Looking back through my photos, I’ve found a few from this summer which I never shared at the time. The photos seem to indicate more sun than I remember having, but probably because I prefer to get the camera out in the sunshine for obvious reasons!
We were so excited to finally have a garden when we moved to our house in the countryside, and we have really enjoyed having a bit of outside space this summer. I can’t say that we’ve made huge inroads into the world of ‘proper’ gardening but I bought a few seed packets and herbs and things and put them in pots.
Here they are newly planted in July: parsley, mint, lavender, chives and tarragon. The slugs seemed to love the parsley and the chives, and the latter is now unfortunately defunct. The tarragon also probably got more rain and less sun than was good for it. Still, it was nice having green things growing and I’ve moved the pots into the porch now for the winter so I can still pick mint and parsley, and look at the lavender.
We also grew lettuce and radishes, which both we and the slugs found very tasty.
A blueberry cake from the ever-present Hummingbird Bakery cookbook- very moist and yummy, especially with the fruit. It was an enormous volume of cake though- I think it actually took more than a week to eat up, even with visitors helping. Unprecedented!
Mark found a milk churn behind the shed one day, and we put it by the back door as a little resting-spot for things like bags and travel mugs of tea for when one needs to fish around for keys to get in or out of the house. The churn was apparently from the days when the house was a farmhouse for a dairy farm, so is properly authentic!
We also walked up to the top of the hills behind our house one late evening, to watch the sun set over the valley. It’s the kind of thing we continually said we should do, but it took us a little while to get around to doing it. It was lovely though- a very peaceful way to end the day. The light on the grasses were gorgeous as the sun slanted across the hills.
It all seems a long time ago now, as we face floodwaters on the roads and read news reports of accidents caused by the heavy rain and gale-force winds. Perhaps it is nearly time for a bit of christmas cheer to lift the gloom…