It rained steadily all through Friday and Saturday, this morning dawned bright and sunny but the clouds have been gathering and even though it has not rained yet it is on the way.I did not pick the raspberries when we were out on the plot on Wed morning thinking to leave them another couple of days to fully ripen.Yesterday in the midst of the downpour I was thinking about the raspberries rotting in the rain and the slugs so took myself out,donned the rain gear and set to work gathering the fruit and putting down slug bait.The rain was like a curtain it was so heavy, this photo is of the manure heap at the top of the plots, you can get an idea of the rain from the splashes in the puddle which spread and spread in to a mini lake.
No..the men in white coats have not come for me...yet!
View to the left from the shed where I had to shelter from the worst of it, I am sorry the rain is not actually visible but the leaden grey of the sky gives some clue!
View to the right from the shed showing our new compost area, instead of trekking all the way up to the manure heap with leaves etc I constructed one of our own.Nearly half way down the potato bed and I must say we continue to be pleased with the quality and amount of potatoes we are harvesting.There is no sign of blight on this bed but on the top bed there is some but I think there are a few B.Queens there which seems to draw blight like a magnet.
Chocolate cupcakes and raspberry muffins made yesterday, just sweet memories now!
I went out to the plot this morning for a short while, the main objective being to scour the hedges for Y shaped sticks to prop up the blackcurrant branches which were on the ground yesterday from the weight of the rain and fruit.I found enough suitable ones to do the trick and we will have to start picking them tomorrow or Tuesday before the rain forecasted for mid week catches up with us.
I thinned a row of carrots which are under fleece and picked anything that could come home so dinner tonight will include a medley of allotment baby veg, dwarf french beans, broccoli,carrots,turnips,dwarf green beans and mange tout.I have blanched all of them and will just heat them later for dinner, a knob of butter and cordon bleu could not describe the taste!