I Spy Pie

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A whole lot of fruit means a whole lot of pie being made here. Do you need a reason for pie? You do not.

Any pie recipes you’d care to share? I would have two very happy boys here if you did!

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Old School Spinning

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For the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed getting back to spinning yarn, albeit in the slowest fashion possible, on the drop spindle. I really enjoyed mixing this blend of merino and bamboo; I have plans on making small batches to sell every now and again, as I really do enjoy dyeing my own yarn – like painting a picture that you wear. However, with another kilo of fluff ahead of me, I think I’d better get this back to the wheel.

Updates soon!

22. Aug. 17 :: My Garden

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In terms of productivity this garden hasn’t worked this year, but I’m not beating myself up about it: firstly, this is its first year as a growing plot, and secondly, it is lightyears better than it was for the last ten years.

Saying that, drib drabs of kale have been coming in, we had plums, potatoes, carrots, peas, and herbs, and in the next few weeks we’ll be getting the apples in, harvesting the dill and basil, waiting till most of the tomatoes are red, taking the chilli and then slowly put the garden to bed, leaving the over-wintering things to grow.

I’ve also planted saffron this year, for a November-ish harvest hopefully.

My focus is now on next year’s garden, and how things will be built on, learned from and hopefully expanded.

It’s all good.

Early August :: In My Garden

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With one thing or another, especially the amount of rain we’ve been getting these last few weeks, I’ve barely been in the garden and it’s looking messy out there. I think this afternoon I’ll get out and do some tidying up. Weeds need pulling, wayward bramble needs showing who’s boss and the herb beds need detangling somewhat.

The tomatoes are ripening, the apples will need pulling soon, and the last of the plums will need saving from the birds. I’m already planning next years garden. Butterfly nets and tomato stakes are top of the list!

How’s your garden growing?

Blueberry Everything

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Berry season is carrying us through – we’re now on blueberries!

Whenever we hit the beach we always try to make time for a PYO blueberry farm on the way home. There is nothing quite so nice in summer as leftover blueberry pie for breakfast!

And for the winter months, some more jam. A little taste of summer in those gloomy days when we have forgotten what it feels like to have heat to our very bones.

And the next berry season is right around the corner – our very favourite – blackberry. Time to get back to the forest armed with baskets! Soon. I think we’ll try to squeeze out summer first.

Beach Ready

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We’re keeping a keen eye on the weather forecast these days – hit and miss rain is derailing a lot of outdoor fun (because I really don’t think getting drenched is fun, regardless of what these boys of mine think), so when we see a break in the weather, we have bags packed on standby for an early start.

It just doesn’t feel like summer without a trip to the beach, does it?

In My Garden: Late July

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It’s feeling a lot like autumn out there. The rain has returned, the air is cooler and those shadows in the afternoon are foreboding now. Still, I’ll keep the faith and won’t admit defeat till the leaves have turned.

In my garden this week then:

:: the leek seem happy. No one has told them they’re living in a bag and they’re just getting on with becoming leeks.

:: the garlic has started to sprout and that can do it’s thing till spring.

:: I returned for clearance aisle raspberry canes – two more – one has died, but I’m hoping the roots might give me something next year if I’m nice, and one has rewarded my faith by giving me a teeny tiny raspberry!

:: those apples, goodness, if they don’t break that tree in half it will be a miracle. It has almost doubled over with the weight of them. I called the arborist.

:: the plums are blushing up nicely. Not many but more than none. Bonus.

:: the bramble and I have come to an understanding: if you can’t beat it, farm it. Stakes have gone in and I’m training them up as canes.

:: the tomatoes are vexing me with their ability to pull every stake down. I’m pleased for the weighty tomatoes, but some thought will have to go in for keeping those babies upright!

:: I’ve set some more carrots off; they can do what they like till next year.

:: Ditto winter cabbage. If any survives

:: I’ve put some courgette out; I know it’s late, but if we get anything then fine and if we don’t, no worries.

:: More herbs – this time valerian, yarrow and fennel, along with a beautiful Russian Sage that I hope will look nice with the hollyhocks next year.

:: the strawberries and chilli have had another flush of flower – I think all this rain is helping.

Soon I need to start keeping notes about what I will do differently next year.