My housemate Annie and I have been spending our free time making the most of the glorious weather at the moment by doing lots of gardening. It's fair to say that what we lack in knowledge or experience we make up for in enthusiasm! Several of our herbs perished :( but we did manage to save a few. Now we've started planting veg from seeds. At the moment we've got broccoli, french beans and spinach starting to grow, as well as some potatoes. We're also planning to have some other staples - carrots, onions, garlic, radishes etc which should keep us in lovely food throughout the coming months. We're waging a war against snails, however, which are doing their best to munch through everything we've got! They destroyed our sunflower, which was a shame, but luckily everything else is hanging on at the moment.
We've also started some flowerbeds and pots with pansies, french lavender, heather, geraniums, with some more bulbs and seeds ready to be planted. The aim is to have the garden full of life and colour over the summer. We don't have much space to plant as the garden is paved except for one flowerbed, so it needs lots of greenery to make it feel like a proper garden that we can relax in during the nice hot summer we're praying for!
There was already a lovely little mint plant growing when we moved in, which we can finally see now that the weeds have been obliterated thanks to Annie's dad! So I'm going to be enjoying lots of fresh mint tea for the foreseeable future I hope.
In other news, say hello to the newest additions to our house. Jason and I decided to get pet rats after holding some in a pet shop, whilst we were in Sussex. We did some reading and found out how intelligent they are, and that they can learn their names and be taught tricks. Obviously we spent many obsessive hours on youtube watching videos of them too! We found a lovely local-ish breeder who we bought 4 little baby girls from. We were only going to get 3 but the breeder gave us one more for free because she was the only one left in the litter and it would be better for her to go with her sisters.
They are absolutely adorable and each have very distinctive personalities! Their names are Sylvia, Morgan, Daphne and Pepper. Pepper and Daphne are dumbo-eared, which means their ears are on the side of their heads as opposed to the top, which is very cute. Pepper is a big bruiser and clearly the boss of the cage. She was the one we took on as an extra. Sylvia is very placid, but likes to try and escape from everywhere. Morgan is quite skittish and VERY fast; she also likes to get involved whenever any of the others are having play-fights. Daphne was really nervous of us when we first brought them home and we thought it would take her a while to learn to trust us. We've only had them for 4 days though and she is already crawling onto our hands of her own accord, and she's always the first one to try and get out when we open the cage. So it's fair to say we're kind of obsessed with our new babies! Thankfully our housemates think they're cute as well. At first Annie and Mike weren't keen on the idea but now that they see them running around and generally being the cutest little fuzzes ever, they've very quickly fallen for them :)