Since we moved here in 2011 I haven’t really had a properly set out veg plot, not like our old garden. The garden in our old house was long and so I had divided off the bottom 20ft or so as my veg patch and had all sorts growing, including an elderberry tree an I trained the blackberry bushes that had come over from next door along the fence and over the shed. I had a big strawberry patch, onions, garlic, carrots, beetroot, spring onions, potatoes, various currants, peas, runner beans, raspberries and pumpkins plus chillies and peppers in the house.
Part of the veg patch
Our garden here is beautiful but very shaded so a lot of things aren’t so happy growing. Then with last year being so wet I really had no luck at all. The best successes where the cucumber and pepper plant I had in the conservatory, everything else got to wet or eaten by the huge slugs that seemed to be everywhere.
My garden now
Though I did find a couple of slow worms, which is something I haven’t seen since I was a child 😀
The only part of the garden that gets a lot of sun is the patio so with a bit of rearranging I have decided to section off part of that and plant a container veg patch. Yesterday and today I cleaned up and washed down the patio, moved the quail hutch to another part of the garden, replanted my strawberries and filled some other pots with compost ready for seeds. I found some low pence panels on ebay to section the area off and keep out ‘helpful’ little fingers lol Been looking up recycling and reusing ideas for the garden and feeling very inspired. Now I just need some sun and will be off!
I’ve chosen Rose Quartz and Hematite for this project as they are two of my favourite stones and I think they go well together especially with silver. You can choose any stones you like or already have or even use another material such as glass or crystal. The stones can all be the same or in complementing colours and types and you could use sterling or gold plated findings if you prefer.
1 inch head pin
One gemstone pendant approx 3 cm long
One 8 or 10mm gemstone bead
Three 4mm gemstone oval beads
Four 4mm silver plated round beads
Two silver plated side opening calottes (necklace ends)
Three 4mm silver plated jump rings
16cm of 2mm silver plated ball chain
2 inch piece of 0.8mm silver plated wire
Make a small loop in one end of the 0.8mm wire
Thread on beads in this order – 4mm silver bead, gemstone oval and continue until you have three gemstone ovals and four silver beads on the wire.
Trim any excess wire and make a small loop in the wire end yo created the beaded section for your pendulum.
Attach a calotte to one end of the ball chain. Use a jump ring to attach the beaded section to the calotte.
Use a second jump ring to attach the gemstone pendant to the other end of the beaded section.
Attach the second calotte to the other end of the ball chain. Thread the gemstone bead on to the 1 inch head pin. Trim of any excess wire and make a loop in the end to create a charm.
Use the remaining jump ring to attach the charm to the calotte.
Throughout history people have used pendulums to help them including to locate water, oil and minerals, detect illness and allergies and in divination.
A pendulum works in a similar way to a radio antenna picking up information from unseen radio waves. A pendulum receives it’s information from the vibrations and energy given off my people, places and thoughts. Albert Einstein believed pendulums used electromagnetism to work and other scientific research has indicated he could ell of been correct.
Even though no one fully understands how and why pendulums work we can still use them to benefit ourselves and the people around us.
Some uses for pendulums include:
Locating – water, gold, oil, minerals, lost items, missing persons, underground pipes and illness and other problems within the human body.
Testing – for allergies, freshness of food and water and the presence of chemicals or bacteria.
Determining – the health of people, plants or animals, negative and positive energies in a place or the compatibility between people.
In choosing – investments, career, relationships and timing of events.
Some examples of the hand crafted gemstone jewellery available at Elderberry Arts
Click on the pictures to view the items page.
White Jade Bracelet
One of a kind design bracelet designed and created using 6mm black glass and 4mm white Jade gemstone beads. These have been spaced with 4mm silver plated rounds to create this uncomplicated and timeless piece of jewellery.
This bracelet has been finished with a silver plated clasp and measures 7.5 inches (19.5 cm) long.
£6.50 (Free p&p)
Chain Maille Pentagram Bracelet
Lightweight one of a kind Japanese style chain maille bracelet. Created using purple and silver aluminium 6 and 4 mm rings and finished with a pentacle charm.
This bracelet has a silver plated clasp and measures 7 1/2 inches long. Length can be adjusted, please email for further details.
£16.00 (Free p&p)
Hematite and Rose Quartz Spiral Pendant
Pretty and unusual pendant of hematite and rose quartz gemstones enclosed in a silver plated spiral.
Pendant measures approximately 4.5 cm and is ready to hang from a chain or necklace of your choice.
£12.00 (Free p&p)
Rose Quartz Angel Earrings
Pretty angel earrings hand crafted using rose quartz gemstones.
These earrings are 5 cm long and are available with silver plated or sterling silver ear wires.
£6.00 (Free p&p)
I am back after a break of a week or so. Last week I had to write a 3,000 word report on supporting children who have experienced or are experienced domestic violence. I was pleased with what I wrote and found the report format easier than a standard essay as it is more structured. I got my mark back already and scored 78% so very pleased with that 🙂 I am finding this module really good and have now picked for sure one of my level 3 modules as it is a similar topic. Turns out I need 10 more points at level 2 to complete the degree requirements so I can fit in the nutrition module I wanted to do after all which I am really looking forward too.
