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Our first peas and glorious fruit from the garden

We have had a week of lovely sunny weather here and it has done the garden good, bringing on the fruit and veggies after all the rain we have had.  Yesterday we picked our first peas.

Our first peas

They were lovely fat pods of really sweet peas.  We have never grown peas before so this is a definite success.

shelled peas

We had them last night with baked trout and our home grown potatoes – yummy, followed by home grown raspberries that have been so abundant this year we have been eating them daily.

Home grown raspberries

We have the raspberries served with meringues and squirty cream, an unbeatable combination.  Not only do we have raspberries but loganberries and for the first time tayberries, which are a cross between a raspberry and a blackberry, so quite dark in colour.

Also the blueberries have been plentiful.  I think all the rain made them swell up, we have never had so many big ones.

home grown blueberries

Our gooseberries are now ripe and I have been picking both green ones and red ones.  I made strawberry and gooseberry jam with some of the green ones and raspberry and red gooseberry jam with the others.

Green gooseberries

Red gooseberries

So what with the blackcurrants and strawberries we had earlier our fruit garden has been bountiful.  With regard to veggies as I said we have harvested peas and potatoes, our beans and cabbages are coming along OK and we have had several courgettes, but our sweetcorn doesn’t look up to much, got dashed down by the rain we had, and the seeds of our carrots, parsnips and beetroot have all come to nothing.  Also there are very few apples on the trees.  Our British weather has a lot to answer for, but we must be grateful for the fruits we do have!!

Our B&B guests will be enjoying freshly picked fruits with their breakfast.  www.lodgehousebandbsomerset.co.uk

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Blueberry Vodka

We’ve had a terrific number of blueberries on our 4 bushes this year, best ever.  So I have made blueberry muffins, and we’ve eaten them raw with raspberries and meringue and cream – yummy.  But then I started looking around for a blueberry liquer recipe and found one for Blueberry Vodka.

First you pick the blueberries and wash and dry them.  You need between 450 to 500g for this recipe.

Beautiful blueberries

Then you tip them into a demi john or large jar.

Blueberries in the demi john

Next you add 210 grams of white sugar. I used granulated sugar.

Add the sugar

Then add 500ml of vodka. For a larger bottle of vodka, increase the quantities of sugar and blueberries in proportion.

Adding the vodka

Then give it a good shake and cover and keep in a cool place for at least 2 months, shaking daily.  After at least 2 months, strain off the berries and pour into a suitable bottle.  The blueberry vodka, or blueberry liquer should be ready for drinking.

 

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Buckland St Mary Flower Show 21st August 2011

One of the highlights of the village calender is the annual Flower Show which took place in the village hall today.  It is very competitive, with entries from an 8 mile radius of Buckland St Mary. No exhibitor shall have more than one entry in each class, and all exhibits to be grown or made by the exhibitor. There were 115 classes in various categories: Category A = flowers and floral art, Category B = Vegetables, Category C = Homecraft such as eggs, honey, jam cakes etc. Category D = photography and E,F, G were childrens’ classes.  We entered in 21 classes out of the 115.

The Flower Show was very well attended with lots of exhibits.

Vegetable and fruit exhibitsMore exhibits at the Flower Show

Well out of the 21 classes we entered we got a win in 10 of them. We were well chuffed with ourselves.  Neil got a first place for his potatoes and his elderflower cordial.

Neil's winning potatoes

I got a 2nd place for my blueberries and my marrow under 12 inches long, 1 photo, my eggs plus my courgettes and cooking apples.

2nd place cooking apples

I got third place for 2 photos but there were lots of entries.

What a fantastic start for Neil and I in the flower show to get 10 wins.  We are very happy today.

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“Pick you own” at home

When we lived in Langley, I used to go down the “Pick your Own” at least once if not twice a week.  When we moved here that was the one thing I missed, as there was no PYO nearby. So the first year we were here we had to content ourselves with shop bought produce whilst we planted bushes and fruit canes.

This year we have a veritable “pick your own” at home!!!  The raspberries have just got going and they are wonderful, and we are still picking strawberries.

Today's picking of strawberries Monday 11th July 2011

Last year we planted out 4 blueberry bushes that we had brought with us, that had previously been growing in pots.  We got nothing from them, but this year they have come into their own and we are getting better blueberries than we have ever had.  You can see them amongst the raspberries. When we finally open as B&B I hope to serve some of our fresh fruit at breakfast with cereal or natural yoghurt.

Today's pickings of blueberries and raspberries 11th July 2011

Mind you not everything is a raving success.  My lettuces have bolted, the runner beans are slow climbing the bean poles and my tomatoes are a bit ho hum at the moment.  Let’s hope the sunny weather like we have had today will bring these other plants on a bit better.

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