I’ve been enjoying my garden this summer. Like a great many of us in the UK I have been relishing the good weather and getting outside whenever possible.
For me sunshine makes a huge difference to my life. Just waking up to a bright morning makes life so much easier. Being able to walk outside without being lashed by rain and blown over by high winds is a treat, and clear blue skies are so much better than lowered grey cloud. It just makes me feel better all round and in feeling better I get so much more done.
While I am not an industrious gardener, I don’t go in for serried ranks of perfect veggies, flower beds colour co-ordinated for best effect or even serious weeding, I do love abundance in the garden. Growing herbs and veggies and flowers that please me and are useful in some way.
While many might think my darling daisies are just a patch of overgrown messy weeds to me they are sheer unadulterated pleasure. They make me smile every time I see them so that means they are useful to me.
The berry bushes have been busy piling on the fruit this summer and I’ve been blessed with a fabulous crop of blackcurrants, strawberries, raspberries and some red currants too.
My trays of radishes are doing a great job in adding crunch and their peppery perfection to my salads, while my baby carrots are almost ready and there are a few beetroots ready to pull up. There are beans and peas and of course there are herbs.
Chives, rosemary, oregano, mint, basil, feverfew, wormwood, sweet woodruff, marjoram, sage, tansy, lavender, lovage, chamomile, borage and thyme, and that’s just the ones I can think of right now, there are more lurking around my garden in every nook and cranny. They have been enjoying the sunshine and been very generous with their bounty.
My overgrown, seriously weedy and somewhat unkempt garden has filled plates, jars and bottles with its goodness. Who cares that the paths need strimming, there are weeds between the herbs and that fallen flowers block your path.
The tomatoes are turning red and all is right with the world.
This week I shall be sharing more of my homegrown recipes from the garden. My Italian style strawberry jam and a cucumber and mint icecream that will tempt your tastebuds and convert you from vanilla forwever!
I’m working with my hosting company to try to get my domain name karongrieve to be set up as my business website, you know just showcasing my books, writing, photography and media work. I think it would be better to have that as a separate site and keep my blog filled with recipes and chat rather than try to cram everything in together. To this end we are zapping emails back and forth trying to work out how it can be done with the least amount of hassle. If it works then the blog will go under the name of Larder Love which I feel sums it all up perfectly. I thought long and hard about what I really like doing. I love cooking in general, I’m not that big on baking, but most of all I adore pottering about and creating food from scratch for the larder (read fridge and freezer as well in this day and age), things that enhanse basic meals. Things that make life easier because you have them to hand. The things that you might normally buy in a shop but realise you can actually make at home and do it better. While many say the kitchen is the heart of the home, for me it is the larder. That cupboard that holds all the treasure of natural goodness and enables you to really get creative when you feel like it, or just lets you ease back and not bother too much.
So watch this space my friends. I shall keep you posted as to any changes of address but jot down the name www.larderlove.com and you will be sure to find this blog.
I’m away out to pick more black currants this morning. I can feel more cassis coming on…..