Well the last week has given us glorious sunshine here in the Highlands and the vegetable plot is looking fab as a result – lots of big leafy cabbages, swedes and broccoli in one bed, some lovely juicy peas and broad beans in another, and also some very tasty wild rocket and lamb’s lettuce which we’ve already sampled in some summer salads – yum!
We’ve also continued to make the most of the free food on offer up here – my own raspberry plants are still fairly small after I planted them in spring, so hopefully they’ll be good for next year’s harvest, but meanwhile today we’ve been taking advantage of the wild offerings around the Hostel so it looks like dessert is sorted for the next week!
While we’re on the subject of free food, I recently noticed that we’ve got 3 elder trees in the garden which are fruiting heavily now, and after a lucky posting on Freecycle.com last week we managed to get hold of some free wine-making equipment. So once the elderberries are ripe in a few weeks time we’ll be having our first go at homemade elderberry wine… I’d better let Morrisons know so that they can reduce their wine deliveries accordingly )
With our Hostel business now hotting up for the summer, our opportunities for days out are decreasing rapidly but of course that is great news for the coffers, and we’re also managing some great days lounging around in the garden reading and gardening. We’ve also spent a few afternoons down at the lochside with our puppy Dylan, trying to teach him to swim… not a bad way to spend a sunny afternoon, and it certainly beats the old days of 9-5 office jobs!