Another month has made it’s appearance. The weather has been changeable – from hot and humid days, to wet and windy ones. The garden either needs watering or it is water logged with rain!
The beans did amazingly well and I’ve picked lots and lots. We’ve had several dinners and I’ve frozen lots for the winter. They came in all shapes and sizes, each with their own taste.
But no matter the colour or shape when they were chopped up and put in the steamer they all looked kind of similar. The different varieties are labelled above if you are interested in that sort of thing.
It continues to be a joy to watch the birds in the garden. This one took a bit of identifying in the bird books and online. It’s a female redwing blackbird and a few of them have been visiting under the feeders for awhile now.
A young oriole as has been enjoying the honeysuckle berries.
We have been out and about on day trips. One lovely morning we drove through Prince Edward County, known as The County around here, and visited an artisan market, a local cheese store, a farmers market and a flea market. I also had a day out with a friend to the Women’s Institute Craft Show and Sale in Picton. This yearly one day event is always fun to attend. This year I was really pleased to see Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn truck there. I’ve been following her on Facebook for awhile now. I’ve been neglecting my knitting and crochet this summer but it was a joy to touch the yarn and see all the different varieties that she sells. I’d better get back to knitting soon.
I’ve been doing lots of reading. Sheila Connolly has three different series, The Orchard Mysteries, County Cork Mysteries, and the Museum mysteries. I’ve been catching up on the orchard and museum series and the County Cork one is new to me. I really enjoyed the first one and will be getting the others in the series on our next visit to the library.
I have been repainting the finger boards in the sign post garden, but so far have no photos of it. I’ve also been having fun painting mandala rocks. These aren’t finished and I’ll add a bit more detail soon. I’ve been collecting lots of flat and roundish rocks on our outings so I can paint more over the winter.
Besides cooking the beans and our favourite zucchini recipes I’ve also made a Victoria sponge. I was inspired to make this from The Great British Baking Show. Do you watch this series? One of the challenges was to make a Victoria sponge and no recipe was included. This is a classic cake to make in England and I would think that most of us can make it without a recipe. I call it the 4-4-4-2 recipe or the 8-8-8-4 recipe if you double it. The recipe is included in one of my favourite British cookery books, The Dairy Book of Home Cookery.
I’m sure you are having a wonderful summer. I’ve been busy but I’ve been neglecting the website but do still share photos on Instagram. It seems I don’t have the inclination to sit at the computer for a long time and edit and create mosaic images or write long posts. This one covers a lot of different things and I hope the length didn’t bore you.
The Gardener Side of me keeps my online garden journal to help me keep track of when the plants sprout, bud and bloom
Growing well: red carpet stonecrop, ligularia, ferns, sedum, mint, garlic chives, sorrel, clematis, rose of sharon, Jerusalem artichoke, canna, yucca root,
Harvest: tomatoes, lettuce, beans, potatoes, radishes,
Blooming: potentilla, daylilies, hosta, lady’s mantle,wegelia, rose campion, coreopsis, heliopsis, lavender, Stella d’oro daylilies, echinacea, false spirea, obedient plant,