Sunday, 18 September 2011

Foxton Canal Festival

Foxton Locks Canal Festival was held both yesterday and today, we looked out of the window and decided to go today. As it turned out, weather wise it was the same both days. Warm in the sun with one sharp shower. The time at the allotment was timed with tea and cake time in the car, at the same time as the shower ;-)

Foxton Locks is managed and run by The Foxton Inclined Plane Trust (FIPT), its all Charity funded and run by volenteers. I think you can be a member if you want to be, we are not, but today raised money for the charity.

This little bookshop was sweet, the people had given up half of their boat to the bookshop. Not easy to do, I'm sure.

Myself and OH decided that owning a boat wouldn't be for us. To much downsizing to do.
I said that if you bought one thing then you would have to throw something away.!!!

According to the leaflet, this I assume was the Interactive Living Viking Village, complete with Ice Cream van!!!, but you get the idea, I'm sure.

I think the one with the long hair is enjoying himself abit too much!!!!

See what I mean, he went on to distroy the shield as well.

Dinner :-)

The Alpacas were for sale, the price wasn't stated, but you could also buy a postcard for 50p. That sounds easier.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

The first days of autumn

I always feel that Autumn is the start of the gardening year. Its time to gather the final produce from the allotment and clear and prepare for the coming year.

I started last night by preparing the spring bulbs. This is the start of the bulbs, I do the layer method with tulips at the bottom, here is the start.

This autumn for the first time seems to be filled with jam and jelly making, and pickling. The first of the red cabbage was picked yesterday. I intend to pickle this being as we have had a good year "on the plot" and really really do have quite enough veg to see us through.

As you can see from the picture above, I think I shall be making green tomato chutney as well ;-)

The start of pickled red cabbage
We also have more and more plums to deal with.

A vase of flowers all from the garden.

I bought the jam pan into action again, and made allotment soup for lunches next week.

Onions, Garlic, Parsnips, Broad Beans, Carrots, Courgettes - of course, Potatoes and veg stock

And to finish, cake

Rather a good day. I wonder if all of September will be the same.