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Bees, Twins and Crochet

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

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.

 

Community Roots, Poly Tunnel and Harvesting

We visited Community Roots today, described as ¬†“Community Supported Agriculture ūüĆĪ 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

Done!

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.

 

 

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Allotment Joys

Tonight’ meal was Cajun salmon with new potatoes dug this morning, peas with lettuce and garlic (the French way) using lettuce that was a gift from an allotmenteer this morning and a dill sauce with fresh dill from another generous allotmenteer.

 

Edibles Trough, Spider and Supper

The trough outside the kitchen is flourishing – the lettuces are doing well, the Violas ready for salads and cakes, the borage seedlings all coming on well and the chives beginning to flower.

What a pretty little white spider on the Californian poppies.

Supper was a kind of deconstructed lasagne, to save baking time. Pasta with the ragu (from the freezer)  and then the cheese sauce (from the freezer) on to tagliatelle, took only ten minutes and was delicious.

 

Onions, Allotment and A Sunflower

Here are the last few of the onions we grew last year. We are going to have to buy for a few months until the ones planted today, more than last year,  are ready for harvest.

Last of last summer’s harvest

Heat treated sets arrived by post

Planted out today

For Ukraine

 

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Purple, Blue and Green

The Borage in the edible garden is dropping its lovely blue flowers onto the curly purple lettuce.

The bees love the Eryngium which is a cloud of buzzing blue this year.

We were given a little chili plant earlier in the season, (another allotmenteer gift) and it is doing really well in the poly tunnel.  I will have to ask for advice on when to harvest.

 

Cloth Kitty, Cookies and First Crop

I first made Cloth Kitty about 40 years ago and am now revamping her for the younger LiveWires. This is her in one of the outfits I made then and today I made her a lovely dressing gown. I’ll show you the new outfits as I get them done. They are very fiddly. I need to mend a little hole in her head too. I’m told LiveWire no 5’s favourite colour is red so I plan on embroidering a little red bow.

I had a sudden fancy for some Choc Chip Cookies this afternoon – they don’t take long to make. I added some chopped up crystallised ginger which made them super delicious!

There were just enough Purple Mange Tout at the allotment for us to harvest this evening and a baby courgette all of which I added to our mixed veggies risotto for supper – healthy and delicious!

 

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At the Allotment and A Concert

Things are growing!

Purple Mange Tout pods and flowers

Courgettes, Pumpkins, Squash and Marigolds

 

Several of my friends are in a wonderful singing group called Femmes de La Mer and, as the name suggests, they sing songs of the sea, shanties and others. They did a concert in the wonderful setting of The Minack Theatre last night and here is one of my favourite pieces. ¬†I’ll be seeing them next week at another outdoor venue. Do click on the link, you’ll love it I’m sure, though I’m not sure if it will work if you aren’t on Facebook. Please let me know as I will try another way to share.

Femmes de la Mer at The Minack 19:6:2021

https://fb.watch/6ffRhUeTy4/

 

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Beans, Pattern and Veggie Supper

The Purple Tepee Beans in the allotment poly tunnel have sprouted. Hooray!

The sun shining through the engraved glass on the front door  this evening threw this pattern on the wall.

We had nothing much more than carrots in the fridge so I looked up carrots on BBC Good Food and found Carrot Biryani so that’s what I made and it was truly delicious.

 

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Kaffir Lily, Bee and Sweet Corn Lunch

Much has gone over in the garden but the Kaffir Lilies are looking lovely.

This striking Geranium was a present from dear friends a couple of years ago and serendipitously, just as I went to get the photo for them, in flew a bee!

We harvested our first Sweet Corn  today, steamed them and ate them just as they are with lots of salty butter melted over them Рfabulous!

 

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