I am reminded just how good it is to be able to go out in the garden and pick fresh lemons and to be reminded how bad the lemons can be in England if you do not pay a lot of money for them. The possums love to eat the rind and leave the rest on the tree.




It is great to be back out at the beach of my childhood. It reminds me where I have come from and where I have got to. The sand is black volcanic sand and the soil my grandfather grew his vegetables in was rich because of the volcanic area we lived in.



I am very happy with how good the vegetable garden is looking. After two days in the garden with Charlie and Ben we have order. I wanted things in order before the symposium starts on Saturday.



I had two new boys helping me in the garden today. I have Ben (Edward younger brother) who I have known since birth and Charlie who is a friend from London, Charlie is about to become a Kew student. It is great to have the boys here for a few days to bring order to the vegetable garden.



They said it would rain today so I got out there to weed first thing and the break up the soil so that the water would get in. We had such hard soil after not getting rain for a while. I was happy to feel and smell the rain and it is still falling now.



Tom gave me a selection of apples to try. I have enjoyed trying both after a meal or cut up on my oats in the morning. The one that I enjoy most is named ‘Scrumptious’ , it has a very interesting flavour, it is of fennel. It’s parents and Discovery and Golden delicious. Bred in England. It is the apple one the far left of the photo.