I think that's the only way to describe today at the plot. A raking, blustery warm wind, hot sun and glowing light under dark clouds, occasionally dousing a bucket or two of drops and then scudding away over the golden fields. A full tide in the estuary too, with the evening sun streaking and gleaming the surface as I drove away home.
I'm really happy with how the plot has 'performed' this year; after a slow start everything has grown strongly and quickly and I've had very few pest problems - with the exception of the grey-aphid-infested, caterpillar riddled brassicas...but even there I've had lovely white turnips, and a couple of swedes and some red cabbage.
The two and three harvests a week mean more and more work in the kitchen, ensuring everything is used and nothing goes to waste. I've a few hours of cooking ahead of me tomorrow, including red cabbage, courgette and tomato soup, courgette and pecan cake (from the Real Men Sow blog, http://www.realmensow.co.uk/?p=3186) and a large quantity of flat leafed parsley to either dry or salt. I have a few recipes I always fall back on to use up bits and pieces of vegetables and this is a Spanish omelette I made last week (it was delicious!):
|my own potato, tomato, onion, chilli, courgette and herbs, but not my own eggs...some day it will be.|
Indoors in the polytunnel, the chilli forest is starting to form masses of fruit; the earliest seem to be the Twilight ones and the one Apache I have. The Minnesota Midget melons are sprawling but no fruit yet, the cucumbers are working away, the tomatoes are producing some fruit and the marigolds are keeping everything pest-free and pretty.
Life is good, all in all.