harvest time

I was talking to a friend on the phone is early-January and she said: ‘I bet your vege garden is going for it right now’ and I said ‘Actually, no, we are only really getting salad greens and herbs – everything is still growing.” How quickly this changes! A couple of weeks after that, we … Continue reading harvest time

the last

I write about the seasons a lot, don’t I? I can’t help it. I grew up in a small town in the middle of farmland – my Dad was (still is) a hunter and fisherman and so we ate with the seasons and the seasons were meaningful in a way they may not be for … Continue reading the last

made in april

I made a big mess on the living room floor for a week or so, putting together vintage paper packs out of my big stash for the Craft Country Shop in Featherston: We have a crabapple tree so I made a pile of unappetizing-looking crabapple mush into this glowing jelly – how that dull mush … Continue reading made in april

winter is coming

Autumn – you wench! You are absolutely here, aren’t you? Every autumn I do this – pull out the raggedy, dying tomato plants and put every single green marble of a tomato on a piece of carboard in a sunny window. Every year I think ‘there is no way they’ll ripen’ and every year they … Continue reading winter is coming

In the garden…

The tomatoes are ripening by the bowlful every day and we are eating lovely pasta sauces and soups which taste of the sun and make me realise how insipid tinned tomatoes are! The chillies are starting to fruit – just in time for the cold of autumn, which will stunt their growth in no time. … Continue reading In the garden…