Sunday, 23 August 2015

Harvest

You go away for three days and things in the garden change.

I've been busy harvesting in the late afternoon sunshine today. The courgettes which we tried to pick as babies have somehow ballooned into monstrous creations half a metre long....


The Runners have taken over and are spilling off their stalks until the boughs bend to kiss the earth....


And the toms seem finally to have woken up (probably because I bought some from Waitrose yesterday and it embarrassed them so much they all turned red at once)....


My Honesty seed pods are finally ready, after weeks and weeks of slow maturing. I picked a load with a blessing to the plant this afternoon as Ma has expressed a wish to have some for her garden. This still left lots to self-seed and some for me to pack into small brown envelopes and add to Crimble presents...


There are Raspberries too- our Autumn bushes have sprung into action this week and I've three bags in the freezer. And I've been baking: sausagemeat, chicken and leek pie and a lemon cake for supper, which we had early because we'd all worked up an appetite by going swimming this afternoon. 

Despite their best efforts, none of the male contingent in my family got shouted at by the life guard. They were all a little downcast as a result, especially M who makes it a point of honour to be told off at least once and usually achieves this. L made up for it by loudly pretending to be a Mad Professor (his hair is long at the mo and with goggles on it stuck up wet all over the place so he did look a dead ringer for one) while F kept his side up by spitting pool water at his father. Constantly. He didn't even stop when I reminded him how much wee it probably contained. You see what I have to put up with?

M won the prize for the most active person in the family today, having got up at ten to six this morning before the rain came in order to run 20 miles. In three hours. I, meanwhile, was lying in exactly the same position when he returned as when he'd left, with the sole addition of a book that I had my nose stuck in. Reading, as we all know, takes considerably energy.....

Now I am sitting here contemplating the golden light bathing the silver birch trees, wondering how Bop is getting on and thinking about putting the moth box out tonight as I haven't seen my mothy friends for a while and am missing them. Apparently, mothing is a fast-growing hobby here in the UK, with numbers swelled by bird watchers lacking any new birds to stare at after June :o) If it helps moth conservation then all to the good. Hopefully, tomorrow I will have some Interesting Fluttery Folk to show you.

I have missed blogging. It's good to be back :o)

Wishing you all a peaceful evening and a Good Start to the new working week. I am off fabric shopping tomorrow, because clearly I don't have enough already and besides, Christmas Is Coming!

CT x
 
 


36 comments:

  1. One can never have enough fabric!!

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  2. There is always a pile of outsized courgettes in the "free stuff" place at the allotment site. They literally cannot be given away. Your beans look good, mine have failed dismally, and I'm very envious of your three bags of raspberries. It seems I cannot grow raspberries any more. No idea why. I'm most impressed with your energy as ever, and that of your whole family in fact. My littlest boy quite often gets told off by the lifeguard for running. He runs everywhere, it's quite an effort for him not to run. He has it down to a smooth glide round the pool now, which sometimes keeps him under the radar. I have missed your posts, glad you're back, and I hope you have a very satisfying fabric shop. CJ xx

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    1. I do wish we lived nearer- I have several bunches of beans that are desperate for homes, although I suspect you'd pass on the marrows :o)

      I honestly can't claim any of the veggy or fruit growing honours- they are M's babies. My department is the wild flowers.

      I have the loveliest mental image of your littlest one running everywhere. I noted at the pool how all the small folk were skipping and bouncing and jumping and leaping along beside their parents - none of them walked a single step. I thought to myself, it's rather sad that we lose that urge to zoom about as we get older. Also that children are constantly told to walk about sensibly long before they actually want to. Yay for running everywhere and being utterly joyful about it, I say! xx

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    2. You're right, it's sad that we lose the urge to run everywhere. I remember being little and running all the way home from school for lunch. Happy days. CJ xx

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  3. You certainly had a lovely bounty of produce to come home to. It all looks great.

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  4. a most bountiful harvest! courgettes do that, don't they? one day they're "too small" and the next they're unrecognizable and huge. you could try stuffing the big ones -- i did that with some mammoth creations a few years ago [about when we last had a decent courgette harvest] and it was extremely delish.

    i agree with your reply to CJ's comment -- it's a crime that we stifle the natural exuberance and joy of children. they grow up fast enough without us shushing and squashing them all the time. and of course, everyone knows that skipping *isn't* running, so no poolside rules are broken....;)

    happy fabric shopping! i've been beavering away with some creative mending of late...it's how i spend my Saturday nights [because i'm that kind of wild and spontaneous!] and i picked up a few notions today - a rotary cutter and seam gauge...in preparation, you see. [i'm creeping ever closer, aren't i?]

    xo

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    1. Ooh- I am looking forward to seeing what you're creating with sewing things.... :o) xx

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  5. My courgettes have been dire this year, there is no chance what so ever of me finding a huge overgrown one amongst the leaves. Fabric shopping what a delight, I've been leaving helpful notes around the house with some helpful hints for my impending birthday - Mike is walking around muttering sadly to himself about more fabric with the odd swear word too! Have a super week my dear xx

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    1. I've just discovered that my favourite fabric place does tokens.... xx

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    1. Thanks- although I can't really take credit as my husband does all the veg growing :o)

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  7. Fabric or wool is needed to store away for a rainy day, this is my thinking, so as it rains quite a lot here I will have to keep on buying it :)
    Food grown looks lovely, far to many slugs here, my poor plants are just about hanging on..Have collected a few Honesty seed pods, do they grow well from seed ? Hope you managed to get the trap out, it's rained most evenings here.
    Amanda xx

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    1. Yes, plenty of rain here at the moment too :o) Touch wood, few slugs here this year, or perhaps our hoggy is keeping numbers in check. Honesty grows well from seed but won't flower till the second year xx

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    2. Here we had over an inch of pouring rain overnight last night - our hay field must be floating.

