Happy New Year, everyone! We have been celebrating with ice lanterns and glögg (thanks to Anja of ‘North by North’ for the recipe), no snow to set the scene but a lovely way to see in the new year.
When Sam and Adrienne were last here the days were long and hot and the cherry harvest was in full swing so it only seemed fair that they got to share in some of the booty again. This summer I am definitely going to put several jars of cherries to steep in alcohol for winter, they were delicious in the glögg but I have other ideas for using them, too. Just one of many plans for 2014…
The weather has been mixed – we had a great walk in warm sunshine on Christmas Day – but it’s predominantly wet and windy. A vicious storm blew the door off the polytunnel…
…and the veg have taken a real bashing.
The water butts are overflowing and the ground is saturated; it’s hard to believe we were so desperate for water last summer.
Digging vegetables for dinner out of the mud is an interesting business, but there is still a good selection hanging on out there. I’m particularly pleased with the ‘White Gem’ parsnips, they are all sorts of shapes and sizes but truly scrumptious, very sweet and they roast like a dream. Yum!
Roger has made me a beautiful squirrel box for Christmas so now we need to decide on the best place for siting it. We only have red squirrels here, they are much sweeter (and better behaved!) than the greys so we’re more than happy to encourage them. Fingers crossed for some babies in this snug little den.
Frustrated at not being able to get on the garden and dig some more, I’ve been sorting my seed basket and writing a list of bits and pieces to buy before the planting season kicks off. Having counted up nearly 50 different types of veg (and several varieties of many of those) I do wonder if I really need any more seeds at all?
Well yes, of course I do! The temptation to try new things is just too much to ignore and I’m happy to be led astray by other bloggers’ ideas and recommendations. I just hope the ground dries up sooner rather than later because I am certainly going to need more planting room – it’s time for the Big Dig of 2104 to begin. 🙂