Beans have been plentiful this year. Both Blue Lake and Purple King have not disappointed us. I think there is only one kind of way to grow beans for such generous cropping and that is UP! No longer will I be on my knees tending the dwarf variety, climbers are definitely the way to go for those that are seeking abundance..
Our tomatoes are finishing up and I confess to being rather neglectful at bringing them all in lately. Isn't that silly that we plan and hope all year for a generous crop and right when they hit their peak we get a little lazy and smug at their seemingly endless fruiting..tsk tsk, shame on me I know.
On the plus side however, the new dehydrator has been christened well with a batch of semi dried tomatoes.
I have put them in a light olive oil and in the fridge. Do you make semi dried tomatoes? Do you add garlic or herbs to the jar? My two preserving books had contradictory advice on this..
Teenettes have been 'parking it' over the holidays. A few days of glorious sunshine made it an obvious choice for picnics. We did the rounds visiting three good parks in our area whenever we got a chance...
Someone mentioned to me recently that their girls, aged in lower primary school, were "too old for the park now". I've thought about this a lot and am really sad for those girls. How can anyone ever be too old for a park? I sure hope my girls never are! I for one am not too old, still managing to squeeze into the swings anytime I'm there. I imagine when I'm a wise old women, I'll be sitting on the seats in the sunshine still taking it all in, watching wannabe youthful mamas squeeze themselves into the swings..yep, never too old.
A Punch and Judy show! Have you seen one? Apparently it's a must for everyone to see at least once in their life. The slapstick humour from yesteryear had some kids in the audience scratching their heads but overall I think they warmed to the spirit of comedy that is Punch.
I still get a chuckle when I recall scenes from the show or remember the voice of the puppeteer!
And back into the swing of the school term, our veggie group resumed today in spite of the chilly winds that saw beanies pulled out from cupboards and jackets brought out again.