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Autumn Leaves

Halloween was on Monday, which isn’t the best night to celebrate, but the clocks have returned to Greenwich Mean Time so we got an extra hour in bed at the weekend which is always a bonus. We spent a couple of hours concentrating on Sunday afternoon… carving pumpkins is a serious business 🤭 Only oneContinue reading “Autumn Leaves”

Golden Skans

I made rosehip jelly – it was a bit of a palaver to be honest. Two little jars of gold – they look great, but I think they may just be super-sweet and maybe not worth the effort. We’ll find out in a couple of months… I used this recipe from LarderLove. We ended up havingContinue reading “Golden Skans”

Across the Universe

How amazing are the Yin Yang beans! The patterns are great. Unfortunately only three of my seeds germinated this year, so the beans I harvested this week are being saved to try again next year. They’re also known as Orca beans. That is all the beans I got from the three dwarf plants; I was expecting more butContinue reading “Across the Universe”

Day of the Sunflowers

This is the veggie bake I made at the weekend – so pretty, but it took a long time to cook even though I’d thinly sliced the veg. The veg (potato, courgette and tomato on top of fried onions and garlic) was covered in a cheese sauce and baked. The tomatoes were kindly given toContinue reading “Day of the Sunflowers”

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

I remembered we have cucumber moulds, so the continuous supply of Baby cucumbers are now looking different.  As long as they’re sealed in a plastic bag in the fridge they are still perfect after 3 days. I’ve seen some tasty recipes for them, but we’ve mostly been having them in sandwiches or with hummus dips. Jamie hasContinue reading “Lazy Sunday Afternoon”

Rinse and Repeat

What a sunny scene of home-sown flowers 😊.  I must remember to sow lobelia into modules next year. It’ll make it far easier to pot them on. Zinnia seem to be the flower of the moment. And ours are appearing. They’re multi-coloured so some of the orange flowers are zinnia rather than marigolds.  I’m seeing themContinue reading “Rinse and Repeat”

Rewind The Film

It’s here! The new drone video of the site, courtesy of Colin de Fraine.  I hope you agree that the plots are looking amazing from all the different angles. How dry it is though! Still no rain, so thank goodness for the borehole and generator to pump our water. From Monday it’s National Allotment WeekContinue reading “Rewind The Film”


It’s colourful-meal-time! No colour enhancement necessary for Salad Blue potatoes (they’re actually a maincrop). Fabulous looking and great flavour. The one Salad Blue plant that we pulled provided enough potatoes for several meals and there are still a few little ones left. These veggies were fried in chilli oil and included garlic so was totally delicious thoughContinue reading “Superstition”

In A Moment

Hands up who else was flagging like this yesterday! “When leaves show their undersides, be very sure rain betides” says the Farmer’s Almanac. Well, the rain reached Swindon but missed Hungerford, so I think it was wishful thinking for the beans, or perhaps they wanted us to do some more watering.  Watering just isn’t the sameContinue reading “In A Moment”

First of the Year

The last couple of weeks have been mostly warm, with much less rain than was threatened so we had to water every day. And there have been really windy days with sun-cloud-sun. Stupid weather doesn’t know what month it is! I like this photo of a mallow flower on the wildlife plot, with its ownContinue reading “First of the Year”