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.


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 .


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.


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.


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.


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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