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I had a great day doing some painting with Jacqueline Summer. It’s ages since I have really done any art and I really enjoyed myself, working with charcoal and then paint. We started with Mary Fedden’s paintings as inspiration. I didn’t know her at all, but her pictures have such an amazing sense of colour, and a strange sense of perspective. It was quite liberating! She lived a long life so there are plenty of pictures to look at online. I especially liked Lilies at Moonlight, and one with a bowl of spaghetti, although I have now hopelessly forgotten it’s name. In the latter the tomatoes almost disappear into the red background. I felt inspired by that with my plums.

 

Allotment woes, some cucumbers and a flower

My tomatoes got blight. I lost 4/5ths of the crop 😦

It was a horrible job, cutting it all back. Throwing it all away. I salvaged what I could and then let the tomatoes ripen for a few days I could see which ones were infected. Quite a few were, but some seem to be ok. I have a banana next to them to encourage them along.

Meanwhile I have discovered some enormous cucumbers, and a few of my dahlias are finally flowering.

A paddle on Derwent Water

A lovely day on Derwent Water – the weather was lovely, especially in the morning.

Anyway we parked in Kettlewell, paddled up to the Theatre on the Lake (for coffee) and then across to the far shore – the Cat Bells side. It was tree lined and quieter, and really beautiful in the sunshine. In fact I prefer that side of the lake and the little bays. I loved the way the cones marked the high water mark. We also had a little shield bug as an extra guest, before heading back across the lake.

When we were packing up, an old couple came along with matching brollies, cute.

Sussex Prairie Garden

A little visit out and about – this time to Sussex Prairie Garden. I’d not been before, and it was certainly impressive. The weather was, well, changeable! That’s why the photos look like they’ve been taken on different days ….

The planting was in big slices of the same thing, juxtaposed with another enormous clump. You can walk through the borders, so you can get right into the planting. I’ve got to say though, it wasn’t for me. I think it was just too grand(iose). I think I prefer more intimate gardens. And as I am always looking for inspiration, it would be hard to replicate this in a normal garden, even if I wanted to. I don’t want to put you off going, so here are some lovely photos – reviewing them now makes me like the garden more! Maybe you will feel more of a connection.

 

 

Harvest at last (and some annoying pests)

Hello again, been a while…

Here are some pics from this month’s harvest. The sweetcorn was lovely…. can’t beat from plant to pot 😉 .I know it sounds daft, but I almost like the process more than the produce … which is just as well as the slugs / caterpillars are in action. Especially unhappy about the Tuscan Kale which is one of my favourites.

The toms are starting to come along. I had to cut some of the pumpkins – one which had been invading next door (who was not amused) and one which was blocking my route to the spuds. I am now trying to fob off enormous pumpkins on all my friends! I can barely lift the big one – got to laugh.

More soon, plus planning for next year … definitely going for a smaller type of squash 😀 .