It’s great when “besties” get on board with the same interests!
I’ve mentioned a friend several times over the years…. Blogless Sandy. I met her back when I was married and only had 3 kids, so we definitely go back quite a way. Over the years we’ve seen each other through a good many ups and downs, watched our children grow up and I’ve even taught her kids English at school. She’s not perfect though… even though she took me to my first quilting shop ever she resolutely refuses to take up quilting herself. Madness.
Anyway, she’s been an interested onlooker as I started to get into veggie growing, soap making and the like, but it wasn’t until last year that she decided to get on board. The unfortunate thing about this is that Blogless Sandy has an attention to detail and a ruthless devotion to follow-through which means that she’ll outshine everything I do. Even though she’s only been doing some things for less than a year I’m learning a lot from her.
The good thing about this is that we’re always jumping on the phone and sharing our triumphs and disasters with an interested ear. There’s only so much that spouses and children can listen to before they start getting restive. We went halves in a mulcher and we buy gardening reference books to have a library between us. If I have an excess of a plant or seeds I give some to her and vice versa. It’s all good.
Yesterday I went over there and came away with a bale of straw, (from her neighbour who has a farm), 3 parsley plants AND a ginger beer plant.
Here’s an action shot:
Don’t believe me? Look at the bubbling action!
Blogless Sandy had a crack at the ginger beer recipe found here. She started one plant, then didn’t think it would work and so began another. When both worked she had one too many plants. (See? I TOLD you she was an overachiever!) So when we tried a glass of her ginger beer (OMG! JUst lovely!) we came home with our own plant.
I’ve fed it and wrapped it up warmly this morning. On Sunday we’ll make our own ginger beer. Mmmmm….