Monday, 23 August 2021

Monday

 Morning, everyone, happy Monday to you all!
It's still a bit too gloomy to see what the weather is going to be like but Beeb says it's going to be a lovely day with sunshine and a gentle breeze, not too hot but no cool either.  I hope they're right; that would be delightful.

The highlight of yesterday was popping round to Beth's with a bag of runner beans, having offloaded some (plus a cucumber) onto Neil and Elaine next door.  I will go and pick more today and must remember to take a step with me to got to the higher ones.  Must also remember to get shorter garden canes for next year's crop or, more sensibly perhaps, cut the existing ones back by about a foot.  The tops of the beans (where loads of the flowers are) are tantalisingly just out of reach!

Anyway, we had a good old natter, made some arrangements for our two girls' days (week after next) and it was all very pleasant with Freddie the cat purring on my knee.

Today, after two weeks off, I'm resuming tuition with one of my students this morning.  The planning is all done and the resources are all ready so we're good to go.  Then it is a usual Monday with lots of housey things to do, meals to plan and prep, etc.  I've started off well by making some passata for my meal this evening with some of my tomato glut.  It's made the house smell wonderfully savoury/sweet.
There's allotment to do, garden to tweak and it's all sounding very nice really.

So fingers crossed for some sunshine, both for me and for you too.  Stay safe and have a lovely day.  

12 comments:

  1. My first runner beans are ready now and it is so good to start harvesting them. Like you, I let the runners grow too high and will need the step ladder to reach any top beans!
    Have a lovely day and happy bean cropping xx

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    1. Thank you, you too. Picking produce is so very relaxing, isn't it? It's just lovely!
      xx

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  2. We are overrun with courgettes, as usual, husband planted 4 - we've been having them in some shape or form every day for the past couple of weeks and I'm getting a bit sick of them. Especially the ones he somehow manages to miss when picking and then brings in a couple of marrows along with the daily 4, 5 or 6 smaller ones! What does he expect me to do with them all?! The neighbours grow their own, so it's not like we can give them away. He's now dug up one of the plants, I think he should do away with another. So I find the produce picking rather more stressful than relaxing actually.....lol!! I suppose I shouldn't complain really about having plenty of food! xx

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    1. That's courgettes for you. The yellow ones seem to be a bit less promiscuous and a bit slower growing which helps. But even so, once the really get going there's no stopping them! Stick them on the compost heap!
      I'm looking forward to courgetti!
      xx

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  3. Sadly no sunshine here. It's still chilly and overcast. I have plenty to occupy me indoors so I'm not too bothered by it.

    I hope the tuition goes well. Do you still look forward to doing it? I found that, when I reduced numbers right down and increased the social side of life, the lessons became a bit of an intrusion which is why I gave it up in the end. I loved the actual teaching and time with each child but had started almost resenting the time I had to set aside!

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    1. We did have some sunshine but it's gone again and, yes, it is a bit chilly.
      I am enjoying the bit of tuition I still do and, because it is just one late afternoon during term time), it's not too intrusive at all. Any more and I would find it more so - one reason why I cut down drastically.
      xx

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  4. By this time I’m sure your day has already half passed but I hope you had sunshine, the girls days sound wonderful as does chatting with the cat upon your knee! Everyone must love to see you coming with wonderful fresh veg, it’s a joke around here at this time of year with our community trying to get rid of the ever abundance of zuicinni, where ever we go to visit it’s always with a zuicinni or two under our arms lol, thank you for the kind words on my blog, have the very best day!

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    1. lol - I can just imagine! Look out, look out, there's a zucchini about!
      We did get some sunshine, thanks. It's a pleasant evening with some hazy sunshine, not that warm but not cold either. It's been good. xx

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  5. My runner beans are finished now, but I have, surprisingly, noticed some more strawberries on the way. It is forecast to be a bright, warm week here. Summer's last hurrah, perhaps. X

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    1. I'm hoping so. It was quite warm when the sun did come out today. My strawberries are still producing. Not many but steadily. They barely get as far as the French windows though.
      xx

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  6. Courgettes are still coming thick and fast here so I have been dehydrating them and storing them in jars for the coming winter. I'm hoping to get some yellow courgettes before the weather turns really cold. Tomatoes are fruiting like crazy and I want to take a look at drying some of them.

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    1. Mine are so late but then I knew they would be after losing the first lot. Good luck with drying tomatoes, that's such a good idea.
      xx

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