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Waste not, Want not

27 APRIL 2020

I had a telephone consultation with our lovely GP this morning about Jean’s legs. When Jean first came to us, our doctor did several home visits and since then, particularly with the onset of the virus, we have discussed what to do about the various things that have afflicted her, over the phone. I have found these telephone calls enormously helpful, as working out the best course of action can be a real balancing act. Her condition is getting progressively getting worse, but the drugs that can be prescribed to mitigate some conditions can cause other problems. In the end we decide to continue to as we are, and it was just great to be reassured that this is ok.


Today we have an exciting delivery – the four blue glazed pots that will sit on the mount against the legs of the gazebo, for the climbing plants which will grow up the framework. They are perfect, tapering to a small base that will not obscure too much of our beautiful tiles. I am extremely pleased with them, and part fill them with compost, but decide against planting the climbers because they are quite tender and we could still have a frost.

I then carry on weeding the onions and garlic – there are four long beds of them – I did say to the family last night, having chopped up three large cloves of raw garlic and put them into the salad dressing and having put garlic in the chicken, olive and butternut squash pasta dish – that we will have no trouble with social distancing, because everyone will happily keep 2m away from us!

Patrick has acquired a lovely old door, which is unusually wide, which he spends the day fitting in the doorway between the orchard and kitchen garden. It looks brilliant but needs quite a lot of TLC. I am delighted with its appearance and also that at last it should be easier to keep the badgers out.

At the end of the day I clear the remaining section of the cold frames where I had grown radishes, spring onions and carrots. There were quite a few giant radish plants, with massive misshapen radishes which had flowered. There were also quite a few carrots left, which were trying to do the same thing as the radishes, which I dug up. I brought these in and went through them, sorting out the carrots that were still edible. When a vegetable plant goes to seed it produces a thick core that is too tough to eat, however, I managed to salvage enough to eat for our dinner – I do not ever like to waste anything - the rest went on the compost!

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