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I am going to bind a book and plant potatoes but not at the same time.
May 12, 2015, 7:08 am
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I am going to chain myself to the bench and produce an original piece of bookbinding. Not a book that I think will sell in the craft shop and it’s not going to be for a commission as I cant attract commission work if my life depended on it.

Its going to be a book that best reflects my idea of what a book should be.

Mainly it has to be handsome and it’s construction has to give pleasure.

I am going to ditch the little goldilocks model.

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And I am going back to big scary book as a weapon model.

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But before I go and make endpapers I am going to plant some potatoes in containers at the allotment and if do good I am going the timber shop to get some wood to make a cage for the brussel sprouts.



We are all poor toms and we are a cold.
May 7, 2015, 12:29 pm
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These are the labels of all the little plants that caught a cold. Even though I had bought them fleece and I didn’t put it on them. We had a late frost and it killed all the tender plants.
The brassicas are as tough as old boots and peas and mange tout were fine.

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So opportunity to start again is always welcome. I have plenty of seeds.
Next year I will have a heated greenhouse for the seedlings. The smell of paraffin in the morning!



literately bean counting.
May 7, 2015, 12:06 pm
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I was thinking this morning I wanted to grow cannellini beans because I made ‘sloppy joes’ last week with them and it was lovely so I looked up the seeds and found a supplier and I realised that I would be buying more and before long a simple idea for good grub would cost me at least £20!
Then I realised that I could just go to the supermarket and buy a bag of beans and use them.
Wily old Deirdre.

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That way I can grow black eyed, kidney, butter, brown, lima and haricots!

I made this for my lunch.

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on being judged by my appearance.
May 7, 2015, 11:55 am
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Sometimes I am acutely aware that the people around me have drawn their conclusion about my appearance and will proceed to action. At a recent workshop I taught at when I walked in to the room a student burst out laughing and then tried to recover from his embarrassment. I have been in coffee shops and restaurants and have been given the ‘evil eye’ that I ‘knew’ instinctively that my appearance was upsetting and disturbing people. Last week as I crossed the path of a woman in the street she asked if I needed help with my shopping and it totally threw me as I was just approaching my house and I was saying a breezy ‘no thanks I just live here’ and I know she means well.
It’s just a constant have to deal with.



growing flowers in the front yard.
May 1, 2015, 12:20 pm
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This year I am going to commit my self to actually making some art and it’s going to be about flowers and vegetables. So I have to plant flowers in the front yard all I do is buy lots of packs of seeds mix them in with some compost and broadcast the whole lot over the garden. It can be spectacular.

I’ve got some seed collections that I am looking forward to seeing. I love the idea of seeds for a balcony. I am going to round up all the flower pots and and empty them out add a big bag of compost and ‘grow more’ refill them and see what comes up.

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I have ridiculous amounts of seeds. They come free with the magazines I even have a special tin for the tomatoes.

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I had been taking down the seedlings and putting them in the poly tunnel I thought that they would be fine but they caught the frost so I starting over again. That is not going to happen to me again!
I will have a greenhouse next year and my desk back.

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the practice of practice.
May 1, 2015, 11:47 am
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I should do this every day.



playing at the bookbinding
May 1, 2015, 11:27 am
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I had to wait in for a courier the other day and I decided that I would do put a cover on a book. I had totally forgotten how engrossing the process actually was. I’ve been so busy with the allotment that I have been neglecting my work.
It was great just processing letters, leather and paste.

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I make such a mess when I work but that’s all right because I  clean it up.

Today I am waiting in for the courier so I have the ‘to do’ list I drew up for Tuesday.

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And I am going to do the rest of it. I did the ‘do some leather lettering’ and I will make dinner and lunch.
The rest of the list looks lovely. I will look at books, try techniques, read all my project notes, prepare plant pots.
But obviously if the courier comes in the next five minutes I am off to the allotment.