Yesterday was another day of rain it poured for most of the day. Denny came and did her stuff so now the house looks a bit more like a home and less like a rubbish tip. James was called in early to work so his lunch became his supper and he made himself a bacon sandwich before he left. I had done some pork belly strips which were cooked very slowly in the halogen oven with a homemade barbecue sauce with which a I served baked beans and saute potatoes. My box of vegetables had padron peppers rather than chillies - these are a bit like Russian roulette as they are generally mild but the occasional one will blow your head off. I fried them off in a little olive oil in true spanish style and served them as a sort of tapas dish.
As it happened there were no beetroots but there was a bunch of turnips, another of my not so favorite vegetables so no I will have to do a bit of research on what to do with them. Any ideas would be very welcome. There is plenty to be done with turnip tops but the roots are more of a challenge.
The arboriculturalist [tree surgeon] came around 5pm and had a look at the garden and what needed to be done with the various trees. I agreed the estimate and am hoping he will be able to do the job on Friday so it will all be in order when I go on my holiday and that will be another major job done.
At the moment it is not raining so it would be a good time to clear the garden of the dog poo which is liberally scatter around and owing to the rain has not yet been cleared. I also need to get the bins out for the bin men. According to the weather forecast today might be dry so a good day to get these jobs done. Lunch is already done as I put a pound of mince in the slow cooker yesterday with some onions and tomatoes and I have a load of tiny potatoes already boiled. With lunch already done I can devote my attention to the garden which is looking terrible at the moment. The vegetable beds are knee high in weeds, the chicken run looks like a bomb has exploded in it. Every evening around 7pm Tubby and Basso go out for a game and have successfully kicked most of the earth from the bay tree beds onto the pathway.
I had a chat with Denny with regard to some fencing as her husband is in that line of business and she agreed with me on what was needed so I have left that in her hands. Hopefully by next spring things will be a bit more in order and I can devote a bit more time to the garden. It is sad to see it go to rack and ruin but gardening is very forgiving and most things can be put right with a bit of effort.
On that happy note I am off to sort out the rubbish and get the bins out for the bin men. Then I can get myself in order and out for a walk with the dogs before the weather changes. Have a good day all and make the most of the dry weather if you are lucky enough to have some.