Being of peasant stock I am always very happy to find out how to get more out of the vegetables that we grow and today while working in the nursery my friend Gina came over with a friend from Sicily who told me that I had a great crop of pumpkin and gourd shoots, we went up to the heaps so that he could show me what to do with them. In Sicily they eat them as a green, and that is just what I am going to do tonight, if I do not die in the night I will tell you how they are.
From what I saw of the city of Barcelona it lacked green space, it was a shame really, they had a lot of areas that really could have been softened, Thomas did take me to see a very interesting area of town, rather rough but at one end of a very large square was a vegetable garden, I talked to the girl working in it, she was new to the garden but said it was for the use of those that lived in the area, she was getting rid of the Tomatoes at the time, they did not have blight. Barcelona is a city worth a visit, made very easy for me having the perfect tour guide, thank you Thomas.
While at the beach this morning I was very happy to come across some love interest, not for me but for my two bitches back at home, I would love to have taken him home as a missed you gift for my two. I talked to the lady owner, she told me that they are still used for hunting boar in Spain, this boy was very good at digging in the sand and not used for hunting.
We went and looked at an office of a friend of Thomas’s, they have a roof top space which was interesting but nextdoor was more interesting, the had a theatre of strawberries, I am sure that it is something that Tom Coward would love to do next summer. They also had other vegetables in pots around the edge.
It does seem the more you learn the more you want to learn, I am feeling this about Gaudi, he is someone who I know very little about but with the help of Thomas as guide around Barcelona this could change. We have had a day of looking at his works, Thomas dropped us off at Guell Palace, I found it a great place for inspiration and to learn that Gaudi had taken inspiration from plant structure.
It is always a good start to a holiday when I find the marzipan vegetables in the first few hours, we went to a market and there they where, waiting for me. The market had some very good looking fruit and vegetables, I just hoped they had not been grown under the same flight path that I had looked down on from my flight in to Barcelona.
I was at Gravetye today, always a great place to visit and see what Tom and the team are up to, I always get a new idea about what I could do better and also leave with a treat of some kind. I was there to have lunch and go to a talk, both where perfect, Tom was the perfect host. The garden still has so much interest, worth a visit.