A bit of a topsy turvy month here, with a change in work routine, leading to the inevitability of all the office germs descending the minute I stepped into a new environment. But plenty of fresh air in between work seems to have done the trick.
May was the start of comfort food time, with porridge for breakfast and the first soups of the year - thick vegetable soups, and big pots of Asian-style chicken soup with soba noodles, garlic, ginger, chilli and garden greens to ward off the bugs.
With the rocket going to seed in the Country Garden, it was time this month to harvest it and dry it out to save the seeds. I also have a big bunch of cress waiting until I find a quiet afternoon to separate out the seeds from their pods.
With the restaurant getting regular deliveries of seafood in polystyrene boxes, we've been using them to germinate seeds in and to grow small plants. Everything we put in them is doing really well, so their insulation properties must be helping. Long term (once we can't fit any more of them in the garden!) it would be good to investigate with the chef whether there are alternatives to having new boxes delivered so regularly. There must be another way to transport seafood safely...
The chickens are really doing their part in the cycle of the Gardens. I clean out their house once a week and take the straw up to the Country Garden to mulch the vegies or add to the compost, and in exchange I take some extra silverbeet and beetroot leaves home to them as treats (and to try to increase their greens intake to discourage them from completely shredding all of the City Garden!) They are 18 weeks old this week, which is the age that they might start laying eggs, so the garden cycle will hopefully increase even more some time soon.
This month we planted kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, radish, lettuce, pak choy, more garlic (!), leeks and broad beans. Oh, and a pine nut tree!
|After running out of space everywhere else for|
garlic, I resorted to planting it under the roses.
I was sure those cloves were in a straight line...!
I finally finished a long overdue project that I have been knitting for my father. (Dad if you read this, I promise to get it into the post to you next week!!)
As a present to myself when I was feeling sick, I bought a copy of Annie Smithers' beautiful new book Annie's Garden to Table, which I've been reading from cover to cover. Great inspiration for continuing to develop the Country Garden. Now to make some of the delicious recipes!
One of the lovely things in May was that Stacey from Domestic Artisan awarded me the Liebster Award for my blog. It was lovely to connect with her, and then to be able to pass it on to some of the other blogs that I've been enjoying and learning from.
My friend A and I had our first "Inspiration Session" catchup that I mentioned last month, to start working toward achieving projects that we have both been thinking about for ages. It was great to talk about our ideas and give each other goals to work toward for our next catchup.
I'm such a summer person, I just love it, and really struggle through colder weather. I mean, I've been complaining about winter for the last couple of months in my posts, and yet today is actually only the first official day of it! But I have to say, that I've actually really been enjoying the change of seasons this year. With my focus on the garden, and understanding much better this year than last what to expect with the vegetables, I've found it much more bearable than normal. I spent last weekend with friends down at the beach, and we rugged up in ski parkas, beanies and boots and went for bracing walks in the cold wind and drizzle along the beach... and it was great fun, I felt really alive! Of course heading back to the house for red wine and a delicious slow cooked chicken casserole in front of the fire afterwards helped! :-)