Finishing Amy's new hot pink cardi. The pattern is Rowan's Relish and though that fringing is a bit tedious, in genreal it's a lovely pattern. Amy chose the purple pom poms from my collection from Northern Thailand.
Zucchini flowers - because the zucchinis can't be far behind - and a mass of dill. Just waiting for Zucchini and dill pie with fetta.
Strawberries. Looking a bit skanky now, but once they get their toes in they will be big, fat and juicy.
What looks to be a bumper crop of raspberries, perhaps even before christmas!
Passionfruit flowers. So trippy and crazy looking and then we get the fruit - that's two great garden delights for the price of one!
A self seeded lettuce that is literally growing out of the mortar between the bricks. The power of vegetation amazes and delights me on a daily basis.
The Kaffir lime, the flannel flowers and the new magnolia. The deck seems to sprout new pot plants each week.
I barely ever get to cook these peas, I prefer to eat them straight from the pod when I'm wandering about the garden. They are so sweet and fresh tasting.
The broadbeans. I'm running out of ideas for using these up - I can't remember what I used to cook with them aside from risotto with peas and bacon.
I have trouble with cucumbers in my garden, they seem to shrivel and die before they mature, but this one looks like a stayer. And since D hates cucumbers it will be a battle between Amy and I for who gets the lion's share.
The walnut tree might eventually be cropping after five years of patience. Last year we had one nut, but it was all rotten and yukky when we finally picked it. Did we leave it too long? Does it have a disease or lack nutrients? To be honest we planted it because it was recommended as a top class 'climbing' tree and D was adamant that all kids should grow up with a tree to climb. The nuts, however, would be greatly appreciated since most walnuts here are imported and stale.
A field of what will soon be the happy bobbing heads of sunflowers. A plain label brand of birdseed ($1.99) and some good protection from hungry birds and voila!
I have planted no less than 10 different types of tomatoes this year - why have them all the same?! - but these romas are the first to grow to full size.
The espelier apple trees (fuji and pink lady) have a good 15 or so apples on them and I am deleriously happy. Best use of a fence ever known to a gardener.
Being barefoot on the grass reading an absolutely rivetting and dreamy book. Thanks for the loan Ang! The size isn't exactly what I ordered in the commuter friendly department, but geez it's great to be enchanted by a good book all over again.
A new knitting project, inspired by this.
Indulging my obsessive collecting of storage vessels. These jars are so lovely, so beautifully proportioned, and nice and solid. Like squat old fashioned milk bottles. I can see them all lined up on a window sill filled with buttons and beads. So where did I come across them? Well I can have as many as I want, so long as I keep indulging in eating milk custard from Bread Top. Is it too shameful to admit this is now going to be Amy's special treat from mummy when she goes to work? Trouble is, she appears to have inherited the storage vessel gene from me. We're going to have to eat a lot of custard if one of us isn't going to be very disappointed.
And I have other book news, and I'm busting to tell because it's very exciting, but I'm waitiing for a few answers from the far away publisher and the arrival of a package in the mail. It's all taking so long, very frustrating, but you could get a sneak peek here.
And I've discovered that at least part of my overwhelming tiredness is not due to the increasingly violent nocturnal activities going on inside my belly (we've nicknamed this one thumper). My 26 week glucose challenge test revealled not gestational diabetes (thankfully!) but a very low iron count. So I'm trying to eat lots of steak and take iron tablets with vitamin C and not with calcium or tea since they stop you absorbing iron. The whole thing is monstrously complex! Still, hopefully I'll start to feel a little more alive soon, even if I am as constipated as all hell.
Whew, there goes Saturday morning. Time to get some action happening around here.