Good morning, everyone. It's a dull old start to the day although it doesn't look as if we had any rain overnight and we didn't really have loads yesterday, just enough to make me decide there was no need to go to the allotment. Today there are storms forecast, especially later on in the afternoon and I have to say it does feel more humid than yesterday already.
What did I do yesterday? Well, the short answer is 'not a lot'. I got two loads of washing done but the second load is still in the machine so that's on the list for today. I did some cooking and some clearing up afterwards - does anyone else seem to generate an awful lot of mess while cooking? - and that was about it. I didn't feel particularly tired, just very lazy!
I've just stepped out into the back garden to take a good close look at the tomatoes, checking for suspicious blotches on leaves or stems (definitely a risk in the warm, humid, damp weather) and noticed that although the sungolds have won the race to first picked, several other plants are also now changing colour. Maybe a fortnight? Yes, later than usual, but I can wait. They'll be so good when they start.
Also, the cucumbers are producing mightily again after a bit of a lull. I can see salads will be on the menu a lot this coming week. Must look up pickled cucumbers!
And my other thought as I looked around was that the bulbs in one of the planters now being over and done, I think I will top it up a bit and sow some dwarf French beans in that as well as down the allotment. May as well use the space. It's a manky old pot, probably on its last legs, but even so, it's there to be used.
On to today.
Washing and ironing, of course. Sowing some seeds. I might take a wander down to the allotment to check and pick sweet peas - they are coming thick and fast now and if you don't pick them, they stop flowering. And I could also dig up some potatoes, just a few, while the ground is damper and softer. Meal planning is on the cards and tuition planning as one of my students usually carries on over the holiday and I have two sessions with them this coming week (for very good and valid reasons). We'll probably have a maths day and an English day.
The garden strawberries are throwing out runners in all directions. Some I can divert to where I want them as I'm doing down the allotment, while some will just get clipped off. Strawberries are such generous plants when it comes to reproduction. I'd love a bigger area for all those free plants really.
I nearly forgot - yesterday I put in a Morrison's delivery order and it's coming at between ten and eleven so I will be well stocked with fruit again. I was running a bit short. Better make sure I am washed, dressed and respectable by then.
So that's today - another fairly slow, gentle, lazy day (in the nicest possible way) that won't spoil whatever the weather throws at us. What has it been like in your parts?
Have a good one, whatever your plans xx