20 Sep 2013

A busy week


Now that it's September some of my interest groups have begun again and my diary is filling up.  I've also been busy in the house where I've been doing a bit of a makeover in the second bedroom with a change in the soft furnishings and bed linen.  I'm not a sewer so I've bought bedding, curtains, blinds for this bedroom and also a landing window in neutral creams and white. I'm also hoping to do some decluttering.  I think it must be that time of the year when we're indoors more and I've noticed that there's a need to have a clear out!

Meanwhile, DH has been slowly lifting potatoes and other root vegetables ready to store them.  This is a slow process because of the changeable weather and a back and hip problem which has recently got worse.  So far he's been digging up the potatoes a row or two at a time.  The top collage shows half the produce from one row as the other half was left for our daughter.  We've got lots of chilis, F1 Cheyenne and De Cayenne this year which I'm going to freeze.

These white onions, Globo, grown from seed, have been spread out to dry before they're stored in hanging bunches.

  


Our three-year old pear tree has produced about twenty pears.  We have had strong winds and the heavy pears are in danger of falling before they ripen. We've had more wet and windy days than sunny ones so the ripening process is slow going. I've bottled some plum tomatoes San Marzano  and I'm observing these Tigerella (Mr. Stripey) with interest as I thought it would be a different variety to try this year. My husband tends to grow the same tried and tested varieties of vegetables every year and, of course, is always planning ahead and collecting or buying seeds.





When we were down in Berkshire we went to a big Italian Continental store and bought a few more packets of seeds.  This old, established family-owned specialist store is one of the biggest in the area and is also a wholesale market for the local shops and restaurants.  We've been going to it ever since we were married when Italian products were not so easily obtained in regular stores and my husband used to get his boxes of grapes there to make his wine.  



Since we were there last the store has expanded.  There's a new fresco painting on the ceiling of the entrance and my recent banners have shown details of it.



It now seems like a while ago since we were eating al fresco on a sunny day in our daughter's garden with a lunch of olive bread, black olives, salami and prosciutto, and mozzarella from the Italian store and sipping my husband's home made rose wine.  We also had a selection of Derbyshire cheeses from our day out in Bakewell when our daughter came to stay and we all bought some cheese from the Monday Market. There was Sage Derby and others with basil pesto or chili peppers.
On the other hand the season has moved on and we can start harvesting more of our produce and use in one pot meals in these chillier days.


18 comments:

  1. It looks as though you have been very busy growing things all year in your garden, what a lovely harvest to have! Hope you enjoy the storing and canning processes.

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  2. I'm not surprised your diary is filling up with all that going on. I'm not a sewer either so I always buy my soft furnishings. It looks like you've got plenty of veggies to store for the winter months, I've grown Tigerella tomatoes in the past, they've given a good, tasty harvest. Have a great weekend.

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  3. i love the painting on the ceiling. your potatoes and onions take me back to daddy's garden. when i was small, he dug hundreds of potatoes and we had a bin in the basement, he stored them in there for the winter. and hung the onions in the basement to. we ate what he grew

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  4. What lovely garden produce! We grew some stripey tigrella tomatoes a few years ago and they were lovely. Another non sewer here I can make a lavender bag and sew on buttons and that's about it. I love Sage Derby cheese but very rarely buy it. Hope you too have a good weekend:)

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  5. Looks like the weather is about to pick up again, so that should make it easier to do all the gardening jobs.. I hope!
    Have a good weekend.

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  6. How lovely to see your harvest. I loved that curly chili and am most jealous of your onions....mine are rather poor to say the least.
    Isn't it wonderful to start harvesting and freezing, bottling etc, I always find that as exciting as watching the first seedlings appear.

    I hope hubs hip gets better...and you must post pics of your new linens...I'm enjoying clearing the house and decorating too....it's lovely to be all straight and sorted for the winter.xxxx

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  7. I'm sorry to hear about your husband's health problems, but it looks as if your garden has been very productive. Hopefully a winter of being able to enjoy the fruits (and vegetables) of his labor will help him recover.

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  8. A wonderful harvest! To be able to eat all that fresh produce that you have grown yourself must be very rewarding. I am not handy with a needle either, though toyed with the idea of taking quilting lessons this winter when I passed a shop yesterday. I love quilts and have them on all the beds. The Italian shop sounds wonderful, a place I would enjoy very much. I do hope your husbands back and hip feel better soon.

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  9. It's a little bit like this around here, even the hubby/partner with back problem. Mine came home yesterday from the allotment with his harvest. Mostly runner beans. We are also giving the house a reorganize and makeover. This will lead nicely on to decluttering. Have fun and enjoy it all Linda. I know you will. Oh and I love that Italian supermarket!

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  10. We were in Bakewell last weekend too, stocking up on Bakewell puddings for the freezer - perhaps we passed each other.

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  13. Your produce looks lovely, Linda. You will enjoy the fruits of your labor this fall and winter. Your al fresco dinner sounds good too. Have a nice wknd!

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  14. Wow! Your harvest is like its own marketplace!

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  15. There is such a strong sense of the seasons moving on now. It happens so quickly and as you say, hard to believe we were living outdoors so recently!

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  16. Harvest time is wonderful, especially when it's the fruit of your own work and care. i hope your crops keep you fed for a long time.

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  17. Oh yummm! Wish I could have sat with you for this meal.

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  18. That Italian shop looks great! I went through a phase of thinking only about next year and feeling sad that my harvest was over, I've pulled myself back into the now though and noticed that there's still a lot going on. Like you I'm also doing some stuff around the house - get's very busy! My only free week nights are now Tuesdays and Fridays!! I need a rest ;) !!

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