Jonathan: As I’m retiring – by degrees – from civil engineering and construction, some of the work that has mainly or even exclusively fallen to Denise over recent years has passed my way. One of the first is picking gooseberries: I wonder why that might be!? The poor weather this year, and the replacement – last year – of many of our bushes with younger stock has resulted in a much smaller harvest this time around: but I’m still kept busy regularly picking! This seed tray full – about one and a half to two kilograms, is from one of the remaining older bushes, and is about a quarter of the total yield from that bush! We’ll not be selling any gooseberries: we’ll need them all for ourselves and for making our preserves for sale.
Denise: In deep trauma: our home-grown spuds all gone! Paid £1.50 for a small bag of sanitised industrial outputs. Do we really need them?
Denise: I’ve just picked the last fistful of basil for this year, to go in a quiche and another batch of pasata. One of my favourite herbs – and for J too. We can only grow it in the greenhouses and during the summer, as it needs sunshine, warmth and shelter. So it’s something we really look forward to and enjoy – far more than if we could buy it fresh any time of year at a supermarket.