Upon arriving back in Winchcombe the effects of a week of being ignored and predominantly wet weather was quite evident and it took a few hours to get the overgrown grass, brambles and weeds under some sort of vague control again.
But we were also able to harvest quite a lot of home-grown produce: tomatoes, spinach, carrots, sweetcorn, cucumbers, courgettes, runner beans, French beans and basil, The Chinese salad greens had been decimated by slugs or caterpillars so they went straight into the compost, as did quite a few of the Runners because they were on the large and therefore stringy side. Oh well... whilst they weren't suitable to accompany a Sunday roast we will reap the rewards of the compost created on the next lot of seedlings!
I am eagerly anticipating the ripening of the almost-forest-like abundance of sweet peppers too! One plant alone has eight fruits! The peppers are also very distinctly green at the moment but I am hopeful that with some more sunshine (!) there will be some orange and red ones to taste too.
There was also a carpet of blatantly kamikaze windfall apples strewn across the lawn – they’re not quite sweet enough as eating apples, and they’re not necessarily proper ‘cookers’ either. Still, we have A LOT of them turning into little balls of cider in the hedgerows where they have been side-lined!
Fun Fact: Peppers are classed a botanical fruit because they have at least one seed and grow from the flower of the plant.
I know I drive Paul mad but I can't sit still for too long, and generally suffer from an irritating form of "ants-in-my-pants" syndrome, so instead of ignoring the impending showery weather I booked a visiting slot to tour one of the local National Trust properties - Godolphin Estate. Because of the current restrictions the house is not open, but we spent a pleasant hour or so wandering the grounds and sheltering from the short-lived but fairly frequent rainy spells.
Godolphin Estate near Helston contains a 16th-century garden, one of the most important historic gardens in Europe, is now under the ownership of the National Trust but it has a long history:
Godolphin estate contains: