I filmed this a month ago….hopefully some of you will still have some peas to harvest! Today I am making one of my favourite dishes; pea risotto…….but, first, a bit of a podding session and a chat about how I came by the peas and the general loveliness of friendship, sharing and giving in the gardening community.
I made this video before my sister’s death……I love that she’s included in it…and hope you will enjoy it too before I get back to filming in real time. A gorgeous package arrived in the post and got me thinking about some of my favourite things….and they are all such simple pleasures to do with paper….. I’ve also been enjoying lots of fruit during the hotter weather and decided it was high time to try one of my Sister’s favourites…….hahaha, yes, I really have managed to get to my mid 50s without ever eating one! I even managed to forget what it’s called!
This is a sad video….please don’t watch it if you are feeling low or fragile. The Samaritans are a wonderful organisation and you can call them anytime if you are struggling: https://samaritanshope.org/ Macmillan Cancer Care have been my chosen charity for years and also offer fabulous support. If you would like to donate to them you can do so here: https://www.macmillan.org.uk/
It has been a very busy time for me in the two weeks since I last posted and amongst other jobs I’ve had a big push in the garden…….just in time for the Summer Solstice. Come and have a wander with me, in the morning sunshine, and see what I’ve been able to manage….
It has been a very delayed start to the garden this year……but I’ve been back in it for a month and today you can see where I’ve got to. Plus a quick message from the shed before we have a nosey at the garden.
After a month of hard work to turn the garden around I am slowing down for the day and enjoying some quieter, more gentle jobs. Join me for some peace and calm in the garden.
My first proper shopping trip in a decade and a heart-in-mouth moment when I realise my handbag is missing! But first….a bit of care for the tomatoes before they head off to the garden.
A few questions have been recurring in comments and messages recently so I thought I’d address them here including an explanation of how I have scaled back the garden this year…..and the big question of house hunting and how the move is progressing.
Today’s lovely task is to sow the crop which will look after my skin for the next year….but before I can sow calendula I need to do a mountain of work to get the beds ready. Once it’s all done and the seeds are sown I can make my little wattle fences again to prevent the flowers flopping onto the paths and getting muddy and crushed.
Are you sitting comfortably? Time for another natter and another eclectic mix of subjects: the tomatoes I started a couple of weeks ago, my annoyance with couriers and some fun island trivia (that you can turn into a game with your friends) amongst other things. Get that kettle on.