Pinch and punch for the first of the month and White Rabbits! There, that's got the tradition over. Seriously, can you believe it is August already? We're well past the longest day and I'm noticing later sunrises and earlier dusks now.
I've just done my daily tour of the estate! There are nine cucumbers in various stages of growth (plus the two in the fridge) so it's just as well I like cucumbers and also that they are short ones, around six to eight inches long. No tomatoes to pick this morning but loads are starting to turn so, with a bit of luck and some sunshine, there will be plenty in about a week. There are loads of baby chillis on the apache plants and flowers on the purple chilli plants I bought last week (must get them into proper soil). There are blueberries to pick and a strawberry to watch over with several more on their way. The flamenco apples are starting to look most attractive - a good size and very healthy with no blemishes or signs of moth damage.
On the more decorative side, the fuchsias are flowering as are the Japanese anenomes while round the front there's a glorious muddle of crocosmia, dahlia and all sorts of perennials. It's a nice time of year, August is.
Yesterday was a bit of a gloomy day with a few brighter patches. We had some rain (no allotment - must go today though) and after each shower I went out to give the tomato plants a shake - it helps them to dry off sooner (thinking the dreaded blight here).
The Morrisons delivery came just fifteen minutes late. If they're having the same pingdemic problems they had on Friday, I think that was jolly good. No subs, everything was there and looking good.
Today, Beth and Alex are coming over to Sunday dinner so I'm doing a roast. I've been busy prepping all the veg so all I have to do is get the beef in (slow roasting) and do the actual cooking.
Then, weather permitting, we go to the allotment to dig up more new potatoes and see if there's any more baby corn to pull.
So a pretty gentle day but a very pleasant one. I hope you have a good one too. Be safe. xx