Wednesday, 1 August 2007

Summer Food

Lots of local goodness from our nearest pick your own fruit farm. I made strawberry jam last month so just picked a few strawberries for puddings. I really wanted to stock up on raspberries for the freezer but I timed it completely wrong, the main crop raspberries have finished and the autumn raspberries won't be ready for a week or two. I did rummage around and picked one punnet.

I also bought some of their vegetables. I don't usually buy courgettes but I have to admit complete defeat this season, my allotment seems to have been invaded by very hungry slugs. As well as my courgette plants they have also munched through my butternut squash plants which is very annoying as I usually have enough squash to make lots of soup in the first part of winter.

Still, we should be getting warmer and drier weather for a bit now. Apparently the jet stream which has been responsible for this prolonged wet and cool spell has now moved northwards to its more usual position for this time of year and we should now get our normal summer weather.

Thank you to Ginny at The Flour Loft for a Blogger Reflection Award. Ginny writes about her family and her textile business she runs with her friend Alice. I enjoy visiting for her pictures of her garden and all the things she and Alice make - lots of "crafty inspiration". I've decided not pass the award on, not because I can't think of six blogs that inspire me but because it would be difficult to choose. I have added a few more blogs to my list of favourite reads, all of which often make me think and reflect, usually about simple living or knitting/sewing or both.


Nico said...

I love reading your blog. I was so sorry to see all of the flooding in your town. We had a major flood where I live in the U.S. too.

I love your picture of the yummy fruits and veggies. Enjoy all of the Summer treats.

Alison said...

So nice fruit and veg...I like things kept simple.
Alison x

the flour loft said...

What a shame about your squashes and courgettes.... we have had loads of slugs too.. my husband who is new to gardening is often to be found outside late at night protecting his veggies from the slimy munchers...this recent wet weather has been great for the slugs. That's what we get for being organic.. but i wouldn't have it any other way. We have still had lots of delicious produce this year and it's all so definately worth the effort.
By the way how are Sage and Onion?

willow said...

Thank you for visiting. Luckily for us there was no damage from the floods and we are finally enjoying some real summer weather.

Yes, simple meals with lots of fruit and veg seem to suit this time of year.

I hope your husband is winning his battle against the slugs.
Sage and Onion are doing fine, we let them have the run of the garden from about mid-afternoon onwards and they seem very happy - they are making a bit of a mess of it though!!

Lisa said...

Those berries look wonderful as do the vegetables. The courgettes or zucchinis as we call them in Australia look especially nice. We are in the middle of winer here and their price has skyrocketed this year to over $10kg which would be like $22lb...exorbibant!
Enjoying reading your blog :)