Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Harvest time at the allotment

I've had a really busy few days. On Saturday, despite the searing heat, my beloved other half decided we must, absolutely must, get up to the allotment and start picking stuff before the birds, rabbits and other assorted livestock help themselves to it. He was right, of course. After a slow start, everything is flourishing.

I picked 3lb of redcurrants and blackcurrants and have turned them into jelly. We also harvested the first of the broad beans, some courgettes, potatoes, peas and garlic, which have variously been eaten, frozen or otherwise stored. Add to this the continuing crops of carrots, strawberries, rhubarb, gooseberries, herbs and lettuce at home and I'm starting to feel like Barbara Good!

Elsewhere, I performed in the last concert of this academic year with Kettering Camerata on Sunday, which went very well - enhanced in no small part by the addition of a French accordion-player. (Well, actually he's Latvian, but he played French music in keeping with the theme of the day, so I think we got away with it - and hey, we're all  Europeans.)

I've also been really busy with work, but sadly not had time for any original writing. Must try harder.


  1. I know you mentioned hot weather, but somehow I envision a breeze sweeping along a rise of land, cooling you as you pick the red- and blackcurrants. ...which reminds me that I must get some to put in my fruitcake that I swear I will make this year at the end of October so that I may wrap it (and keep rewrapping it) in brandy- or rum-soaked cloths so that it is perfect for Christmas.

    *ahem* I digress. I love the photos!

    Diana at About Myself By Myself

  2. You romantic soul, Diana. Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Rhubarb and gooseberries... some of the food from my childhood that I miss since I've been living in the US. We get rhubarb here, but its not something I see lot of, at least in this area--it's like people don't know what to do with it. My mum used to make wonderful rhubarb crumbles (topped with Bird's custard... mmmmMMMMm!!). And I don't know if we get gooseberries at all--unless they go by a different name. I love gooseberries!

    Thanks for the memories, Julia! :)

    1. You're welcome, Colin. Thanks for commenting at such length.