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December will be Magic Again

It’s December and the countdown to Christmas has begun! The weather has turned from a drenching November to a cold start to the month; not frosty, just grey.

Advent calendar. Carrot and chestnut soup

That isn’t egg nog – it’s carrot and chestnut soup, flavoured with garlic, turmeric and cayenne pepper. I just had to have a taster before storing it to be my lunch for the next few days. It’s very tasty. I picked the carrots when we visited the plot yesterday – so c-c-c-cold and we’re not used to it. Our carrots have been mostly small this year, but there are plenty of them.

Winter potatoes

Also whilst on the plot, apart from chatting to a handful of other brave souls (well, we’ve had a manure delivery which is always a draw), Jamie emptied the final potato bag. They were meant to be Nicola potatoes but something must have gone wrong with the labelling – there shouldn’t be any pink ones in there! Anyway, a nice haul of muli-coloured little spuds whatever variety they are.

Final tomatoes and pepper

We picked the last pepper and a few remaining tomatoes as the temperature is due to drop below freezing this week. I added the cavolo nero to a tofu curry last night. It such a good flavour, shame about all the whitefly. They’re pretty dormant on site at the moment but as soon as they warm up indoors they start flying about 😬 so the leaves need a lot of shaking outside and a thorough wash.

Tofu curry with Cavolo nero

I’ve been having porridge for breakfast and have been using the rosehip jelly that I made in the Autumn – it did set and melts nicely into the hot porridge. (Not convinced that it tastes any different from sugar though!)

Rose hip jelly on porridge

We decided to put the Christmas Tree up, as all the lights are up in town and across the road – if I’m brave enough to go out before the sun is up or after it’s gone down I’ll get some photos. Our tree looks like it has for the last 30-odd years but it is so pretty with so many little trinkets that we’ve gathered over the years.

Christmas Tree

And I received a gift through the post – well, it was a prize actually! I came 2nd for my Christmas card photo for the National Allotment Society competition. Here’s my prize – that nice book which has recipes as well as growing hints and a bundle of seeds 😊

Prize from NAS

And this is the photo I entered – from a snowy day in March 2018.

Snowy Leeks

I was going to use the Smashing Pumpkins Christmastime song, which I love but it seems that I used that in last Christmas’s post, so here’s a great song instead by Kate Bush. Enjoy.


Published by Belinda Robinson

Photos of planting, growing, harvesting, (occasional) vegetarian cooking and wildlife - this is why the Marsh Lane Allotment site in Hungerford is such a fabulous place to spend time. A record of successes, failures and it's a handy reminder for me too. From 2017 each post title brings a song to add a little extra music to the world - enjoy!

4 thoughts on “December will be Magic Again

  1. It’s so cold now, hard frosts here in Bedfordshire – bit of a shock to the system. Lovely harvests you have there, voles rumbled my carrots so not much left! I really like your photograph and can see why it won a prize 🙂

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