Jonathan: The skies cleared this morning after four or five days of dreich. Today a blustry south-westerly brought fresh mild air in off the sea – and the result is a sparkling light that burns the skin! Unfortunately I’ve had to spend this morning (and this evening – it’s getting on for midnight!) indoors catching up on engineering work I’ve been neglecting. But this afternoon D and I were outside harvesting and podding peas and broad beans, and D made the first lift of onions. Tilly was my close companion as I podded the peas and beans: she gobbles up any peas that fall to the floor (not so keen on beans), and if there’s none she chews up the empty pods. Strange dog: she also likes gooseberries (she’s been seen picking them off the bushes) and will gladly accept an offered segment of orange!) We’ve never had much success storing onions – the winter air here is far too humid for onions to keep well, so whilst we freeze some, and sell some, mostly they’re used in cooking through the late summer and into autumn. Despite the damage done by the dreadful weather right through May, the harvest for legumes and onions looks to be good: the freezers are already getting full, and there’s lots more to come: we’ll have to transfer some to the big freezer at the croft store.