First I must explain the blog change!I returned to my blog after a lapse of a few days to find my background had disappeared and a floating box saying this video had been removed by Photobucket.I am not a member of Photobucket so thought it was a computer glitch which would rectify itself, not so!I visited Lynda's blog to find the same floaty box and Lynda has gone to the trouble of investigating.I had got my background from Cutest Blog on the Block who it seems have now removed this background and anyone who had this or other removed backgrounds had the same problem.I got a background from Blogger but the background picture refused to stay and reverted to black after a couple of seconds so now I have this one ,also from Blogger but so far so good!
I was able to spend most of today on the plot as I have no children this week, I weeded and watered and planted 3 short rows of swede turnips for the winter. Lots of delicious things to harvest but I had to bring them home to photograph as I had forgotten to take my camera.
Green and yellow courgettes,peas 100grms from 25 pods,dwarf french beans,I was delighted to see some of the tomatoes are actually ripening!Just 6 (2 were tasted immediately)the tiny ones are 100's & 1000's which should actually be sown in baskets as they have a trailing habit.The last of the raspberries and the first of the blueberries. 1 lb of blackcurrants from just two short branches,we will have to pick all of them ASAP as they are falling from the bush to the ground.
I pulled one of the swede turnips, not of EU regulation size but should be tasty added to roasted veg tomorrow.
The first parsnips of which about 6 germinated have huge leaves which are covering the later sown ones. I was wondering if there was anything actually under these leaves and pulled this one to check.They are growing long and straight and if they should be left in the ground until the first frost they will be way too big! Another addition to the roasted veg.
These 3 came from the same bed,we had planted the carrots in with the onions to deter the carrot fly and also planted one row of parsnips.The onions and parsnips thrived but the carrots are a disaster!They got the same treatment and this is the result,any ideas?
No self respecting carrot fly would even consider them!
Some baking and jam making ensued tonight, blackcurrant jam, I am going to look up some blackcurrant recipes and ideas online as it seems a shame to just make jam from all of them.
Blueberry muffins, there were 12 but 2 had to go the the tester (me).I love the way the blueberries burst open when baked. Lots of muffin recipes on Lynda's blog just type in muffin recipes in the search box on the blog and you will be spoiled for choice!
Courgette loaves, I made these from Angela's Courgette cake recipe but as I didn't have a 9" cake tin I divided the mixture between 2 loaf tins and they turned out fine. They will be frosted tomorrow with a cream cheese topping all of which can be found here I also have a recipe for courgette soup from Angela which I made last year and it uses 900grms of courgettes so that will account for a few of them.
I had intended to cut all of the lavender today and bring it home to dry it but there seemed to be hundreds of bees busy gathering nectar and I did not go near them. If anyone in the Tower/Blarney area has bees maybe they would contact me to arrange a mutual time to curfew them or does anyone know what time they start in the morning or finish in the evening?!