Well this weekend has given us some rain and now taken us into autumn, I was not sure how long summer was going to last, I am pleased to have some cooler weather, maybe it will slow the winter vegetables down, I am very worried that we are going to have no vegetables left by winter, the Broccoli has budded for the last month, I have already sold so much of it, there maybe none for the winter, another thing to worry about.
We had two lunch guests today from Japan, and with them they had gifts, always a good start to a lunch, the giving of such special gifts. One was a scarf, I have a thing for cotton scarfs from Japan, I do like to keep the sun off and they add a little bit extra to my work style, they show I care how I look in the garden. I also go two new pairs of secateurs, these are very special, hand made tools, they do seem to be very sharp, I had better be careful, I cut the end of my little finger yesterday, these will take it off.
A crop should be treated like a lover, once you have got all you want from it, get rid of it and get a new one in, that is what I did today, got the Tomatoes out yesterday and today have put in Swiss Chard ‘Bright Lights’ and Spring Onion ‘White Lisbon’, both these crops will be great for the winter.
Today was a good day for lifting the Potatoes, we have not had rain for a while now and so the soil around the Potatoes is dry and not sticking to them so they can be put away clean without having to wash them and letting them dry, we store them in wooden boxes that Simon makes up in the barn, he does a great job on them and always seems to find enough for me, and then they are stored in a dark, dry frame in the long shed.
I am going to miss the Tomatoes when I have put them onto the fire, I used a lot of the ripe fruit today to make four very good tarts that where enjoyed by those that they where cooked for. It was not till the middle of last night that the idea to make the tarts came to me, as someone said to me last week, now that I am getting older I will need less sleep, and maybe more good ideas will come.