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Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Haddock's after the rain.
As someone once said 'what a difference a day makes'. It's rained. In fact, for the moment, it's rained enough for several weeks. It's amazing how everything grows after a good downpour or two; most noticably so at Haddock's, where things had previously been so slow.
Even the Horseradish has suddenly become lush and glossy; almost tempting me to roast a big joint of beef.
I cheated with my Butternut Squash plants this year. We ate our last (from 2010's crop) in February, and the detritus went on the top of the compost heap. Some weeks later I noticed several Squash/Marrow/Courgette type plants growing there, and I planted them out. Of course, I wasn't certain that they were Butternut plants, but as the only seeds I'd recently put there were from a Butternut, I was 99% sure that they were! The above picture shows that I was right. Not wise, but in my case very lucky.
The Artichokes are going bonkers. I have about 8 large plants, and trying to keep up with the supply is almost impossible; especially as Lady M is not as enamoured as I am.
So, we shall eat this summer, autumn, and winter. All is looking good, and another bumper crop is on the cards. My first row of beans is about to produce, and we are ready to start asking ourselves 'how on earth can we eat it all?'.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone (except the obdurate and dictatorial) is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 50 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live between an ancient cottage in a tiny village in perfectly tranquil French countryside, and a bijou townhouse in Brighton UK. In France we have plenty of fruit trees, all situated amongst a view that takes the breath away, in the UK we have a handkerchief sized patio. We also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!