For one reason and another, we haven’t been blackberrying yet this year so resolved to go today whatever the weather. Luckily it was a bright and cool Autumn day and there were still lots to be had. The sea on the horizon was truly blue today.
A friend from choir very kindly brought some beautiful apples from her prolific tree to share with us all so I am using those along with our blackberries to make an almost free Blackberry and Apple Crumble.
While we were in the Gylly Cafe for a delicious breakfast, lots, and I means lots of people came down to the sea for their cold water dip. You might just be able to spot some of their heads in the water! After our delicious breakfast, we walked along Cliff Road and sat by the sea soaking up the sunshine and listening to the gentle soughing of the waves.
We’ve baked a bunch of cookies today to take with us tomorrow morning to support our local postal workers who are striking for better conditions.
Oat Cookies and Chocolate and Oat Fingers
Talented Bury St Edmunds member has kindly baked a cake that simply demonstrates the struggle that our posties are in today.
And I can’t go without mentioning that Queen Elizabeth has died this afternoon. I’ve never been a royalist but I do feel sad at the breaking news which has got to me for some reason, perhaps because she was also a Mum, a Granny and a Great Granny and all those people will miss her so. This appeared in my feed and I like it. She was such a good sport and clearly loved being a part of that sketch. Thank you to the artist.
I had occasion to go the the surgery today, yes, on Sunday! Having waited many months for a steroid injection in my hip for the Trochanteric bursitis which has been bothering me, I was delighted to get a message giving me an appointment for this morning. The lovely Mr S suggested that, working on a Sunday, the Doctor might appreciate some home-made cookies so I made some yesterday but forgot to photograph them. The Doctor was, indeed, delighted. He doesn’t get a day off in lieu which really does seem very wrong. By the time I thought of photos, the rest of the bake had been eaten by the lovely Mr S!
I was told to rest for 24 hours to allow the injection the best chance of success so I have spent another day reading. I’ve just started a book I couldn’t leave in the bookshop when we we were in Truro the other day – Sarah Winman’s ‘Still Life,’ and the loveliest coincidence – my cousin who lives in Australia wrote today about a possible visit and said she has just finished reading this book and loved it. I also loved SW’s novel, ‘A Year of Marvellous Ways’
It’s August 1st and here is this month’s Happiness calendar, Altruistic August.
Friends came round this afternoon for tea in the garden and what a joy it was to entertain again after such a long time. Both couples brought a garden posy for us and I put them all together to make a delightful colourful bunch.As you, Dear Readers, know, we have lots of courgettes in the allotment. For this afternoon I made Courgette and Cheese Soda bread which we had sliced and buttered. followed by Chocolate Courgette Cake which was scrummy!
We spent all morning at the allotment – harvesting onions, picking beans, planting some more squash and weeding, weeding and weeding! All the time, the bees were buzzing about and were about all we could hear.
Bee in courgette flower
Bee on Cosmos
Bee on Runner Beans
Bee on Echium Blue Bedder
Bee on Sunflower
Bee on white beans
We have twin Cosmos and twin onions!When going for breakfast the other day, I spotted a delightful post box topper on a roundabout in Truro but couldn’t get a good photo. M, who lives near the box, took this photo for me. I really love the wacky seagulls and octopus.Thanks, M.
We visited Community Roots today, described as “Community Supported Agriculture 🌱 Nature Friendly market garden. Food and friendships within our community” and it was all those things and more.
We expected just to be shown around to to see what was going on but it turned out to be the day for putting up a new poly tunnel and it seemed that extra hands would be useful so we stayed and helped. What a wonderful sense of satisfaction and camaraderie.
Plastic covering ready to roll
Pulling it over and holding tight against the breeze
Tucking in the sides
It was the day for harvesting the onions and some volunteers, aged from 3 to 75, were laying them all out to dry off in the sun.
Every bit of the allotment, all 40 plots of it, are green, gorgeous and productive! Our meal tonight was a locally made small pie with garlic fried courgettes and freshly picked and buttered broad beans. Last night I made a delicious Courgette and Sweet potato lasagne – such foodie joys using homegrown produce.