Sunset and Pickles

It turned out lovely today after some very heavy rain mid morning. I used the time to go down to my father-in-law in the village as he is ordering some spring bulbs and we will double up to save on postage. I’ve decided to try out some narcissi with a pale pink flute and Allium moly ‘Jeannine’ which is a bit like yellow versions of the wild garlic you find occasionally in the hedgerow around here. I’ve been creating a new bed at the entrance of the big field where the fire pit used to be and some early spring colour would be great.

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The weather just got better and better today and by mid afternoon the sun was shining and it was a pleasure to be out in the garden. I spent some time tidying up the veg bed, the kale, cabbage, carrots and parsnips are all thriving and I am sure the seaweed I added to the soil during the winter has improved the growth no end I just need to keep a close eye on the caterpillar situation .

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I pickled some of the shallots in a litre of white wine vinegar and some spices (tsp mixed spice, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 3 table spoon light brown sugar &1/2 tsp smoked paprika). I am going to leave it a month before trying it and then I might adjust the recipe for the next batch of shallots.

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I am off on a bird watching walk tomorrow as part of our local Summer Festival, I am a member of our local community council and we all lend a hand to various events during the week. I have the bird watching down by the beach and I am hoping it isn’t raining and on Friday I organise the local art competition which I enjoy, mostly kids’ pictures and it is always a fun event to be part of.

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There is a great selection of colour in the garden at the moment and I picked some cornflowers to dry and they are hanging up in the shed. We have dahlias, white gladioli, rudbeckia hirta & Japanese anemones amongst the celebrities featuring.

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The real reason I wanted to post something  now was the glorious end to the day as the sun gradually set over the sea, I always imagine someone in America watching it arrive as I see it leave.

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