home grown!

IMG_5057IMG_5062Courgettes doing really well, have three plants, two yellow and one green.  Yellow varieties seem more abundant  with huge lush green leaves.

Tomatoes growing strong, although some flowers are not setting.  I have trailing tomatoes too, at first not much happened but now they have perked up and sending out long racemes of tiny toms !

Green Bean which grew really well last year, this year rubbish, slugs keep eating them.  Barlotti beans not eaten, but they seemed to have stopped growing ?  very strange

Chillies, they are doing fine, although again, not every flower seems to set?  any ideas why?

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Friday flowers

Another week has passed with no posts, busy at work, busy with my monthly newsletter,  It’s all good and everything as it should be.

Today I gave myself a beautiful little treat, passing by a little country cottage on my way out for a nice walk with a friend of mine, I came across these beautiful bunches of flowers, sweet peas, dahlias and asters, so perfectly bright, cheery and smelled so sweet, just perfect as you can see.  I adore sweet peas, when I had an allotment a few years back now, I always had sweet peas growing so I could have a jug full of  the  bright coloured stems next  to my bed.  Just looking at them brings a big smile to my face and lots of happy memories of  sowing and planting out, weeding and harvesting, always ending a stint on the allotment with a flask of tea sitting outside my shed with Brian, my allotment neighbour  and sharing his years of  experience growing veg, we would chatter away and laugh, drink the last drops from the flask, then I would gather a bunch of the heady perfumed sweet peas and drive of home.  Happy memories.

Ended up walking along  Ditchling Beacon, a little ways only as it was quite chilly and very blustery, but enough to blow the cobwebs away and  put my life back in to perspective.  The Beacon is the highest point in East Sussex and one  can see for miles around.   I had hoped to have a nice drive in my new car with the top down, but it was too chilly.  Did for awhile though, with the heated seats on full blast !!

Lunched in THE WHITE HORSE at Ditching village, a nice simple pub, with nice simple food, totally unpretentious, warm and welcoming…………. http://www.whitehorseditchling.com/index.html

All I want to do now is sleep…………………..

grown with love

Wow, look at these veg, fresh straight from my daughter’s garden.  Courgettes, a yellow gold round one not sure of the variety but it looks so bright, baby round carrots, three varieties of beetroot, some kind of kale and wonderful rainbow chard with bright red-pink stalks.  Just had to take a photo before I started cooking my dinner.

Rainbow veg with herb butter and egg noodles……..  quick and easy and oh so delicous

Cooked the baby beetroot, skinned and sliced in half

steamed the baby carrots and left whole

sliced up the chard and some kale across in strips

diced the courgettes

chopped up a couple of tomatoes

put the egg noodles in some just boiled water to warm through

sauteed the kale and chard stalks and put in bottom of dish

metled som butter and put in  chpped freshsage, thyme and rosemary, then added courgette and tossed slightly till softened

Then add carrots, beetroot and chopped tomatoes.

drain noodles and put on top of kale and chard

Top with rainbow veg, I add a squeeze of lemon, but suppose parmesan would be nice

delicous, fresh and nutrituous.

thank you Kirsty,  I know they were grown with love !!

A taste of Granville island-Vancouver

IMG_2199I eat with my eyes ……..     what do you eat with?  This has to be the best farmers market I have visited.  Row upon row of fresh green salad leaves, so many varieties I lost count, bright red lush tomatoes of all sizes, tiny pearls to big butch meaty globes.  Huge piles of soft fruit, some artfuly displayed in huge pyramid shapes,juicy red and yellow cherries, raspberries, cape gooseberries, strawberries, rambutans, lychees, paw paw, papaya and mangoes.  Then theres the artisan bakers, beautifully worked bread in a myriad of shapes,  pastires, cakes, biscuits, all lined up in their mouthwateringly showiness. 

Huge piles of crushed ice closely conceal the jewel like flesh of super fresh salmon, its orange red flesh just seen below its frozen overcoat.  Here and their a huge crab pincer has broken its icy crust along with the silvery toughened overcoats of the huge spotted prawns.  

Cheeses, fresh pasta, pates, herbs and spices, oriental good, speciality teas and of course the flowers, rows of brightly coloured bloms, heady with perfume, dewy fresh, and screaming out for my camera to capture their magnificense.  

I wondered out among the people, music of pan pipes drifted over, a young man flame thrower was going about his business in the square, people watching, sitting on benches reading, chatting, children laughing.  Strolling along looking in the windows, a dye shop caught my eye, on entering all I could see was basket upon basket of  warm hued wools in every concievable colour and texture, soft mohair, the crispeness of hemp, silk and wool, alpaca, skeins hanging on walls and suspended from the ceiling.  A real sight to behold…….

this place is an experience not to be missed, if you ever find yourself in downtown vancouver its a must see!!

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