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Oct 25th, 2014

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Home Produce Group

R and I went to the village hall today to participate in a new group which is starting up to collaborate on growing vegetables and fruit around the village. The idea is to share tips about what works locally and what doesn’t, and also potentially to share labour and the fruits of that labour. Unfortunately […]

Aug 23rd, 2014

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I have to say – my squash harvest was not bountiful. Out of five large plants I ultimately got a handover of very small ones which rotted before they were ready to pick – and the solitary one pictured. To put things in perspective (literally) it is about 15cm long. I don’t know what I […]

Aug 20th, 2014

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How do you like them apples?

One of the apple trees in our garden is loaded with fruit which look ready, so this afternoon I picked one to try it. Not sure what variety it is but it has a crisp white flesh and a red skin, and it was in fact ready. I cut it in half and gave half […]

Aug 19th, 2014

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Summer coming to an end here

Well it is feeling a bit autumnal here for all we are still in August. A few leaves are coming off the trees, the brambles are nearly ripe and the polytunnel and greenhouse are nearly empty after the last month of glut. This evening R mowed the lawn (which doesn’t seem to be taking the […]

Jul 24th, 2014

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In which we have a glut….

We now have a seriously large number of tomatoes getting ready every day. They are lovely and flavoursome and sweet – actually much better than even the expensive vine tomatoes from M&S or Waitrose (or even Lidl!). R will not eat tomatoes unless they are cooked – but these ones are actually nicest just eaten […]

Jul 14th, 2014

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Life’s just a bowl of Cherries

Well cherries and other mixed produce. I’m picking a bowl of mixed edibles most days now. Today I got strawberries (the last of these now I think), raspberries, beans, potatoes, courgettes, tomatoes and quite a lot of cherries. For some reason the birds seem to have given up on them now and we are getting […]

Jul 6th, 2014

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We’re starting to get fruit through from the garden now. We’ve had loads of strawberries – both the big ones I have been growing in the polytunnel – and now a sizable crop of tiny sweet wild ones. Against all expectation we also have quite a few cherries (I thought the birds would get them […]

Jul 1st, 2014

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Home sweet Home

Well we are back and it is certainly nice to be here. The cats have missed us and Tora in particular won’t let me out of his sight for more than five minutes in case I go away again. It was interesting to see a few differences between here and Cambridge (apart from the obvious […]

Jun 10th, 2014

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Turnip for the books

When I was a child, my Grandfather (we called him ‘Pop’ because he hated the name ‘Granddad’) had an allotment style garden on their house in Dumbarton. I remember he grew two things I particularly liked – one of them was peapods (well obviously), and the other one was ‘snowball’ turnips. To my recollection, neither […]

Jun 5th, 2014

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From garden to lunch

In half an hour…. The featured image is of some of the first of the garden produce (spring onions, potatoes, herbs, peas), and the second picture is it turned into a variation on a very tasty River Cottage ‘Veg’ recipe – stuffed baked squash. I do have a squash plant (well three actually!) in the […]