Having been away on my holiday and doing various other things a whole month has passed by without me blogging. So, now back to the sad realities of work it’s about time I got back into the swing of posting updates once more.

At the allotment there’s nothing much to report apart from the cycle of watering and harvesting. Having been pretty wet throughout June we’ve barely had a drop of rain since. Also last week we had some very high temperatures- 34 degrees plus, meaning regular watering has been a feature of most of my trips up. Have picked a ton of beans and loads of other fruit and veg, but coming near readiness in our greenhouse are both our first ever aubergines and melons. Hopefully this coming weekend at least one of those will be ready to pick. Also, our cucamelons, despite looking like the world’s most unlikely plants are thriving and producing fantastically tasty fruits. Plus the brand new variety of squash growing this year- a climber called Festival- are producing superb results. Lots of big, tasty squashes which taste fantastic roasted. A definite repeater for next year.

Away from the allotment, whilst I was away, the gooseberry wine that I started last month has finished it’s fermentation so has now been siphoned off into a  fresh demijohn and disappeared into my ‘wine cellar’, or the understairs  cupboard as it’s better known for about a year now to mature. As you can see from the pic below it’s beautifully clear and a fantastic colour. Of all  the fruit wines I make, this has to be my favourite as it’s so tasty!20160829_101937

If this is anything like the previous ones it’ll taste as good as it looks! The 2014 batch went down well at out allotment bbq a few weeks ago, so hopefully this will do the same in a couple of year’s time.

 

 

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