J & D > It was a long and tedious winter : cold – but never frozen ; windy – but never wrecking ; and never worse than wringing wet. A non-descript, irritating sort of winter.
Thank heavens Spring arrived early, this year!
May is living up to its reputation for fine weather : perhaps it’s not so warm, this year, but it’s certainly sunny. Most evenings we take a stroll up the lane to the hill gate and onto the common grazings ; thence, right along an old track that leads to the shore of Loch a’ Choire [Loch of the Corrie]. Despite its wild appearance the landscape and natural vegetation is much altered through countless generations of human activity. However, after many decades – arguably a century – of neglect, this landscape is gradually re-wilding, a process that’s accelarated in recent decades. Year by year there’s a greater abundance and variety of species to find – if you know what to look for, from the littlest in flora to the largest of fauna.
D > Here’s me watering the tomatoes in Greenhouse 4. Do you notice anything different? Clue : it isn’t the sunshine, or my shorts – though both are remarkable enough for April. The timber ‘exoskeleton’ around Greenhouse 4 was 15 years old, and had deteriorated a lot in the last couple of years. Rot had set in where timbers had been in contact, and moisture was trapped between them.
D > Some while ago I pre-mordanted a few skeins of wool with Alum, storing it dry for when the Sweet Cicely came into flower. The ideal time to pick the leaves is just before the flowers become abundant, after which the depth and vibrancy of colour starts to diminish. The soft creamy yellow will be the foil to another more dominant colour
D > Isn’t the smell of home baking wonderful. It stirs the soul, makes us remember our childhood, and fills the house with joy! Recently, I’ve found I’ve got more time for home baking. No prizes for guessing the reason!
J & D > We’re falling back on our own resources, as the coronavirus crisis bears down on us. Thank heavens, that we own our own house outright, we’re without mortgage or other debt, and have good fertile garden soil and all the other the resources we need to grow much of our own food, and to live healthily and well!