Tuesday, August 3, 2021
This is the haul from one day of picking up walnuts in the garden. You can see what I'm dealing with here. I'm being inundated.
I guess I could just leave them -- they'll eventually decay, and that would be very much in keeping with our casual back-to-nature approach to gardening. But meanwhile it would feel like walking on golf balls, and I'm not sure my ankles could take it.
Yesterday a friend from school came over for lunch and brought his mother, who's visiting from the states. She saw our video on Gardener's World and wanted a first-hand look at the garden! (Maybe I should start charging admission?) We sat out and chatted for a while about the plants and then went to lunch at a local Lebanese restaurant -- and come to think of it, Chris bought my lunch, so in a way he did pay admission.
It's finally blackberry season in our back garden. The berries have taken their time this year -- I'm usually picking them by mid-July, but this year I didn't get my first handful until right around the end of the month.
Our temperatures are ranging from the 50's to the low 70's F, or between 13º and 22º C. I think that cool weather is affecting not only the berries but some of our flowers, too. I have zinnias and sunflowers that are taking their sweet time to get big enough to bloom.
This is where I eat breakfast when the weather is nice -- on the back garden bench, with Olga on her bed by my side.
Today I'm going to visit a "valuation day" being held by a local antiques and jewelry firm looking to buy inventory. Dave has a few items that I think we could sell and I'm curious about what they might be worth -- though I'm not sure we'll sell them until I hear what their offer might be. (Obviously I've sought Dave's permission -- he knows I'm doing this.) I've never attended anything like this so I'll tell you more about it tomorrow!