Not Provence

Not Provence

The photo above does not depict the lavender fields of Provence, no, it’s the Stour valley on the Essex/Suffolk border. Last week I mentioned that we have a field of Phacelia behind our cottage this year, well this is it from our back fence. The field is abuzz...
Blustery

Blustery

It’s been a blustery old weekend, not a bit cold, but gardens have been buffeted by the wind. At home our hollyhocks have taken a beating, but we do live atop a hill, and the south westerly arrives unimpeded. In the field behind us is a crop of phacelia this...
No fun in the sun

No fun in the sun

Well that was one of my least favourite weeks doing this job. The heat was relentless – energy sapping, with everything becoming a chore. It was too hot to work in the greenhouse or polytunnel after 9 am, then it became too hot to work outside, then I was let...
Grounded

Grounded

This is where I should be right now, sunning myself on the beautiful Roseland Penninsula in Cornwall. Apart from the Christmas break this is the only week off that I have all year, and I have been denied 😢 I might have to order some authentic Cornish pasties online...
‘Proper’ new potatoes

‘Proper’ new potatoes

This week the shelves of the shop have some gaps on them, but there are one or two treats to be had. I am pulling beetroot this week, and will be bunching it. I am also going to start digging ‘Maris Bard’ new potatoes. They are not at the stage where I...

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