Category Archives: harvests & feasts

overnight magic

Another hot, dry day in London.  The drought continues and no rain in sight for days.  CNN reported it was 26°C in London today, but when we arrived it felt more like 34°C ; I had trickles of sweat running … Continue reading

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back patch veg beds – a progress report

At the end of last week I slipped out of the flat early in the morning to get a head start on a general tidy and overall assessment of the state of play in the back patch vegetable patch. This … Continue reading

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hard graft & some progress

It’s been a surprisingly busy few days.  I reached out to a fellow allotment holder and neighbour to see if she was ok.  Hadn’t seen sign of her for a while…  She’s a former colleague in the fight to save … Continue reading

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future fruits..

Everything abounds at the allotment, though yesterday we were puzzled by the absence of the robin, who we suspect was off on some other plot searching worms on overturned ground. The main water connection has been fixed for all the … Continue reading

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toil & cares rewarded

I cut this vase of flowers on Sunday afternoon for my beloved, and we took the photo this morning (Tuesday 12 May).  Both this delicately fragrant long-stemmed pink rose and the blue flag iris are growing along the railway path … Continue reading

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chilly days and first harvests

It’s been quite cool – with threats of morning frosts and daytime temperatures of 10 degrees or so.  Which feels chilly after days in the 20s, but fairly sunny all the same – despite the strong gale force winds. Between … Continue reading

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awesome artichoke!

Artichoke are awesome! But boy are they huge! If you have the space and want to plant some globe artichoke of your own, try to remember that the tiny little slip you purchase at the garden centre will grow to … Continue reading

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berry overload

Can you Adam and Eve it?!  There were simply too many berries for us to eat fresh.  We were gorging on blackberries every evening – with meringues, with yoghurt, with whipped cream, with vanilla ice cream.  Berries ’til we were … Continue reading

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summer – where did it go?

Where did summer go?  We started gloriously, with a modest harvest of garlic in June… Followed by good crops of calvero nero (black Italian kale), beans, courgette, onions, and an almost impossible steady supply of delicious sweet blackberries. We’ve also … Continue reading

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..thinking of stawberries & salad….

Doesn’t it just blow your mind that all the fruit you eat – including tomatoes & aubergines & pumpkins & onions & cherries and everything in between…  it all starts with a flower.  A simple little flower.  That turns into the … Continue reading

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