monday, 5 August 2013

Lulu's Art Corner: DIY Wind Chimes

I love doing arty things and I think I would like to be a designer like M&D when I grow up. I love it so much that my first ever sentence was "I draw"! Yesterday I was in Edinburgh with M&D. We love going to the Fringe and we went to a show at the Royal Botanic Gardens yesterday. After the show we had a quick look round the shop and we found some wind chimes which made really pretty noises. It made me think that I would like to have one in our garden so I decided to put my arty skills to good use and find out how to make one...


Mummy and I going for a walk round the Botanics in Edinburgh

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Danger Danger!

Recently I went on holiday with M&D and my BFF Euan and his parents. It was a brilliant holiday and we spent loads of time at the beach (1) which was LOTS of fun. On one of the days M&D took me to Alnwick Gardens. There is a Castle there where Harry Potter used to live which made it extra exciting. Thankfully we didn't run into Voldemort! We loved our visit to the Gardens and there were lots of wonderful things to see. My favourite part of the gardens was the Poison Garden. It is sooo dangerous that they keep it under lock and key and you can only get in with a tour-guide. Honest! I learnt lots about potentially poisonous things in the garden and there are even things you will have in your very own gardens you really ought to know about...


The Poison Garden at Alnwick Gardens