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Sunny September Sunday
It is a gloriously sunny morning. I have just had a wander in the vegetable garden and it was a very enjoyable interlude, lovely warm sunshine, a washed clear blue sky and a rewarding haul.
It's amazing what goes on when you turn your back for a few windy, grey days.
Vegetables are a thing of beauty as well as diverse and delicious flavour. I can't wait to tuck into this lot! Some of them will accompany a joint of pork I have put in the oven, to slow roast with fennel seeds and lemon, which should be wonderful by this evening. It's low tide at the moment so we are off to the beach.
By the time I have walked about four miles, my toes are screaming at me - it's the arthritis, you see. One of the joys of being that little bit older than I was. However, for a long time, I have been keen to walk along the beaches, and follow the coastal path, between Gullane and North Berwick. So, having worked out the tide times, I decided today was the day, and off we went. Below is our starting point, the bay at Gullane. It's a lovely beach, very popular with dog walkers. This is looking east, the direction Tilly and I were going to take. Looking back, up the Forth, the unmistakable bulk of Arthur's Seat, and Edinburgh's skyline, just clear enough to see. For most of the walk, there is the choice between wandering along a series of beaches, or following a path along the top of each. There's no denying it, at heart I am a shell-seeker. I have loads of shells at home. We lived on one of the out islands in the Bahamas for a just over a year, a long time ago, and …
Nasturtiums and calendula make a return visit in my first vase this week. Their strong colours were the best to bounce off the deep wine red of my first sweet peas. I knew that my sweet peas were going to be a bit half-hearted this year. They took for ever to germinate and have been slow to come to anything. The plants are spindly and do not hold a lot of promise. I seem to remember that last year they made repeated appearances in my Monday vases, right up until the first frosts. All the seeds I have planted this year have been disappointing. However, I am enjoying the vibrant colour of today's vase and may well call upon the nasturtiums and marigolds again over the coming weeks!
I picked the flowers in my second vase during a walk on Saturday afternoon. Three different clovers - white, red and crimson, phacelia, hogweed and dainty fumitory. The phacelia and crimson clover were growing along a field margin planted for pheasant cover, but for me they still count as wild fl…
I have been trying to grow zinnias this year. I thought I would plant up my young plants in the raised bed, forsaking vegetables for cut flowers. So I did that. Zinnias and cosmos. However I hadn't accounted for the vigorous growth of self-seeded nasturtiums and calendula, which have almost completely taken over the whole bed! Glorious though they are, in order to salvage something of the zinnias and cosmos I have cut back the marigolds and nasturtiums a bit, and because I can't throw a single flower away, if it is still in its prime, I have used some in my vase today!!
I have also added a few stems of parsley flower. Those plants are about to be yanked out in favour of a new pot of supermarket flat leaved parsley plants. There are usually at least two dozen seedlings in each little pot, which always come on a treat once they have room to breathe and grow, going on to produce wonderful fronds for months for use in the kitchen.