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My wife despairs of me at times.

She despairs of what she calls my ‘Little Boy Mode’. She despairs because when I am in ‘LBM’ I can find childlike glee in all sorts of things, like the patterns the wind makes on the wheat field at the back of the house, the swooping of a swallow in the air, watching a bumble bee in and out of flowers. I can happily sit for ages and watch these things, usually with a camera in hand waiting for the perfect shot (which with my old camera will probably never arrive but it is fun trying to get it).

I think it’s more the fact that in ‘LBM’ I look at the world as a big playground. Trees are meant to climb up, puddles are meant to jump in, streams contain all sorts of delights and if I were to find myself at the top of a grassy bank I would have to stop myself from rolling down it.

I found myself weeding the turnips the other day and while there a few bees were buzzing around the lavender, so I stopped what I was doing and went to fetch my camera from the car and took a few photos over the next 30 minutes.

The turnips are doing very well, and are incredibly tasty. I keep pulling a couple up every now and then for dinner. It’s difficult because try as I might, and even though I am growing them in the middle of Summer, I can only see them as Winter veg. They are nice raw in salad or boiled in a medley of Summer veg though.

The rest of the allotment is merrily producing food for the plate and the freezer. Not only have we have a mass of mange tout, a bulk of broad beans, but we are in the midst of a load of lettuce, a plethora of peas , a frenzy of French beans and a crateload of courgettes. Please note that after a week or so it will become Crikey-not-another of courgettes, as we are getting probably 2 a day at the moment.

We could also start on the bulk of beetroot if we wanted to. I am trying to get the recipe for beetroot chocolate cake from mrs MK’s boss, she made it for my birthday last year and it is really good (and you wouldn’y know there was beetroot in it).

Alliterations aside, it does seem to be a good year for crops, my onions aren’t brilliant at the moment but I don’t expect them to be ready till later on. I think they need a lot more water or I’ve planted them a bit deep.

My garlic bulbs don’t seem to be as big as the ones in the shops (not that I have size envy, honest), but I have to admit that they are incredibly tasty. We’ve used some to make garlic bread and roasted some as well

Also I am quite impressed. My raspberries are flowering again, as well as bearing fruit, so come the autumn there should be another crop. Happy days.

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Nice blog MK.
It sounds like you'll have a good crop from everything :)

I'd like to try a bit Mrs MKs cake .... yum !!!!

16 Jul, 2009

 

I likie the sound of that cakie tooo....my address is........lol

16 Jul, 2009

 

MK you've got my mouth watering, The whole allotment sounds scrummy. Am I to late for a bit of cake as well? :~))

16 Jul, 2009

 

oh mk you sound so like me, i love watching nature, pond dipping and rock pooling too. thankfully my children just see it as 'oh its just mum...ignore her' makes me smile.

lovely blog.

16 Jul, 2009

 

LBM is a good thing. Whether you know it or not thats one of the reasons she fell in love with you. Are you a Pisces by chance?

Some of the veggies your growing I've never heard of. Either that or we Yanks have other names for them. It's all good! .

16 Jul, 2009

 

Great things growing there Mk. At the moment I have one bean - yes, that's one bean! Maybe I should just go to Tesco.

16 Jul, 2009

 

Great blog MK. You sound as if you have a bumper crop. Would I sound incredibly stupid if I asked what on earth is a "mange tout"? I'm with Regina on that one (my English childhood is somewhat diluted by my Canadian teen years)!! LOL
Ginellie.......one bean???? awwwwww. :o(

17 Jul, 2009

 

mange tout is a pea pod with very tiny tiny peas in; you steam the whole pod until it is el dente.......delish...:))

17 Jul, 2009

 

Ooooooohhhhh........sugar snap peas or maybe snow peas!! I love them both. They are delish. :o)

18 Jul, 2009

 

Oh..forgot to say...with a knob of butter...even more delish. :o)

18 Jul, 2009

 

I'm not so sure it's Little Boy - I think it's simply joy, isn't it?

20 Jul, 2009

 

so long as youre not dribbling and peeing your pants i see nothing wrong with your LBM i think its better that than a MOB (think miserable old B*GG**)

20 Jul, 2009

 

Well dawnrosie, guess what, by the time you're an MOB, you will probably also be doing the other two things you mention all over again ...

20 Jul, 2009

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