Strawberry fields forever

Not quite, but we are starting to get some regular strawberries now. Hopefully they will soon be coming out our ears! The birds can’t get close to them in the poly tunnel, which is great.


Baby brassica

Those are beans in the background, but up front are a variety of brassica; cabbage, cauliflower, brussel sprouts…

Pigeons are having a great time, eating them and pulling them up. Need to get a net over them. I’m using an ultrasonic bird scarer thingy but I think it was too far away, I’ve moved it up closer to the area now.


Story Bud?

“Story Bud?” is local slang for asking you how are you and if you have any news.

So, translates as “What’s the story, buddy?”

Today’s the day that all the world will see
Another sunny afternoon
Walking to the sound of my favorite tune
Tomorrow never knows what it doesn’t know too soon
Need a little time to wake up
Need a little time to wake up wake up
Need a little time to wake up
Need a little time to rest your mind
You know you should so I guess you might as well
What’s the story morning glory?


Interesting plant, used for lots of different purposes. Flowers roll up in the evening and open again in the morning. Related to the sweet potato.

Used as a vegetable, a laxative, a psychedelic, and a way to vulcanise rubber!

But the tenuous link between all these things is the classic Oasis song


So we got a nice red strawberry on Friday. Elena swooped and it was no more… Today I decided to see what the temptation was, and of course there are no surviving strawberries from my visit to the tunnel.

I’m not sure what causes homegrown strawberries to be so delicious: maybe it is growing varieties selected for taste rather than shelf life, maybe it is their chemical free upbringing, or maybe it is just watching and waiting. Good things come to those who wait: or so I’m told.

Strawberries and cream

Who can resist strawberries and cream? Or just strawberries freshly picked from the plant?

Until then we have to make do with admiring the plants for their own appeal, but that’s not too bad either is it? It’s great to know that this flower will turn into such a delicious treat. Truly multi-sensorial.


Vandalism and animalism

Some time between yesterday evening and this morning someone went rampant on our site. Knocked over bamboos, netting, tried digging holes in the ground…

Fortunately for us they left their DNA behind (although it had to be picked up and disposed of).

Could it be a fox who has moved into our sod heap?