I’ve found this an odd semi-Covid year, I’ve also had shingles and it’s taken a long time to get my energy back. I’ve been inspired recently to get doing things again and I have some projects I’ve done that I want to show you. But first on today’s menu, pickled beetroot. I bought a 1kg bag of beetroot from a local shop that had been reduced to 50p and that’s motivation enough to make me think ‘pickled beetroot’ and today I made some.
I found a recipe in an old recipe book.
I made my spiced vinegar with 1 litre of distilled malt vinegar, 1 cinnamon stick, 1tsp black peppercorns, 1/2 tsp whole cloves, 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds, 1 tsp whole all spice 3 bay leaves and 3 tbsp caster sugar. I am going to bottle up the excess vinegar to use for something else along with the leftover spices.
He are my finished jars all ready for Christmas (or sooner) 🙂 I have re-used mayo jars and sterilised them in the oven.
There is a place a short drive from our house that has fresh organic produce for sale, and local where possible. I try and buy from there as much as possible, meat as well as veggies, they often have nice ripe avocados. Who doesn’t ever want to try and grow something just for the hell of it, put a pit, stone or seed in some soil and see what happens, I did this with my organic avocado pit and check this out!
The leaves are huge and I love it and am very excited. It’s just been on my kitchen window sill. I’m going to pot it on soon and maybe look at how to look after it and see if it one day might bear fruit. I have a polytunnel to keep it in so who knows?! 🙂
My garden is flourishing, mostly things I haven’t planted, but it’s full of life!
Look at these beans, they are ones that seeded themselves last year and they are magnificent! There are so many bean pods on them. They are one of our favourite vegetables so we are very happy, not quite ready to eat yet though.
These are beans I sowed in the spring, they are doing very well too, so we will have a succession of them through the summer. As you can see we have a few corn poppies around as well.
The green house is looking good, here are aubergines, hot chillies and some sweet red peppers just coming through.
I also have more chillies, and a few tomatoes still to be planted up.
Even though I wasn’t able to tend to my garden as much as I would have liked, it is doing well and I have lots to be greatful for 🙂
In our home we are gradually trying to get our rooms styled as we’d like them without spending lot’s of money, not wanting to buy new all the time and being conscious on environmental issues. Our lounge is not designed to have the modern trend big furniture either because of doors, windows and traditional fireplaces taking up wall space. Yesterday we managed to buy two mid century chairs for £40, I know, what a bargain! 🙂 One going in the lounge, a perfect size for the space we had and the second is going in one of our studios.
I haven’t been well recently, but now I’m definitely on the mend. I went outside and cleaned the pond of leaves with an old sieve I keep for the job, taking care to place the scooped waste beside the pond so anything that has been accidently gathered can make it’s way back home. My pond gives me joy and I felt better just doing that little job.
Well, I am so pleased with this mornings work. I have been contemplated putting a path in front of this shed for ages. This morning I just got up and did it and I think it’s super! I think the shed needs painting now though.
As you may know, I always like to get the sowing of broad beans in early. The earlier I sow, the more I can grow and you do need a lot of plants to get a decent portion of beans. The seeds in the paper cup are left over from last year and have been sitting around in the damp, but I’m giving them a chance, you never know. The others I’ve chosen for quantity and they were bought in the autumn when I sowed my first lot straight into the garden.
I have sowed twelve of each and I’m looking forward to the first signs of growth, probably three weeks.
The ones I sowed in November are somewhere near that polytunnel that’s in need of repair (wind damage!). The water has receded now but who can say whether the broad beans will still germinate. I love the anticipation 🙂
I decided insulating the greenhouse would be a good idea, as it means I can start sowing my seeds earlier than usual and I have somewhere to put my geraniums until it’s safe to put them outside.
I decided to do it today as I was feeling the weight of the COVID restrictions and needed to do something that I could get completely absorbed into. I actually discovered that lining a greenhouse on your own needs the use of virtually your whole body, but I managed it.
I have sorted through my seeds already and made a list of what I would like to buy and am now looking forward to the new growing calendar! 🙂