Sunday, 31 July 2016
It's the last day of July and today it's very "dreich" (dreary) with grey skies and heavy rain showers. As you can see above!
Anyway the weather was fine enough for me to start harvesting the gooseberries. As a child I remember "topping and tailing" the gooseberries from the garden so Mum could put them in a pie.
This batch is 2 lbs worth, and I've frozen them whole for now. These are off just one bush, with about half left on that bush and yet another one to start on! I'll probably make jam or chutney as well as have some as a "compote" to use with other recipes. They are a good accompaniment to mackerel too!
The netting to keep the chickens out has proved a huge success and both gooseberry bushes are laden with fruit! Whoo hoo!
I also baked some lavender shortbread using culinary lavender I bought when I was in Kent. It's cooling in the tin so I have yet to try it!
Button is not keen on rain showers, but she enjoys snoozling in the sunshine on the windowsill
Or a quick wander round the garden. I'm going in for horizontal gardening - everything got battered in a storm a week or so ago....sigh...
The borage is doing well too - great in gin and tonic ;-)
And this yellow flower managed to survive the storm!
I've been watching the birdies from the conservatory. Here are two wagtails...
This cheeky bird was peeking in. It's a pipit (meadow?). It's beak looks quite yellow so I wonder if it's a young one - with the "gape" still visible.
And an older one looking for insects after I'd just cut the grass.
Mmmm think the shortbread is ready....time for a taster!