Thursday, 26 October 2017

56.....8.....2......

That is the amount of days...weeks....months...since I last posted...it's a much nicer and smaller number if I look at it in months!!

So why haven't I posted??
I really don't know...yes I've been busy with some stuff but not overly so....we had a wonderful family wedding....we've had some glorious family time...we have a new family member.....I haven't been too hot on staying on top of the allotment.....I am on another 'staycation'.....yep...not really that much to report to be honest.

I have been giving a lot of thought to my allotment...I don't want to give up the allotment but I have been thinking of ways to manage it easier so I can get the enjoyment back. Being on the committee was certainly an experience but I did loose my way rather a lot...I'm hoping that with some careful thinking I can get myself back on the right path and enjoy it once again in 2018.

The bees have done well this year....and honey sales have been up, up, up!! So much so  struggled to keep up with the spinning....A few extra purchases this year will make it a lot smoother next year.

So don't have much else to tell but will share a few pics with you.

Meet Sully, our newest family member,
he's 7 months old.

My pumpkins were the only squash that grew...
seriously??? who can't grow squash?!?!
The brassicas fought bravely against
the weeds!

The chard as usual gave plenty
of greenery.
The strawberries are still waiting to move
to their new location!!

Hope all of your gardens have done well over the past season....clocks move on Sunday...but don't worry...it'll only be another 8 weeks before the days start getting longer again!!

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Staycation 2017...the final week....5

Well my last week off work was really busy and I am happy to say much of it was allotment orientated so actually fits in with the blog title for a change!!

So what have I been up to...well harvesting lots of stuff....beans of various varieties and fruits mainly.

The victoria plum tree was stripped and then the produce I collected prepared in various ways....here's a few pics...didn't feel like being wordy today!!

Lots of lovely plum tomatoes

Many went into the dehydrator to
become tomato powder.

The rest were made into pasta sauce.

Here is some lovely Victoria Plum jelly and
syrup. Some fruit leathers and sorbet were
also made.

This is the first of the onion powder,
plenty more to come!

Bubbling away in the pots are
blackberries ready for some
blackberry syrup!
 I also put a few blackberries in the freezer whole....there are plenty more to come too.
You may wonder why I have onion and tomato powder? Well the onion powder is for me o add to dishes as I wish when cooking. The Hubby doesn't dislike the taste of onions but detests the texture and this way I get the flavour in without the fuss of him moaning.
I tried making tomato powder a few years ago and have never looked back! I love the versatility of it...it's easy to store and takes up less room than any other preservation method and can quickly and easily be added to any meal to give it a huge hit of flavour...you can also reconstitute it to make tomato juice or soup!!

I am going to try dehydrating and powdering some blackberries this year too...my nephew is eager to see how well they go with milk....I do love a good experiment so I'll let you know how that one goes!!

I did take some time out Monday to go over to Melton Country Park with the Hubby and Polly on Monday and it was really nice...since then it's been pretty much work....but another two days and then I can get a bit more done on the allotments!!
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