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    3. Oh no, Weaver! Your poor hay....

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  8. So lovely to "meet" you and thank you for visiting my humble space! I LOVE the idea - new to me here in the Midwest U.S. - of "mothing"! Oh my, I need to look into this as this summer we have had a bounty of moths visiting our disheveled garden. I am very impressed by your garden bounty and especially envious of your "runners." Please excuse me, I am an Anglophile and love learning the more colorful names of things. Looking forward to seeing what you put into a Wisdom Tin :)

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    1. Lisa, your ears must have been burning- I've just ordered a tin with a Kingfisher on it and have been looking up some sayings to go in it. It's such a perfect idea, thank you for sharing it. I've also started some drawings to go in the tin which is giving me an outlet for my sudden burning need to draw, paint and colour after a gap of a few years :o)

      Colourful names for things- I'm afraid I am a maker-upper of words. I have a habit of splinching words together and creating new ones out of the resulting merger. My husband despairs of me! :o) XX

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  9. Lovely to see your garden produce - we were late sowing ours and the courgettes are only just forming!

    Had a good moth night Friday but we've had heavy rain overnight since. Hope you did manage to put your trap out.

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    1. Ah, then you'll have the benefit of eating them long after everyone else has run out :o)
      Some moths in the box this morning, more than I'd expected, but am running out of time to photograph them now! x

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  10. Beans and tomatoes; great. Courgettes I can happily leave. Funny squidgy things!

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    1. Have you tried them when they're very small? Much nicer I think (less squidgy!) :o)

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  11. The home grown food looks delicious. I managed a trip to Paignton today without stopping to look at, consider or buy fabric...must be the paint fumes!

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    1. It always tastes better picked and eaten at home. Well done on your powers of resistance- much better than mine! x

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  12. The garden has been doing well hasn't it! I, ahem, succumbed to fabric this weekend - totally because of your influence I have to say! Nothing to make with it though you understand, but it all looks very pretty!! xx

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    1. M has green fingers for sure :o) Ooh, what did you get fabric-wise? Would love to see it xx

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    2. Various fat quarter packs, all gone into the pile now! I will make some things with them - some day!! I will show next Friday if I remember when I do my next five on Friday post! xx

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  13. Your garden looks so lovely - we have managed to grow a grand total of one cucumber, three artichokes and a handful of red currants this year! Still, as gardening is a perpetual if all too infrequent pleasure, there is always next year to try again. And a big yay to running and skipping with the kids. It is such a shame we get so self conscious as we get older. x

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    1. That is the lovely thing about gardens- they grow and change and you always get fresh chances. I have to work on one of the flower beds next year, it was great early summer but not so good after that. All evolving. xx

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  14. Hey CT,
    I got home yesterday, and my garden looks like a wasteland! Disaster at plot no 10. But hey ho. You live and learn. I have tomatoes, courgettes, cues and salad though. No beans. I have been seed collecting all year, with a view to adding them to Xmas pressies. The Honesty pods look beautiful. I need to look out for some.
    Leanne xx

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    1. Amazing how it changes in a few short days when you're not there isn't it. Hope you had a great time away. Email me your address and I'll pop some Honesty seeds in the post - I have masses. They won't flower till year 2, but so worth waiting for, all that gorgeous early colour xx

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  15. I make soup with my courgettes that got away and always add a small chilli though just to wake everything up. I love honesty seed pods and use them in dried flower arrangements with grasses, poppies and hydrangeas. I can see you'll be eating beans with everything for the next few weeks. I've been buying fabric from a fantastic 'end of bolt' shop in my local town and have signed up for a day's upholstery course too! I am getting ready for the dark evenings.

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    1. I don't think I can face using up the monster marrows. Compost :o)

      Honesty is marvellous stuff, isn't it? I love the sound of your end of bolt shop, although it is perhaps a good thing I don't know where it is :o) xx

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  16. Amazing produce. Its surprising what can happen in such a short time. Very impressed with M and the 20 mile run all before 9am. I did a 6km run this morning and felt like I'd run a marathon! Enjoy the fabric shopping, I'm hoping to do the same and make my first dress! wish me luck!

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    1. Ooh, tonnes of luck with the dress- it wasn't as hard as I'd expected but getting the fit right is a bit fiddly. Well done on the run too. I can do 5k at the Park Run in about half an hour and my 1.8 mile run last night was a breeze, so I should probably up my distances a bit. But not to 20 miles :o) x

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