We were away for the weekend visiting family which was good. We got pretty lucky with the weather as well and fitted in steam train rides, some shopping, bowling, play centre, visiting and dinner out. I booked the disabled travel assistance this time which I will definitely do in future as knowing beforehand where the wheelchair space was going to be on the train was a massive help and saved a lot of stress. They also bring a ramp and will help with luggage too if needed.
Today was my youngests school trip to Marwell Zoo and I went along as he needs one-to-one support for trips. Again we were lucky with the weather and had a good day. Boo’s favourite seemed to be the piranha in the rainforst talk. I’m not sure if it was real and preserved somehow or a fake but he thought it was good and stroked the hissing cockroach and a snake. Top science flip cards are a massive hit and great distraction/refocusing tool. I can see these being well used .
This week I am mostly working on writing some magazine articles, one on crystal healing and few food related ones and I am planning to take part in Camp NaNoWriMo in April. I’m joining the rebels and aiming to write 10,000 words worth of blog posts and articles within the month rather than writing the standard novel. I still have my novel from last years NaNoWriMo to work on but I am not in a great hurry to get through that. Took me years to even get it on paper so it was a massive achievement just to get it down and make the 50,000 word count. I am hoping to take part again this year, most likely with the rebels again rather than writing another novel, unless I have edited/gone over the last one and could maybe add a second book continuing the story.
Vegan/Free From Chocolate Tart
Vegan chocolate tart made using no milk, eggs, butter, soya or grains. I have made this recipe using several different types of nuts and also other kinds of dried fruit but I like this combination best.
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 15 min
Yields: Serves 6
- 300g Mixed nuts, (or nuts of your choice)
- 200g Medjool dates
- 50g Icing sugar, (Optional)
- 4 medium Avocados
- 200g Cocoa, (Use cocoa rather than drinking or hot chocolate mixes as these often contain milk or milk products)
- 300g Agave nectar, (Golden syrup is a good substitute)
- Blend the nuts in a food processor until they are ground. Alternatively or if you don’t have a food processor some types of nut can be bought already ground.
- Cut the dates in half and add to the nuts and pulse until they are chopped and the mixture sticks together. Sugar can be added to taste if required. Icing sugar works best I have found.
- Press the nut and date mixture into a cake tin, silicone mould or similar. Cover this with a lid if available or clingfilm and place in the fridge while you prepare the filling.
- Clean off any stray base mixture from the food processor bowl. Otherwise you will end up with crunchy bits in your filling.
- To make the filling, half the avocados and remove the stones. Scoop the avocado from the skins into the food processor. Add the cocoa and agave nectar. Process until smooth and uniform in colour. Check for taste and add more agave or cocoa if required.
- Spoon the filling on top of the base and freeze for around 1 hour or until quite firm.
I have made this tart several times and have used just one type of nuts such as almonds for the base and also different dried fruits such as raisins or mixed berries. Each is nice but slightly different in it’s own way.
Golden syrup can be used instead of agave and honey could be used but if you are making this for vegans check with them first as many do not eat honey.
Tart could also be decorated with berries or other fruits. Or you could use edible flowers or shop bought cake decorations.
Well, I didn’t manage to complete the 7 hubs in 7 days challenge but I did manage 5 1/2 hubs in 7 days which is still pretty good. I kinda lost steam over the weekend as it was my daughter birthday and then my son was ill on Sunday and I ended up having to take him down the hospital when his face swelled up suddenly! He has food intolerances so not taking any chances and he said it was really hurting it too. He has an abscess which is good but one good thing to come of it is that the hospital are going to take over all his dental stuff and I don’t have to wait for (or put him through) seeing the special needs dentist which is good news. They are going to put him to sleep and be able to get a good look at what it needed and do it rather than the dentist. He is back to his old self today thankfully 🙂
I completed NaNoWriMo last November, although I haven’t done any more with the novel I wrote yet. I think I will at some point but it needs a lot of editing and I am think of changing it from the diary entry type style I wrote it in (The Color Purple/The Time Travellers Wife) to straight prose. Means a lot more writing to be done but I think it will work better. Still need t think on it. I’ll keep my original draft anyway so could always change my mind. I had an email today for CampNaNoWriMo and might give that a go too and either write a series of articles around one topic or join the ‘rebels’ and use the time to work on the novel I wrote last year. Quite a few of the magazines I contacted recently were happy for me to submit articles so it could be a way to build up a collection to then use which feel more productive than working further on something that may just sit as a computer file for years.
The Dog for David Art Show are looking for art and craft works from people on the autism spectrum and their friends and family. All work will be displayed in a local art gallery and items are being accepted from all over the world. Unless requested otherwise by the artist, all items will be placed in a silent auction during the show and all proceeds will go towards David’s service dog fund. I will be sending in some gemstone angel keyrings. Please do take a look at the facebook page and blog for more information and considered taking part in this event to help David and also promote the talents and strengths of those living with autism.