Firstly, a warm welcome to Lorie, isn't it typical that as soon as I get a new follower I run out of things to say! It's been almost 2 weeks since I last posted, but life seems to be at a standstill at the moment. There's nowhere to go to safely and we can't visit the family, so life is more than boring right now. I feel that I'm fast approaching becoming a recluse. G still goes to work every Saturday & Sunday but I don't see a soul (other than G) from one end of the week to the other. There's not a great deal to be done at the allotment either. We still have Calabrese to pick and a bit of Chard, although that is beginning to go over now that we are getting such cold nights and mornings. Our seeds for next year, as well as some raspberry canes and a blackberry bush, are on order through the allotment society. Beds have been cleared, manure put around the rhubarb, black polythene (re-purposed from last year) put down to suppress weeds over the Winter, and the Canna cut down, dug up and placed in the mini greenhouse to over-winter.
We had a few crop failures but we will try to learn by our mistakes for next time. We put in 8 cauliflower plantlets but only managed to get 4 decent heads, I think we had put them in too close together and the air couldn't circulate properly with the result that 4 of them were either stressed and overblown or damp and slug infested (yuk!)
On Wednesday last, I felt like I was climbing the walls so, despite the rain, we drove the short distance to Ashwood Nurseries for a look at the plants. The rain was persistent but fine and gentle so we happily wandered around outside. I had my umbrella and my winter coat on and the fresh air and sweet smelling rain helped me to relax. We succumbed to a warming bowl of leek and potato soup with a roll and butter too. It was delicious.
On Thursday, the rain had ceased so we took the opportunity to visit Himley Park after lunch for a brisk woodland walk. The trees looked stunning. The leaves are turning beautiful shades of red and gold and on a fallen tree trunk I found these little fellas lifting their heads to the gentle sunshine....