Monday, 22 May 2017

An Unremarkable Day

 


Today I played the dutiful housewife.  I did a load of washing and hung it outside to dry.  I baked some rock cakes.  I dug up some young beetroot and boiled them in their skins.  (I did spend some time looking at them to try and get some inspiration for John Gray’s competition but to no avail, into the pan they went!) I picked strawberries and raspberries.  I pulled some straggly succulents out of the courtyard because they were making the place look untidy.

The small, tender beetroots were delicious; we had them for lunch with salad and cheese.  It is so rewarding when you can eat stuff from your own garden.





rockery with Philippe's scarecrow in the background
This afternoon I made some chilli con carne for supper and then went for a wander around the garden.  Everything is slowly recovering from the frost but sadly all the young fruits have fallen off the peach trees.  No bellini cocktails for me this summer.  Paul has planted out the travelling cucumbers, they don’t seem to have suffered from their journey.  The courgettes (zucchinis) have just started putting up their first yellow flowers so we should be cropping them soon.  The French beans are coming along well and I can’t wait to start eating some baby new potatoes.


Paul's potager

The rockery is a riot of colour at the moment, I think the Californian poppies are mocking me.





18 comments:

  1. It all looks beautiful, Sue, and so verdant. The one thing we miss here is the greenery. Friends of ours have started to lay plastic grass in an attempt to make their garden look more English. It sounds naff, but in fact looks quite good from a distance. Now I notice our Swedish neighbours have also put down plastic grass. I'll be interested to see how it looks after a summer of intense heat and sunshine.

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    1. It's all very green here at this time of year. This plastic grass trend seems to be quite popular in the UK too, doesn't seem right to me.

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  2. It all looks lovely Sue. Those poppies are glorious.

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    1. They certainly add some colour. I keep pulling them out every year but they always come back.

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    2. Hands off the poppies.

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  3. It may have been an unremarkable day but it was pleasant and peaceful and you were close to Nature - so a pretty nice day too.

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    1. Always close to nature here Mr Pudding, sometimes a little too close!

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  4. Some of us look at the vegetables and fruit differently these days, it's John's fault.

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    1. Ha-ha, it's true though isn't it Yael? I was looking at the beetroot to see if it had a face!

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  5. It is a treat to eat our own fruits and veggies. Love your poppies. Wish I could get my husband to eat beets, I love them, he hates them.

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    1. Chocolate and beetroot cake is my favourite.

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  6. How come you've got Raspberries? My Tayberries are still a week or more away from being ripe. I too have small Courgettes, and some Spring Onions; nothing else yet.

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    1. We grow them against a south facing wall. It's a very warm spot for them.

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  7. ...con carne, Bellini and zucchini - I thought I was reading an Italian blog :)
    I'm with Paul; I love poppies!
    Greetings Maria x

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    1. The poppies have to be tamed, they are taking over the garden!

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    1. It is like England (except the rain is warm and the wine is cheap).

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  9. Food never tastes better than when it comes from your own garden! I've not even planted my vegetable garden, and you're harvesting from yours. -Jenn

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