It’s the end of month 41 and I’m a bit taken aback by how long it has been now. There have been many changes in my life in the last 20 years……but some of the biggest ones have come in the last 5. I have always been afraid of change……or so I thought.
On a very blowy day I have a quick visit to the garden……there’s some more harvesting to be done and previous harvests still in the shed which I need to bring home. I show the best stage to harvest Calendula seed and show how my ‘new’ rare bean seeds look at the pod stage.
The weather is definitely on the turn here with a big dumping of rain due in a couple of days….so it’s high time to harvest dried produce. Today it’s the turn of the beans… I discuss my drying methods and how I store to ensure a clean, long lasting produce to rely on in the kitchen through the next few months.
The weather has certainly changed in the last few days and we’re now chilly, damp and grey……not the most conducive weather for the garden but perfect for indoor jobs……including carrying on with my big clear out.
The first chilly, damp start to the day in months meant I had to change my plans for the day…..but that’s OK…..still plenty to do indoors…..and it came as a good reminder to me to get on with some seasonal tasks.
I woke feeling a little flat today……and then my lovely postman buzzed me to say he had some parcels for me. Ooooh, what fun. One of them came with a lovely surprize for me to pass on to you all….. a discount code for Rachel’s lovely soaps and balms. What a wonderful start to my day.
A lovely day of chatting in the garden ends with a bit of a fright…..just for a moment……and I am reminded how thankful we all should be for the amazing and brave work firefighters do. Once over that I look forward to some cosy time indoors.
Mondays are always my bonkers running about all over the community days……I love them! Today is no exception……it’s always a mixed bag and I never know quite what to expect or what I might discover along the way. I had a brief stop at home during the middle of it all so thought I’d grab the chance to have a quick catch up with you all.
On another beautiful autumn day I carry on the jobs of getting ready for winter…..plants coming out, new plants going in……where beds will be in action over the winter I need to protect the soil from the weather with as thick a mulch as possible……I can achieve this in part using the ‘crop and drop’ technique.
It’s the time of year when my attention needs to turn to seed saving to ensure I have a good supply for starting a whole new garden next year…….today I’m in the vine bed selecting the juiciest, plumpest fruits….. I also need to do some ‘shopping’ for a specific recipe that I haven’t tried before.