Everything that slows us down and forces patience,
everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.
Gardening is an instrument of grace.
Good morning friends and happy Sunday! I hope the weekend is treating you good.
What a change in weather from one day to the next. Yesterday around this time I was drinking my tea on the back porch and basking in sun's hot rays. This morning it's quite a different story. The north east wind has picked up and cooled the air dramatically. Once again it's freezing out there.
Oh well. We have to appreciate what we have. And yesterday we had a day of summer which I'm very grateful for.
I planted more veggies yesterday. Specifically, I planted regular green peas and sugar pods. I prepared a bed for them and planted them straight into the ground because they like cool weather and should be planted in early spring. Last year we had an amazing harvest of green peas. Angel and I loved going down to where they were growing after dinner and picking a handful. They were so sweet, tender and yummy. This year I'm hoping for an even bigger harvest.
As things stand right now, this is what I have planted: tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, kale, green peas, sugar pods, broccoli, brussels sprouts, green beans, yellow beans, dill, onions and cayenne pepper. Kale, dill and broccoli are planted from my very own seeds. Only tomatoes, kale, lettuce and cayenne pepper are out. The rest I just planted earlier this week so they will take a day or two longer. I'm happy about the cayenne pepper because it needed 26°C for germination and I wasn't quite able to produce that in my office but it came out regardless.
|Cayenne pepper seedlings|
Yesterday was also a day of firsts.
We had our first BBQ of the season. My hubby marinated chicken breasts in his own homemade mixture of liquids, herbs and spices and then grilled them. We had the chicken breasts with a little bit of rice and a whole lot of salad. It was delicious.
After dinner I decided to get my bike out and go for a first ride this season. Angel and I biked to the nearest park where she had some kid fun on the swings and I sat down under the tree and read. Paradise.
Today I doubt we'll be barbecuing or going on bike rides but it should warm up to 10°C later and I will step out into the garden for a bit. I am hoping to plant the first few potatoes. It should be fun. I hope the wind won't blow me away.
And now I'm going to steep myself a cup of tea, although I won't be having it outside. That north east wind is not only cold but it's gusting to 50 km/hour. Tea will be best enjoyed inside, while curling up on the sofa under a warm blankie.