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Allotment goodies

All that glitters is not only gold but golden beetroot!

Small but yummy 🙂



Reach For The Sky!

What happens to asparagus if you forget to cut it?


[Those are courgettes in the round tubs by the way…if you’re interested!]


Time at the Allotment

It’s that time of year when things are blossoming and blooming and everything is turning into a gorgeous shade of green. Suddenly, almost as if overnight, trees burst into leaf, fields turn golden and flowers are opening up and everything is light and bright with the good weather.

Today was spent happily weeding at the allotment, some things are a bit behind this year due to the weather, so some places do look a bit bare, but a few weeks and all will be covered and green!

And since Word press is playing up and I don’t seem to be able to caption the pics as I go, here is a brief one beforehand. First up are chives (with Mr Bumblebee photo-bombing the pics), then lavender, strawberries, garlic, redcurrant bush on the right and (tiny) blueberry bush on the left, beetroot, horseradish – which has taken over, and finally rosemary (had no idea the tiny white flowers were so pretty on a rosemary plant).

[These photos were taken with an I-phone and no filters applied – it was a really gorgeous sunny day today! :)]

First Pumpkin of the Season!


What a happy moment when you realise that in the bag that your Dad is carrying….is a GIANT PUMPKIN!!!

Now it is Autumn. Coz there is pumpkin.

Why so happy? Last year we only had a lonely 1 pumpkin on the allotment and it was very lonely and sad with no other squash friends to talk to. And it died before we could eat it *sad face* but this year there are about 6 I think. And this one is a whopper!

Happy, happy, happy…

Happiness in an orange casing!

Happiness in an orange casing!

As always, please excuse my crappy photography!

So, I will have to see what I can make tomorrow. There will definitely be some soup at some point!! And I have never had pumpkin pie before so that is a possibility if also a cliché! Roasted in the oven…

I know it is a bit weird to get excited over a pumpkin…but that’s just me! I feel like I have said this word a lot in this post. Pumpkin. Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! 🙂

Happy Autumn to you all!!



What is a pumpkin’s favourite sport?


A good weekend!

Greetings, Salutations and Felicitations on this auspicious occasion!

(Try saying that 3 times fast!!)

Today is a good day! Not only have I got a brand new bag of wool to work with (thanks mother!) but it is the second day in a row which I have been out of the house.

Yesterday I went for a scone with mother and today we looked around the local shops. It’s still heavy going on crutches and I feel like I have done a marathon but it’s so much easier without that bloody cast and it feels like I’m getting back to some semblance of normality. I am even wearing my jeans (how could anyone FORGET they have jeans in their drawers?) and that’s a big thing because I couldn’t fit them over my cast before. Also, I have got rid of the extra helping table in my room. Next to go are the toilet handles…it’s nearly time for a normal looking bathroom!!!

So, a positive weekend, and it’s warm so that’s nice!


I have been occupied the last few days with a book, or three in fact.

1Q84 by Murakami.


I couldn’t put it down, all 925 pages of it that I started in Wednesday and finished Saturday afternoon. It was originally published in Japanese in 2009 I think (2011 for the English versions but I could be wrong) so it’s quite modern.

It was really well written and I enjoyed it a lot. It’s essentially a love story between Aomame (she is a fitness instructor who murders male wife beaters on the sly) and Tengo (he is a maths teacher who also writes fiction books). At some point near the beginning of the story Aomame enters a new world, one symbolised with 2 moons that she calls 1Q84 (the novel is set in 1984).

Tengo helps ghost write a bestseller about the Little People and how they build Air Chrysalises (made with a part of a person’s soul) and make replicants of people. We don’t know if the Little People are good or bad and we don’t find out why they are making copies of people. In fact, there is a lot that is left unexplained which I don’t like. But we know the Little People are real. And somehow control this new world with two moons.

It’s frustrating to get to the end and not understand!! The novel finishes with Tengo and Aomame finding each other after 20 years and entering a third new world with only one moon.

I like books that make you think and this one certainly does. But so much is left unexplained that is leaves you just slightly unfulfilled at the end.

Have you read it? I definitely recommend it, but I was expecting a rework of George Orwell’s 1984 and it really isn’t.

If you’ve read it…please explain it to me!


So, that means not much time for crafting etc. But back to that tomorrow I think.

Mother went to the allotment today and brought back a lot of stuff, beans, peas, onions, and beetroot. And she gave me a pumpkin update. I asked Dad to grow me one last year but it went slightly mouldy and we ended up not using it. 😦 So the fact there is more than one this year and they are as big as footballs already, is a good sign. Pumpkin soup here we come…in a few months!

I’ve just shelled a colander full if broad beans…I love doing that! And she is making some chocolate cookies downstairs…hopefully it will soon be time for a cuppa and a cookie!!


Just need to blanch them next…so much outer covering for so little a bean!!

Well, that was my weekend. The light at the end of the tunnel is quite bright now. Jeans are being worn again. The foot is looking really good and dare I say quite normal. Motivation has set in with a vengeance. Another thing ticked off my list. And the slump is lifting.


Happy weekend everyone! Monday tomorrow…yay!


Ellen xx