Morning, everyone. How are you all? Well, I hope.
I've woken to rain. It seems to be clearing now but showers are forecast later which could mean anything from a few drops to a real downpour. No need to water the allotment, anyway, so that's good.
Chris and I got our chat after a debate as to whether it was a bit chilly. We decided to give it a go and settled in my back garden where the stiff breeze died down and there was real warmth in the sun.
Strawberry picking was a lovely experience. They've developed the place since I was last there and now have loads of parking available. The need to book is working well in that they are now not inundated with pickers in great long queues to have their containers weighed, nor at the end to pay. I took a reasonable sized plastic container and managed to fill it without too much trouble. There was a reasonable walk to the far field where the strawberries are this year (they also have a nearer field which has not been used this time) which was perfect for exercising my calves and ankles.
The strawberries themselves are in long grow bags on trestles so there's no need to squat down to pick but some berries hang down so they are accessible to children. Definitely a back saver!
When I got home I sorted them out into some for Beth, some for Chris, some (any slightly damaged ones) sliced and frozen for strawberry gin or vodka, some whole for the freezer and the rest for scoffing in the next few days. There were loads and loads still to ripen so I may go back again next week for more - they taste divine.
I forgot to take photos. Maybe next time.
Later on, I drove round to Beth's to drop off the berries and then to the allotment. No need to water but I got all the old broad bean plants out and on the compost heap and gave that patch a proper weeding and forking over so it's ready for when the new seeds come. I came home with the very last of the broad beans (hardly any), the first of the baby corn and a nice bunch of sweet peas. Once picked, they don't last all that long but they don't have to because a couple of days later there are loads more to cut.
Today starts with Slimming World and continues with my lash half hour of personal training. Lindsey has been so very good about splitting my session into two half hours while I've been injured, but it's time to get back to normal again.
After that, I need to tidy things away a bit ready for the cleaners and while they are here I will scoot down to guess where to dig a few potatoes for Beth and Alex and do some more endless weeding. If the seeds have arrived, I might do some sowing too, we will see. The grass needs another haircut so I've put that on tomorrow's list of Things To Do.
It's very nice that things have normalised again and the routine re-established. I like regularity and it helps.
Hoping you have a lovely day with not too much rain or wind. xx